Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017: Call for Entries

August 24, 2016

Neville Brody inaugurated as Lead Judge, and two new categories — Nikon 100th Anniversary Award and Next Generation Award — established

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that entries for the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 will be accepted between October 17, 2016 and 1:00pm (JST) on January 27, 2017 February 27, 2017.
(Revised on January 13, 2017)

New logo designed by Neville Brody

The Nikon Photo Contest has been one of the world's largest global photo contests since it was first held in 1969. The objective behind the Contest is to nurture an aspirational community that supports photographers and filmmakers who wish to share important stories and influence the way people think through images.

The Nikon 100th Anniversary Award has been added to commemorate Nikon's celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2017. The Next Generation Award, open to those under the age of 30, has been added in response to the fact that roughly half of the entries in the previous Contest were captured or recorded by those under the age of 30. We hope that this new category will help to further extract and encourage the talent of the next generation.
In addition, world-renowned graphic designer and art director, Neville Brody, is to be welcomed as the Lead Judge for this Contest. With his appointment as Lead Judge, Brody also redesigned the Nikon Photo Contest logo. He had the following to say about his role as Lead Judge.

Comments from Neville Brody (summary)

"The Nikon Photo Contest is recognized globally as a key place to discover new and rising talent, searching out new insights and rich imaginative power and inspiration. As Lead Judge, I feel that it is my responsibility to continue this great tradition by selecting works that express new ideas and superior quality for introduction to the world. With both excitement and trepidation, I hope that the work performed by other judges and myself will make this a Contest that satisfies all who participate. I am also looking forward to seeing just how participants express their wonderful ideas and creativity through the works they submit."

Neville Brody is known for serving in the 1980s as art director for a globally influential London-based magazine, which received the overwhelming support of a younger generation at that time. He currently serves as the Dean of the School of Communication at London's Royal College of Art*1, a fine-arts university active in the education and cultivation of the next generation of international artists. Brody was our choice for Lead Judge because he is very influential to so many artists, including photographers, who will carry the next generation.

Just as with the previous Contest, all Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 photography and video categories will accept entries recorded with any digital device, including smart devices*2, and video entries with a length of 6 to 180 seconds will be accepted.
The theme for the Nikon 100th Anniversary Award is "Celebration". In commemoration of Nikon's 100th anniversary, we hope that entries in this category will cast a light on the many joyful scenes to be found around the world. We look forward to receiving works of "Celebration" that are appropriate for Nikon's centennial, and tell a story that can only be expressed by the entrant.
The theme for the Next Generation Award and The Open Award is "Future". Future refers to a time that has not yet passed. However, this makes for infinite possibilities. What sorts of futures can be described to the people of the world through images? While no one can predict the future, we look forward to entries that provide a connection to the future of the image-making culture.

We plan to announce the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 winners in July 2017, and to hold the awards ceremony in Japan, the home of Nikon Corporation.*3

Neville Brody

Born in England in 1957, Neville Brody is the CEO of Brody Associates. His work over three decades ranges from album sleeves and identities for cultural institutions to corporate work for global businesses.
Brody is also Dean of the School of Communication at London's Royal College of Art. He is the former president of Design & Art Direction, which promotes creative excellence. He lectures globally on design and education.

Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Overview

Eligibility

The contest is open to all, professional and amateur, regardless of age, gender, or nationality. All categories will accept entries captured with any digital device, including smartphones, except for the Nikon 100th Anniversary Award.

Entry categories

1. Nikon 100th Anniversary Award

2. Next Generation Award

3. The Open Award

Entry period

October 17, 2016 to January 27, 2017 February 27, 2017. (closes at 1:00pm JST)
(Revised on January 13, 2017)

How to enter

Enter the contest by providing the required information in the entry form on the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 website (http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/). This form will be available from 1:00pm (JST) on October 17, 2016.
See the Nikon Photo Contest website at the following URL for further details regarding contest eligibility, submission rules, judging, etc.

Awards and Prizes

One entry each will be selected from all entries to receive the Nikon 100th Anniversary Prize, the Grand Prize, and the Award for the Most Popular Entry. In addition, a total of 63 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded to entries in each of the Nikon 100th Anniversary, Next Generation, and The Open categories, and winners will be presented with Nikon products of varying value.
In addition, all winners will be exhibited on the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Web Gallery, and on official Facebook and Instagram pages. We are also planning exhibitions at venues managed by Nikon, including the Nikon Museum. The following prizes will be awarded.

No. of Awards Prizes Rewards
Nikon 100 Anniv. Prize 1 500,000 yen in cash
Nikon D5
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Displayed on:
·Nikon Photo Contest Web Gallery
·Nikon Photo Contest Facebook
·Nikon Photo Contest Instagram

Exhibition at venues managed by Nikon
Grand Prize 1 Nikon D5
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Award for the most popular entry 1 Nikon D810
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
1st Prize
  • Nikon 100 Anniv. : 1
  • Next
    Single : 1
    Story : 1
    Movie : 1

  • Open
    Single : 1
    Story : 1
    Movie : 1

2nd Prize
  • Nikon 100 Anniv. : 3
  • Next
    Single : 3
    Story : 3
    Movie : 3

  • Open
    Single : 3
    Story : 3
    Movie : 3

Nikon D500
AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR
3rd Prize
  • Nikon 100 Anniv. : 5
  • Next
    Single : 5
    Story : 5
    Movie : 5

  • Open
    Single : 5
    Story : 5
    Movie : 5

Nikon D5500
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
66 winners

Nikon Photo Contest, one of the world's largest global photo contests

The Nikon Photo Contest (NPC) is one of the world's most prestigious global photo contests. Held since 1969, the goal behind the Contest is to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike. A total of 21,100 photographers from 164 countries and regions submitted 88,737 works in the previous (35th) Contest, marking a new record for the Contest in terms of the number of countries and regions from which entries were submitted.

The information is current as of the date of publication. It is subject to change without notice.