Bizarre fish face wins Nikon photography prize
Copyright: Oscar Ruiz

Copyright: Oscar Ruiz

If you have never been face-to-face with a fish embryo, now is your chance. This bizarre photo of a 4-day-old zebrafish face is the winner of this year’s Nikon Small World photography contest. Geneticist Oscar Ruiz and his team at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston faced the difficult task of mounting the fish embryo at just the right angle to bring its face in focus of their microscope. As luck would have it, the first image they took was a ringer (above). Now, Ruiz says, they are able to take similarly close time-lapse images of living fish as they grow using something called confocal microscopy. | PHOTO GALLERY Read more ...

Rachael Lallensack