The 33rd Nikon Photo Contest International, sponsored by Nikon, is an international photo contest designed to provide an opportunity for photographers of all skill levels around the world to communicate and contribute to photographic culture. In recent years, the contest has been held every other year.
Since it was first held in 1969, this contest has steadily gained popularity with photographers from around the world with more than 320,000 photographers submitting over 1,310,000 photos. More than 18,000 photographers from 153 countries submitted over 51,000 photos for the 2008-2009 contest. These numbers represent records for the largest number of entries by the most applicants from the most countries ever, making the Nikon Photo Contest International a truly international event.
This year's categories
Entries for the 2010-2011 contest will be accepted for two categories. The first category is a free subject category (A) and the second entitled "Energy" (B). Photos of any subject or theme are invited for the free subject category. Entries for the "Energy" category should be photos that capture the energy of sights and subjects that inspire, motivate or excite you or viewers. Photos covering a broad range of subject matter from throughout the world are expected for both categories.
The Emerging Talent Award is awarded to provide younger photographers with an opportunity to share their photos and a goal towards which they may work, and many photos are entered by young photographers each time this contest is held.
53 prizes awarded by a panel of international photographers
Entries will be judged by photographers currently active on the world stage. Of a total of 53 prizes awarded, one photo will receive the contest Grand Prize, 16 photos from each category will receive first, second and third prizes, four photos entered by photographers aged 29 or younger will receive Emerging Talent Awards, and 16 Emerging Talent Award runners up will be selected.
Winners will be announced in June 2011 with an exhibition of the winning photographs planned.* The goal of the Nikon Photo Contest International is to provide an opportunity for photographers to express themselves and to share their own feelings and impressions with people around the world through their photographs.
Exhibition venue and dates to be decided at a later date.
Nikon Photo Contest International 2010-2011 overview
Any professional or amateur photographer, regardless of age, gender or nationality, may participate.
Photo themes and categories
Photos exhibiting the free expression of any subject that has moved the photographer will be accepted for the free subject category.
Entries for the "Energy" category should be photos that capture the energy of sights and subjects that inspire, motivate or excite you or viewers.
A single photo may not be entered in both categories.
September 1 (Wednesday) through November 30 (Tuesday), 2010
Image data will be accepted via the Internet. Fill out the application form on the Nikon Photo Contest International 2010-2011 website (http://www.nikon-npci.com/) and transmit image data via the form.
Number of entries:
2 photos for each category (total of 4) may be submitted.
Image data captured with a digital still camera (excluding that captured by medium-format and larger digital cameras) and image data created by scanning an image captured with a film camera (35mm or APS) will be accepted. Images that have been digitally enhanced or edited with software will also be accepted.
10 MB or less per file
Image data file format:
Fill out the application form on the Nikon Photo Contest International 2010-2011 website (http://www.nikon-npci.com/) and transmit image data via the form.
Judging and announcement
Entries will be judged by an impartial panel of well-known photographers currently active on the world stage. Winners will be announced by the end of June 2011 on the Nikon Photo Contest International 2010-2011 website (http://www.nikon-npci.com/).
Awards and prizes
Recipients of a total of 53 awards and prizes will receive Nikon imaging products. In addition to their awards, 21 recipients of the Grand Prize, Emerging Talent Awards and Emerging Talent Awards runners up will be permitted to exhibit their entries in the contest Mini Gallery. The Mini Gallery will be accessible from the Nikon Photo Contest International 2010-2011 website (http://www.nikon-npci.com/).