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2017 Nikon International Photo Contest for Photographers Worldwide

About 2017 Nikon International Photo Contest for Photographers Worldwide

Application is currently ongoing for the 2017 Nikon International Photo Contest for Photographers Worldwide.

2017 Nikon International Photo Contest for Photographers Worldwide

The Nikon Photo Contest International has been held by Nikon Corporation since 1969 to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich image-making culture for professionals and amateurs alike.

Application Deadline

Friday, January 27, 2017 (closes at 1:00 p.m. Japan standard time)

Value of Award

  • Nikon 100 Anniv. Prize(No. of Awards : 1)
    • 500,000 yen in cash
    • Nikon D5
    • AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
  • Grand Prize(No. of Awards : 1)
    • Nikon D5
    • AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
  • 1st Prize(No. of Awards : 1 per category/format, total 7)
    • Nikon D810
    • AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
  • 2nd Prize(No. of Awards : 3 per category/format, total 21)
    • Nikon D500
    • AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR
  • 3rd Prize(No. of Awards : 5 per category/format, total 35)
    • Nikon D5500
    • AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Ⅱ
  • Rewards
    • Displayd on Nikon Photo Contest Web Gallery
    • Displayd on Nikon Photo Contest official Facebook
    • Displayd on Nikon Photo Contest official Instagram
    • Exhibition at venues managed by Nikon

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 winning work within the winner’s country of residence, the prize may be undeliverable to the winner.
In this case, a different prize shall be awarded at the discretion of the organizer.

* Entrants under the age of 19 will be eligible for the Next Generation Award. Winners will be requested to submit official confirmation of their date of birth. In the event that such documentation is not provided, winning status will be revoked.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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 ofage 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.

Submission Rules

  • Entry is limited to original works that have not formerly been displayed or exhibited and to 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.
  • Works that are entered in other competitions after submitting to this contest will be deemed as those having been submitted to other contests currently underway.
  •  Entrants can submit to both photography and video.
  • The limit for submitted works is 10 photos, including those forming photo stories, and 1 video. Entries can be submitted to multiple categories so long as the total number of entries is within this limit.
  • Works that are identical or similar to another submitted work (the “identical or similar works”*1), as well as works including identical or similar works submitted as separate works, are ineligible for submission.
  • Note:
    *1 “Identical or similar works” refers to the following works:
    ➢ a work produced from identical image data;
    ➢ a work produced by cropping or retouching to alter identical image data; or
    ➢ a work produced from similar, though not identical,image data (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).

Submission Guidelines

Photo Entries

  • Image data files created with any digital device including smartphones, digital still cameras (including medium and large-format cameras).
  • Images that have been retouched using software or by other means will be accepted. Retouched photography using a camera app or photo editing app is also accepted.
  • Both color and monochrome images will be accepted.
  • File size: up to 20 MB of image data per work
  • File format: JPEG/150 dpi recommended
  • The standard color space for the judging process is RGB.
    Note: Winners may be requested to provide higher resolution images for publication
    or display purposes related to the contest.

Video Entries

  • A video work comprising 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 upon a 360° video playback device or application for viewing.
  • File size: up to 400 MB of video data at the time of submission per work.
  • File format: MOV or MP4.
  • Any music used must either be copyright-free and performed and recorded by the entrant or a person designated by the entrant or be works for which the entrant holds the copyright and for which the copyright has not been transferred to a copyright collective or other body.


  • After the first round of judging, all entries will be posted onto this website (scheduled for March 2017).
  • Awards will be decided after the second round (April), and final round (June) of judging. Contest results are scheduled to be announced on this website by July 2017.
  • Everyone who has entered the contest has a right to vote for the “Participants Award for Most Popular Entry.”
  • All works that have passed the second round of judging will be subject to voting. Voting is scheduled for May 2017. Details will be announced on this website.

Notification to Winners

  • After the judging concludes, the winners will be notified via email sent to their registered email addresses by the end of June 2017.
    Note: Winners are requested to access the URL in the award notification email sent by the Nikon Photo Contest Office and, in case they accept the terms and conditions, register by the specified date. Failure to provide such acceptance may result in disqualification. Winners may be contacted by telephone or other means should the Nikon Photo Contest Office deem it necessary to confirm any of the information provided.
  • Please note that failure to respond within 21 days of the date on which the Nikon Photo Contest Office sends the award notification email, whether due to server malfunction or any other cause, will result in disqualification. Entrants should therefore notify the organizer of any changes to their email addresses through My Page on the application website. Neither the organizer nor the Nikon Photo Contest Office shall accept liability for any disadvantages that may arise as the result of inability to
    receive email.


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