Olympus BioScapes 2014 winners
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Olympus BioScapes 2014 winners

Barnacle appendages that sweep plankton and other food into the barnacle's shell for consumption. Confocal microscopy, 100x. Igor Siwanowicz, HHMI Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA, USA. Third Prize, 2014 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition®. www.OlympusBioScapes.com

Each year Olympus hosts an international competition for images captured through light microscopes. Entries come in from around 70 countries and number in the thousands, revealing the weird and wonderful microscopic world otherwise hidden from the human eye.

Take a look at this year's winners here, which are also on exhibit at Roger Williams University in Providence, RI now through February 28, 2015. You can see a full gallery of honorable mentions at olympusbioscapes.com.