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Under this heading Nikon is inviting phtographers to join in the latest contest with a theme of : "At the heart of the image".

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Let the world discover your talent.
Nikon Photo Contest International 2006-2007

June 9, 2006
Nikon Photo Contest International

One of the world's most renowned photo contests, entries to the 31st Nikon Photo Contest International will be accepted from September 1 to November 30, 2006.

A contest with an impressive history

The Nikon Photo Contest International has been held by Nikon Corporation since 1969 to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike. Renowned among photo enthusiasts worldwide, the contest has so far attracted more than 1,220,000 images from a total of 290,000 photographers. In fact, so popular has the contest become among photographers that a total of over 31,000 images were received from more than 10,000 entrants in 117 different countries for the 30th contest alone.

This year's theme: "At the heart of the image"

"At the heart of the image" is not only the brand statement of Nikon Imaging Company, but it is also the theme of the 31st contest. We have carefully selected categories as stated below and we look forward to receiving images expressing the emotions that are true to your heart.

For more information on our brand statement, please access the following Web Site: http://www.nikon-image.com/eng/brandcontent_e/index.htm

Nikon Photo Contest International: Entry Information

Entrant criteria

The Nikon Photo Contest International is open to all photographers, professional or amateur, from any part of the world.

Theme and categories

Theme "At the heart of the image"
Categories
(A) Free subject
(B) Smile, Smile, Smile!
Please note that the same photograph may not be submitted to both categories.

Entry period

Entries are accepted from 1st September to 30th November, 2006. Entries sent by conventional mail should be received either on or before 30th November, 2006. Entries sent via the Internet will be accepted until 24:00, 30th November, 2006, Japan time. See below for further details regarding entry via conventional mail and the Internet.

How to apply

Entries submitted in print by conventional mail

Entries accepted in print are color or black-and-white photographs taken with 35mm film cameras, Advanced Photo System (APS) film cameras and digital still cameras, not including medium or large format digital cameras. Images that have been digitally edited with software are also accepted. Each entrant can submit up to 2 entries for each category (a total of 4 prints), with print dimensions of 19 x 24cm (8 x 10 inches) to 28 x 36cm (11 x 14 inches).

Please download and print out an official Entry Form, available from July 10th, from the Nikon Photo Contest International 2006-2007 Web site (http://nikonimaging.com/global/activity/npci/), make a photocopy of the official form or contact your nearest Nikon dealer for details on how to obtain an official Entry Form. The official Entry Form is available in 9 languages (Japanese/English/German/French/Spanish/Italian/Portuguese/Simplified Chinese/Traditional Chinese) and the rules and process of entry via conventional mail are explained fully within.

Entries submitted as JPEG images via the Internet

    * Accepted JPEG images are color or black-and-white graphic files taken with digital still cameras (not including medium or large format digital cameras) and scanned data of photographs taken with 35mm film cameras or Advanced Photo System (APS) film cameras. Images that have been digitally edited with software are also accepted. Each entrant can submit two JPEG images for each category (a total of 4 images), with a maximum size for each JPEG image of 3MB. JPEG images exceeding this size must be compressed to a maximum of 3MB prior to submission.

Full details regarding entry via the Internet can be found on the online entry form, on the Nikon Photo Contest International 2006-2007 Web site (http://nikonimaging.com/global/activity/npci/). Please follow the rules and guidelines stated therein to submit your JPEG images. Please note that only the first 20,000 JPEG images will be accepted, therefore early entry is strongly recommended.

Judging and announcement of winners

Photographers working internationally will be appointed by Nikon Corporation as judges to undertake selection of the winning photographs. The winners will be announced on the Nikon Photo Contest International Web site (http://nikonimaging.com/global/activity/npci/) and in an official press release by the end of July 2007.

The Prizes

A total of 53 winners will receive Nikon imaging products as shown in the table below. Winners of the Grand Prize, Emerging Talent Award and runners up will be given an opportunity to submit works in addition to their winning works for exhibition on the Nikon Photo Contest International Web site.
Prize Name     Number of Winners     Prize
Grand Prize     1 (selected from both categories)     Nikon Digital SLR Camera D2x
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED (3.2x) Lens
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED (2.9x) Lens
Speedlight SB-800Exhibition of photograph on the contest Web site*1

1st Prize     2 (1 from each category)     Nikon Digital SLR Camera D200
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED (3.2x) Lens
Speedlight SB-800

2nd Prize     10 (5 from each category)     Nikon Digital SLR Camera D70s
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED (3.8x) Lens
AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G (4.3x) Lens

3rd Prize     20 (10 from each category)     Nikon Digital SLR Camera D50
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED (3.0x) Lens
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED (3.6x) Lens

Emerging Talent Award     4 (selected from both categories)     Nikon Compact Digital Camera COOLPIX S6
Exhibition of photograph on the contest Web site*1
Runners-up:
Emerging Talent Award     16 (selected from both categories)     Nikon Compact Digital Camera COOLPIX L3
Exhibition of photograph on the contest Web site*1

Note : Nikon will notify the winners and select all prizes. Winners will not be able to select their prizes. Prizes are subject to change without notification and cash alternatives are not available.

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    An exhibition of the work of the Grand Prize winner, Emerging Talent Award winners and runners-up will be held on the Nikon Photo Contest International Web site. Winners will have the chance to show photographs other than their winning photographs for which they possess the copyrights.

For further details, please access the official Nikon Photo Contest International Web site at: http://nikonimaging.com/global/activity/npci/