Nikon International Small World Competition

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The Nikon Small World Competition is open to anyone with an interest in photography through the microscope. 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.

Prizes (all money prizes toward the purchase of Nikon equipment):

  • 1st Prize – $3,000
  • 2nd Prize – $2,000
  • 3rd Prize – $1,000
  • 4th Prize – $800
  • 5th Prize – $600
  • 6th Prize – $400
  • 7th–10th Prizes – $250
  • 11th–20th Prizes – $100
  • Honorable Mentions

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. Prizewinners will be notified by August 15, 2013. Each entrant may submit up to three images. Online submission of digital photos via the website.

Image requirements: Maximum file size is 100MB, and it is recommended the file size be no smaller than 3MB although smaller file sizes will not be disqualified. Files format: .jpeg, .tiff, .pict or .psd

Judging criteria:

  • originality
  • informational content
  • technical proficiency
  • visual impact


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