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Best of Nikonians - Annual Photo Contest

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Here at Nikonians we have monthly and themed contests. The winners of these contests are then eligible for the Annual Best of Nikonians Photo Contest which Nikonians has hosted each year since 2004 to showcase some of our members best work.

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 contests beginning in April and we periodically add special edition contests throughout the year.

Monthly Contests: The themes for the monthly contest are chosen by the contest manager based on suggestions from our membership. We do our best to ensure the themes are broad and accessible to as many members as possible. The finalists are chosen by the previous months’ contest winners. A poll is posted in the same forum as the contest and our members vote for the monthly winners.
All winning images will be uploaded each month, to a gallery corresponding to the current year, in the Contest Categories area of our galleries.
Themed Contests: The themes for these contests and special edition contests are chosen in advance by members of the Nikonians Contest Team. The winners of these contests are chosen by members of the Nikonians Team. On rare occasions we may choose to set up a poll and let members vote for winners in select contests.
Winning images will be uploaded, to a gallery corresponding to the current year, in the Contest Categories area of our galleries.

You can find a list of all current contests in a post pinned at the top of the Photo Contest Info forum.

Annual Best of Nikonians Photo Contest: These contests are the preliminary rounds for the Annual Best of Nikonians Photo Contest. All contest winners throughout the year will advanced to the Annual Best of Nikonians Contest. Nikonians hosts our Annual Best of Contest in an effort recognize, encourage and promote as many talented photographers as possible for their images that have inspired or amazed us.
This contest takes place each year during January and February. Judges will be selected from among members of the Nikonians Team which is composed of outstanding professionals and distinguished advanced amateur photographers from around the world. These judges will select the winners of the Best of Nikonians Photo Contest. Judging will begin during the first week of February. Judges will score each image on a scale of 10 - 50. The contest director will tally the scores and the top ten scoring images will be declared winners. Winners will be announced before the end of February.


Are you a Nikon photographer? The contests at Nikonians are open to all Nikon photographers, no matter their skill level. All Silver, Gold and Platinum Members are eligible to participate in all posted contests and online assignments. Winners of both the monthly and themed contests are automatically advanced to the Annual Best of Nikonians Photo Contest.
Are you currently a Basic Member? No worries. Just upgrade now and you will be eligible to enter and win.


A Certificate of Photographic Achievement will be awarded to all the winners of each contest throughout the year.
A Nikonians Certificate of High Photographic Achievement and prizes from our sponsors or a one-year extensions of paid membership will be awarded to the ten winners of the Best of Nikonians Photo Contest.
The winning images are prominently displayed for the community at the Nikonians Photo Contest forum and published in the Nikonians Blog.

Image size

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


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Past submissions and previous winners

The Contest Galleries contain all eligible images from past years' submissions. The Winners Galleries feature all winning images from our regular monthly contest sorted by category. 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 a question, please do not hesitate to post that in the Contest Info forum:



Have a great time smiley

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

David Summers (dm1dave)
Nikonians Contest Director