Last Call for 2008 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition

Photo by Gloria Kwon

Nikon is making its last call for entries to the 34th Annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition whose deadline is on April 30, 2008. Nikon Small World celebrates the world’s best photomicrographs that show the beauty that can occur at the intersection of science and art.

Photomicrographs must be taken using a light microscope, like the compound or stereoscopic microscopes manufactured by Nikon, but it doesn’t have to be Nikon. The Small World photo contest has produced some of the most stunning scientific photographs for the past decades.

Contest rules are here, as well as the PDF entry form that you have to accomplish and submit to Nikon if you wish to join.

If you’re at all fastidious about copyright issues, know that Nikon Small World is in the Rights Off list of Pro Imaging. Contest rule #10 states that “all winning entries will be retained by Nikon Inc. and cannot be returned.” I guess that means goodbye to your copyright, not just the digital or printed image – you also forever lose the right to exclusively sell the image!

But let’s hear it from Gloria Kwon, a graduate student who took the mouse embryo photo above, Grand Prize winner of the 2007 Nikon Small World Photomicrography contest who said, “As a young scientist, I am amazed by the amount of exposure I’ve received in winning the Nikon Small World competition.”

Fair deal? You decide. Entrants with the top 20 photos will receive prizes of Nikon equipment, with first and second prize winners receiving $3,000 and $2,000 worth of equipment respectively. Additionally, the winning images will be featured at museums across the country as part of the Nikon Small World Museum Tour.

[Site: Nikon Small World]

Chris Malinao

About Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.

2 thoughts on “Last Call for 2008 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition

  1. Gordon C Harrison

    As one of the Pro-Imaging people behind the Bill of Rights campaign many thanks for picking up on it and publicising it. I would like to say that as a result of positive and respectful discussions with Nikon the rules of their contest have been adjusted and our Bill of Rights has been amended. As a result the Nikon Small World Contest is now on our Rights On List as an example of a contest with good T&C’s

    In another case the legal services section of a government agency wants to involve us in the drafting process of IP T&C’s for future contests.

    The campaign is all about education, educating entrants, and educating contest promoters and sponsors. We are expanding the range of competitions being reported through a new fast track process here –

    http://www.pro-imaging.org/content/view/212/132/

    We want contributions from everyone about competitions they encounter, both good and bad. We especially want to know about good ones, the more of these we can list the better – people will tend to go there instead and the people running bad competitions will be starved of submissions.

    Competitions can be notified to us at competitions@pro-imaging.org Thanks for your help.

  2. Chris MalinaoChris Malinao Post author

    OK, thanks, Gordon. We duly take note that the Nikon Small World contest is now off the Rights Off list of Pro-Imaging and is now on your Rights On List. Thanks for the update. And congratulations to Pro-Imaging.


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