Nikon Small World Competition 2020

1st Prize - USD $3,000


The Nikon 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. Winners have included both professionals and hobbyists.

Nikon welcomes a broad range of subject matter, 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.


1st Prize - USD $3,000
2nd Prize - USD $2,000
3rd Prize - USD $1,000
4th Prize - USD $800
5th Prize - USD $600
6th Prize - USD $400
7th-10th Prizes - USD $300 each
11th-20th Prizes - USD $200 each


The Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition (the “Competition”) is open only to individuals who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry and have access to a light microscope. The following individuals are not eligible to enter the Competition: (a) employees of Nikon Instruments Inc., Shaw & Todd, Inc., their respective parent companies and affiliated companies, and/or the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee, (b) the Competition Judges, regardless of the date of appointment, and/or their immediate family and household members, and/or (c) individuals engaged (as a business owner or employee) in the manufacture, distribution and/or sale of microscopes, related accessories and/or photographic equipment. PARTICIPATION IN THE COMPETITION AND/OR THE RECEIPT OF ANY PRIZE MAY BE RESTRICTED OR VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Entering a Submission to the Competition constitutes Entrant’s express consent that if awarded a Prize (as hereinafter defined), Entrant agrees and grants to Sponsor and its affiliates, agencies, dealers, distributors, resellers, licensees, media outlets used, successors and assigns, and/or Administrator (collectively, the “Nikon Parties”) a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, fully-paid, irrevocable, perpetual right and license to reproduce, modify, post, publish, edit, reformat, shorten, display and/or otherwise use Entrant’s Images and/or Entrant’s name, city, country, and/or Affiliation, in whole or in part, for promotional, trade, marketing and/or publicity purposes solely in connection with the Competition, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed including but not limited to websites, social media pages, printed materials, traveling exhibits, the Nikon Small World calendar, in emails, and/or at trade shows and events, without any compensation, notification, permission or other consideration. If requested, Entrant will sign any releases and/or other documentation that may be required for Sponsor and/or other Nikon Parties to make use of the rights Entrant is granting to use the Submission as described herein. Subject to the foregoing license, Entrant shall retain ownership of the copyright to the Images. Each winner accepts and acknowledges that Sponsor shall not be obligated to use the Submission or any part thereof, and that Sponsor in its sole discretion shall have the right to refrain from using the Submission. Sponsor shall not incur any liability whatsoever to the extent Sponsor chooses to refrain from any exploitation of its rights hereunder.