(Bee)autiful Shot: Pollen-Covered Eyeball Wins ‘Small World’ Photo Contest

 

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(Bee)autiful Shot: Pollen-Covered Eyeball Wins ‘Small World’ Photo Contest

A photo contest that pays tribute to the tiny wonders of the world has a particularly buzzworthy winning image this year: a close-up of a bee’s eye, covered in dandelion pollen.

More than 2,000 photographers submitted images to the 2015 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, but just 20 of those images were chosen as winners. The first-place picture of the bee’s eye was taken by Australian photomicrographer Ralph Grimm, who spent 4 hours mounting the eye under a microscope and focusing the instrument to capture the stunning shot.

Grimm, a high school teacher and former beekeeper, said that, in light of the ongoing collapse of bee colonies worldwide, he hopes his image is a reminder of the important role these pollinators play in local ecosystems.

 

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