There is a micro world full of drama and action all around us that our naked eyes can't see.
But thanks to the incredible power of microscopes and advancing video technologies, this hidden realm can be revealed -- just check out the videos (below) that were recently honored in Nikon's fifth annual Small World in Motion Photomicrography Competition.
The first place-winning video was taken by Wim van Egmond, a curator at the Micropolitan Museum in The Netherlands, and shows a microorganism devouring its prey in water that was scooped out of a friend’s backyard pond.
"Wildlife is so close to us, yet most of us never look close enough to see it," van Egmond said in a statement. "A pool in your garden is actually a miniature underwater jungle teeming with life. If you want to see the world, your backyard is a great place to start."
Check out the top three winning videos and 15 honorable mentions below. Enjoy!
Check out this year's Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition winners in the slideshow below.