MELVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As Nikon celebrates its centennial in 2017, Nikon Instruments Inc., innovator of advanced optical instruments, looks back on 100 years of scientific discovery and advancements under the microscope. Nikon invites the public to explore their journey through light firsthand in the 100th Anniversary microsite launched this week - with a video, images and resources looking back at the company’s rich legacy and ahead to the next century of innovation.

Since its founding in July 1917, Nikon has evolved from an optical glass manufacturer involved in the microscope’s development to a driving force behind many breakthrough technologies and products. By harnessing the power of optical lenses, Nikon has contributed to the advancement of imaging and scientific research as well as the development of industry throughout the past century.

“Nikon has been investing in optics research and microscopy from its inception 100 years ago. Nikon’s first microscope, JOICO, was marketed in 1925. While we take this opportunity to reflect on the history of microscopy and the evolution of scientific tools and research, we are focused on the future,” said Steve Ross, Ph.D., General Manager, Products and Marketing, Nikon Instruments Inc. “We look forward to the next 100 years where Nikon will continue to create new values for a brighter future. Our challenge is already in motion.”

To commemorate this milestone, the 2017 winners of Nikon Instruments’ landmark annual Nikon Small World and Nikon Small World in Motion competitions will receive a trip to Nikon’s headquarters in Japan. The winners will also have an exclusive opportunity to tour Nikon’s glass and objective lens manufacturing facilities. Entering its 43rd year, Nikon Small World reigns globally as the oldest and most prestigious photo competition, bringing the beauty of art and the mystery of science together under a microscope.

“Since its founding, the Nikon Small World competition has reflected the current trends in microscopy and scientific research, and brought it to an international audience,” said Eric Flem, Communications Manager, Nikon Instruments. “As we kick off the next 100 years of Nikon’s commitment to microscopy and optics, it is only fitting to share that with those who are also dedicated to their own research and sharing it with the rest of the world.”

Deadline for entries for the 2017 Nikon Small World and Nikon Small World in Motion competitions is April 30, 2017.

To further commemorate the anniversary, the Nikon Museum opened on October 17, 2016, in Tokyo. Visitors can get a first-hand look at Nikon’s milestones throughout the last century and experience the company’s legacy and innovation.

For more information about the Nikon’s history and anniversary plans, visit

The Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in photography. Participants may submit their images in traditional 35mm format, or upload digital images and timelapse movies directly at 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 2017 Small World Competition may also be downloaded from

Nikon Instruments Inc. is a world leader in the development and manufacture of optical and digital imaging technology for biomedical applications. Now celebrating its 100th year, Nikon provides complete optical systems that offer optimal versatility, performance and productivity. Cutting-edge instruments include microscopes, digital imaging products and software. Nikon Instruments is one of the microscopy and digital imaging arms of Nikon Inc., the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology. For more information, visit Product-related inquiries may be directed to Nikon Instruments at 800-52-NIKON.

Trisha Bruynell

Nicole Newby