Winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013 have been determined

From nearly 100,000 submissions, the most in its history, from 153 countries and regions

August 2, 2013

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation has announced the winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013.

Ms. Dina Bova's submission, "Elegy of Autumn", is the winner of the Grand Prize. All winning images, including the Grand Prize winner, will be exhibited on the Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013 Judging Results page beginning today.

Grand Prize winner, "Elegy of Autumn" Dina Bova (Israel)

The Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013 accepted entries to four categories during the period of December 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013. The four categories were as follows:
Category A: Single photo
Category B: Photo story (two to five images presenting a theme or idea)
Category C: Photographic video (45 seconds in length)
Category D: Motion Snapshot (a special category celebrating the new form of imaging expression made possible by the function built into Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses that combines still images with movie clips). A total of 22,752 photographers from 153 countries and regions submitted 99,339 works in the 2012-2013 contest. This year marked a new record for the largest number of entries in the history of the Contest.

From roughly 100,000 entries, judges selected one Grand Prize winner, a total of 48 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from each of categories A—C, and three winners for category D. In addition, the best work captured using a NIKKOR lens was selected for the NIKKOR Award, and a single work selected for the Participants Award for Most Popular Entry.

Final judging took place between June 11 and June 14, 2013 with the global panel of 17 judges of varying age, gender, social and cultural background, and even great diversity in their preferred categories of photography gathering in Tokyo. Winners were selected based on their ability to tell a universal story, diversity, the strength of their message, creativity, and the techniques that best express these concepts.

The winner of the Grand Prize, 1st place winners from categories A, B, and C, and winners of the NIKKOR Award and Participants Award for Most Popular Entry will be invited to an awards ceremony to be held in Tokyo on August 27 (Tuesday).
In addition, award-winning works from the Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013 will be exhibited as indicated below.

  • Tokyo, Ginza Nikon Salon: August 28 (Wednesday) to September 10 (Tuesday), 2013
  • Osaka, Osaka Nikon Salon: October 3 (Thursday) to October 16 (Wednesday), 2013

Comment from Grand Prize winner, Dina Bova (Israel)

"It is a melody of autumn — a story about elderly couple living together all Life, each in his personal world, each with his own secrets. It's also a story about immigrants living in a tiny apartment, still keeping their old festive clothes and other memorable things from the previous life. It's a story of people who live modest life, but with dignity. It's a story that has both — sadness and smile... In this artwork the spheres serve as metaphors for dissociation from the outside world and even from each other. This work is one of my favorites and very important to me. Its story touches me deeply. So I'm very happy that it was recognized in such a respected competition."

Judge's comment on Grand Prize winner

"Our Judges loved this image. It tells so many stories. It is at once traditional and respecting of the elders set in a classic living room, yet whimsical with the reference to space travel. It points to our future while honoring our past. Indeed deserving of the Grand Prize."(Chris Rainier)

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

Nikon Photo Contest (NPC), previously known as Nikon Photo Contest International (NPCI) and presented by Nikon since 1969, is one of the world's most prestigious international photo contests. It is designed to contribute to the expansion of photographic culture by providing an opportunity for photographers from around the world to communicate and exchange their photographic vision, irrespective of professional or amateur status.

Since the first Contest was held in 1969, thousands of photographers from around the world have participated and shown their support for the contest. To date, more than 370,000 photographers have submitted over 1,460,000 photographic works in the contest, making it a truly international event. With the 34th Contest, held this fiscal year, a number of changes were made to submission requirements, including the addition of a new photographic video category.

  • *The copyright of award winning photographs of Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013 belong to photographers and is protected by law.
  • *The images can be viewed on your monitor for non-commercial and personal purpose, and should not be used otherwise.
  • *The images are not allowed to be modified, used for commercial purpose nor should they be publicly displayed.

The information is current as of the date of publication. It is subject to change without notice.