Incredible nature pics of unseen world
YOU can't see them but you almost certainly have tiny animals living on your face.
These microscopic mites eat, mate and finally die on your all while residing on your face. It sounds gross but it's kind of a beautiful unseen world.
Thanks to photomicrography - photos taken through a microscope - we can see the true beauty of tiny life forms.
Nikon's Small World photo competition gives a glimpse into the thriving world beyond our natural vision. While these guys are bigger than face mites, it's rare we see them up close and personal.
This year's finalists included an array of vibrant images that show the stunning patterns and beautiful colours of the microscopic natural world.
The winner of the 2018 competition was Yousef Al Habshi from the United Arab Emirates who snapped an image of the compound eyes and surrounding greenish scales of a weevil, or Metapocyrtus subquadrulifer.
Here's some of our favourite images from the unusual photo competition.
Eye of a Metapocyrtus subquadrulifer beetle by Yousef Al Habshi
Fern sorus (structures producing and containing spores) by Rogelio Moreno Gill
Human fibroblast undergoing cell division, showing actin (grey), myosin II (green) and DNA (pink) by Nilay Taneja and Dr Dylan Burnette
Spittlebug nymph in its bubble house by Saulius Gugis
Portrait of Sternochetus mangiferae (mango seed weevil) by Pia Scanlon
Parasteatoda tepidariorum (spider embryo) stained for embryo surface (pink), nuclei (blue) and microtubules (green) by Dr. Tessa Montague
Security Hologram by Dr Haris Antonopoulos