The Wistar Institute Brings the Small World into Focus: Wistar Hosts the 2012 Nikon Small World Exhibition

The Wistar Institute Brings the Small World into Focus: Wistar Hosts the 2012 Nikon Small World Exhibition

February 1, 2013

PHILADELPHIA – (February 1, 2013) – Tonight, The Wistar Institute launches the 2012 Nikon Small World exhibit of award-winning photographs taken through the light microscope. The exhibit is free to the public until March 3, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at The Wistar Institute, 3601 Spruce Street, West Philadelphia.  This represents the only local showing of the national exhibit, which will tour 16 locations in 2013.

The Nikon Small World competition recognizes excellence in photomicrography, honoring 99 other winners from around the world – some of whom won multiple times – who submitted images that showcase the delicate balance between outstanding scientific technique and exquisite artistic quality.

The exhibit also features a local winner, as James H. Hayden, manager of The Wistar Institute Imaging Core Facility, was awarded an honorable mention for his image of the down and belly feathers of a yellow-bellied sapsucker taken under the microscope. (See the accompanying image.)

The Nikon Small World photo microscopy competition celebrates the complexity and beauty of the world as captured in photographs taken through the microscope. The winning images combine originality, informational content, technical proficiency, and visual impact. Photographs in this year’s exhibit reflect a range of subjects including the intricate blood-brain barrier that protects our brains from blood-borne pathogens, bat embryos, ladybug feet, coral sand, and the “teeth” of flowers.  

The contest was founded in 1974 to recognize excellence in photography through the microscope. Each year, Nikon makes the winning images accessible to the public through the Nikon Small World calendar, a national museum tour, and an electronic gallery featured at


High-resolution copies of James Hayden’s 2012 honorable mention are available. Contact: Greg Lester, 215-898-3943,

The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the country, Wistar has long held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. The Institute works actively to ensure that research advances move from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible. The Wistar Institute: Today’s Discoveries – Tomorrow’s Cures. On the web at


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 1, 2013    

CONTACT: Greg Lester, (215) 898-3943,