Entry Information

Entry Information
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Entry Categories

Photo Competition

i. Open Category
  • Theme: “Connect”
  • Entry format: Single photo or photo story
    (two to five images)
  • Any equipment can be used
  • No age restrictions
ii. Next Generation Category
  • Theme: “Passion”
  • Entry format: single photo or photo story
    (two to five images)
  • Any equipment can be used
  • Entrants must be 25 years of age or younger as of December, 31st, 2020

Short Film Competition

i. Open Category
  • Theme: “Connect”
  • Entry format: 180 to 300 seconds long video
    (MOV or MP4)
  • Any equipment can be used
  • If any language is used within the video, English language subtitles must be included
  • No age restrictions
ii. Next Generation Category
  • Theme: “Passion”
  • Entry format: 180 to 300 seconds long video
    (MOV or MP4)
  • Any equipment can be used
  • If any language is used within the video, English language subtitles must be included
  • Entrants must be 25 years of age or younger as of December, 31st, 2020

Awards and Prizes

Main Judgement

Grand Prize *1

No. of Winners:1 per competition, total 2

  • Prize money of 500,000 yen (Japanese yen)

Excellence Award

No. of Winners:2 per category, total 4

  • Photo Competition : Z 7II, NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S
  • Short Film Competition : Z 6II (with RAW Video Output Function), NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S, NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S

Special Encouragement Award

No. of Winners:4 per category, total 16

  • Photo Competition : Z 5, NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3
  • Short Film Competition : Z 50, NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR, NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR, video accessories *3

Special Award

Nikon’s selection Award *2

No. of Winners:1 per competition, total 2

  • Photo Competition : Z 5, NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3
  • Short Film Competition : Z 50, NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR, NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR, video accessories *3

Rewards

Note:
*1 The Grand Prize winner will be selected from among the Excellence Award winners of each competition.
*2 Nikon’s Selection Award winners will be selected by Nikon Group employees from among works that pass the first round of judging.
*3 Accessories will be decided by Nikon.

*Next Generation category winners will be requested to submit official documents proving their date of birth. In the event that such documentation is not provided, winning status will be revoked.

*In addition to the above, works to be featured in the 2022/2023 Nikon Calendar will be selected from among all works submitted to the photo competitions and taken using Nikon equipment. Everyone whose work is selected will receive 50 copies of the calendar in which their work is featured.

How to Enter

Enter the contest by providing the required information in the entry form on this website. This form will become available on the first date that entries are accepted (Thursday, October 22nd, 2020).

Entry Period

Please note that entry deadlines differ depending on the category.

Photo Competition Open Category

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 (from 4:00am (UTC)) to Monday, January 25th, 2021 (until 4:00am (UTC))

Photo Competition Next Generation Category

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 (from 4:00am (UTC)) to Monday, February 1st, 2021 (until 4:00am (UTC))

Short Film Competition Open Category

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 (from 4:00am (UTC)) to Monday, February 8th, 2021 (until 4:00am (UTC))

Short Film Competition Next Generation Category

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 (from 4:00am (UTC)) to Monday, February 15th, 2021 (until 4:00am (UTC))

Eligibility

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 of age 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.

Regarding Entries

For details on entering each competition, please see below.

Photo Competition Entry Information
Short Film Competition Entry Information

Judging Procedure

  • After all entries for the photography and short film competitions have been received, they will undergo the first round of judging, and all successful entries will be posted on this website (scheduled for May 2021). Winners of each award will then be decided after the final round of judging (June 2021). Contest results are scheduled to be announced on this website by July 2021.
  • The Nikon’s Selection Award will be decided by Nikon Group employees from among works listed above that pass the first round of judging.
  • Works to be featured in the Nikon Calendar will be judged separately from the above categories after all entries have been received. Entries suitable for the calendar will be decided from among all works taken using Nikon products that were submitted to either of the photography competitions and judged by Nikon employees. Contest results will be announced by contacting the winners.

Notification of Winners

  • After the judging concludes, the winners will be notified via email sent to their registered email addresses by mid-July 2021.

Note:
Winners are requested to access the URL in the award notification email sent by the Nikon Photo Contest Office, and they must accept the terms and conditions and register by the specified date. Failure to do so might result in disqualification. Winners might also be contacted by telephone or other means if the Nikon Photo Contest Office deems it necessary to confirm any of the information provided, etc.

Please note that failure to respond within 21 days of the date on which the Nikon Photo Contest Office sends the award notification email will result in disqualification, regardless of whether this is due to a server malfunction or any other cause. Entrants should therefore notify the organizer of any changes to their email addresses through My Account on this website. Neither the organizer nor the Nikon Photo Contest Office will accept liability for any disadvantages that arise as a result of inability to receive email.

