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Current Contest >> Updated August 4, 2016

dm1dave

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dm1dave Administrator Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006
Wed 10-Jul-13 12:48 AM | edited Thu 04-Aug-16 08:51 PM by dm1dave

Here at Nikonians we have 5 monthly competitions and our monthly photo assignment.

The contests and challenges are located in the Master Your Vision area of the forums. Each month a new theme is presented and a thread is opened for submissions. The following month 4 – 6 finalists (depending on the number of entries) are chosen by the previous months winner and a poll is set up for all members to vote. At the close of voting the winning images are posted in our Winners Gallery. The winners will be recognized in our weekly newsletter and will receive a printable Certificate of Photographic Achievement.

Our member driven contests are unique in many ways. Unlike most other photo contests the workings of our contests are transparent. Our members choose the monthly themes, all entries are visible to the entire community as they are posted and you are the judges not an invisible behind the scenes "expert." Judging begins when the previous months winner chooses 5 or 6 semi-finalists; then we create a poll and the entire community is given the opportunity to vote for the final winners.

Currently these monthly contests are the preliminary rounds for the Best Nikonians 2015 Photo Contest. So, if you want to participate in the of the big Annual Photo Contest for prizes > please be sure to enter one of the monthly competitions listed below.

We want to make your contests the best photo contests on the internet. So, please follow the links below, submit some images to the open contests and be sure to vote in all of the polls.


Our contests are open to Silver, Gold and Platinum members.


All registered members are allowed to vote in the contest polls.


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Best of Nikonians 2016

Here is the full announcement.

The four themed segments will be posted and pinned in the A Picture I Took forum. Each segment will be open for entries for a month and a half. Judging, by members of the Nikonians Team, will be completed no later than the last day of the month. The top 5 images (limited to one image per member) will be advanced as finalists to the Best of Nikonians 2016 contest. The overall winner of each segment will receive a Certificate of Photographic Achievement.

The 2016 themes are as follows:

April – May: Segment 1 – People (Closed) -- Winner Announced
June – July: Segment 2 – Animals (Closed) -- Winner Announced

August – September: Plants - Open

October – November: Places (including landscapes & Architectural)


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Wildlife Photography

This is where the wild things are from backyard birds to the wild beasts of Africa.

August > Animals In Their Environment

Poll for the July Theme > Small Feathered Friends - Poll #1 | Small Feathered Friends - Poll #2


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Landscape Photography

One of our most popular contests. Let us see your best landscape shots!

August > After Dark

Poll for the July theme > Sunrise or sunset with water


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Micro, Macro & Close-up Photography

Another very popular forum covers the challenging world of Close-up and Macro Photography.

August > Bees, Wasps and Hornets

Poll for the July Theme > Jewels or Jewelry


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Travel Photography

Please come over share you images from around the world.

August> Happiness

Poll for the July Theme > History through a Nikon



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Digital Artistry

Featureing images that have been significantly manipulated for creative effect. The final output can be realistic, surreal, abstract, or fantastic. It's all good.


August > Summer

Poll for the July Theme > Water


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Online Photo Assignments

The intent of the on line assignment is to challenge our members to become better photographers by providing a new assignment to fulfill each month. A big difference between this and the other forum contests is that the images must be shot during the month of the assignment.

This is a great opportunity for new photographers to build both technical and compositional skills. More accomplished photographers can use the assignments to expand their skills by tackling assignments that are outside of their usual photographic genre.

These are a great way to jump start the creative side of your mind!

August > Gritty

Poll for the July > Isolation



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This post will be updated monthly to reflect the most current contest info.

If you have any questions please contact me using the PM or email link in the upper right hand corner of this post.

Dave Summers
Nikonians Photo Contest Director
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