Nikon has announced the opening of the 36th Nikon Photo Contest and is giving away cash as well as a collection of top end DSLR cameras to winners. As the company is celebrating its 100th anniversary it has introduced a special category, the prize for which is ¥500,000 (approx $4900) and a Nikon D5 with the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR lens. A further category in addition to the usual Open section is designed for photographers under the age of 30.

The Grand prize will be a D5 with AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR, while the most popular entry will win a D810 with the same lens. The first prize for each category is the same D810 kit, while 21 second prizes will be awarded of D500 bodies with AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR lenses. A total of 35 D5500 bodies will be given away to 3rd placed entries along with a AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR II each.

The theme for the 100th Anniversary category is ‘Celebration’, and entrance is via a single image that must have been taken on Nikon equipment. The Next Generation category, for under 30s, and the Open category have the theme ‘Future’ and require two to five images per entry or a video of six to 180 seconds. Any brand of camera may be used for these categories.

Entry is free and works may be submitted between 17th October 2016 and 27th January 2017. For more information see the Nikon Photo Contest website.

Press release

Call for entries for Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017

Neville Brody inaugurated as Lead Judge and two new categories introduced

Nikon is pleased to announce that entries for the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 will be accepted between October 17, 2016 and January 27, 2017.

One of the world's largest international photo contests since its inception in 1969, the 36th Nikon Photo Contest sees the addition of two new categories. The ‘Nikon 100th Anniversary’ category celebrates Nikon's upcoming 100th birthday in 2017, and the ‘Next Generation’ category, for anyone under the age of 30, looks to encourage the talent of the next generation of photographers.

World renowned graphic designer and art director, Neville Brody, has been chosen as Lead Judge due to his huge influence on artists, including photographers, both young and old. He says of his role, “The Nikon Photo Contest is recognised globally as a key place to discover new and rising talent, searching out rich, imaginative power and inspiration. As Lead Judge, I feel it is my responsibility to continue this great tradition by selecting works that represent new ideas and superior quality. I am excited to see just how participants express their wonderful ideas and creativity through the works they submit.”

The Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 photography and video categories will accept entries recorded with any digital device, including smart devices*, and video entries with a length of six to 180 seconds.

The winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 will be announced in July 2017, with an awards ceremony in Japan, home of Nikon Corporation.