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Best of Nikonians - Annual Photo Contest

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Each year since 2004 Nikonians has hosted the Best of Nikonians Annual Photo Contest, where our members showcase their best work and compete for prizes.

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The Best of Nikonians Photo Contest is open to all Silver, Gold and Platinum Nikonians Members.
Nikonians, in an effort to promote and recognize as many talented photographers as possible, whose images inspire us all, is dedicating this contest to all the participants of the Nikonians Forum Challenges/Contests and Online Assignments.


Are you a Nikon photographer? This is the contest for all Nikon photographers, no matter skill level. All Silver, Gold and Platinum Members are eligible to participate in any and all theme categories of the monthly forums contests and online assignments. The monthly contests winners, selected by the votes of Nikonians members, automatically qualify as finalists and their images will be advanced as finalists  in the Best of Nikonians Annual Photo Contest.

Are you currently a Basic Member? No worries. Just upgrade now and you will be eligible to post and win.

How our contests work

Each month Nikonians offers five ongoing contests corresponding to some of our most popular Master Your Vision forums. The monthly contests are; Wildlife, Landscape, Macro/Close-Up, Travel, and Digital Artistry.  In addition to the regular monthly contests, we also offer four themed segments beginning in April and we will periodically add special edition contests throughout the year.
The themes for the monthly contest are chosen by the contest manager based of suggestions from our membership. We do our best to ensure the themes are broad and accessible to as many members as possible. The finalist's are chosen by the previous months contest winners. A poll is posted in the same form as the contest and our members vote for the monthly winners.
The themes for the themed segments and special edition contests are chosen in advance by members of the Nikonians Masters Society. Members of the Nikonians Team will choose the finalists for these contests, Members of the Nikonians Masters Society choose the winners. We may choose to set up a poll and let members vote for winners in select contests.
These contests are the preliminary rounds for the Annual Nikonians Contest.  All contest winners throughout the year will advance to the final round of the Best of Nikonians Annual Contest.
You can find a list of all current contest in a post pinned at the top of the Photo Contest Info forum and the English Café
All winning images will be uploaded, each month, to a gallery in the Contest Categories area of our galleries.
During the month of January each year, judges will be selected among members of the Nikonians Masters Society, composed of outstanding professionals and distinguished advanced amateur photographers around the world, who will select the Winners of the Best Nikonians Images Annual Photo Contest. Judging will begin on during the first week of February. Judges will score each image on a scale of 10 - 50, the contest director will tally the scores, the top ten scoring images will be declared winners.  
Winners will be announced by the end of February.


A Certificate of Photographic Achievement will be awarded to all of the winners of each contest throughout the year. 
A Nikonians Certificate of High Photographic Achievement and prizes from our sponsors or membership extensions will be awarded to the ten winners of the Best of Nikonians Photo Contest.
The winning images are displayed prominently for the community at the Nikonians Photo Contest forum, in the Nikonians Newsletter. In addition, they will also be shown in a special issue of THE NIKONIAN eZine.

Image size

The recommended size for images is between 1200 & 1800 pixels wide or between 900 & 1200 pixels tall. Images should be less then 3MB.


Participate and win great prizes from our sponsors:

Mind Shift Gear

Think Tank Photo

Past submissions and previous winners

The Contest Galleries contain past submissions whereas previous winners are found in our Winners Galleries. The winners are further being prominently displayed in the community forums for a period of time, until new winners are announced.

The Nikonians Photo contests have become prestigious amongst Nikonians and the photography world.
Thank you for participating and good luck! If you have any questions regarding our contest, contact us online.

Have a great time smiley

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) and J. Ramón Palacios (jrp)
Founders of Nikonians

David Summers (dm1dave)
Nikonians Contest Director