Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013

With more than 1 million photographs shared via the Internet every day, the world of photography is undergoing tremendous change. And so, on its 34th anniversary, the historic, worldwide Nikon is changing as well. In this exciting new phase, we’re changing its name, adding a photographic video category and opening up the judging to expert photographers selected from all over the world.

Our goal is to foster a growing, global community of photographers creating images that stand apart through their creativity, their ability to move people and their capacity for communication. The Nikon Photo Contest is a forum that brings together people with a passion for photography and an active commitment to bettering their art. Here, photographers of all sorts can acknowledge each other, be stimulated by diverse points of view and thrive through competition.

For us at Nikon, this community is a source of great inspiration as we pursue our goal of helping to strengthen the art of photography through innovation and invention as well as through projects and exhibitions, like this contest.

We believe in the power of the image to tell stories that can’t be told any other way. The Nikon Photo Contest is a celebration of that belief and an invitation to you to share your story with the world. We would be honored to have you take part in this year’s re-imagined, re-energized contest.

About Nikon Photo Contest

 1.                History

The Nikon Photo Contest International has been held by Nikon Corporation since 1969 to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike.

In the last 10 years, with the wide penetration of digital cameras, the environment surrounding photography and cameras has dramatically changed. And so the contest is changing as well, both in name and in structure.

2.               Vision

The Nikon Photo Contest nurtures an aspirational community that supports photographers who wish to share important stories and influence the way people think through photography.

Submissions must be made via laptop or desktop computer; work can not be submitted from a tablet computer or smartphone.

2.1.1.    Entry Categories

  • Category A:Single photo
  • Category B:Photo story (two to five images that present a theme or idea.)
  • Category C:Photographic Video (45 seconds in length)
  • Category D:Motion Snapshot (a special award category cerebrating the release of the advanced interchangeable lens camera Nikon 1, using its “Motion Snapshot” function.)

2.1.2.   Awards and Prizes

Category A•B•C

Grand Prize:

1 award.:  The winner will receive a trophy, Nikon products equivalent to 1,000,000 yen and the opportunity to show his or her portfolio on the Nikon Photo Contest Website. *1

1st place:

  • 1 award per category. The winners will receive a trophy, Nikon products equivalent to 500,000 yen and the opportunity to show their portfolios on the Nikon Photo Contest Website.*1

2nd place:

  • 5 awards per category. The winners will receive a trophy and Nikon products equivalent to 200,000 yen.

3rd place:

  • 10 awards per category. The winners will receive a trophy and Nikon products equivalent to 100,000 yen.

NIKKOR Award: 1 award. This prize goes to the photographer producing the best work using a NIKKOR lens. The winner will receive a trophy and 1,000,000 yen.

Category D

  • 1st place: 3 awards. The winners will receive a trophy and Nikon products equivalent to 200,000 yen.

All Categories

Participants Award for Most Popular Entry: 1 award. The winner will receive a trophy and 500,000 yen.


Prizes are subject to change without notice and cannot be exchanged, transferred or redeemed for cash.

*1 The winners of the Grand Prize and 1st place prize will have an opportunity to exhibit additional work in the awards website. Winners are requested to submit, free of charge, a selection of other works for which they hold the copyright. Prizes will not be revoked if winners decline to exhibit additional work. Winners will be contacted directly with additional details regarding the prizes.

2.1.3.   Entry Period

2012/12/1(Saturday)-2013/2/28(Thursday)(closes at 1:00 p.m. Japan standard time)

2.1.4.   Eligibility

The contest is open to all, professional and amateur, regardless of age, sex or nationality.


  • Entrants under 18 years of age require the permission of a parent or guardian. By entering the contest, entrants under 18 years of age indicate that they have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian.
  • The contest is not open to employees of Nikon (below, the “organizer”) or its subsidiaries or affiliates.
  • Entries for categories A and B are limited to a total of ten works; for example, two entries in the single photo category and one entry of four photographs in the composite category would total six works.
  • The same works or portions of the same works cannot be submitted to both categories A and B.
  • Entrants can submit one entry in each of categories C and D. This can be done on top of entries to Categories A and B.
  • Entry is limited to original works that have not formerly been displayed or exhibited and to which the entrant holds all applicable rights. Works that have won prizes in other contests or that have been submitted to other contests currently underway are not eligible. Works that are entered in other competitions after submitting to this contest will not be eligible.

