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Nikon Australia Pty. is pleased to announce that entries for the Nikon Photo Contest 2018 – 2019 will be accepted from now until 3:00 p.m. on January 31, 2019 (all dates and times Australian Eastern Standard Time – AEST).

Nikon Photo Contest is an international photo contest that aims to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate, as well as to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike. Since the first Contest was held in 1969, photographers from countries and regions around the world have participated and shown their support. To date, more than 410,000 photographers have submitted over 1,620,000 imaging works, making it a truly international event.

In the previous 36th Contest, a total of 21,511 photographers from 170 countries and regions submitted 76,356 works, marking a new record for the Contest in terms of the number of countries and regions from which entries were submitted.

Neville Brody once again selected as Lead Judge

Nikon has welcomed Art Director Neville Brody as Lead Judge for the Nikon Photo Contest 2018 – 2019, for a second term following the previous 36th Photo Contest.

Brody’s work spans over more than three decades, and ranges from album sleeves to corporate branding for global businesses, and is influential among a wide variety of artists, including photographers who will lead the next generation. Nikon’s decision to invite Mr. Brody to serve as Lead Judge once again was based on his ability to successfully work with a diverse and international panel of judges, as well as his popularity with the participants of last year’s Contest.

Comments from Neville Brody 

“Having served as the Lead Judge for the Nikon Photo Contest 2016 – 2017, I found the experience to be amazing and inspiring. The entries that came in were phenomenal, and the passion with which the judges approached discussing the work was really emotive. It was a very rewarding experience, and I want to thank all of the entrants who sent work in last year. I’m looking forward to an even more passionate, inspiring event this year, which is why I’ve agreed to serve as Lead Judge again.”

Judges will be announced on the Nikon Photo Contest 2018 – 2019 website as they are appointed.

The Nikon Photo Contest 2018 – 2019, the 37th Contest since its beginning, will be comprised of three categories—Open, Next Generation, and Short Film.

The theme for the Open category is “Change”. We live in a time full of great changes in a variety of contexts, from our work and life styles, to the climate. Nikon is calling for entries that express changes that you want to share with the world.

The theme for the Next Generation category, open to photographers aged 25 and younger, is “Identity”. Nikon looks forward to entries unique to younger generations that explore who they are.

The theme for the Short Film category is “Hope”. In this category, Nikon awaits entries that shine a hopeful light on the path to the future.

Nikon plans to announce winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2018 – 2019 in August 2019, and to also hold an awards ceremony.


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

Entry categories

  1. Open Category
  •      Theme: Change
    •       Entry format: Single photo, photo story (two to five images)
    •       Any equipment may be used
    •       No age restriction
  1. Next Generation Category
  •      Theme: Identity
    •       Entry format: Single photo or photo story (two to five images)
    •       Any equipment may be used
    •       Entrants must be aged 25 years or younger
  1. Short Film Category
  •      Theme: Hope
    •       Entry format: video
    •       Any equipment may be used
    •       No age restriction

Entry period

3:00 p.m. on October 18, 2018 to 3:00 p.m. on January 31, 2019 (all times AEST) 

How to enter

Enter the contest by providing the required information in the entry form on the Nikon Photo Contest 2018 – 2019 website. See the Nikon Photo Contest 2018 – 2019 website for further details regarding Contest eligibility, submission rules, judging, etc.
Awards and prizes

A total of 45 Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards will be selected from entries of each format from each of the three categories. The best work from winners of the Gold award will also receive the Grand Prize. Additionally, from all entries that pass the initial judging phase, one work will receive the NPC 50th Anniversary Award, selected through voting by Nikon employees, and yet another work will receive the Participants’ Choice Award, selected through voting by Contest participants. Winners will receive the following prizes and privileges.

Special Awards

*One Grand Prize will be selected from among the gold prize winning works. The Grand Prize announcement will be held at the awards ceremony.

Winner privileges

  •      Exhibition of winning entry on the Nikon Photo Contest 2018 – 2019 website gallery
    •       Exhibition of winning entry on official Nikon Photo Contest Facebook and Instagram pages
    •       Inclusion in photo exhibitions held by Nikon, beginning with the Nikon Museum

Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 website can be viewed here.

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