The Wistar Institute Launches Nikon Small World Exhibit Of Photography Through The Microscope

The Wistar Institute Launches Nikon Small World Exhibit Of Photography Through The Microscope

January 20, 2011

PHILADELPHIA – (January 21, 2011) – The Wistar Institute launched the 2010 Nikon Small World exhibit of award-winning photographs taken through the light microscope on January 14. The exhibit is free to the public until March 13, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at The Wistar Institute, 3601 Spruce Street, West Philadelphia.

Wistar is the only local host of the national exhibit of 20 winning images in Nikon’s international photomicrography competition. The exhibit also features two images of a fern spore produced by Frederick Keeney of The Wistar Institute microscopy facility. Keeney’s images earned “Image of Distinction” recognition in this year’s competition.

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 zebrafish head, crystallized soy sauce, mushroom coral, soap film, cancer cells, and more. The exhibit at Wistar is arranged in groups according photographic technique, educating visitors about how each image was created.

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 Frederick Keeney’s 2010 “Image of Distinction” 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