FEI Image Contest 2013 Puts Amazing Electron Microscope PHOTOS In Spotlight

Viewing something through an electron microscope may feel as if you're viewing it for the first time. The incredible instrument offers a close-up glimpse of whatever you choose to look at -- even tiny, everyday things, such as insects, crystals, and germs.

Each year scientific instruments company FEI holds a contest to showcase such images -- and a call for submissions in the 2013 photo contest already went out.

The company is partnering with National Geographic on the contest, and also on a film titled "Mysteries of the Unseen World." The film will feature images from the contest and provide a glimpse into how these cutting-edge images are advancing science.

Below, check out some images that were submitted this month. Winners will be announced in October.

Mind-Blowing Electron Microscopy