Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017
Entries Accepted From Today; Four Judges Appointed

October 17, 2016

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that entries for the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 will be accepted beginning today at 1:00pm (JST). Entries will be accepted until 1:00pm (JST) on January 27, 2017 February 27, 2017. In addition, work on filling out the panel of judges for the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 began with the appointment of four judges. Four individuals, from photographers to a curator, for whom the world is a stage, and who are active in a variety of fields, including news reporting, advertising, fashion, and wedding photography, have been selected. They are Marcus Bell, Wang Lei, Carol Guzy, and Miho Odaka.
The four judges appointed so far will work with Mr. Brody to select superior works and unearth new talent from the entries received. A brief profile for each of the four new judges follows. The remaining judges will be appointed and announced at a later date.
(Revised on January 13, 2017)

Judge Profiles

Marcus Bell

Marcus Bell is the creative director and principal photographer of Australian photography studio, Studio Impressions, and one of the most sought-after wedding photographers in the world. Over his 20-year career, Mr. Bell has received numerous awards for excellence, both in Australia and abroad, having been named AIPP Australian Professional Wedding Photographer of the Year three times. He has also been the recipient of the highly coveted Grand Award for Photojournalism at the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) awards in the USA.

Wang Lei

Wang Lei began as a photojournalist, and is now an independent multimedia producer. His work focuses primarily on social issues, and his documentaries and press photos have earned him the World Press Photo Contest's Multimedia Award. His multimedia works have been published in such international magazines as The Economist, and he is the main multimedia lecturer for many Chinese news agencies and organizations.

Carol Guzy

Carol Guzy began her career as a staff photographer at The Miami Herald. In 1988 she moved to Washington DC, where she worked as a staff photographer at The Washington Post through 2014. She is currently a freelance photographer. Guzy has been the recipient of many prestigious awards in her chosen profession of photojournalism. She is the only journalist ever to win the Pulitzer Prize four times, and she has been named Photographer of the Year for the National Press Photographers Association three times.

Miho Odaka

After graduating from Sophia University's Department of English Literature, Miho Odaka moved to the U.K. where she earned a Master's Degree from Falmouth College of Arts, Institute of Photography. She started her career as an independent photographer after working at photo galleries planning exhibitions and selling works. She is currently involved in a variety of projects that connect Japan and the world in the field of photography, including photo exhibitions, exhibition curation for film festivals, coordinating exhibitions, artist management and instruction, and writing.

Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Overview

Just as with the previous contest, all 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 6 to 180 seconds will also be accepted. There will be a total of three categories, Nikon 100th Anniversary, Next Generation, and Open.

The theme for the Nikon 100th Anniversary category is "Celebration". In commemoration of Nikon's 100th anniversary coming up in 2017, we hope that entries in this category will cast a light on the many scenes of celebration to be found around the world. We look forward to receiving works that are appropriate for Nikon's centennial, and tell a story that can only be expressed by the entrant. The theme for the Next Generation and Open categories is "Future". Possibilities for the future are infinite. What sorts of "futures" can be described to the people of the world through images? We look forward to entries that provide a link to the future of the image-making culture.

We plan to announce Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 winners in July 2017, and to hold the awards ceremony in Japan.

  • *Entries in the Nikon 100th Anniversary category must be recorded using Nikon equipment.


The contest is open to all, professional and amateur, regardless of age, gender, or nationality.

Entry categories

1. Nikon 100th Anniversary Award

2. Next Generation Award

3. The Open Award

Entry period

1:00pm on October 17, 2016 to 1:00pm on January 27, 2017 February 27, 2017 (all times JST)
(Revised on January 13, 2017)

How to enter

Enter the contest by providing the required information in the entry form on the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 website (the form will be available from October 17, 2016).
See the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 website for further details regarding contest eligibility, submission rules, judging, etc.

Awards and Prizes

One entry in the Nikon 100th Anniversary category will be selected to receive the Nikon 100th Anniversary Grand Prize, one entry from each of the Next Generation and Open categories will be selected to receive the Grand Prize, and one entry from all those submitted will be selected to receive the Award for the Most Popular Entry. In addition, a total of 63 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded to entries in each of the Nikon 100th Anniversary, Next Generation, and Open categories. All winners will be presented with prizes, and all winning entries will be exhibited on the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Web Gallery, and on official Facebook and Instagram pages. We are also planning exhibitions at venues managed by Nikon, including the Nikon Museum.
See the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 website ( for further details regarding awards and prizes.

Nikon Photo Contest, one of the world's largest international photo contests

Nikon Photo Contest (NPC) is one of the world's largest international photo contests. Held since 1969, the goal behind the contest is to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike. A total of 21,100 photographers from 164 countries and regions submitted 88,737 works in the previous (35th) contest, marking a new record for the contest in terms of the number of countries and regions from which entries were submitted.

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