2.1.5.   Submission Rules

2.1.6.   Submission Guideline

All categories are open to any subject matter.

Categories A and B

  • Image data files created with digital still cameras (including medium and large-format cameras). Images that have been retouched using software or by other means will be accepted. Both color and monochrome images will be accepted. (Scans of photographs taken by film cameras are not eligible.)
  • File format: JPEG
  • File size per JPEG: more than 1500 x 2100 pixels/more than 150dpi/Up to 20 MB
  • The standard color space for the judging process is sRGB.
  • Winners may be requested to provide higher resolution images for publication or display purposes related to the contest.
  • Movie files created using the movie-recording feature of digital still cameras (including medium and large-format cameras).
  • Length: 45 seconds
  • File size: Up to 200 MB
  • File format: MOV only
  • Any music used must either be copyright-free and performed and recorded by the entrant or a person designated by the entrant (commercial recordings of copyright-free music may not be used) or be works for which the entrant holds the copyright and for which the copyright has not been transferred to a copyright collective or other body.
  • Motion Snapshot files created with the Nikon 1. Only one file may be submitted per entrant.
  • File format: MOV

2.1.7.   How to Enter

After carefully reading all the information on this page, click the “Submit” button at the bottom, fill out the entry form, upload your work and submit.

2.1.8.   Judging

  • After the first round of judging, all entries will be posted onto this website (planned timing: April, 2013). Awards will be decided after second round (April), and final round (June) of judging. Contest results are scheduled to be announced on this website in August 2013.
  • Everyone who has entered the contest has a right to vote for the “Participants Award for Most Popular Entry”. Details will be announced on this website.
  • See the judges
  • The winners will be notified through email by early July 2013.

2.1.9.   Notification to Winners

Note: Winners are requested to review the documents sent to them separately via E-mail from the organizer (including a local Nikon office or authorized Nikon distributor) and, in the event they accept the terms and conditions, to fill out the required items, sign the form (or, if replying by E-mail accept the terms and conditions electronically as specified in the E-mail message) and deliver them to the organizer either by mail or through electronic means on or before the date stated in the documents. Winners may be contacted by telephone should the organizer deem it necessary to confirm any of the information provided.

Please note that failure to respond within 14 days of the date, on which the organizer sends the notification E-mail, whether due to server malfunction or any other cause, will result in disqualification. Entrants should therefore notify the organizer of any changes to their E-mail addresses using the entry page on this website. The organizer does not accept liability for any disadvantages that may arise as the result of inability to receive E-mail.


There is an exhibition to be held of all awarded works, place and date to be determined.

2.1.11. Entry Guidelines Available for Downloads

2.1.12.    Submit

  • Please read the Entry Guidelines, Disclaimers and use of personal information carefully.
  • By entering the contest, you will be considered to have agreed to contest terms and conditions.

Read “Disclaimers and use of personal information” (PDF) here

Professional insightsand Technical Solutions

2.2.1.   Professional Insights

Nikon Professional Services (NPS) members lead the way with their images. This section introduces their passion for image expression and describes their activities.

Find out more at nps.nikonimaging.com/members

2.2.2.  Technical Solutions

Technical guides introduce both the technical and the practical usage of professional Nikon products, with a focus on recent models.

Find out more at nps.nikonimaging.com/technical_solutions

2.2.3.  Movie Shooting Guide

Providing technical information and shooting tips for Nikon’s movie-shooting function, D-Movie, for all NPS cinematographers.

Find out more at nps.nikonimaging.com/movie_shooting_guide

2.2.4.  Nikon Pro (Magazine/iPad App)

Subscribe to seasonal editions of award winning photojournalism, product reviews, advice and support from Nikon professionals all over the world. Available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German. Also available on iPad.

Find out more at www.cedarcom.co.uk/nikonsubs

Web:  http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/en/#/home

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