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Nikon Instruments Opens Online Game With Winning Small World Images

August 5, 2009

Small World Identify the Image

MELVILLE, NY, August 5, 2009 - Nikon Instruments is giving the public a sneak peak at the 2009 Small World finalist images and the chance to test its skills with the popular online game, "Identify the Image." The game, which offers the opportunity to interact with microscopic images of items that can't be seen with the naked eye, gives players a series of five images and asks them to correctly identify each photomicrograph. The series of images will be updated with a new set of five images daily. The game is available on the Nikon Small World Web site at www.nikonsmallworld.com.

"This game offers people a fun way to interact with these beautiful photographs," said Eric Flem, Communications Manager, Nikon Instruments. "In updating the game for this year, we hope to encourage an increased interest in science and a better understanding of the broad scope of microscopy."

Now in its 35th year, Nikon Small World is the oldest and most respected competition of its kind. The competition, which has become the preeminent forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope, celebrates the world's best photomicrographers who create beautiful imagery while showcasing a wide variety of advanced scientific disciplines. Nikon Small World recognizes photomicrographers for their achievements in capturing dynamic images at the intersection of science and art.

The Nikon Small World Competition winners will be announced this fall. For additional information, please visit www.nikonsmallworld.com.

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