Melville, NY—Makoto Kimura, president of Nikon Corporation, announced that entries for the prestigious Nikon Photo Contest International 2010-2011 will be accepted between September 1 and November 30, 2010. The worldwide contest provides an opportunity for photographers of all skill levels to contribute to photographic culture. Winners will be named in June 2011.
Since its inception in 1969, the competition has steadily gained popularity with photographers from every corner of the globe, with more than 320,000 photographers submitting more than 1,310,000 photos. In the 2008-2009 competition, more than 18,000 photographers from 153 countries submitted more than 51,000 photos, marking a new record for the largest number of entries by the most applicants from the most countries.
Categories. ?Entries for the 2010-2011 contest will be accepted for two categories: the first category is a free subject category (A); the second is titled “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. Entrants may not enter the same photo in both categories simultaneously.
Returning again this year is the Emerging Talent Award, which is designed to recognize the importance of the next generation of young photographers and provide them with an opportunity to share their photos.
Entry Period. September 1, 2010 through November 30, 2010. Photographers may fill out the application form on the Nikon Photo Contest International 2010-2011 website and transmit image data via the form.
Number of Entries and Format. ?Two photos for each category (total of four) may be submitted. Image data (JPEG only, 10MB files or less) 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.
Awards and Prize. Well-known currently active photographers will judge entries. A total of 53 prizes will be awarded, with one photo to receive the contest grand prize. From each category, 16 photos will receive first, second and third prizes. Four photos entered by photographers aged 29 or younger will receive Emerging Talent Awards, while 16 Emerging Talent Award runners-up will have their entries exhibited in the contest Mini Gallery.
The grand prize is a Nikon D3S DSLR, AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED? lens, AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED? lens and the winning photo will be included in the Mini Gallery on the Nikon Photo Contest International 2010-2011 website.
One first-place winner from each category? will receive a Nikon D300S DSLR, SB-900 Speedlight?, AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II? lens and AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens.
Second-place ?winners (five awards from each category) will be awarded a Nikon D5000 DSLR and AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G ED VR lens. Third-place? winners (10 awards from each category?) will receive a Nikon D3000 DSLR and AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens.
Four Emerging Talent Award winners will garner a Nikon Coolpix P6000 digital camera? and will have their winning photos included in the Mini Gallery on the Nikon Photo Contest International 2010-2011 website. Sixteen runners-up in for the Emerging Talent Award will receive a Nikon Coolpix S1000pj digital camera? and will also have their photos included in the Mini Gallery. nikonusa.com