Nikon Small World Photomicrography & Video Competition 2018 (USD 10,000+ prize)

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2018

Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. The Photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography. The video competition, entitled Small World In Motion encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope.


  • The Nikon Small World Competition is open to anyone with an interest in photography through the microscope. Truly international in scope, entries have been received from the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Winners have included both professionals and hobbyists.

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Small World Photomicrography Competition

  • Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible, with the exception of employees of Nikon, their families, the contest judges, and individuals engaged in the manufacture or sale of microscopes, related accessories or photographic equipment.
  • Former first prizewinners are ineligible to win first prize in the three contests immediately following the contest they won, but can win other prizes.
  • Any image that has won any other photomicrography competition is not eligible.
  • Photomicrographs must be taken using a light microscope, such as one of the Nikon series of microscopes. All types of light microscopy and specimens are acceptable. Electron and any other microscopes that do not capture imagery using optical light technology are not permitted.
  • Macro Photography is not permitted.
  • The use of Nikon equipment is not required.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter or win.
  • Images must be submitted as follows:
    1. Digitally: Uploading to the Small World Competition entry area here. Images must be in jpeg, png, psd, or tiff format and videos in flv, mp4, mpg, wmv, avi, mov format. (Please submit the highest quality image with regard to file size, bit depth, and resolution.)
    2. For images on film, a 35mm mounted transparency will be accepted. Glass mounts are not accepted.
  • Small World in Motion entries are further limited to:
    1. Movie length of no more than 60 seconds
    2. The use of sound is not permitted
    3. It is not permitted to add graphics of any kind
  • Nikon reserves the right to edit winning movies for format and length for promotional purposes.
  • Each entrant may submit up to three images in each contest for judging. A completed and signed official entry form, facsimile, or complete Internet entry form must be used. A separate entry form must be used for Small World and Small World in Motion.

Nikon Small World Contest Prizes

Top 20 prize winners are selected and ranked by Small World Judges.

Nikon Small World In Motion

Contest Prizes

Top 3 prize winners are selected and ranked by Small World In Motion Judges.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Nikon Small World Photomicrography & Video Competition 2018

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