0025 - Released June 6, 2006
Nikonians®, worldwide community for Nikon® photographers and enthusiasts, congratulates segment 2 winners
of their Nikonians Photographers of the Year 2006 Contest and reminds members of the deadline for the next
segment, focusing on Landscape, Abstract/Digital Art and Sports. The winners receive an assortment of brand
name accessories and are in contention for the 2006 Nikonians Photographer of the Year honors which includes
prizes of Nikon cameras.
The largest international community of Nikon enthusiasts, known as Nikonians®, is gearing up for the most
popular photography contest in its history.
The contest takes a unique approach, segmenting the annual contest by photographic styles and disciplines
throughout the year, then taking the best of the semi-finalists on to the ultimate prize, which will be
announced in February 2007.
Winning photo of two Gentoo Penguins by Nico Housen
Nico Housen of Belgium took top honors in the Wildlife
Segment 2 of the 2006 Nikonians Photographer
of the Year Contest
with this photo of two Gentoo Penguins. It was taken
on the Falkland
Islands with his Nikon D200.
"It's not really a new approach in terms of contests," said J. Ramón Palacios, co-founder of Nikonians.
"Think of the international dog shows for instance. They recognize best of breed and at the end there
will be a best of show. In photography we all have different specialties and at Nikonians we want to give
all of our members a chance to take the top prize."
Segment 2 winners were recently announced, recognizing excellence in the Portrait, Wildlife and Micro/Macro
Knut Askim of Norway took first place in the Portrait category, Nico Housen of Belgium took top honors in
the Wildlife category, and Albert Valentino of the America was recognized for his first place win in the
The Nikonians site provides all members a chance to see the results, which also include comments from the
winners and a peek at the equally impressive photos posted by the second place winners. The results can be
seen by going to the Nikonians Discussion site and clicking on the "Photo Contests & Moderator's Choice
Segment 3 contestants have a shot at the top prize if they have competitive entries available in the
Landscape, Abstract/Digital Art and Sports categories. The deadline for entries is June 30.
Segment 2 Announcement
Knut Askim winner
Nico Housen winner
Albert Valentino winner
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