Call for Applications: Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition

Deadline Date: April 30, 2024

Donor Name: Nikon

Grant Size: $1000 to $10,000

Applications are now open for the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope.

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. Winners have included both professionals and hobbyists.

Prize Information

  • Top prize winners are selected and ranked by Small World Judges.
    • 1st Prize – USD $3,000
    • 2nd Prize – USD $2,000
    • 3rd Prize – USD $1,000
    • 4th Prize – USD $800
    • 5th Prize – USD $600
    • 6th Prize – USD $400
    • 7th-10th Prizes – USD $300 each
    • 11th-20th Prizes – USD $200 each
    • Honorable Mentions – USD $100 each. The number of Honorable Mention Prizes will be determined by the Judges in their sole discretion.
    • Images of Distinction – One (1) Nikon-branded promotional item, having a retail value of approximately Thirty-Five (USD$35.00) Dollars (the “Premium Item”). The number of Images of Distinction Prizes will be determined by the Judges in their sole discretion. Nikon may in its sole discretion, provide the winner with a Gift Card in the amount of Thirty-Five (USD$35.00) Dollars, in substitution of the Premium Item.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition is open only to individuals who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry and have access to a light microscope.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to enter the competition:
    • employees of Nikon Instruments Inc., Shaw & Todd, Inc., their respective parent companies and affiliated companies, and/or the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee,
    • the Competition Judges, regardless of the date of appointment, and/or their immediate family and household members, and/or
    • individuals engaged (as a business owner or employee) in the manufacture, distribution, and/or sale of microscopes, related accessories, and/or photographic equipment. Participation in the competition and/or the receipt of any prize may be restricted or void where prohibited.

Guidelines and Restrictions

  • Images must be submitted in .jpeg, .png, or .tiff format.
  • Images should be submitted with the highest quality with regard to file size, bit depth, and resolution.
  • Images do not need to be taken with a Nikon-branded microscope.
  • Images must be taken by Entrant using a light microscope. Images taken with an electron or any other microscope(s) that do not capture imagery using optical light technology are not eligible.
  • Macro photography is not eligible.
  • The submission must not disparage Sponsor, Administrator or any other person or entity.
  • The submission must not contain brand names, logos and/or trademarks; any URL addresses; and/or the names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, image, and/or likenesses of third parties.
  • The submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, discriminatory, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous, or contain material that is otherwise unlawful, in violation of or contrary to any applicable laws or regulations.

For more information, visit Nikon.

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