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20 eye-opening microscopic images from the Olympus BioScapes Competition

The magnified eyes of a Harvestman spider (Palangium opilio, also commonly known as a daddy longlegs)

Photo: Igor Siwanowicz

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Harvestman spider eyes

The Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging competition, now in its seventh year, is "the world's foremost forum for showcasing microscope photos and movies of life science subjects," and bridges a gap between the realms of science and art. The first-prize winner receives $5,000 worth of Olympus camera equipment.

This year, an image showcasing the magnified eyes of a Harvestman spider — Palangium opilio, also commonly known as a daddy longlegs — grabbed first prize. It was taken by Dr. Igor Siwanowicz of the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology in Munich, Germany. 

Flip through the gallery to see more amazing photos.