Nikon announced the winners of its 40th annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition Thursday, just in time for Halloween. Long-time contributor Rogelio Moreno of Panama took first prize in this year’s competition for capturing a rarely seen glance of a rotifer’s open mouth interior and heart-shaped corona. A rotifer is a a tiny aquatic animal. The awards are presented to over 80 photographers and scientists around the world, recognizing them for their excellence in photomicrography. “With the rotifer in constant motion, [Moreno] utilized the flash to freeze the movement as soon as the mouth opened – still leaving him with only a one- or two-second window to take the photo, and possibly only one shot to get it right,” Nikon explains of how Morena was able to achieve his photograph.
Honorable mentions also went to 10 additional photographers and scientists. Top images from the 2014 Nikon Small World Competition will be exhibited in a full-color calendar and through a national museum tour.