FAQ

About regulations for applications and works

Q. Are there any qualifications required to enter the contest?

A. You can enter the contest regardless of nationality, age, gender, or professional/amateur status.

Q. Is there any fee to enter the contest?

A. There is no fee to participate. However, you are responsible for costs associated with the application such as the internet connection fee.

Q. Is entry limited to works taken with Nikon photography equipment?

A. You may use any photography or film equipment.

Q. Why can't I apply by submitting a printed photo?

A. In order to apply the same judging conditions as much as possible to numerous works submitted from around the world, we do not accept printed photos.

Q. Only works not already presented can be submitted for application, but what about works that have been published on a webpage or SNS?

A. You may submit photos which are saved in your personal photo album or posted on your individual webpage, blog or SNS which is not intended for business purposes. You may not submit photos which are posted on websites for purchase such as stock photo websites.

Q. Will submitted works be returned?

A. No, submitted works will not be returned.

Q. Will I receive notification that my work has been received?

A. You will not be sent a notice of the receipt regarding your entry, but you can check on the "My Page" section of this website. Please log in and check yourself.

Q. Please tell me the size and format.

A. For submitted photos, image data for one file must be within 20MB, the recommended format is JPEG/150dpi, and sRGB color space is standard.
Submitted videos should be comprised of video footage and/or still images between 6 and 180 seconds, MOV or MP4 format only, and video compression format of H.264 MPEG-4VC.

Q. Can edited photos be submitted? To what degree can photos be edited and submitted?

A. You can submit photos processed and edited by camera applications, editing applications, software, etc. You may submit color or black and white photos.

Q. Is it possible for a group to submit a single work?

A. Even works submitted by a group will be entered under the name of one representative. Therefore, should the photo win, the individual representative will receive the award rather than the entire group.

Q. Can a work be submitted regardless of when it was taken?

A. Yes, a work taken on any date may be submitted.

Q. It is possible to submit a scan of a photograph taken with a film camera?

A. Yes, you can submit it.

Q. The work is watermarked or includes copyright information. Is it possible to submit it? Also, is it recommended to copyright submitted works?

A. Yes, you can submit it. You can submit works regardless of whether they include copyright information or not.

Q. Please tell me the application period.

A. The application period is from 1 pm on Thursday, October 18, 2018 to 1 pm on Thursday, January 31, 2019. All dates and times are in Japan Standard Time.

Q. Is it possible to submit works that are also submitted to another contest?

A. No, you may not submit photos/videos that have been submitted to other contests, including works that are similar to those submitted to other contests.

Q. After applying, is it possible to submit my work to another contest?

A. No, even works which will be submitted to other contests after being submitted to this contest are considered to be works submitted to another contest. You may not submit them to this contest.

Q. My photo has a date stamp. Can I submit it?

A. Yes, for this contest you can submit photos with or without a date stamp. Either is fine.

Q. Can I apply under a nickname? I do not want my real name to be made public.

A. No, you may not apply under a nickname. Please use your real name when applying. Please be aware that your real name will be displayed in the gallery of works which pass the first round of judging,

How to apply
(errors, changing registration information)

Q. Is it possible to apply multiple times?

A. It is possible to apply up to the number of times allowed under the rules. If the same person exceeds the number set by the rules and is determined to have applied multiple times, following applications will not be processed.

Q. After applying, is it possible to erase my entry and resubmit a separate work?

A. Yes, you may. During the application period, you may delete entries and resubmit unlimited times. However, please be careful as deletions or submissions cannot be done after the application period has ended.

Q. Is it not possible to submit works by email directly to Nikon or the Nikon Photo Contest Office?

A. Submissions sent to places other than this website will not be processed. Also, should data be sent to the wrong place in error, it will not be processed nor will you receive notification. Please be careful.

Q. What will happen if I leave part of the entry form blank by mistake?

A. The entry form cannot be sent unless all required sections have been completed. Any mandatory sections which have been skipped will be indicated on the screen, so please do not leave any of these sections blank.

Q. What will happen if my data is lost or damaged due to an incident during data transmission?

A. As Nikon will not take responsibility, please make certain to back up and store your data prior to submission.

Q. Is it possible to submit works through recording media such as a CD-R?

A. No, it is not. Applications are only accepted through the Internet.

Q. My image can't upload well.

A. Please review the instructions for the entry form on this website.
If this does not resolve your issue, please send an inquiry to support@entry.nikon-photocontest.com.

Q. Please tell me where the "submit" button is.

A. The application period is from Thursday, October 18, 2018 to Thursday, January 31, 2019. The entry form will be available on this site from Thursday, October 18, 2018. Please check the site then.

Q. Can I apply by smartphone or tablet?

A. Yes, you may apply through the browser on your smartphone or tablet. (Responsive web design compatible)

Q. I can't apply. I don't understand how to apply.

A. Please review the instructions for the entry form on this website. If this does not resolve your issue, please send an inquiry to support@entry.nikon-photocontest.com.

Q. There was an error.

A. Please review the instructions for the entry form on this website. If this does not resolve your issue, please send an inquiry to support@entry.nikon-photocontest.com.

Q. I forgot my password. I want to change my password.

A. Follow the directions on the "If you forgot your password" guidance on the login screen, and enter your email address and date of birth for a temporary URL to be sent to you.

