Life is filled with beauty and wonder. But when things are looked at a microscopic level, it can become a different story.
For the past few decades, Nikon’s Photomicrography Competition has been celebrating life and beauty through a microscope. Having just announced its winners last week, one particular runner-up has gone viral with an image of an ant.
Are you ready? Here’s the photo:
Image via Eugenijus Kavaliauskas/Nikon Small World/CNET
Taken by wildlife photographer Eugenijus Kavaliauskas, this close-up ant shot has been gaining quite a bit of attention for looking like a creature that just crawled up from the depths of hell
Well, to be frank, all of us probably look pretty darn scary if someone took extremely close-up photos of our faces.
The image you see is actually a part of an ant’s face. Although it appears that the red spots are the eyes, the actual eyes are further back and not seen in the photo.
Here’s another incredible close-up image of an ant that Eugenijus posted on Instagram in 2021:
Image via @dantis_net (Instagram)
If you want to see more, here’s a slightly zoomed out image of an ant’s eyes in frame:
Image via Twitter
After seeing the full face, some noted that an ant actually looks kind of derpy, instead of scary.
Eugenijus, who’s known for his wildlife photography, has since delved into capturing magnified shots of insects, with a portfolio that will leave you in absolute awe. The amount of details on some of these creatures are just mesmerising.
The winner of the Nikon Small World competition this year went to a photo of an embryonic hand of a Madagascar gecko
It was taken by Grigorii Timin of the University of Geneva. Showing tendons, bones, nerves, and skin, this image was said to have been magnified 63 times.
Image via Grigorii Timin/Nikon Small World/CNET
You can check out the other competitors’ images here.