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Nikon Announces Panel of Judges for Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015

The prestigious photo contest is set to be judged by a diverse panel of the field’s finest talents from photographers and curators to editors and film directors.

Singapore – Nikon Singapore Pte. Ltd. is proud to announce its selected chief judges and judges of Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015. The contest which will be accepting entries from 15th September to 15th December, 2014 will be headed by two chief judges and a following panel of international judges to provide their distinguished assessments on all entries.

The judging panel for the global photo contest will be headed by chief judges Stephen Mayes and John C Jay, both world-renowned creative directors with vast experiences, for the photography and video categories respectively.

Stephen Mayes, who will serve as chief judge for the photography category, is currently Executive Director of the Tim Hetherington Trust*1. He has managed the work and careers of top-level photographers and artists in various areas such as art, fashion, photojournalism, and commercial photography for over 25 years. In addition to serving as Secretary to the World Press Photo competition from 2004 to 2012, Mayes has written successful business plans and reshaped operations for a number of imaging companies around the world.

John C Jay, who will serve as chief judge for the video category, plays an active role as President and Executive Creative Director of a strategic and creative consultancy developing new companies, products, and services. Jay has been named as one of the Top Ten Most Influential Art Directors in the Past 50 Years by readers of Graphic Design USA, and he has also been inducted into the prestigious Art Directors Club of New York's*2 Hall of Fame.

In addition to the chief judges, ten*3 judges who are active on the world stage, have been selected from a diverse range of fields to photographers, curators, creative directors, editors, and film directors. One of the judges in the photography category, Swapan Parekh, was the recipient of the 2nd place award in the B/W Photograph Section of the Nikon Photo Contest International 1986-1987 (as the contest was formerly known).

*1 Tim Hetherington was a British photojournalist. His work focused on the documentation of conflict, and one of his photos was selected as the World Press Photo of the Year in 2007.  The Tim Hetherington Trust exists to preserve the legacy of Hetherington's professional life, including the safe archiving of all physical materials, and the management of the intellectual and artistic use of his work.
*2 The oldest organization for art directors in the world (headquartered in New York, the ADC was founded in 1920). The Art Directors Club of New York recognizes excellence in art direction in fields such as advertising and graphic design with their international ADC Annual Awards.
*3 As of 31st July, 2014. Subject to change.


Chief Judge, photography category: Stephen Mayes    


Chief Judge, video category: John C Jay

List of judges (titles omitted, in random order)

Photography category
Chief judge: Stephen Mayes
Judges: Stefen Chow, Yue Ren, Thyago Nogueira, Kisei Kobayashi, Chris Rainier, Swapan Parekh

Video category
Chief judge: John C Jay
Judges: Wang Lei, Sandro

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As with the previous contest, Dell Japan Inc., one of the contest’s collaborating partners, has established the Dell Graphic Pro Award with an additional prize*4 for 1st place winners in the video category (for both theme "Home"  and open theme). Western Digital Technologies, Inc., a first-time collaborating partner, has also introduced the Western Digital Technologies Award with additional prizes for Grand Prize, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the photography and video categories respectively. Another first-time partnership for the contest would be with Seiko Epson Corporation who is engaged as the intended printing partner for the contest’s entries.

*4 A cash prize of equal value will be awarded to winners residing outside of Japan.

Additional prizes to be awarded by Collaborating Partners of Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015*5

Dell Graphic Pro Award (Dell Japan Inc.)
1st place winners in the video category (Theme “Home”, Open theme): Dell Graphic Pro of ¥150,000 in value (US $1,469**)

Western Digital Technologies Award (Western Digital Technologies, Inc.)
Grand Prize winner: My Cloud EX 4 (24 TB model) with four 6 TB WD Red drives
1st place winners in photography and video categories: My Cloud EX2 (8-TB model) equipped with 2 WD Red (4 TB) drives
2nd place winners in photography and video categories: My Passport (1-TB model)
3rd place winners in photography and video categories: WD TV Media Player

*5 Prizes to be awarded are subject to change without notice.

** 1¥ = US $0.0098 as of July 2014.

The Nikon Photo Contest’s objectives seek to tell valuable stories through the global language known as imaging with great creativity, and to nurture a community full of aspiration for photographers striving to influence the way people think. This very community stimulates Nikon in its development of products with improved technologies to offer new forms of value and possibilities in imaging expression through photo culture activities in all corners of the world.

With Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015, a great expansion in the variety of imaging expression and possibilities is expected, in particular with the new acceptance of entries captured by any digital imaging device and the introduction of the Generation N Award for those aged 19 or younger.

*Trade names (companies, products, services, etc.) are registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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Chief Judge, photography category

Stephen Mayes