Q. I forgot my email address.

A. If you cannot log in due to forgetting your email address, please send an inquiry to support@entry.nikon-photocontest.com.

Q. I want to change my email address.

A. Please click "Edit" on the "Update user infomation" on the "My Page" section of the website, and select "Change email address" Please input and send your current email address. A URL to complete the change will be sent to you. Please follow the instructions in the email to proceed with applying for any changes. Your information will be changed.

Q. I can't log in.

A. If after reconfirming that your registered email address and password are not incorrect, your issue is still not resolved, please send an inquiry to support@entry.nikon-photocontest.com.

About application categories

Q. Is it possible to submit both the single photo and the photo story (set of multiple images)?

A. Yes, you can submit both. For photos, you can submit up to ten works, including both single photos and those included in photo stories. For the video, you can only submit one work.

Q. Is it possible to submit the same work to both the single photo and the photo story categories?

A. Yes, you can submit a single photo that is also included in a photo story.

Q. Is it necessary to apply to all three of the video works, single photos and photo story categories?

A. No, you may also apply to any one of these categories on its own.

Q. Regarding the requirement to be 25 or younger to apply in the Next Generation award, what date determines age?

A. You must be 25 or younger on the Thursday, January 31, 2019 application deadline.

Q. Is it possible to apply to all categories?

A. Those who are 25 or younger as of the submission deadline may apply to all categories. But even in this case, the same work or similar works may not be entered as different works or in different categories.

Q. Is it possible to submit more than one work to the single photo category?

A. Yes, you can submit multiple works. You can enter up to ten items (ten works).

Q. For the photo story, up to how many photos can be included as one work?

A. The number of photos may be up to ten including both single photos and those included in photo stories. Because up to five photos can be used as a photo story, at most two works (ten photos) can be accepted.
*In cases where single photos are submitted as works, the number of photos that can be used in a photo story may change, so please check the "My Page" section of the website.

Q. Please tell me how to check my submitted work.

A. You can check from "Submitted work list" on the "My Page" section of the website. If you select an image, you can check and edit the detailed information.

About the judging

Q. Please tell me the reasons for choosing the judges.

A. Judges are chosen with consideration to outstanding experience and knowledge in both photos and videos.

Q. Will I be able to receive an evaluation and advice from the judges?

A. We cannot provide evaluation or advice for items other than the award-winning works.

Q. How are results determined?

A. Each prize is chosen after a first round and final judging. The final determination is conducted through sincere discussion among all the judges together.

Q. Where and when is the final evaluation held?

A. The final determination is planned to be conducted in June 2019. The location will not be made public.

About voting and the gallery of entries that passed the 1st round of judging

Q. Can anyone vote?

A. No, voting is restricted only to those who have entered the contest.

Q. Can I vote according to category?

A. No, you cannot vote for different categories. Your vote counts toward the "Participants’ Choice Prize" which goes to one of the works which has passed the first round.

Q. Can I vote for my own work?

A. Yes, you can.

Q. How can I vote?

A. Log in to "My Page" on the website, and you can vote at the "Gallery of entries that passed the 1st round"

Q. Can one person vote multiple times?

A. Yes, one person can vote up to five times. You can change your vote as many times as you like during the voting period.

Q. Where is the gallery of works? How can the works be seen?

A. You can view the "Gallery of entries that passed the 1st round" on the top page.

About the announcement of results and award-winning works

Q. When will results be available, and how will I know them?

A. Award winners only will be notified by an email from the Nikon Photo Contest Office at their registered address by mid-July 2019. The award winners and the award-winning works are planned to be announced on this website by September 2019.

Q. Have results been announced? Please tell me if I have won an award.

A. Award winners will be contacted by email by mid-July 2019. Also, award-winning works are planned to be posted on our website by September 2019. Results will not be handled individually.

Q. I didn't win an award. Please tell me the reason.

A. We cannot provide evaluations or comments for individual submitted works.

Q. I want to know more details about why the winning works were chosen to receive awards.

A. We cannot provide further comments regarding works published on our website.

About receiving awards and exclusive benefits

Q. If I win an award, will the prize money and award be sent to me? Will Nikon pay the tax, etc.?

A. We will contact each prize winner individually regarding award distribution methods and taxes.

Q. Is it possible for me to change the camera or lens received as a prize to a different type?

A. No, you cannot change the prize item.

Q. The camera and lens given as prizes are regulated in my country. Is it possible to change them to different items?

A. In the case where there are regulations in the award winner's country of residence, any changes are at the discretion of Nikon. We cannot handle requests from award winners.

Q. Is it possible to receive my award if I cannot attend the award ceremony?

A. Yes, you can still receive the award.

Q. If I don't know how to use the camera or lens given as prizes, is there a place where you can teach me?

A. We will inform the winners of the authorized Nikon service center in their area of residence.

Q. Can I receive a cash prize instead of the camera or lens?

A. No, it is not possible to receive cash in lieu of the prize item.

Other matters

Q. How will the submitted works and private information be handled after the contest has finished?

A. Deletion procedures will be carried out on December 31, 2019.
Regarding those who would like to receive email notification from the host about the next contest, etc., deletion procedures will be carried out on December 31, 2020. Award winners' information will be handled according to the Award Winners' Agreement document.

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