Every year a prominent manufacturer of electron microscopes named FEI Company partners up with National Geographic to host a competition wherein the contestants take extremely magnified photographs using their hardware. It doesn’t stop there, though. Contestants also add their own flare to the images by adding color and effects using photo-editing software. Entries include everything from images of wood at a cellular level, a menacing frontal image of an aquatic larva of an Asian tiger mosquito and a surprisingly adorable image of a monster head louse clinging to human hair (my personal fave). Read up on the competition and your chance to vote in it, and check out some of the incredible photos found within here.