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Deadline: 30th April 2010
Entry Fee: Free

Amateur Photographer of the Year Competition

Nikon Small World International Competition

Small World logo..JPG (13 KB)Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. For over 30 years, Nikon has rewarded the world’s best photomicrographers who make critically important scientific contributions to life sciences, bio-research and materials science.

The Nikon International Small World Competition first began in 1974 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Since then, Small World has become a leading showcase for photomicrographers from the widest array of scientific disciplines.

A photomicrograph is a technical document that can be of great significance to science or industry. But a good photomicrograph is also an image whose structure, color, composition, and content is an object of beauty, open to several levels of comprehension and appreciation.

The Nikon Small World Competition is open to anyone with an interest in photography through the microscope. Truly international in scope, entries have been received from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Winners have included both professionals and hobbyists.

The subject matter is unrestricted and any type of light microscopy technique is acceptable, including phase contrast, polarized light, fluorescence, interference contrast, darkfield, confocal, deconvolution, and mixed techniques. Entries submitted to Nikon are then judged by an independent panel of experts who are recognized authorities in the area of photomicrography and photography. These entries are judged on the basis of originality, informational content, technical proficiency and visual impact.

Entries may be submitted either on film (in 35 millimeter transparency format) or uploaded digitally through your web browser.

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Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: First Prize: $3,000—toward the purchase of Nikon equipment. In addition, the winner will be invited to attend an awards presentation ceremony as Nikon’s special guest. 2nd Prize $2,000—toward the purchase of Nikon equipment. 3rd Prize $1,000—toward the purchase of Nikon equipment. 4th Prize $800—toward the purchase of Nikon equipment. 5th Prize $600—toward the purchase of Nikon equipment. 6th Prize $400—toward the purchase of Nikon equipment. 7th–10th Prizes $250—toward the purchase of Nikon equipment. 11th–20th Prizes $100—toward the purchase of Nikon equipment. Honorable Mentions A commemorative print. Prize money must be redeemed for Nikon products only, directly from Nikon USA, and cannot be redeemed for cash. ELIGIBILITY: All/18+ Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: If your entry is selected by Nikon as a winning image, you will give non-exclusive rights to Nikon to use your name and the image in connection with the competition. You also certify that you hold the rights to grant such permission. Winning images will only be used in connection with the Nikon Small World Competition and accompanying publicity and will include appropriate photo credits.

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