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Mark Peters : July 12th 2005 - 13:30 CET

Nikon photo contest 2004-2005 winners

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NikonNikon photo contest 2004-2005 winners : Nikon Corporation (President: Michio Kariya) is pleased to announce the winners of the Nikon Photo Contest International 2004-2005 - one of the largest and most prestigious photo contests in the world. Held since 1969, the contest provides an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike. As the 30th contest, the Nikon Photo Contest International 2004-2005 ran with the theme "At the heart of the image," which is also the brand statement of Nikon Imaging Company. Attracting more than 31,000 photographs from 117 countries and regions, it generated interest from more countries and regions than ever before.
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From among the entries, Mr. Vincent Maure from Norway was selected as the winner of the Grand Prize for his work entitled "Malnutrition in the Congo (DRC) Girl Is Taking Care of Orphan." The theme for the 30th contest was "At the heart of the image" - a theme which is both the brand statement of Nikon Imaging Company and an invitation for photographers to capture their emotions. Within this theme, entries were requested in two different categories, "Art" and "Documentary." Entries were accepted from September 1 to November 30, 2004 and were received from all over the world by conventional mail and via the Internet. Summary of Entries. More than 10,000 entrants submitted in excess of 31,000 photographs, with works coming from a total of 117 countries and regions - the largest number of countries and regions from which the contest has attracted entries to date. It was also notable that approximately 65% of entrants submitted their entries via the Internet.

Digital cameras growth increases contest participation
With more and more people embracing digital cameras and the Internet, the contest has seen an increase in entries from more parts of the world, from a broader range of age groups, and from professionals and amateurs alike. As a result, the contest has been extremely successful in achieving its aim of working as "an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate" with the emotion of each photographer evident in their work and the images capturing society and different aspects of human nature.

Judging, Awards and Prizes
A team of ten acclaimed photographers working internationally were appointed as judges. The judges from Japan were: Mr. Tsuneo Enari, Mr. Hiromi Tsuchida, Mr. Hiroshi Ohshima, Mr. Hiroshi Suga, Mr. Lyu Hanabusa, Mr. Mitsugu Ohnishi, and Mr. Mitsuhiko Imamori. The judges from overseas were: Mr. Ernst Fischer from the U.K., Ms. Bridget Besaw Gorman from U.S.A., and Mr. Chris Yap from Singapore. The judges selected a total of 33 winners: one Grand Prize winner in addition to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize winners for each category.

Emerging Talent Award
Introduced for the very first time in this contest, the Emerging Talent Award was created with the purpose of supporting young photographers. Four winners and 16 Runners-up were selected for this award for outstanding photographs that exhibit a fresh perspective and convey the energy of youth, and have not been awarded a Grand, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd prize. All in all, a total of 53 winners were selected: Grand Prize (1), 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes for the Art category and the Documentary category (16 and 16), Emerging Talent Award (4) and Runners-up (16).

Winner of the Grand Prize
The Grand Prize was awarded to Mr.Vincent Maure of Norway, for his work entitled "Malnutrition in the Congo (DRC) Girl Is Taking Care of Orphan." Taken using a straightforward, orthodox approach, it was felt to be an image of high quality that succeeds in conveying strong emotions.

Winners of the Emerging Talent Awards
The Emerging Talent Awards were presented to Ms. Jean Balke of Germany for her work entitled "Volcanic World on Java," to Mr. Patrick Dilkie of Canada for "Through the Eyes," to Ms. Ran Zhao of Singapore for "Tree's Victory," and to Ms. Satoko Fujimoto of Japan for "Myself." As its name suggests, this award is for photographers who have submitted works that show their strong potential for photographic expression in the future. All of the results described above can be seen along with the winning works on the Nikon Photo Contest International Web site. The site will also feature a Mini-Gallery from late September 2005, featuring works of Emerging Talent Award winners and runners-up other than those entered into the contest.

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