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The Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015: call for entries

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Nikon officially announced the details and rules for their 2014-2015 Nikon Photo Contest:

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that entries for the Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015 will be accepted between September 15 and December 15, 2014.

Nikon Photo Contest (NPC) is one of the world's most prestigious international photo contests. Held since 1969, the goal behind the contest is to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike. The name of the contest was changed to "Nikon Photo Contest" the last time it was held (34th time), and with 99,339 entries—the largest number of entries in the history of the contest—from 153 countries and regions around the world judged by a globally diverse panel of 17 judges, Nikon Photo Contest is a truly international contest.

Nikon strives for a new international photo contest with Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015

Nikon strives to implement new challenges with each Nikon Photo Contest in order to contribute to the development of imaging culture in accordance with the conditions of the time, with the hope that we will grow with the times and changes in the environment surrounding photographs and imaging.

With this 35th Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015, Nikon will implement four new challenges.

  1. In each of the photography and video categories, entries captured not only by cameras, but by any digital imaging device, including smart devices and camcorders, will be accepted, providing an opportunity to nurture a new imaging culture.
  2. Entries in video categories will be judged separately, and videos of 6 to180 seconds in length will be accepted. We look forward to seeing forms of expression and creativity that differ from photographs and are possible only with video.
  3. We have determined a theme for both photography and video categories, other than Open theme. That theme is "Home". The concept of "Home", which may incorporate a house or other dwelling, family, home town or country, etc., is variable and may change with the various stages of a person's life, the times, or even social conditions. As the meanings and stories behind "Home" differ for people around the world over the course of their lives, we look forward to receiving a wide variety of entries exhibiting these differences.
  4. A new "Generation N Award" has been established. This award will be presented to a total of 10 entries from all categories representing the viewpoint of young photographers aged 19 or under.

Entries will be judged by prominent photographers, film directors, creative directors and imaging experts currently active on the world stage. In addition to choosing a total of 96 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from each photography and video category, they will select the best entries from the photography and video categories to receive the Grand Prize. In addition, Generation N Awards and a Participants Award for Most Popular Entry will also be selected.

Winners will be announced in June 2015 with exhibition* of the winning imaging works planned.

*Exhibition venue and dates to be decided at a later date.

Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015 Overview

  • Entry requirementsAny professional or amateur photographer, regardless of age, gender, or nationality, may participate.
  • Entry categories
    PhotographyCategory A: Theme "HOME", Single photo: Single image representing the themeCategory B: Theme "HOME", Photo story: two to five images that present the themeCategory C: Open theme, Single photo: Single image representing any themeCategory D: Open theme, Photo story : two to five images representing any themeVideo (videos 6-180 s in length)
    Category E: Theme "HOME", 6 to 180 seconds in length:Category F: Open theme, 6 to 180 seconds in length:
  • Entry periodSeptember 15-December 15, 2014(13.00 Japan Time)
  • Entry methodEntries will be accepted only via the Internet. Fill out the application form on the Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015 website and transmit image data via the form.
  • Submission rulesSee the Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015 website.
  • Judging and announcement of winnersEntries that pass the first stage of judging will be exhibited on the Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015 website scheduled for January 2015. The second stage of judging will then take place (February), and winner of each award will be selected from entries that pass this second stage with the final stage of judging (April). We plan to release the results of judging on the website in June 2015. In addition, participants in the contest may also vote for their favorite entry. The entry that receives the most votes will be awarded the Participants Award for Most Popular Entry. Further details will be announced on the website at a later date.
  • Awards and prizesThe Grand Prize will be awarded to the best entries in the photography and video categories. In addition, a total of 96 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded to entries in each of the photograph ("Home" and open themes) and video ("Home" and open themes) categories, and winners will be presented with trophies and Nikon products of varying value. Further, the winner of the Participants Award for Most Popular Entry, voted on by contest participants, will receive a trophy and cash prize, and a total of ten entries from all categories, submitted by those aged 19 or younger and representing the energy and new point of view of this younger generation, will be selected for the Generation N Award.Exhibition of contest winners is planned. Moreover, Grand Prize and 1st place winners in each category will be given the opportunity to exhibit his or her portfolio on the Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015 website. The following prizes will be awarded.
Photograph Category 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
Grand Prize Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥1,000,000
¥500,000 in cash
1 winner
Theme "HOME"
Single photo
Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥500,000
1 winner
Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥200,000
5 winners
Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥100,000
10 winners
Theme "HOME"
Photo story
(multiple photos)
Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥500,000
1 winner
Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥200,000
5 winners
Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥100,000
10 winners
Open theme
Single photo
Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥500,000
1 winner
Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥200,000
5 winners
Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥100,000
10 winners
Open theme
Photo story
(multiple photos)
Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥500,000
1 winner
Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥200,000
5 winners
Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥100,000
10 winners
Video category 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
Grand Prize Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥1,000,000
¥500,000 in cash 1 winner
Theme "HOME" Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥500,000
1 winner
Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥200,000
5 winners
Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥100,000
10 winners
Open theme Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥500,000
1 winner
Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥200,000
5 winners
Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥100,000
10 winners
Participants Award for Most Popular Entry Trophy, certificate,
¥500,000 in cash
1 winner
Generation N Award Trophy, certificate,
Nikon products valued at ¥300,000
10 winners

