Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019

Message from the President

Welcome to the 37th Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019!
Photography has long been a familiar and universal means of communication. But it is truly amazing how fast the culture of photography continues to expand as the Digital Age evolves. With tremendous vitality and creativity, countless numbers of people of all ages now use it to share their impressions, experiences and stories on social media.

Against this backdrop, we are delighted to mark the 50th anniversary of our first Nikon Photo Contest. Ever since 1969, we have been fostering this international contest to give photographers a chance to express themselves to the world. We at Nikon have witnessed and embraced many changes in the world of photographic expression, but our devotion to creating an even richer photographic culture with all those who love photography will never change.

We have chosen ‘Change’ as the theme for the Open Award in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019. We are all experiencing and adapting to the rapid changes occurring in today’s world, but the significance of change varies for each one of us. We would like you to share your personal photographic expressions of ‘Change’.

The theme for the Next Generation Award, targeted at those 25 years old and under, is ‘Identity’. We are living in a time when more and more value is placed on individuality, with far more opportunities for self-expression than ever before, thanks to the increase in popularity of SNS platforms across the world. We look forward to your unique submissions that show us who you are.

The theme for the Short Film Award is ‘Hope’, the positive state of mind that encourages us to take a step forward toward the future. We invite you to show us powerful video works full of hope that will illuminate the path to the future.

The aim of the Nikon Photo Contest is to support the growth of the global community of people who are able to influence others through the common language of photography, irrespective of age or level of photographic experience. We regard it as a forum where people with a passion for photography can gather to enhance their skills through competition, celebrate the changing times, acknowledge each other’s efforts, find stimulation in different points of view, and help make photography an even more vital part of everyday life.

The contest also provides all of us at Nikon with inspiration. It serves as a springboard to help us continue to develop better technologies and enhance customer satisfaction, to promote the attractions of innovative photography and ways to appreciate it, and to steadily construct a new and global photographic culture network. We make every effort to create initiatives that will enable more and more people to enjoy the benefits.

We enthusiastically invite you to take part in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019. Our hope is that you will see it as an unparalleled opportunity to share with the world your unique photographic take on the themes of Change, Identity and Hope. Inspire the world with works that embody your perspective on life.

Kazuo Ushida
President and Representative Director
Nikon Corporation

The Awards and Themes

The Open Award

Theme: “Change”

Change is all around us, and it comes in many forms. It ranges from minor alterations in daily trivia that we are apt to overlook to major developments that can move society and change the world. We look forward to vivid visual expressions of the kind of change that means a lot to you.

Next Generation Award

Theme: “Identity”

In the decades to come, individuality will surely count for a great deal, so please don’t hesitate to express your identity! We look forward to seeing fresh images that reflect the belief in your own potential and your ability to put that belief into action.

Short Film Award

Theme: “Hope”

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast”. Possessing a feeling of hope is certainly vital for anyone as they take a step towards tomorrow. Express your own hopes for the future in video form and share them with the world.

About the Nikon Photo Contest


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 image-making culture for professionals and amateurs alike.

In the last 10 years, with the wide penetration of digital cameras with video capabilities, the environment surrounding image-making has dramatically changed. Adapting to this change, the 34th contest was reconceived, changing its name and its structure, and it continues to evolve to create new standards and provide new opportunities for discovery.


The Nikon Photo Contest nurtures an aspirational community that supports photographers and filmmakers who wish to share important stories and influence the way people think through images.



Total Prize: 500,000 Japanese yen (~$4,500)