Nikon Photo Contest International 2008-2009 opens for entries

Nikon UK is pleased to announce details of the hugely popular Nikon Photo Contest International 2008-2009. The competition, now in its 32nd year attracted over 16,000 entrants from 135 different countries and the submission of more than 47,000 images.

Entries for the competition will be accepted from 1 September to 30 November 2008. The theme for the competition is ‘At the Heart of the Image’, which is also the brand statement of the Nikon Imaging Company. With this theme, Nikon challenges photographers to capture images that reflect a passion for photography and demonstrates the richness and human diversity of life.

As in previous years, there will be two categories - a ‘Free Subject’ category for which photographers are free to choose the subject of their images and a category called ‘My Planet’ which encourages people to enter submissions that involve the environment, or scenes from daily life. Entries will be judged by a team of professional photographers from around the world.

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the NIKKOR brand, there will be an extra prize awarded for an outstanding entry, along with the 54 regular prizes and the overall grand winner. The competition is open to all who love taking pictures – amateurs, as well as professional photographers from all over the world part of the world. The winning photographs and the names of the winners will be published on the NPCI website and will feature at NPCI exhibitions.

With the NPCI 2008-2009, Nikon Europe continues to support the international humanitarian organisation “Right to Play”, by donating 2 Euros for each participant from Europe and Africa. “Right to Play” aims to develop life skills, improve health and foster peace for disadvantaged children, by means of sports and play programmes.

Martina Beckmann, Manager Communications and Marketing Services at Nikon Europe B.V. says: “With NPCI, Nikon wants to stimulate people around the world to discover the joy of photography, letting them and others experience the communicative power of images. We are convinced that all contestants will again rise to the exciting challenge. This year, we hope that even more photographers will take part, for the sake of the competition, and at the same time supporting our contribution to “Right to Play’s” great cause.

For NPCI competition rules and entry form, please visit www.nikon-is-different.com/npci