*1st place winners in each category may exhibit additional works in the gallery on the Nikon Photo Contest website.
*Grand Prize winners may not be selected.
*Prizes to be awarded are subject to change without notice. Prizes may not be exchanged for cash.

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  • Mauro Schramm

    The initiative is very cool.

    But Nikon does not live without its idiosyncrasies. One year (from now) to announce the final result!

    • David Agosta

      That’s only 6 months. The contest closes in Dec and last time they had almost 100,000 entry’s to review. Plus they have to coordinate the availability of the judges.

  • Derek

    The one thing I have learned over the past several years in photography is that everyone has different taste. After looking at the winners photos since 2000 I am left scratching my head. Several of the pictures look as though the white balance is off and others have blown out skies, most are of people. I will say that all of the nature/landscapes look great. However, I have seen much better pictures on flickr, then again, everyone has different taste.

    • http://inthemistphoto.com/ InTheMist

      Well, technical excellence does not make a photo, though.

    • Michiel953

      Tsk tsk…

  • doge

    I think it would be pretty cool if the only submitted photos to the contest were dust/oil spot photos from the D600.

    • Mauro Schramm

      Agree. This way increases my chances. :-p

      • Mardock

        Don’t kid yourselves. Nikon will probably INTENTIONALLY pick one of those.

    • whisky

      a Rorschach oil-blot contest? :)

  • prove it

    Lets see if the equipment whiners will even submit a photo, let alone win….

    • Rick

      Impossible. They don’t actually own the gear, and thus are unable to submit, thereby precluding them from winning ;)

    • Brett Monroe

      I’m totally entering a picture of my test chart. It’s really the only thing worth photographing!

      • BlackLegSanji

        I can imagine it winning the grand prize with a caption below: Gear nuts feeling at home with test charts :)

      • mark

        I beg to differ… brick walls are no less interesting…

  • Remnar

    If this turns out to be anything like their Everyday Cinema contest, it will be a joke. I lost a lot of faith in Nikon because of that shit. Poorly chosen winners. Nikon doesn’t know what the fuck they’re doing when it comes to contests.

    • peteee363

      but, every contest where the winner is chosen, rather than the fastest, or best record, will always be subject to the prejudice of the people doing the judging. I won an art fair, and everybody thought I should win the grand prize, but instead I got the presidents prize. only because the people who were judging thought photography was not an art. no matter who wins, others will always feel theirs was better. I may actually enter this year, but I don’t plan on winning, but it would be nice to see how my work holds up against others who took the time to enter.

      • Remnar

        No, I know. Art is pretty subjective. I’ve entered my fair share of photo/video contests before. I’ve lost some and I’ve won some. If you were to watch all the videos that were entered in the Everyday Cinema contest and look at the three winners, you really have to wonder what the hell the judges were thinking.

    • saywhatuwill

      That’s how I feel about those those PDN (Photo District News) contests.

  • nwcs

    For irony I ought to do a picture of every 18-something zoom Nikon makes.

  • Me

    Is there an entry form or do we use telepathy?

