Nikon announces the winners of the 2018 – 19 Nikon Photo Contest

Recognised as one of the largest photo contests in the world, the Nikon Photo Contest celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, with it the 37th edition of the Nikon Photo Contest.

With entries across 170 countries, winners were selected by an international panel of judges based on its relevance to the category’s theme, message, and creativity.

Entries were accepted in three categories with the below corresponding themes:

Category Theme
Open: single photo, photo story ‘Change’
Next Generation: single photo, photo story ‘Identity’
Short Film ‘Hope’

The contest received a record 97,369 entries across all three categories from more than 33,000 people across 170 countries and regions around the world.

The winners were selected by an international panel of judges , including world-renowned art director Neville Brody who served as Lead Judge.

“The Nikon Photo Contest asks a lot of questions and one of the main questions was ‘what is the role of photography in the future?” The world of photography is continuing to change in our lives, it’s on our phones and it’s everywhere we look. Our world has seen more images than words these days. It’s an international language and it changes and influences the way we are as a people and as a society,” said Lead Judge, Neville Brody.

Nikon Australia Ambassador and renowned sport photographer, Delly Carr also formed part of the judging panel for this year’s awards. Delly has been a professional photographer for 30 years and has captured some of the most iconic sporting imagery in recent time.

Winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards from each category were selected based on its relevance to the category’s theme, message, and creativity.


Open Award Gold Prize

Alma and Alzheimer’s | Mr. Jason Parnell-Brookes (United Kingdom)


Open Award Gold Prize

Hope | Mr. Thaib Chaidar (Indonesia)


Next Generation Gold Prize

Ayimpoka | Ms. Sara De Antonio Feu (Spain)


Next Generation Gold Prize

芳华 Fanghua – Moments in Our Youthful Days |  Mr. 屠 靖涵 (Tu Jinghan) (China)


Short film Gold Prize

Exulansis | Ms. Sara Crochet (USA)


The winner of the Grand Prize, which will be selected from the Gold Prize winners in each category, will be announced at the awards ceremony on August 23rd in Tokyo. One entry will also receive the Participants’ Choice Prize and the Nikon Photo Contest 50th Anniversary Prize – a new prize implemented this year. Overall, a total of 47 awards will be presented.

For more information on the winning entries and images from the final round of judging, visit the Nikon Photo Contest website.