November 10, 2010
This year, Nikon Corporation is sponsoring the 33rd Nikon Photo Contest International 2010–2011 (http://www.nikon-npci.com), the world's largest international photo contest.
As of the middle of October, the mid-point for the photo contest entry period, the number of entries had already exceeded the number received by the same time for the previous contest. We fully expect to surpass the more than 51,000 photo entries from no fewer than 18,000 photographers in 153 countries received for the previous Nikon Photo Contest International 2008–2009.
Entries in this year's photo contest indicate an increase in the number received from BRIC countries showing newly advanced economic development, namely Brazil, Russia, India and China. At this mid-point of the entry period, both the number of photographers entering photos and the number of actual photos entered from Brazil and China in particular have more than doubled from the previous contest. This indicates a remarkable increase in the interest in photography, as well as the number of photo enthusiasts, in these countries.
With such an increase in representation from newly advancing countries, the ten judges selected for the Nikon Photo Contest International 2010–2011 are looking forward to judging photos from a broader range of countries. Mr. Hiromi Tsuchida, selected as the chief judge for this year's contest, has the following to say to photographers entering photos in the Nikon Photo Contest International 2010–2011.
"As the Nikon Photo Contest International receives entries from photo enthusiasts the world over, we are truly looking forward to seeing the entries. However, as judges in such a prestigious contest, we also take our responsibility toward those who enter photos, as well as in our selection of winners, very seriously. With the categories for the Nikon Photo Contest International 2010–2011, the free subject category and the "Energy" category, the other judges and I expect to discover a number of surprising entries. I hope that a great number of professional and amateur photographers alike will take this opportunity to participate in the contest."
The Nikon Photo Contest International is a photo contest in which any professional or amateur photographer, regardless of age, gender or nationality, may participate. Since it was first held in 1969, this contest has steadily gained popularity with photographers from around the world with more than 320,000 photographers submitting over 1,310,000 photos. More than 18,000 photographers from 153 countries submitted over 51,000 photos in the 2008–2009 contest. These numbers represent records for the largest number of entries by the most applicants from more countries than ever before.
The goal of the Nikon Photo Contest International is to provide an opportunity for photographers to express themselves and to share their own feelings and impressions with people around the world through their photographs. Nikon will continue to accept entries in the Nikon Photo Contest International 2010–2011 until November 30.