Nikon Photo Contest 2022-2023: call for entries


Nikon announced that entries for the 2022-2023 Nikon Photo Contest will be accepted from 1:00 p.m. on October 27th, 2022. Here are the details:

Works from over 150 countries and regions across the world were submitted in the previous contest

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce that entries for the Nikon Photo Contest 2022-2023 will be accepted from 1:00 p.m. on October 27th, 2022. (all dates and times are listed in JST)

The Nikon Photo Contest was first held in 1969 and is one of the biggest international photo contests in the world. It aims to enrich imaging culture by providing an opportunity for professional and amateur photographers around the world to engage with one another. In the previous 38th Contest, a total of 26,000 participants from 150 countries and regions across the world submitted over 65,000 works.

Sarah Leen Selected as Lead Judge

We are pleased to welcome Sarah Leen as the Lead Judge for the Nikon Photo Contest 2022-2023.
In 2013, Sarah Leen became the first female director of photography for National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Partners. In 2020, she established the Visual Thinking Collective, a community of female editors, teachers, and curators specialized in creating and managing visually driven projects.
She has great influence over a wide variety of artists, beginning with the next generation of photographers.

Comments from Sarah Leen (Summary)

My hope for the Nikon Photo Contest is to gather stories that represent our world today. We are just getting used to a new way of life after three years of isolation and fear from the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, we have new opportunities and new chances. So think about your world, think about what you’ve seen change and grow, and that are now there as new opportunities. I’m really looking forward to seeing works that come from all over the world. We have an opportunity with this contest to show where we are today and tell our stories, share your personal stories.

*Judges will be announced on the Nikon Photo Contest 2022-2023 website as they are appointed.

Nikon Photo Contest 2022-2023 Overview

The Nikon Photo Contest 2022-2023, the 39th Contest to be held since its introduction, will be comprised of a Photo Competition and a Short Film Competition. The Photo Competition will offer a Single Photo Category and a Photo Story Category, and the Short Film Competition will offer a Short Film Category and a Super Short Film Category.
The theme of the Photo Competition is “Beloved”, for which we are looking for photos that express individual priorities from a variety of perspectives. The theme of the Short Film Competition is “Next Steps”. Entries in this competition should express further growth and future evolution. Announcement of the winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2022-2023 is scheduled for July 2023.

Eligibility

The Contest is open to all professional and amateur photographers, regardless of age, gender, or nationality.

Entry Categories

1. Photo Competition
Theme: “Beloved”

i. Single Photo Category

Entry format: Single photo
Any equipment may be used

ii. Photo Story Category

Entry format: Photo story (two to five images)
Any equipment may be used

2. Short Film Competition
Theme: “Next Steps”

*English subtitles are required if a language other than English is used in videos (not required if English is used).

i. Short Film Category

Entry format: 180- to 300-second-long video
Any equipment may be used

ii. Super Short Film Category

Entry format: 20- to 40-second-long video
Any equipment may be used

Entry Period

October 27th, 2022 1:00 p.m. to February 13th, 2023 1:00 p.m. (all dates and times JST)

How to Enter

Enter the Contest by providing the required information in the entry form on the Nikon Photo Contest 2022-2023 website.
The form will be available from October 27th, 2022, 1:00 p.m. (all dates and times JST).
Visit the Nikon Photo Contest 2022-2023 website for further details regarding Contest eligibility, submission rules, judging, etc.

Awards, Prizes, and Selection of Winners

Two entries from each category in the two competitions will be selected for an Excellence Award and four entries for a Special Encouragement Award. In addition, one Grand Prize winner will be selected from among the Excellence Award winners in each competition. The winners of the General Public Award will also be determined with public voting on entries that pass the second round of judging.

Award Competition Category Number of Winners Prizes
Grand Prize Photo Competition 1 Prize money of 500,000 yen (Japanese yen),
Z 9,
NIKKOR Z lens
Short Film Competition 1
Excellence Award Photo Competition Single Photo Category 2 Z 7II,
NIKKOR Z lens
Photo Story Category 2
Short Film Competition Short Film Category 2 Z 6II,
NIKKOR Z lens,
video accessories
Super Short Film Category 2
Special Encouragement Award Photo Competition Single Photo Category 4 Z fc,
NIKKOR Z lens
Photo Story Category 4
Short Film Competition Short Film Category 4 Z 30,
NIKKOR Z lens,
video accessories
Super Short Film Category 4
Award Competition Category Number of Winners Prizes
General Public Award Photo Competition 1 Z 50,
NIKKOR Z lens
Short Film Competition 1 Z 50,
NIKKOR Z lens

*The Grand Prize winner will be selected from among the Excellence Award winners of each competition. The Grand Prize winner will receive the prize for the Grand Prize Award instead of the Excellence Award.

*A Grand Prize winner may not be selected.

*The winners of the General Public Award will be selected through public voting on works that pass the second round of judging.

*Lenses and accessories will be decided by Nikon.

*Prizes may be changed without notice. In the event of an international incident or conflict with the laws and regulations of a country, it might take a while to deliver the prize. Alternatively, if the prize is undeliverable to the winner, prize money specified by the organizer might be awarded to the winner instead.

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