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FEI Announce Image Contest in Partnership with National Geographic

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 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.

Image Categories

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
  • Viruses
  • 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.

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