No, this image is not an outtake from a horror film or one of the brand-new monsters from HBO’s “House of the Dragon.” It’s a prize-winning up-close picture of an ant.
One of 57 Images of Distinction in Nikon’s Small World Photomicrography Competition is the eye-catching image. Photographer Eugenijus Kavaliauskas from Lithuania captured the frightful image.
According to a news report, the competition, now in its 48th year, aims to “recognize excellence in photography through the microscope.”
According to Nikon, there were nearly 1,300 entries for the 2022 competition from 72 different nations.
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For the first time ever in history, the 'clear photograph' of an ant is released and that's how it looks۔
The close-up portrait of an ant was clicked by photographer Eugenijus Kavaliauskas and he won a prize for the capture at 2022 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. pic.twitter.com/v3IOFVNsSb
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According to his website, Kavaliauskas was a bird photographer before switching to insects. The startling ant close-up, complete with what appears to be an irate expression, was captured using reflected light.
Kavaliauskas didn’t win the competition’s top honor, despite the fact that the image went viral online. The award was given to the Swedish photographers Grigorii Timin and Michel Milinkovitch, who captured a stunning fluorescent image of the front paw of an embryonic Madagascar giant day gecko. They photographed the minuscule veins and bones of the hand under 63x magnification.