â€œAt The Heart of the Imageâ€ is this yearâ€™s theme of the Nikon Photo Contest International, and it will be accepting entries from around the world beginning September 1 to November 30, 2008.
This is the 32nd year of the contest. Last year, it attracted a total of over 47,000 images from more than 16,000 entrants in 135 different countries.
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.
This yearâ€™s categories include:
A) Free subject: Express yourself freely, as it moves you.
B) My Planet: Express your world, whether that involves the environment, scenes from your daily life, or the people and things that stir your passions.
The Grand Prize will be awarded for the most outstanding photograph out of all the entries, regardless of category. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded to 16 winners in each category. The Emerging Talent award will recognize 4 winners and 16 runners-up from both categories to commend those aged under 30 for work that possess outstanding expressive power and conveys the energy of youth.
Additionally, this year marks the 75th anniversary of the NIKKOR brand of lenses. To properly commemorate this event, a special prize will be awarded to the outstanding work that places second after the Grand Prize winner.