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Nikon Instruments Opens Judging Of This Year's Nikon Small World Competition To The Public For The First Time

July 10, 2007

Popular Voting Open for Annual Competition of Photography under the Microscope

Nikon Small World Photomicrograpy Competition

MELVILLE, NY, July 10, 2007 -- Nikon Instruments Inc., an optical leader for products in biological and industrial markets, today announced that the public can now vote for their favorite images in the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. The popular winning image will be recognized alongside the images chosen by Nikon Instruments’ panel of expert judges. Now in its 34th year, Nikon Small World recognizes the beauty of photography from science and industry taken under the light microscope. Never before has Nikon brought judging of the annual competition to the public. However, this year, everyone will have the chance to log onto www.nikonsmallworld.com and choose which images they like the best from the judges’ selection of their top 100 favorites. Voting will be open from now until September 30, 2007. “The breathtaking images showcased through the Nikon Small World Competition can be appreciated by everyone, whether scientist or layperson,” said Eric Flem, Communications Manager, Nikon Instruments. “By inviting the public to serve as judges this year, we hope to spark interest in things scientific and help people understand the breadth and depth of microscopy.” Nikon Small World is widely regarded as the leading forum to recognize proficiency and photographic excellence of photography taken under the microscope. This year’s competition garnered more than 1,500 micrographs from all over the world, covering subjects ranging from chemical compounds to up-close-and-personal looks at biological specimens. Winning images will be unveiled on October 4, 2007 at the Explorer’s Club in New York City, including the most popular. Top images will also be exhibited in a full-color calendar and through a national museum tour.

About Nikon Instruments Inc.
Nikon Instruments Inc., world leader in microscope and advance digital imaging technology, is committed to providing its customers with quality products for bioscience research and industrial applications; high-performance semiconductor wafer handling and inspection equipment, and advance high-speed, vision-based and optical measuring tools. For more information, visit the Nikon Web site at www.nikoninstruments.com. Product related inquiries can be directed to Nikon Instruments at 800-52-NIKON.

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