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Nikon's Small World Calendar Showcasing Amazing Photomicrographs Is Now Available

- New Deadline for Small World Entries Announced -

MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Nikon Instruments, Inc., (http://www.nikonusa.com/) a world leader in the development of advanced optical technology, today announced the availability of the 2006 Nikon Small World Calendar showcasing the 2005 Nikon Small World winning photomicrographs. This year's complete gallery of winning photomicrographs which are featured in the calendar is set to tour science and art museums across the nation beginning November, 2005.

Nikon also announced today a new deadline of April 28, 2006 for images to be submitted for the 2006 Nikon Small World Competition, and recently added a new award category titled "Images of Distinction." These awards are granted to outstanding photomicrographs submitted by Small World contestants whose images demonstrate technical competency and artistic skill. Images of Distinction for 2005 are available for review on Nikon's Small World Web site.

"Nikon's Small World calendar features some of the most amazing images you can imagine," said Eric Flem, communications manager, Nikon Instruments. "The calendar is an excellent way to share the wonder of the natural world with friends and family each month of the year."

To obtain Nikon's new Small World calendar, and to submit images to next year's Small World competition, go to Nikon's Small Word Web site at http://www.nikonsmallworld.com/.

ABOUT NIKON SMALL WORLD.

The Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in photomicrography. Participants may submit their images in traditional 35mm format, or upload digital images directly at MicroscopyU on the Nikon Web site (http://www.nikonusa.com/). The first and second of twenty prizewinners will receive a selection of Nikon products and equipment worth $3,000 and $2,000 respectively. For additional information, contact Nikon Small World, Nikon Instruments Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747, USA or phone (631) 547-8569. Entry forms for Nikon's 2006 Small World competition may also be downloaded from MicroscopyU at http://www.nikonusa.com/.

ABOUT NIKON INSTRUMENTS INC.

Nikon Instruments Inc., world leader in microscope and advanced digital imaging technology, is committed to providing its customers with quality products for bioscience research and industrial applications; high-performance semiconductor wafer handling and inspection equipment; and advanced high-speed, vision-based and optical measuring tools. For more information, visit the Nikon Web site at http://www.nikonusa.com/. Product related inquiries can be directed to Nikon Instruments at 800-52-NIKON.

2005 Nikon Small World Museum Tour Tour # 1 Wistar Institute Philadelphia, PA November 11th 2005 December 18th 2005 Oregon Museum of Science Portland, OR December 30th 2005 February 1st 2006 The Science Factory Eugene, OR February 17th 2006 March 19th 2006 Arizona Science Center Phoenix, AZ March 31st 2006 April 30th 2006 Fernbank Science Center Atlanta, GA May 12th 2006 July 9th 2006 Marine Bio Lab Woods Hole, MA July 28th 2006 September 3rd 2006 Science World Vancouver, BC, Canada September 15th 2006 November 5th 2006 Science Place Dallas, TX November 17th 2006 January 10th 2007 Tour # 2 New Jersey State Museum Trenton, NJ November 9th 2005 January 29th 2006 UMASS Herter Art Gallery Amherst, MA February 1st 2006 March 1st 2006 Science Center of Connecticut West Hartford, CT March 17th 2006 May 21st 2006 New Mexico Museum of Natural History Albuquerque, NM June 2nd 2006 August 20th 2006 Tech Museum of Innovation San Jose, CA September 1st 2006 October 22nd 2006 Museum of Science & Industry Tampa, FL November 3rd 2006 January 14th 2007 Tour #3 Society for Neuroscience Washington, DC November 13th 2005 November 16th 2005 American Society for Cell Biology San Francisco, CA December 11th 2005 December 14th 2005 New York Hall of Science Corona, NY December 30th 2005 March 5th 2006 Pacific Science Center Seattle, WA March 17th 2006 May 28th 2006 American Museum of Science Oak Ridge, TN June 9th 2006 August 13th 2006 Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Athens, TX August 25th 2006 October 29th 2006 Tour # 4 Maryland Science Center Baltimore, MD November 12th 2005 February 26th 2006 Museum of Science & Technology Syracuse, NY March 5th 2006 May 7th 2006 Utah State Center for Integrated BioSystems Logan, UT May 19th 2006 July 9th 2006 Adventure Science Center Nashville, TN July 21st 2006 December 17th 2006 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY January 2nd 2007 Fall 2007

Nikon Instruments, Inc.

CONTACT: Dr. Norman Booth, nbooth@keatingco.com, or Jonathan Pocius,
jpocius@keatingco.com, both for Nikon Instruments, Inc., +1-973-966-1100

Web site: http://www.nikonusa.com/
http://www.nikonsmallworld.com/

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