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The 2017 winners of our awards

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Since the year 2000, Nikonians has been dedicated to helping photographers of all skill levels shorten their learning curve, improve their skills and forge long-lasting relationships across borders. In short: to share, learn and inspire.


The Nikonians Photography Awards were launched in this spirit. The aim of this competition was to discover talented photographers from around the world and give them a platform for learning, exposure and inspiration. To this end, we offered a range of awards for the top winners and finalists, but we also gave critical feedback to all entrants written by photography experts as part of our mission to help photographers everywhere further develop their vision.

In the end, we were amazed by the quality and range of entries we received. Our jury of experts had a difficult time settling on the winners and finalists given the outstanding level of submitted work. Ultimately, the 28 award-winning photographers hail from 18 countries, sharing their diverse and inspiring perspectives about life on this planet. We are proud to present here their images to you, and we hope you are inspired as we've been!

“The Nikonians finalists all share a sensitivity to composition that set them apart from the very strong group of submissions. The finalist photographs used excellent framing to highlight the content of the images, heightening their emotional impact, resulting in dynamic photographs that contain intriguing visual narratives.”

Brendan McCabe
Photo Editor
Smithsonian Magazine

The quality of the images submitted has been superb. I am truly inspired by the creative vision of these talented photographers.”

David Summers
Photo Contests Director

Nikonians and LensCulture would like to thank every photographer who participated in this competition - your entries, which came from all over the world, have been a pleasure to view and consider! We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to the members of the jury who worked long and hard reviewing the entries to the competition and ultimately selecting the finalists and winners within the wide range of work displayed here.

The Winners


1st Place Winner
“Phan Rang Fishing Net Making”
by Yen Sin Wong – Seremban, Malaysia
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2nd Place Winner
“Face to face”
by Bence Mate – Pusztaszer, Hungary
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3rd Place Winner
“A Jonah Moment”
by Michael AW – Sydney, Australia
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“Fleeing death”
by Szimon Barylski - Ireland
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“Wild Horses”
by Alfonso Maseda Varela - Spain
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“Seawater dragon”
by Pier Mane – South Africa
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“Struggle in Pace”
by Somraj Sahu - India
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by Ana Palacios – Spain
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“Heart Lake”
by Tim Engle – United States
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“Snowy Owl”
by Aaron Baggenstos – Unites States
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“Red eyed tree frong”
by Lorri Freedman – United States
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“Looking for Eight”
by Debra Garside – Canada 
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“Woman with Reindeer”
by Madoka Ikegami - China
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“Night Rows”
by Tse Luk – Canada
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by Rebecca Moseman – United States
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by Tommy Xie – United States
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“Rabbit Run”
by Justin Russo – Canada
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“Dolomite Geometries”
by Isabella Tabacchi – Italy
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“Home Alone”
by Goran Jovic – Croatia
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by Merethe Wessel-Berg – Norway
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by Marcel van Balken – Netherlands
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“Gorilla portrait”
by Richard Kish – United Kingdom
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Antonio Aragon Renuncio - Nicaragua
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“Winning Horse”
by Adolfo Enriquez Calo – Spain
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“Halo effect”
by Will Strathmann – United States
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“Flights in dreams and reality”
by Petr Lovigin – Russian Federation
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by Victorija Stapone – Lithuania
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“Take me, deer”
by Kamil Nureev – Russian Federation
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