The 2008 Nikon Small World Competition

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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 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.

Winners will receive one of 20 prizes, sorted according to rank in the competition. First prize is $3,000 toward the purchase of Nikon equipment. In addition, the winner is invited to attend an awards presentation ceremony in New York City as Nikon’s special guest.

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.

Digital Entries
Entrants may enter Nikon’s Small World Competition by uploading digital images directly. Before you begin, read the Contest Rules and prepare your images for uploading according to the instructions. You may also download an Entry Form in portable document format (*.PDF) for submission of entries by mail.

Prize winners will be notified by August 15, 2008.

Enter here.

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