Last September we launched the 33rd edition of the annual Nikon Photo Contest International 2010-2011. The contest provides the opportunity for photographers around the globe to showcase their work and enter one of the world’s largest inspiring photography contests.
We were thrilled to have over 23,000 photographers submitting more than 60,000 photographs from 153 countries, and have been truly overwhelmed at the popularity of this year’s contest as well as the incredible talent of the photographers. It has certainly well established itself as the largest contest to date in terms of submissions and number of entrants.
With so many entrants and such a high level of creativity in every entry it really was a struggle for our panel to pick just one image for the top Grand Prix prize. After much deliberation, the judges agreed that the winner of this year’s top prize would go to ‘Learning to fly’, an image depicting a man diving into the sea through a darkening sky at twilight in Varanasi, India.
Grand Prix Award winner: ‘Learning to fly’. Image © Debarshi Duttagupta.
Image shot with a Nikon D700, f/9, 1/320 seconds exposure, ISO-1250, 20mm focal length.
Debarshi Duttagupta, the photographer of the winning image, describes how he tried to capture the unique atmosphere through his lens. “The sheer energy created by the diver was truly fascinating. This was an experience of a lifetime, for which the true feeling cannot be expressed in words, although it can definitely be expressed through my camera.”
Mr. Hiromi Tsuchida, one of the judges that selected the image for the Grand Prix award was in equal awe of the photograph. “The winning photo captures a precious moment that conveys the story of a small fishing village through activities that have been repeated daily for generations. One might even sense a touch of sadness, as people the world over react in similar fashion to the nostalgic pangs experienced at sunset. The key to this photo’s success is in its capturing that magically moment of beauty as evening slips into night.”
In addition to the Grand Prix award winner, a total of 53 award winners were chosen from a range of categories. A selection of winning NPCI images will also be on display at the Getty Gallery in London from 15th September to 13th October 2011.
Will you be heading down to see the winning entries for yourself? If so do let us know your thoughts, we look forward to hearing from you.