December 16, 2014 10:00 AM EST

Some of the world’s most stunning beauties can’t be seen with the naked eye.

Every year, scientists and microscope devotees submit their images and movies of life science objects shot under a microscope to the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition. Artists from 70 countries send in about 2,500 images to the competition every year to be judged by a panel of experts in the field. Here are this year’s honorees.

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