05/29/2013 08:33 am ET Updated May 29, 2013

FEI Image Contest 2013 Puts Amazing Electron Microscope PHOTOS In Spotlight

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Viewing something through an electron microscope may feel as if you're viewing it for the first time. The incredible instrument offers a close-up glimpse of whatever you choose to look at -- even tiny, everyday things, such as insects, crystals, and germs.

Each year scientific instruments company FEI holds a contest to showcase such images -- and a call for submissions in the 2013 photo contest already went out.

The company is partnering with National Geographic on the contest, and also on a film titled "Mysteries of the Unseen World." The film will feature images from the contest and provide a glimpse into how these cutting-edge images are advancing science.

Below, check out some images that were submitted this month. Winners will be announced in October.

Mind-Blowing Electron Microscopy


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