FEI is excited to announce this year's FEI Image Contest, "Explore the Unseen" and invites owners and users to submit their best nano-scale images online at
fei.com. This year FEI are pleased to partner with National Geographic on a film tentatively titled "Invisible Worlds".
2011 FEI Image Contest Winner - Microcrack after bending test
Courtesy of Martina Dienstleder
Winning images will be posted on National Geographic's website and all images will be considered for inclusion in the film's promotional materials.
Inspired by the upcoming film, the FEI Image Contest offers owners and users an opportunity to explore their creativity and share their images with National Geographic's worldwide audience.
Together, the film and photo contest will allow audiences to discover unseen aspects of their everyday lives. As scientists and researchers, exploring the sub-microscopic world is something we do every day. Now you have an opportunity to share these explorations with the world at large.
This year, the image categories have been chosen to offer broad audience appeal. The following examples, while not an exhaustive list, provide an idea of the judges are looking for
The Natural World
Insect parts - wings, eyes, etc. (ideal insects include moth, ladybug, fly, dragonfly, butterfly, cicada, cricket, etc.)
Spider silk / webs
Pollen, allergens, leaves, tree slime, fungus, bacteria & mold
Micro-invertebrates seen in water-quality testing
Plants, flowers, blades of grass
Rock, minerals, sand, etc.
Ice/snow/snowflakes, other crystals, raindrops
Close-up of animals or animal parts: dog, cat, bird, fish (pets a kid would own)
The Human Body
Insects that live on your body (eyebrows, lashes, etc.) lice, bacteria
Body parts: bone (including fractures/breaks), human hair, skin flakes
Bodily fluids: snot, sweat, blood, saliva, tears, etc
Hands (finger, skin) before and after washing
Endoplasmic reticulum, cell walls, etc
What a tattoo looks like under the skin
Around the House
Things you would find in a kids room: t-shirt fibers, stuff on the soles of dirty shoes, dust mites, carpet fibers, hair inside of a baseball cap, sloughed skin, dust, pencil lead, crayons
Food: ice cream, candy, bread, french fries, apples, carrots, tomatoes, etc.
Creatures that live on the mouthpiece of a phone, in the kitchen sink
Tires, cars, bikes, toys
Lint from clothing
The inside workings of a clock, computer, smartphone or TV
Gems and jewels: rubies, diamonds, other gems
Sports equipment: baseball, basketball, soccer ball, bathing suit, etc.