    • Harv.!

      I think you have to wait until add a submit page to their site, when that is I don’t know.
      I guess you just have to check the site ?

  • Harv.!

    It’s an interesting competition this Nikon one, lots of rules and lots of judges.
    I entered an image last year, there are various judging stages, I made it past stage one but not into stage three. If I remember correctly they also ask for the untouched RAW file as well as a finished jpeg. They also ask you very odd questions as part of the enterance process, I’m sure one of them was “If your photograph was a colour, which colour would it be ?”, and you were given a choice of colours to tick.
    They won’t accept anything shot on film even if scanned, it has to be digital.
    Another “odd” part is that they don’t accept prints, but they print your image and it’s that print which is used in the judging procedure. You can see that here http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/en/winners/screening/
    The past winners definitely have a certain feel/look to them, and if that’s close to the stlye of images you take then I’d definitely enter.
    This is the overall winner from last year http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/en/#/winners

  • Art

    I’ve already won. No need to enter.

    Besides, if more than 3-4 people enter, I won’t have won anymore. ;-)

  • Dexx

    Submission Guideline
    Still photography
    Image data files created with any digital devices including smartphones, digital still cameras (including medium and large-format cameras). Images that have been retouched using software or by other means will be accepted. Retouched photography using camera app or photo editing app is also accepted. Both color and monochrome images will be accepted. We will not be accepting any entries taken on film.Scans of photographs taken by FILM CAMERAS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.

    Are you serious Nikon?????? FILM CAMERAS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!

    • neversink

      Dexx. It is disturbing that film images are no longer considered acceptable photography by Nikon, even though they still sell the F6 body. Not quite sure what their reasoning is. Are the saying film is inferior to digital or are they just scared that film might still be superior to digital. I still love film, even though I now shoot almost 100 percent digital.

  • neversink

    I remember the days of the Nikon House in Rockefeller Center in New York City where they had great exhibitions and lectures and talks. Plus one could ooh and ahhh at all their equipment and even handle it. I used to visit all the time as I often worked in the area. One of the representatives even mounted the 13mm lens to my F2 and told me to step outside the door and take a few shots. (Of course I am sure the guard was watching me closely!) I had Tri-X in my camera and shot the remaining roll inside and outside with that lens. The only time I’ve touched that lens. Humongous and definitely hard to hold!!!!!! But beautiful. I ended up purchasing the 15mm rectilinear lens from B&H instead as it was more in my budget. (And more practical to carry around!) Anyway, enough of saccharin reminiscences
    The point of my post is that there was a time when quality and content of the image were of paramount importance to Nikon. I still hope this is true. It was sad when Nikon House closed their doors. They never sold anything, and all their events were free of charge. You could even have your camera body and lenses examined there for free and they would clean the bodies for you and pick them up later. It felt as if it was a haven for photography. And even though the showroom was center stage when one entered, one felt that the photographs on display were most important. The camera was just the tool to help create great art.

  • Why?

    I love all these competitions you could win a lot on the one side and lose eevn mor or the most important thing: YOUR RIGHTS to the Images!!!

    Nikon keep the rights to your images if you enter but that is the usual greedy thing done in competitions.

    Just for this reason i would not enter or sending the best images of your portfolio…..

    • no thanks

      very true. nikon is collecting your best pictures (and all related rights) for free and will use them in their campaigns in the future. i don’t support such practices.

    • neversink

      That’s why I don’t enter competitions either. There are a few professional competitions that only take one-time rights or limited rights and they spell them out. That makes much more sense than agreeing to giving away all rights. I haven’t yet read the fine print on Nikon’s contest, but I do recall many contests in which you have to give up all your rights just for entering. That makes absolutely no sense. And seems rather unfair to the photographer, Nikon’s client, if this is the case.

    • Harv.!

      I’m pretty sure the rights and usage terms from Nikon for this competition are limited, they were last year anyway.
      They ask for usage and rights in connection to the competition, ie to publicise it, or as you see last year’s winning image is being used to publicise this year’s competition.
      You don’t give up any rights for your work to be used in any other way, for example to be used in a coolpix advert or anything like that.

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