Largest Prize in a private Online Photo Contest
No. 0001 - Released March 15, 2003

On March 15th 2001, the non-profit online organization Nikonians held its annual photo contest finals, where amateur and professional photographers from all around the world competed for a single prize of photography equipment valued over 10,000 USD.

Over 300 photographers submitted their work and the organization's 2,500 members voted for each monthly winner. A total of five photographers made it to the finals where a jury of ambitious amateurs and professional photographers, the Nikonians Masters Society, elected the winner.

The money for the generous prize, a complete set of Nikon professional photography equipment, was donated by the founders of who, according to their own words, "wanted to give young photographers the chance to have just as much fun with photography as we have had for over many many years". "We believe that this prize will create several new, interesting online contests where photographers can attend free of charge and free of fear of e-mail spam, winning more than just a digital consumer camera or a webpage" says J. Ramón Palacios, initiator of the contest and co-founder of the organization.

About Nikonians is a non-profit online community and resource for Nikon® users.Membership is free and there is no advertising. The organization was initiated by the two founders J. Ramón Palacios and Bo Stahlbrandt in April 2000. A team of over 15 devoted photographers work voluntarily to moderate the forums and to help the organization's 2,500 world wide members.

The community hosts monthly and annual contests, over 40 lively discussion forums, in-depth photography articles, galleries, guides, software, a links database, bookshelves, an event & exhibition calendar and a regular newsletter, The Nikonian.