Nikon Inspiration photo contest

Nikon has a new photo contest called Inspiration: for each of the next four months there is a different theme and you can submit your entries to win some nice lenses. Here are the details:

  • September theme: Sports & Action, prize: Nikkor 200mm f/2.0G ED VR II lens
  • October theme: Landscape, prize: Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens
  • November theme: Portrait, prize: Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G lens
  • December theme: Zoom % Telephoto, prize: Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens

Check the official rules and fine print here before submitting your work (available only in the US):

"[...] each winner hereby grants Sponsor and its affiliates, licensees, successors and assigns a royalty–free, fully paid–up, irrevocable, perpetual, non–exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, distribute, copy, edit, create derivative works from, and display each winner's Submission [...]"

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  • rich

    I am not good, but I will submit every month to win one of those awesome lenses

  • PhotoLaw

    Hummmm… I could win the very lens, that I would most likely use, to take the winning photo with. Interesting.

  • BigPic

    Where is the love for Canadians???

    • You know the answer ….

      Ummm…. They eat back bacon, wear tooks, and speak French. Nuf said.

      • BigPic

        It’s true, we ARE fantastic.

        • robert

          me and my ex wife traveled around the world as she was a travel agent and of all the places we were, canada was the most beautiful! no contest. japan was nice, australia, asia, but quebec in christmas…ugh, so beautiful! we stayed at le chateau de frontenac! what a place!

          but I will say that canadians are not very “warm” people. they are polite but not like in other places we were. they keep their distance from others.

          • TheDarkOne

            Well since you were staying in Quebec I would guess most of your interactions would have been with Quebecers not Canadians. There is a big difference between the two.
            The average Canadian is much much nicer than the most polite Quebecer.

            • robert

              no we did a longish trip. stayed in toronto, montreal, ottowa as well. they are friendly but very neutral, and like to keep to themselves. I live overseas btw, but the americans are friendly and also warmer. my friend told me his friend lives in canada and all his neighbors all keep to themselves. no mingling no talking. for good or bad thats how I saw it as well. when we asked for help(direction etc), it was very limited and we got the sense that they would have rather not even talk. still though the place is amazing. would have liked to do more of the left side of the country but next time..

            • Henry

              Welcome back! Bienvenue encore!

            • Henry

              As a Canadian I agree that culturally English and French Canada have real distinctives, It would be more accurate though to speak of English-Canadians vs French Canadians (which includes Quebecers), or Quebecers vs “other Canadians” . Quebecers are Canadian, even if a certain percentage would like it to be otherwise. Personally I’m very proud of Canada’s bilingual and multi-cultural identity, including Quebec! Cheers!

          • Henry

            Thanks for your nice words about Canada! I’m a Canadian who has travelled a fair bit, and I actually agree with you about the warmth of Canadians, generally speaking, compared to some places that I’ve been. I do think we’re friendly, but not as gushing with charm as I’ve experienced in the deep south of the US for example.

    • toddler

      I guess we’re out in the cold. I guess they didn’t want all those beautiful lenses going north. 😉

    • Alfd

      One word… ‘ungrateful’ And they wonder why sales are down among other things. Sorry to break it to you, but the folks in the US aren’t your only supporters.

      • Mike M

        Except this contest may be run by Nikon USA which is in fact it’s own independent entity. Since it’s their marketing dollars they’re only spending them on their customers.

        • JKOJ

          Nikon is Nikon, noob.

          • Mike M

            Not sure if trolling or uninformed.

            Nikon operates independent subsidiaries to distribute its product around the world. Those subsidiaries have their own marketing, warranty, etc budgets and “buy” their goods from mother Nikon for a set price. It’s up to them to run their contests etc and come out with a profit. This is the same reason Nikon USA doesn’t fix grey market equipment, they didn’t earn the profits which a percentage of fund the warranty “insurance” fund. If you look at the rules you’d also see “Sponsor: Nikon Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747”

            It’s easy for people to cry about Nikon favoring Americans somehow, even though it’s basically baseless. All the while ignoring the fact that OTHER Nikon subsidiaries also run contests and giveaways etc we’re not eligible for for the same reasons.

