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The Talking Point about the Nikon Photography Contest

August 8th, 2013 No Comments
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Our two just-previous posts had to do with Nikon gear and a major contest.  Let’s close out the week by combining these two topics: The Nikon Contest!  This year’s contest results were announced two days back.  

Nikon is an innovator not only in photographic gear, but (and very obviously) in photography contests: witness the types of categories: Photo story (two to five images presenting a theme or idea), Photographic video (45 seconds in length), and a special new category, ‘Motion Snapshot’ made with the Nikon 1.  Get all the facts and figures from Zoltan Arva-Toth’s report in Photography Blog and the contest entry page.

Head on over to the somewhat curiously-designed winning entries page.  You’ll learn here that there a final judges meeting over two days during which a multi-session symposium was also conducted.

Click on each category (and not a particular image) to view the winners, such as Category C.  (Note, though, that if you want to view what Nikon calls “detail information about each work” you’ll have to visit the site again on or after 13th August.)

Category D’s winners are the most overtly humourous and most of Category B’s winners clearly lean towards Photojournalism.  Category A’s winners, however, make for a major talking point.

Category A was an open category for stills but this category’s winners circle is striking – astounding: for it almost seems as if this were one very narrowly-defined category: “Simple, Direct Compositions Involving Humans, and Telling a Little Story.”  Fully a dozen winners exactly fit this description with only one (‘The Sun Comes Out’) not fitting it at all!  How amazing that a big – B-I-G – judges panel ended up choosing winning photos with such a strongly-unifying common thread.

That interesting fact revealed, Category A’s strongly-typed winners include some beautiful images that are classically artistic, ‘Brassai-an’, and evocatively descriptive in their execution or style.


Too bad we have to wait another week for Nikon to publish these images in “detail information.”



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