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12/16/2013 04:49 pm ET Updated Dec 17, 2013

11 Spectacular Photos That Make Microscopic Realm Look Enormous, Beautiful

The world looks a lot different through a microscope. For instance, the trap of a carnivorous plant is truly terrifying. Baby box bugs are absolutely adorable. And who knew a bat embryo could play "peek-a-boo?"

Each of these images is a winner in the 2013 Olympus Bioscapes Digital Imaging Competition. The images were judged according to three criteria: the uniqueness of the specimen shown; the aesthetic beauty; how difficult capturing the image must have been. Here are the top 10 images in reverse order -- scroll down for the winner!

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