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Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 for All Professional & Amateur Photographers: For Open Award (All Ages), Short Film Award (All Ages; One Video’s Length of 6 to 180 Seconds) & Next Generation Award (25 Years of Age or Younger), Submit Entries from Any Device/Equipment Including Smartphones Before January 31, 2019, 1:00 p.m. (Japan Standard Time)

The following video presents Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 Promotion Movie:
Introducing the message movie from Neville Brody, the lead judge of Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019! We look forward to your participation!

Entry Period :Thursday, October 18, 2018(opens at 1:00 p.m. Japan standard time) – Thursday, January 31, 2019 (closes at 1:00 p.m. Japan standard time)]

■Nikon Photo Contest Nikon Photo Contest is an international photo contest with a significant history behind it.

The goal of the contest is to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike. Since the first Contest was held in 1969, hundreds of thousands of photographers from around the world have participated and shown their support for the Contest.

To date, more than 410,000 photographers have submitted over 1,620,000 photographic works in the contest, making it a truly international event.

Eligibility
The contest is open to all, professional and amateur, regardless of age, gender, 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 (the “organizer”) or its subsidiaries or affiliates.

Prizes
Grand Prize(No. of Prizes : 1)

  • 500,000 Japanese yen in cash (4,470.5 USD at the current exchange rate)

Gold Prize(No. of Prizes : 1 per category/format, total 5)

Nikon D850 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

Nikon D850 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

Nikon Z 7 with NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S

Nikon Z 7 with NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S

Silver Prize(No. of Prizes : 3 per category/format, total 15)

Nikon D500 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

Nikon D500 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

Nikon Z 6 with NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S

Nikon Z 6 with NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S

Bronze Prize(No. of Prizes : 5 per category/format, total 25)

Nikon D7500 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

Nikon D7500 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

Nikon Photo Contest 50th Anniversary Prize (No. of Prizes : 1)

Participants’ Choice Prize (No. of Prizes : 1)

Rewards
■ Displayed on:

  • Nikon Photo Contest (NPC) Web Gallery
  • NPC Facebook
  • NPC Instagram

■ Exhibition at venues managed by Nikon

※ The Grand Prize winner will be selected from among the Gold Prize winners.
※ The NPC 50th Anniversary Prize winner will be selected from among works that pass the first round of judging based on a vote by Nikon Group employees.
※ Participants’ Choice Prize winner will be selected from among works that pass the first round of judging based on a vote by entrants.
※ Winners in the Next Generation category will be requested to submit official documents proving their date of birth. In the event that such documentation is not provided, winning status will be revoked.
Prizes and rewards are subject to change without notice and cannot be exchanged, transferred, or redeemed for cash. Note that in the event of a conflict with the laws and regulations of a country, such as those pertaining to exports, or in the event of restrictions on the sale or use of a prize within the winner’s country of residence, the prize may be undeliverable to the winner. In this case, a different prize will be awarded at the discretion of the organizer.

Entry

  • Entries are only accepted through the Internet at https://www.nikon.com/
  • Once submitted, entries will not be returned to entrants under any circumstances, even if they are later withdrawn.
  • Enter the contest by providing the required information in the entry form at: https://ssl-entry.nikon-photocontest.com/

    Note:

    We expect to receive a high volume of submissions right before the deadline.
    When the system gets busy, you may experience such problems as the submission process taking longer than usual, or not being processed at all.
    If you plan to enter the contest, please try to do so well in advance, preferably about ten days before the deadline (1:00 p.m. on January 31st, 2019, Japan Standard Time), to avoid the potential problems.

Entry Categories:
1. Open Award

Change is all around us, and it comes in many forms. It ranges from minor alterations in daily trivia that we are apt to overlook to major developments that can move society and change the world. We look forward to vivid visual expressions of the kind of change that means a lot to you.

  • Theme: Change
  • Entry format: single photo, photo story (two to five images)
  • Any equipment can be used.
  • No age restrictions

2. Next Generation Award

In the decades to come, individuality will surely count for a great deal, so please don’t hesitate to express your identity! We look forward to seeing fresh images that reflect the belief in your own potential and your ability to put that belief into action.

  • Theme: Identity
  • Entry format: single photo, photo story (two to five images)
  • Any equipment can be used.
*Entrants must be 25 years of age or younger as of the entry deadline.

3. Short Film Award

Hope springs eternal in the human breast”. Possessing a feeling of hope is certainly vital for anyone as they take a step towards tomorrow. Express your own hopes for the future in video form and share them with the world.

