Nikon Photo Contest 2012–2013 Call for Entries Announced for Amateurs and Pros

Nikon Photo Contest 2012–2013 Call for Entries Announced for Amateurs and Pros


Tokyo, Japan—Nikon Corporation announced a call for entries to the 2012–2013 Nikon Photo Contest, one of the largest international photo contests in the world. Nikon hopes to provide an opportunity for photographers of all types to express themselves and showcase their creative work through the contest.

Held since 1969, the Nikon Photo Contest (NPC), formally known as the Nikon Photo Contest International (NPCI), was created with the goal of “contributing to the development of photographic culture by providing a venue of communication among photographers from around the world, be they professionals or amateurs.” The contest is open to all professional and amateur photographers, regardless of age, sex or nationality.

For the 34th installment of NPCI, Nikon added categories for Motion Snapshot videos taken with Nikon 1 system cameras and a Participants’ Award for the most popular entry, chosen by contest entrants. Entries can be submitted from December 1, 2012 through February 28, 2013. All winners will receive trophies and prizes of Nikon products with values determined by the type of prize.

Nikon is seeking entries in four categories: Category A, a single photo ; Category B, composite photo composed of a series of two to five photographs; Category C, photographic videos of up to 45 seconds in length; and Category D, Motion Snapshot, which is a combination of still images and movies created with the Nikon 1 system line of cameras.

The judges include active and well-known international photographers who will select 54 works to be given first, second and third prizes in each category, in addition to a grand prize for the most outstanding overall entry and the new Participants’ Award. Winning entries will be announced in summer 2013 and will be included in a public exhibition (location and date to be announced).

Entries, both color and monochrome, must be submitted online at the Nikon Photo Contest 2012–2013 website, Each entry is limited to a total of 10 works in categories A and B; each entrant can submit one work in each of categories C and D. These works can be in addition to works submitted in categories A and B. Entry is restricted to original works that have not been published and to which the entrant holds the rights. Works that have been scanned from film or retouched, or submitted to other contests, will not be accepted. Only image data files created with digital cameras (including medium and large format cameras) will be accepted, with a file size up to 20MB (sRGB 150-dpi JPEGs are recommended).

Movie files containing videos created from footage shot using the movie recording function on digital still cameras (including medium and large format cameras)
Length: 45 seconds

Each movie entered, up to 45 seconds, must be in MOV format, with a file size of 200MB or less. Any music used must be copyright-free or performed and recorded by the entrant or a person designated by the entrant or be works for which the entrant holds the rights.