The Nikon International Small World Competition first began in 1974 as a “means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope.” A good 36 years later, Nikon named the winners of the 2010 competition, which means we can take another artistic look inside the world of small things, getting down to the very micro level of animals, plants and minerals. Above, you’re looking at an image of glial cells in the cerebellum magnified 400 times. This image and 28 others appear in the always excellent The Big Picture section of the Boston Globe. Also visit a gallery of images on the Nikon site. Thanks to @wesalwan for sending our way.