  • Theme: Hope
  • Entry format: video
  • Any equipment can be used, but the video must be 6 to 180 seconds long.
  • No age restrictions

Photo Entries

  • Entry is limited to original works that have not formerly been displayed or exhibited and for 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, including similar works, are not eligible. Even works that are entered in other competitions after submission to this contest will be regarded as having been submitted to other contests currently underway.
  • The limit for submitted works is 10 photos, including those forming photo stories. Entries can be submitted in multiple categories if the total number of entries is within this limit.
  • Image data files created with any device capable of taking still images, including smartphones and digital still cameras (including medium and large-format digital cameras).
  • Images that have been retouched by using camera apps, photo editing apps, other software, etc. will be accepted.
  • Both color and monochrome images will be accepted.
Note:
Winners might be asked to provide higher resolution images for publication or display purposes related to the contest.
  • Works that are identical or similar to another submitted work (“identical or similar works”*1) as well as works including identical or similar works submitted as separate works are ineligible (not eligible) for submission.
Note:
*1 “Identical or similar works” refers to the following works:
  • ① a work produced from identical image data,
  • ② a work produced by cropping or retouching identical image data to alter it,
    or
  • ③ a work produced from similar, though not identical, image data as described in ① or ② above (e.g. a frame from the same series of shots, photography conducted at a different date or time yet producing the same result, or a work otherwise deemed to be similar).

Video Entries

  • Entry is limited to original works for which the entrant holds all applicable rights as a result of personally filming the video.
  • Only one video may be submitted.
  • A video work consisting of video footage and/or still images with a length of 6 to 180 seconds.
  • Any video-recording device may be used.
  • 360° videos are restricted to edited works that do not rely on a 360° video playback device or application for viewing.
  • Works that are identical or similar to another submitted work (“identical or similar works”*1) as well as works including identical or similar works submitted as separate works are ineligible (not eligible) for submission.
Note:
*1 “Identical or similar works” refers to the following works:
  • ① a work produced from identical video data,
  • ② a work produced by cropping or retouching identical video data to alter it,
    or
  • ③ a work produced from similar, though not identical, video data as described in ① or ② above (e.g. part of the same video, filming conducted at a different date or time yet producing the same result, or a work otherwise deemed to be similar).

Judging

  • After the first round of judging, all entries will be posted on this website (scheduled for May 2019).
  • everyone who has entered the contest has a right to vote for the Participants’ Choice Prize. All works that have passed the first round of judging will be subject to voting.
  • Voting is scheduled for May 2019 or later. Details will be announced at http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/en/
  • Winners of each award will be decided after the final round of judging (June).
  • Contest results are scheduled to be announced by September 2019 at http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/en/

….Entrants’ Rights

  • Although entrants retain the copyright and other equivalent rights to their entries, the organizer retains the entry rights listed below under “Organizer’s Rights”.

Organizer’s Rights

  • The organizer reserves the right to publish entries to its public social networking service accounts throughout the submission period to publicize the contest. Such publication does not guarantee an award of any kind.
  • The organizer reserves the right to publish all entries onto websites and social networking service accounts related to the contest after the first round of judging. Some entries might be cropped for publication.
  • With the objective of publicizing the contest and enriching the general image-making culture, the organizer reserves in perpetuity the non-exclusive right to publish, reproduce, make public, publicly transmit, display, print, distribute, and screen winning entries with the credit titles on websites and public social networking service accounts as well as in photo exhibitions, camera-related events, exhibitions, and the corresponding facilities managed or organized by the subsidiaries or affiliates of Nikon Group and local agents authorized by the organizer (collectively called the “organizer, etc.”, a term that includes the organizer) without further compensation to or the additional prior consent of the winners.
  • The organizer, etc. will display the names of the winners and the titles of the winning entries on contest-related websites and public social networking service accounts, at exhibitions, and in other locations where the works are shown. Entrants are requested to familiarize themselves with the “Privacy Notice”.
  • With the objective of accomplishing the goals outlined in the above clause, the organizer, etc. may: (a) display the winning entries in whole or in part on websites or public social networking service accounts under its administration, with the addition of graphical effects, sound effects, or music, and(b) employ the winning entries in whole or in part in the creation of posters, tickets, and pamphlets promoting photo exhibitions and other events. The winners agree not to exercise moral rights to works so used.
  • For objectives other than those stated above, upon agreement with the entrant or winner, the organizer reserves in perpetuity the non-exclusive right to publish, reproduce, make public, publicly transmit, display, print, distribute, and screen entries or winning entries with labels indicating them as entries or winning entries of the contest and the credit titles, without further compensation.
  • Entries that in the judgment of the organizer do not conform to these Entry Guidelines will be disqualified. Entrants will not be notified in this event.
  • If a winner is found to be disqualified after a prize is awarded, the award might be revoked and the entrant requested to return the prize.
  • These Entry Guidelines will be interpreted in accordance with the laws of Japan.
  • Any disputes between entrants and the organizer will be referred to the Tokyo District Court as the court of first instance having exclusive jurisdiction….

For the complete Entry Guidelines and other important info, please visit:

  • http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/assets/pdf/entry/EntryGuidelines_en.pdf
  • http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/en/entry/
  • http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/en/faq/
  • http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/en/judging/
  • http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/en/message/

Good Luck! / Bonne chance!

