Nikon Small World 2024

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Nikon Small World 2024

Nikon Small World 2024 now is over!

Nikon Small World 2024: Nikon recently has announced the call for entries for its Nikon Small World 2024, inviting anyone with an interest in photography through the microscope to participate.

Short description

Celebrating 48 years of images captured by the light microscope, Nikon invites entries for its Nikon Small World 2024, accepting submission from anyone with an interest in photography through the microscope. The Nikon International Small World Competition first began in 1975 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Since then, Small World has become a leading showcase for photomicrographers from the widest array of scientific disciplines.

Nikon’s Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope.
There are two contests:

Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition is for images taken through the light microscope.
Nikon Small World in Motion Video Competition is for movies and digital time-lapse photography taken through a light microscope.

Images and videos do not need to be taken with a Nikon-branded microscope.

The video competition, entitled Small World In Motion encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope.

Submission requirements:

Each entrant may submit up to 3 images for judging.

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. The use of Nikon equipment is not required.

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. 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:

Movie length of no more than 60 seconds.
The use of sound is not permitted.
It is not permitted to add graphics of any kind.

Evaluation Criteria:

Informational Content
Technical Proficiency
Artistic and Visual Impact

Who may enter?

The Nikon Small World 2024 is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography.


Top prize is $3,000 for each top winner in Nikon Small World and Nikon Small World in Motion. Additional prizes are awarded to top 20, Honorable Mention and Images of Distinction for Small World and Top 5 and Honorable mentions for Small World in Motion.

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