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Nikon-Small World In Motion Digital Video Competition 2016

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open30-Apr-2016
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AwardFirst prize is $3,000 towards the purchase of Nikon equipment
EligibilityAbove 18 years
Scholarship provider contact details


Trisha Bruynell
Peppercom Strategic Communications
470 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016-6819
Phone: 212-931-6129


Lisa Novak Specchio
Shaw & Todd Integrated Marketing Communications
205 Rockingham Row
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 609-436-0261

What is Nikon-Small World In Motion Digital Video Competition 2016?

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.

In 2011, Nikon announced that it would begin accepting movies taken through the microscope as a new category in the 37th annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. The introduction of this new category, titled Small World in Motion, encompasses any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope and adds a new, distinct discipline to the competition. The movies are judged and honored as a separate category in the competition, complete with prizes for first, second and third places.

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.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

  1. 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 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. A movie that has won any other competition is not eligible to win this contest.
  2. Movies must be captured using a light microscope, such as one of the Nikon series of compound or stereoscopic microscopes. The use of Nikon equipment is not required. No purchase is necessary.
  3. Any type of specimen is acceptable. All techniques of light microscopy are acceptable. Electron microscopy is not acceptable. Animated movies are not acceptable.

How can you apply ?

Please send all correspondence to Nikon’s Small World Competition, Nikon Instruments Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747-3064 USA or

Terms and Conditions

  • Movies must be submitted digitally by uploading to the Small World Competition entry area on the Web site. Maximum file size is 100MB, and it is recommended the file size be no smaller than 3MB although smaller file sizes will not be disqualified. Movies should be no longer than 2 minutes in length. Files must be in .avi, .wmv, .mov, mp4, mpeg4 or .flv format. Nikon reserves the right to edit movies for length. Although sound is permitted, the use of copyrighted material is not, unless express written consent of the copyright owner is provided. Permission will be subject to the same conditions as the movie.
  • Each entrant may submit up to three movies for judging. A completed and signed official entry form, facsimile, or complete Internet entry form must be used.
  • Entries will be judged on:
  1. Originality
  2. Informational Content
  3. Technical Proficiency
  4. Visual Impact
  • Prizewinners will be notified by August 15, 2016.
  • The decision of Nikon’s panel of judges will be final.
  • All files will be retained by Nikon Instruments Inc., and cannot be returned.
  • If your entry is selected by Nikon as a winning movie, you will give non-exclusive rights to Nikon to use your name and the movie in connection with the competition. You also certify that you hold the rights to grant such permission. Winning movies will only be used in connection with the Nikon Small World Competition and accompanying publicity and will include appropriate photo credits.
  • Contestants will be notified regarding usage should Nikon be approached with any commercial opportunities related to a submitted movie or movies.
  • All reasonable care will be taken in handling digital files, but Nikon Instruments Inc. will not assume any responsibility for their loss or damage.
  • Offer void where prohibited.
  • Taxes, if any, on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prizewinner.
  • Failure to comply with and accept all of the preceding rules will disqualify any entry.

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