            If you actually want to LEARN something instead of making inane interwebs comments.

    • OO

      You do realize the photo contest is only found on and Sometimes the domain name actually matters. 🙂

      • BigPic

        I did infact read the whole article (shocking, right?) before commenting. Canada often gets lumped with USA, for better or worse, that is the way it goes. . . The point is, where is the love for Canadians that would like to participate in a meaningful competition? 😉

        • OO

          Points for RTFA. 🙂 Yeah, it doesn’t seem overly fair the competition doesn’t include Canada since there’s plenty of awesome material in our neighbors to the north. A global Nikon competition (with the 800mm?) would be awesome.

  • delayedflight

    For a rank amateur winning that 200mm f/2.0 is probably worth it. Assuming your non winning entry isn’t acquired by Nikon that is.

  • Julian

    A shame its only open to US residents.

    • peterw

      anybody a spare greencard?
      I’d like a 80-400
      given the conditions, people who want to sell their pictures rather than give them away for a lens might keep out of this competition 😉
      (I guess it isn’t ‘Nikon’ that runs this Photo Contest, but Nikon USA?)

      • Julian

        Yeah – it looks like a Nikon USA thing, I sent a mail to Nikon Sweden suggesting they do likewise, it never hurts to ask…

    • Sebastian Wunsch

      Would love such a promotion in Europe or especially Germany 😉

  • Joachim Lehmann

    “Nikon Inspirations Photo Contest (the ‘Contest’) is open only to legal
    residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia
    who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry.”


  • fjfjjj

    What artist would allow a company to “create derivative works from” their art with no restrictions? Not me. Shame on Nikon for not keeping their lawyers in check.

    • patto01

      Couldn’t you take two nearly identical photos and then enter one in the contest and do whatever you like with the second? I often have to flip a coin to decide between two photos as the “keeper.”

  • Dhaval Panchal

    Damn US Only competitions…

  • TD

    Already own three of the four grand prizes … guess it would be a bit cheeky to submit photos taken with them? 🙂

  • flyingember

    So many people did not read the rules before submitting…

  • dewaynec

    This probably disqualifies most of the entries:

    “The Entrant must have written permission from all individuals that appear in the Submission (if any) to use their name and likeness in the Submission and to grant the rights set forth herein.”

  • Neopulse

    I dig that it’s category based. I remember entering a Best-Shot 2012 Adoramapix competition and in the end from thousands of submissions they chose a landscape to win even though there were portraits, macro and other categories that clearly should have won something.

  • Neopulse

    Well if anyone who wants to enter who is overseas and happens to win can send the lens to my place in Miami and I’ll send it from there to wherever you are. Just note that the shipping prices might differ from location to location and also the weight :-/

  • Local SINNER

    It should be for Nikon users only in my opinion. That will make loyal customers happier. I’d hate to have an Canon owner win just to sell it to get more Canon gear. It’s not just a photo contest, it’s a NIKON photo contest.

  • Henry

    I really appreciate that Nikon Rumors posts that key piece of legal about Nikon basically taking ownership of all entries. Any serious photographer should read contest rules very closely. It is outrageous that all entries, not just the winners, get taken over by the companies running most photo contests, yet it is almost a standard these days. It is even more outrageous that a serious camera company such as Nikon – one that claims to serve photographers – applies such rules. Once one’s image is signed over it is legally gone. You could compare this to songwriters in the 50s who lost all royalties to their global hit music. Did Steve McCurry sign over his Afghan woman image? I hope not. You may not have captured something as great as that, but if you consider your images truly worth something, you’ll think very carefully about entering any photo contest. Don’t trade away your rights and the future opportunities that come from your images.

  • Hmmm… the link to the contest is dead?

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