PRESS RELEASE

Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019: Call for Entries

October 18, 2018

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce that entries for the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 will be accepted from 1:00 p.m. today, October 18, 2018 until 1:00 p.m. on January 31, 2019 (all dates and times JST).

Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 website: http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/en/

Nikon Photo Contest is an international photo contest that aims to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate, as well as to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike. Since the first Contest was held in 1969, photographers from countries and regions around the world have participated and shown their support. To date, more than 410,000 photographers have submitted over 1,620,000 imaging works, making it a truly international event.

In the previous (36th) Contest, a total of 21,511 photographers from 170 countries and regions submitted 76,356 works, marking a new record for the Contest in terms of the number of countries and regions from which entries were submitted.

Neville Brody once again selected as Lead Judge

We have welcomed Art Director Neville Brody as Lead Judge for the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019, for a second term following the previous 36th Photo Contest.

His work spans over more than three decades, ranges from album sleeves to corporate branding for global businesses, and is influential among a wide variety of artists, including photographers who will lead the next generation. Our decision to invite Mr. Brody to serve as Lead Judge once again was based on his ability to successfully work with a diverse and international panel of judges, as well as his popularity with the participants of the previous Contest.

Comments from Neville Brody (summary)

Having served as the Lead Judge for the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017, I found the experience to be amazing and inspiring. The entries that came in were phenomenal, and the passion with which the judges approached discussing the work was really emotive. It was a very rewarding experience, and I want to thank all of the entrants who sent work in last time. I’m looking forward to an even more passionate, inspiring event this time, which is why I’ve agreed to serve as Lead Judge again.

*Judges will be announced on the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 website as they are appointed.

Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 Overview

The Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019, the 37th Contest since its beginning, will be comprised of three categories — Open, Next Generation, and Short Film.

The theme for the Open Award is “Change”. We live in a time full of great changes in a variety of contexts, from our work and lifestyles, to the climate. We are calling for entries that express changes that you want to share with the world.

The theme for the Next Generation Award, open to photographers aged 25 or younger, is “Identity”. We look forward to entries unique to younger generations that explore who they are.

The theme for the Short Film Award is “Hope”. In this category, we await entries that shine a hopeful light on the path to the future.

We plan to announce winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 in August 2019, and to also hold an awards ceremony.

Eligibility

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

Entry categories
1. Open Award

  • Theme: Change
  • Entry format: Single photo, photo story (two to five images)
  • Any equipment may be used
  • No age restriction

2. Next Generation Award

  • Theme: Identity
  • Entry format: Single photo or photo story (two to five images)
  • Any equipment may be used
  • Entrants must be aged 25 or younger

3. Short Film Award

  • Theme: Hope
  • Entry format: Video
  • Any equipment may be used
  • No age restriction

Entry period

1:00 p.m. on October 18, 2018 to 1:00 p.m. on January 31, 2019 (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 2018-2019 website. Visit the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 website for further details regarding Contest eligibility, submission rules, judging, etc.

Awards and Prizes

A total of 45 Gold, Silver, and Bronze Prizes will be selected from entries of each format from each of the three categories. The best work from winners of the Gold prize will also receive the Grand Prize. Additionally, from all entries that pass the initial judging phase, one work will receive the NPC 50th Anniversary Prize, selected through voting by Nikon employees, and yet another work will receive the Participants’ Choice Prize, selected through voting by Contest participants. Winners will receive the following prizes and privileges.

Category Format No. of awards Prizes
Grand Prize 1 ¥500,000 in cash (JPY)
Gold Prize Open Single photo, photo story 1 for each format in each category
(total: 5)
D850 and AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR or Z 7 and NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S
Next Generation
Short Film Video
Silver Prize Open Single photo, photo story 3 for each format in each category
(total: 15)
D500 and AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR or Z 6 and NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S
Next Generation
Short Film Video
Bronze Prize Open Single photo, photo story 5 for each format in each category
(total: 25)
D7500 and AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR
Special prizes
Category/No. of awards Prizes
NPC 50th Anniversary Prize 1 selected from those that pass the initial judging phase for each category  

D500 and AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR or Z 6 and NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S

 

Participants’ Choice Prize 1 selected from those that pass the initial judging phase for each category

Winner privileges

  • Exhibition of winning entry in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 website gallery
  • Exhibition of winning entry on official Nikon Photo Contest Facebook and Instagram pages
  • Inclusion in photo exhibitions held by Nikon
*Single photo and photo story are counted as two different formats.
*All award recipients will receive a trophy and certificate.
*A Grand Prize winner may not be selected.
*Prizes and privileges are subject to change without notice, and cannot be exchanged, transferred, or redeemed for cash.
*Winners of the Gold and Silver Prizes, as well as of the NPC 50th Anniversary Prize or the Participants’ Choice Prize, may choose as their prize either a digital SLR camera or mirrorless camera.
The information is current as of the date of publication. It is subject to change without notice.

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