With Nikon about to announce the winners of the 2015 Small World Competition, we thought we'd round up some of our favourite entries! The competition includes some of the best microphotography images from around the world, giving us the opportunity to marvel at things too small for the naked eye to see.

While not restricted to wildlife, there are still plenty of shots of the teeny-tiny natural world. From the hairs on a beetle’s back to a baby starfish, these images are truly something spectacular. 

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Mouse embryo, 10.5 days old. Image: Jace Artichoker, Rochester Institute of Technology/Nikon Small Worlds
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Leaf cross section of a water lily leaf bud (Nupha lutea). Image: Dr. David Maitland, Feltwell, United Kingdom/Nikon Small Worlds. 
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Juvenile starfish. Image: Evan DarlingMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/Nikon Small Worlds
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Tentacles of a carnivorous plant (Drosera sp.) Image: Jose Almodovar, University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Mayaguez Campus, Biology Department/Nikon Small Worlds
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Water flea (Alona guttata) Image: Jacek MyslowskiWloclawek, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland/Nikon Small Worlds


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Ostrich fern cross section. Image: Anatoly MikhaltsovOmsk, Russia/Nikon Small Worlds
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Sea urchin skin. Image: Skin of a sea urchin (Synapta) containing plates and anchors composed of calcareous (chalky) material. Image: Dr. Richard HoweyUniversity of Wyoming, Department of Philosophy
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Radula (rasping feeding structure) of an aquatic Limpet. Image: Michael Crutchley, Wales, United Kingdom/Nikon Small Worlds
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Antenna of a male moth (Anisota sp.) Image: Dr. Igor Siwanowicz, Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Janelia Farm Research Campus, Leonardo Lab/Nikon Small Worlds
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Planktonic larva of a horseshoe worm (phoronid). Image: Dr. Richard R. KirbyMarine Biological Association Plymouth, United Kingdom/Nikon Small Worlds
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Vascular bundles of the papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) plant. Image: Dr. David Maitland, Feltwell, United Kingdom/Nikon Small Worlds
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Mites on insect pupa. Image: Rogelio Moreno Gill, Panama, Panama/Nikon Small Worlds
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The optic fiber layer of a mouse retina. Thomas DerrickUniversity of California, San Diego/Nikn Small Worlds
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Eye of a honey bee (Apis mellifera) covered in dandelion pollen. Image: Ralph Claus Grimm, Queensland, Australia/Nikon Small Worlds 

Top header image: Dr. Joseph Parker/Nikon Small Worlds