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Nikon Small World Competition 2019
Total awards: 8400 $
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Info & Rules

Contest info


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.

A photomicrograph is a technical document that can be of great significance to science or industry. But a good photomicrograph is also an image whose structure, color, composition, and content is an object of beauty, open to several levels of comprehension and appreciation.

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.

The subject matter is unrestricted and any type of light microscopy technique is acceptable, including phase contrast, polarized light, fluorescence, interference contrast, darkfield, confocal, deconvolution, and mixed techniques.

Entries submitted to Nikon are then judged by an independent panel of experts who are recognized authorities in the area of photomicrography and photography. These entries are judged on the basis of originality, informational content, technical proficiency and visual impact.


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Start date

19 July 2018  -  30 April 2019


19 July 2018  -  30 April 2019


19 July 2018  -  30 April 2019



Nikon Small World Contest Prizes
Top 20 prize winners are selected and ranked by Small World Judges.
 1st Prize - $3,000
 2nd Prize - $2,000
 3rd Prize - $1,000
 4th Prize - $800
 5th Prize - $600
 6th Prize - $400
 7th-10th Prizes - $300 each
 11th-20th Prizes - $200 each
 Honorable Mentions - $100 each
 Images of Distinction - Nikon Backpack (or equivalent)
Prizes for top 3 winners are paid by check in US funds and other prizes are paid by Visa gift card also in US funds. Winners responsible for all applicable taxes.


Age restriction: 18 /

Available for citizens: Worldwide