Disclaimers

  • Entrants will not be notified of the receipt of their entries. Please note that the organizer will not respond to inquiries concerning their receipt.
  • Entries are only accepted through the Internet.
  • Entrants must bear all costs incurred by entering the contest.
  • Entering the contest constitutes agreement to the terms and conditions stated in these Entry Guidelines.
  • The organizer reserves the right of final judgment concerning items not expressly stated in these Entry Guidelines. Entrants who do not consent to the organizer's decisions may withdraw from the contest. All costs associated with withdrawal from the contest are to be borne by the entrant.
  • Once submitted, entries will not be returned to entrants under any circumstances, even if they are later withdrawn.
  • Please note that the organizer may elect to suspend or postpone receipt of any or all entries if in its judgment the contest cannot be run smoothly, securely, or without affecting the fairness of the judging due to circumstances beyond its control, including but not limited to network failure, computer viruses, or unauthorized access to its servers.
  • Please note that when a winning work is used for exhibitions and the like stated below, due to circumstances concerning printing or otherwise, the tone or expressed meaning may not be strictly reproduced according to the winner's intent.
  • Please note that no response will be given to any inquiries, complaints, or objections regarding the judges' decisions of the contest.
  • Prizes may be changed without notice according to our product lineup.
  • In the event of an international incident or conflict with the laws and regulations of a country, the prize may be undeliverable to the winner.

Responsibility

  • Although entries are handled with the greatest possible care, the organizer will not bear responsibility for accidents, damage, loss, or other problems that occur during data transfer.
  • The organizer will not bear responsibility for entrant damages, etc. arising from or related to circumstances beyond its control, including but not limited to network failure, computer viruses, or unauthorized access to its servers.
  • The organizer will not bear responsibility for damages or other harm suffered by entrants as a result of their participation in the contest.
  • Entrants are required to obtain the prior permission and consent of the persons who are portrayed in their works or who hold the copyright or other intellectual property rights to the works or the items portrayed therein.
  • Entrants agree to fully indemnify the organizer and bear all responsibility for any third-party complaints or objections concerning copyright or other intellectual-property-right infringement or damages arising from submitted works.
  • The above limitations also apply to the responsibilities borne by the organizer as well as the judges and third parties participating in the contest in cooperation with the organizer.

Entrants' Rights

  • Although entrants retain the copyright and other equivalent rights to their entries, the organizer retains the entry rights listed below under "Organizer's Rights".

Organizer's Rights

  • The organizer reserves the right to publish entries with the credit titles to its official social networking service accounts throughout the submission period to publicize the contest. Such publication does not guarantee an award of any kind.
  • The organizer reserves the right to publish all entries with the credit titles onto websites related to the contest and official social networking service accounts after the first round of judging. Some entries might be cropped for publication.
  • With the objective of publicizing the contest and enriching the general image-making culture, the organizer reserves in perpetuity the non-exclusive right to publish, reproduce, make public, publicly transmit, display, print, distribute, adapt, and screen winning entries with the credit titles on websites and official social networking service accounts as well as in photo exhibitions, camera-related events, exhibitions, and the corresponding facilities managed or organized by the subsidiaries or affiliates of Nikon Group and local agents authorized by the organizer (collectively called the "organizer, etc.", a term that includes the organizer) without further compensation to or the additional prior consent of the winners.
  • The organizer, etc. will display the names of the winners and the titles of the winning entries on contest-related websites and official social networking service accounts, at exhibitions, and in other locations where the works are shown. Entrants are requested to familiarize themselves with the "Privacy Notice".
  • Regardless of the above, in cases where the organizer, etc. employs winning entries in whole or in part in images with image effects added, such as computer graphics or collages with winning entries used in whole or in part, videos, or in any other manner in which it is difficult to give credit, on media such as websites managed by the organizer, etc., official social networking service accounts, or posters, tickets, and pamphlets promoting photo exhibitions and other camera-related events, the organizer may not give credit.
  • The winners agree not to exercise moral rights concerning the use of winning entries by the organizer, etc.
  • For objectives other than those stated above, upon agreement with the entrant or winner, the organizer reserves in perpetuity the non-exclusive right to publish, reproduce, make public, publicly transmit, display, print, distribute, adapt, and screen entries or winning entries with labels indicating them as entries or winning entries of the contest and the credit titles, without further compensation.
  • Entries that in the judgment of the organizer do not conform to these Entry Guidelines will be disqualified. Entrants will not be notified in this event.
  • If a winner is found to be disqualified after a prize is awarded, the award might be revoked and the entrant requested to return the prize.
  • These Entry Guidelines will be interpreted in accordance with the laws of Japan.
  • Any disputes between entrants and the organizer will be referred to the Tokyo District Court as the court of first instance having exclusive jurisdiction.

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