Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017

Message from the President

Welcome to the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017!

As photographic culture evolves at a breathtaking and unprecedented speed, photography has become a very familiar and universal means of communication, with more and more people using it to share their impressions, experiences and stories over social media every day.

Against this backdrop, Nikon will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017. We have always embraced changes, responded earnestly to them, and championed new forms of image-making, with our pledge to be “at the heart of the image”. Setting our sights on the next 100 years, our challenge is to maintain our position at the forefront of photographic culture advances and the creation of new visual experiences.

Looking ahead to the future of imaging, the 36th Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 fully encompasses that vision. Besides the special ‘Nikon 100th Anniversary Award’, the ‘Next Generation Award’ has been introduced to target the discovery of fresh young talent.

Professionals and amateurs, men and women, boys and girls… The basic purpose of the Nikon Photo Contest is to support the expanding global community of photographers who are able to move others via the common language of photography. We see it as a forum where people with a passion for photography can come together, acknowledge each other’s efforts, find stimulation in different points of view, thrive through competition, commit themselves to furthering their art, and help to make photography a vital part of our everyday lives.

Holding the contest also provides us at Nikon with tremendous inspiration. We will use it as a springboard to promote new values with even more visionary and diverting photography. And we will make every effort to create initiatives that will help more and more people enjoy the benefits.

Please take part in the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017. The world is waiting to share your unique visual experiences. Believe in the great potential of photography and pass your personal stories on to the next 100 years.

Kazuo Ushida
President and Representative Director
Nikon Corporation

The Awards and Themes

Nikon 100th Anniversary Award

Theme: "Celebration"

To commemorate our 100th anniversary, we want to spotlight all kinds of joyful scenes that occur worldwide. What celebratory story do you want to depict? See, capture, and send us a unique take on the theme of ‘Celebration’ that truly befits the centennial celebrations of Nikon.

Next Generation Award
THE OPEN Award

Theme: "Future"

The future lies like an empty canvas ahead of us, unpredictable but with unlimited possibilities. What images of the future would you like to share with the world? The photographic story you tell could launch the future of photographic culture!

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