Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 announces full panel of judges

The global photo contest completes its line-up of judges with a diverse and creative group of individuals from across the world

Nikon Australia is pleased to announce the addition of Yao Wei Wei, Mattias Klum, Olivier Richon, Ori Kleiner, and Bharat Sikka to complete panel of judges for the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017.

The talented individuals are a diverse and globally active group, spanning the fields of photography, cinematography, and even college education, and are all actively involved in the nurturing of the next generation of artists.

The five newly-selected judges round out the full panel of 10 judges for the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017, which already includes Lead Judge Neville Brody along with Marcus Bell, Wang Lei, Carol Guzy, and Miho Odaka.

Profiles of the new appointments to the judging panel:

Yao Wei Wei
Yao Wei Wei is a Nikon Ambassador in China and specialises in fashion, wedding and portrait photography. The Golden Prize of Asian Pacific Wedding Portrait, China’s Top 10 Best Portrait Awards, and the Gold Prize in the Innovation Category of the Austrian Photo Exhibition are just a few awards among his list of accolades.
Yao owns two portrait studios, MAYA and Shi Hua She in China.

Mattias Klum
Mattias Klum is a Swedish photographer, cinematographer and director. In his own artistic way, he describes and portrays animals, plants and other natural and cultural settings in the form of articles, books, films, lectures and exhibitions. As well as producing nine film projects and publishing 13 books, Klum has written multiple articles and cover stories for National Geographic magazine since 1997.

Klum has been awarded a gold medal for his important contributions as a wildlife photographer by the King of Sweden. He has also been named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, awarded an honorary Doctorate in Natural Sciences by Stockholm University, appointed as a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a Fellow at the National Geographic Society, and is a Goodwill Ambassador for IUCN and WWF.

Oliver Richon
Olivier Richon graduated from the Polytechnic of Central London (currently the University of Westminster) with a BA (Hons) in Film and Photographic Arts in 1980. Since then, his work has been exhibited internationally and can be seen in the collections of museums and galleries including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in France.

In 2006, Richon became a Professor at the Royal College of Art where he has been Head of the Photography program since 1997. In addition to his cultivation of up-and-coming photographers, Richon actively exhibits his own works, most recently at the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Lausanne and the Materia Gallery in Rome.

Ori Kleiner
Ori Kleiner is a motion designer, filmmaker, artist, and is also the coordinator of Motion Graphics courses at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He worked at CBS (a major American commercial broadcast television network) on various programs including “The Early Show” and “CBS Morning News,” and has also produced a documentary film, Recognized (2007), which has been screened around the world.

Bharat Sikka
A fine art photographer, Bharat Sikka began his photographic career in India before earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. He has since held a number of exhibitions both in India and around the world, and contributed to prestigious international magazines and publications including the New York Times and Vogue.



Nikon Photo Contest (NPC): One of the world’s largest international photo contests

Held since 1969, the goal behind the contest is to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike. A total of 21,100 photographers from 164 countries and regions submitted 88,737 works in the previous (35th) contest, marking a new record for the contest in terms of the number of countries and regions from which entries were submitted.

Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Overview


The contest is open to all, professional and amateur, regardless of age, gender, or nationality. All categories will accept entries captured with any digital device, including smartphones except for the Nikon 100th Anniversary Award.

Entry categories

  1. Nikon 100th Anniversary Award

–  Theme: “Celebration”
–  Entry format: Single photo
–  Limited to Nikon equipment
–  No age restriction

  1. Next Generation Award

–   Theme: “Future”
–   Entry format: single photo, photo story (two to five images), video
–   Any equipment can be used
–   Entrants must be under the age of 30 (29 and younger)

  1. The Open Award

–   Theme: “Future”
–   Entry format: single photo, photo story (two to five images), video
–   Any equipment may be used
–   No age restriction

Entry period

October 17, 2016 to February 27, 2017 (closes at 1:00pm JST)

How to enter

Enter the contest by providing the required information in the entry form on the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 website ( This form will be available from the first date entries are accepted (October 17, 2016).

Visit the Nikon Photo Contest website at the following URL for additional details regarding contest eligibility, submission rules, judging, etc.

Awards and prizes

One entry will be selected from all entries to receive the Nikon 100th Anniversary Prize, the Grand Prize, and the Award for the Most Popular Entry. In addition, a total of 63 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded to entries in each of the Nikon 100th Anniversary, Next Generation and Open categories and winners will be presented with Nikon products of varying value.

In addition, all winners will be exhibited on the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Web Gallery, and on official Facebook and Instagram pages. We are also planning exhibitions at venues managed by Nikon, including the Nikon Museum.

Published by mynikonlife Dec 5, 2016
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