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Held since 1969 and currently staged every other year, the contest provides an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike.

For the 32nd staging of the contest, the Nikon Photo Contest International 2008-2009 ran with the theme "At the heart of the image," which is also the brand statement of Nikon Imaging Company. Attracting more than 51,000 photographs from 153 countries and regions, or 1.1 times the number of entries from the previous contest, the Nikon Photo Contest International 2008-2009 generated interest from the largest number of countries and regions in recent years.

Grand Prize winner
"Cave Of Hope"
Maung Maung Gyi (Myanmar)

The total of 54 prize winners were selected from among the Large number of entries, with Mr. Maung Maung Gyi from Myanmar selected as the winner of the Grand Prize for his work entitled "Cave Of Hope."

In commenting on the contest, the 10 international photography professionals who formed the international judging panel stated that there were large numbers of unique entries with strong, individual views, reflecting the entrants' passion for photography. The judges learned how to do this, and how many other judges in the panels interpreted the works.

to develop a venue that allows people from around the world to share their vision, and to actively contribute to the world's photographic culture.

The winners along with their works can be seen on the Nikon Photo Contest International website August 6, 2009 (

Overview of the Nikon Photo Contest International 2008-2009

Entries based on this theme were requested in two different categories, "Free subject" and "My Planet." They were accepted from September 1 to November 30, 2008 and were received from all over the world by conventional mail and via the Internet.

The "Free subject" category welcomed all entries that expressed the photographer's emotions in any manner the entrant pleased without restriction. The "My Planet" category called for works that expressed the photographer's feelings about their world, whether that involved the environment, scenes from their daily life, or people and other subjects that stimulated their passions.

Summary of Entries

More than 18,000 entrants submitted in excess of 51,000 photographs, with works coming from a total of 153 countries and regions - the largest number of countries and regions from which the contest has attracted entries in recent years.
Beginning with the 29th contest (2002-2003), Internet entries were accepted in addition to those made via conventional mail. The growth of the Internet contributes strongly to the large increase in the number of entries noted for the Nikon Photo Contest International 2008-2009, as well as to the contest becoming a truly global event inviting an ever-increasing number of participants from every corner of the world. At the same time, many of the judges expressed concerns regarding the digital effects of photos, seen in a large number of Internet entries. This will undoubtedly become an issue in the future.

Judging, Awards and Prizes

"Cave of Hope" - Maung Maung Gyi )

The Grand Prize was awarded to Mr. Maung Maung Gyi of Myanmar for his work entitled "Cave Of Hope." The photo is a deeply impressive, dramatic entry that reminiscent of a religious painting. Judges' comments include "there is a depth in this photo that never gets old. If one looks at this photo many years from now, they will still be moved by its quiet yet powerful nature," and "one will be overcome with pious thoughts

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1st. Prize: "My Planet" category

"Friends" by Peter Allinson (USA)

1st. Prize was awarded to Mr. Peter Allinson of the U.S.A. for his work entitled "Friends." The superb angling of the shot makes the whale look as if it is smiling. This photo raises environmental awareness by elaborate explanations but with its unstaged portrayal of nature. Emerging Talent Awards

Independent of the Grand, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Prizes, this award is

presented to four photographers under the age of 30 whose photographs show a fresh perspective, demonstrate high-level expressive power and convey the energy of youth.

Selected to receive the award were Ms. Elena Chernyshova of Russia for her work entitled "Flow of Life," Mr. Aydin Berk Bilgin of Turkey for "AMEN2", Mr. Danny Ghitis of the USA for "Ganges Bather," and Mr. Yuuta Kawai of Japan for "Let's think all." Flow of Life by Elena Chernyshova (Russia)

Flow of Life by Elena Chernyshova (Russia) Aydin Berk Bilgin (Turkey)

Ganges Bathe
Danny Ghitis (USA)

Let's think all of Yuuta Kawai (Japan) Introductions of all the prize winners and their works can be viewed on the Nikon Photo Contest International website ( Plans include posting a mini gallery that displays other works by about 20 entrants, including the Grand Prize winner and Emerging Talent Award winners and runners-up.

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