Nikon Small World Competition

Nikon Small World Competition

Nikon Small World Competition

This year's contest drew entrants from a record 72 countries, as well as from a diverse range of academic and professional disciplines. Winners came from such fields as chemistry, biology, materials research, botany, and biotechnology.

A photomicrograph is a technical document that can be of great significance to science or industry. But a good photomicrograph is also an image whose structure, color, composition, and content is an object of beauty, open to several levels of comprehension and appreciation.

The Nikon Small World Competition is open to anyone with an interest in photography through the microscope. Truly international in scope, entries have been received from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Winners have included both professionals and hobbyists.

The subject matter for this year's contest is unrestricted and any type of light microscopy technique is acceptable, including phase contrast, polarized light, fluorescence, interference contrast, darkfield, confocal, deconvolution, and mixed techniques. Entries submitted to Nikon are then judged by an independent panel of experts who are recognized authorities in the area of photomicrography and photography. These entries are judged on the basis of originality, informational content, technical proficiency and visual impact.

Entries may be submitted either on film (in 35 millimeter transparency format) or uploaded digitally through your web browser. The links below provide options for entering the contest

2013 Small World Contest Rules

1. Anyone over the age of 18 interested in photography through the microscope is eligible, with the exception of employees of Nikon Instruments Inc. ("Nikon"), their families, the contest judges, and individuals engaged in the manufacture or sale of microscopes or photographic equipment. Former first prize winners are ineligible to win first prize in the three contests immediately following the contest they won, but can win other prizes.

2. Photomicrographs must be taken using a light microscope, such as one of the Nikon series of compound or stereoscopic microscopes. The use of Nikon equipment is not required.

3. Any type of specimen is acceptable. All techniques of light microscopy are acceptable: brightfield, darkfield, phase contrast, differential interference contrast, fluorescence, multiphoton, modulation contrast, Rheinberg, oblique, confocal, deconvolution, mixed techniques, etc.

4. Images must be submitted either:

a. Digitally - by uploading images in electronic digital format to the Small World Competition Entry Area on the Nikon Microscopy U website. Maximum file size is 100 Mb (megabytes), and it is recommended the file size be no smaller than 3 Mb, although smaller file sizes will not be disqualified. Files must be submitted in one of the following electronic file formats: *.JPEG (also *.JPG; Joint Photographic Experts Group), *.TIFF (also *.TIF; Tagged Image File Format), *.PICT (also *.PIC or *.PCT; Macintosh Picture), or *.PSD (Adobe Photoshop Document). Please submit the highest quality image with regard to file size, bit depth, and resolution.

b. Photographically - for images acquired either digitally or on film, in the form of a 35 millimeter mounted transparency. Glass mounts will not be accepted.

A combination of uploaded images and slides may be submitted by an entrant. Each entrant, whether an individual or a group, may submit up to a total of three images for judging. A completed and signed official entry form, facsimile, or complete Internet entry form must be used. There is no purchase necessary.

5. Entries will be judged on:

* Originality

* Informational Content

* Technical Proficiency

* Visual Impact

6. Entries must be received no later than April 30, 2013, to be eligible for prizes.

7. Address all entries to Nikon's Small World Competition, Nikon Instruments Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, New York 11747-3064 USA, or enter online at the Entry Area on the Nikon Microscopy U website. You may also download a 2013 Competition Entry Form in portable document format for submission of entries by mail.

8. Prize winners will be notified by August 15, 2013.

9. The decision of Nikon's panel of judges will be final.

10. All winning entries will be retained by Nikon Inc. and cannot be returned. Non-winning entries will be returned if a stamped, self-addressed envelope is submitted. Only U.S. postage stamps or equivalent International Reply Coupons should be used for return postage.

11. All reasonable care will be taken in handling photos, but Nikon Instruments Inc. will not assume any responsibility for their loss or damage.

12. Offer void where prohibited.

13. Taxes, if any, on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners.

14. Failure to comply with and accept all of the preceding rules will disqualify any entry.

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Nikon Small World Competition