11/15/2011 03:26 pm ET Updated Nov 15, 2011

Olympus BioScapes Competition 2011 Winners: Incredible Microscopic Images Of The Natural World (PHOTOS)

The Olympus BioScapes competition has produced some of the world's most stunning microscopic digital images and videos of life science.

Now in its eighth year running, the winning entry is a photograph by Charles Krebs of Issaquah, Washington showing an underwater Rotifer Floscularia that relies on rapidly beating cilia to bring food-laden water in so it can feed.

From live green brain coral captured underwater to stink bug eggs snapped in Greece, you'll see some breathtaking photos of nature at its most beautiful.

Other images not to be missed include the reproductive system of a fruit fly and the golden chloroplasts in a living diatom.

See a selection of these mesmerizing photos from the Olympus BioScapes competition in the slideshow below.