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Image contest to showcase the finest in the art and science of electron microscopy


Hillsboro, Oregon – The 2012 FEI Image Contest is coming to a close and all images should be submitted by October 19, 2012. FEI is partnered with National Geographic on this contest titled “Explore the Unseen”. It offers owners and users an opportunity to explore their creativity and share their images with National Geographic’s worldwide audience. It will allow audiences to discover unseen aspects of their everyday lives and to explore the sub-microscopic world.

The image categories with broad audience appeal were chosen. The Natural World: insect parts – wings, eyes, etc. (ideal insects include moth, ladybug, fly, dragonfly, butterfly, cicada, cricket, etc.), spider silk/webs, pollen, allergens, leaves, tree slime, fungus, bacteria & mold, micro-invertebrates seen in water-quality testing, plants, flowers, blades of grass, rock, minerals, sand, etc., ice/snow/snowflakes, other crystals, raindrops, close-up of animals or animal parts: dog, cat, bird, fish (pets a kid would own); The Human Body: insects that live on your body (eyebrows, lashes, etc.) lice, bacteria, body parts: bone (including fractures/breaks), human hair, skin flakes, bodily fluids: snot, sweat, blood, saliva, tears, etc, hands (finger, skin) before and after washing, viruses, endoplasmic reticulum, cell walls, etc, what a tattoo looks like under the skin; Around the house: things you would find in a kids room: t-shirt fibers, stuff on the soles of dirty shoes, dust mites, carpet fibers, hair inside of a baseball cap, sloughed skin, dust, pencil lead, crayons, food: ice cream, candy, bread, french fries, apples, carrots, tomatoes, etc., creatures that live on the mouthpiece of a phone, in the kitchen sink, tires, cars, bikes, toys. There are more categories and suggestions here: Learn more about the 2012 FEI Owner Image Contest.