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Nikon Photo Contest 2020-2021: Grand Prize Winners Revealed

The winners of the 2020-201 Nikon Photo Contest have been announced with the global pandemic featuring in the Grand Prize winning image.

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The winners of the Nikon Photo Contest - one of the world’s largest photography competitions - have been announced with Grand Prize accolades been awarded to the winners of each category of the Nikon Photo Contest 2020-2021.

The recipient of the photo competition 'Grand Prize' was a piece entitled "Radiance", entered by Amin Nazari (Islamic Republic of Iran) from the Open Category. Meanwhile, the short film competition Grand Prize winner was a piece entitled "Escaping from Karma", entered by REI KURODA (Japan) from the Next Generation category.

Grand Prize Winner: "Radiance" by Amin Nazari (Islamic Republic of Iran) 

The senior citizen pictured was admitted to Razi Hospital in Ahvaz,Iran, to receive treatment for COVID-19. Throughout Iran,many people were infected and there were fatalities every day. The virus caused serious problems in all areas of society, affecting social interactions, employment and education,etc.

Grand Prize Short Film Winner: "Escaping from Karma", by REI KURODA (Japan)

The theme of this work is liberation from the various societal constrictions, while also touching upon the subjects of feminism, race, and nationality. The COVID-19 pandemic brought about drastic changes to everyone’s lives. People found themselves unable to count on what they previously took for granted – what they once believed to be unwavering became increasingly uncertain. This film was created based on the notion that perhaps, liberation exists in the transformation of, or escape from, the colossal systems that have been built.

Lead Judge Neville Brody’s comments on the Nikon Photo Contest 2020-2021: "What amazed me was the number and quality of the entries that were submitted, despite the pandemic and the personal challenges it brought upon every practitioner, every human being on the planet. Within the entries, we saw a wide range of interpretations of the world. From very different, private points of view, to points of view that revealed ideas that were more universal - there was a lot of reflection of personal narratives. We saw some very moving, highly emotional entries this year that stunned the judges - images of personal suffering, and of beauty, of captured lives, of joy, and of magic. It’s been an extremely difficult year for every individual, and to create works that somehow communicate these challenges shows that photography and video are very powerful tools to capture these narratives."

The winners were selected from the 65,062 entries submitted by approximately 26,000 people from 150 countries and regions around the world.

The archive video of the online awards ceremony will be released on the Nikon Photo Contest 2020-2021 website at the beginning of October. The winning works will also be showcased at the Nikon Photo Contest 2020-2021 street exhibition, taking place in Tokyo’s Shibuya, New York and London later this year. An online exhibition will be available for viewing from 5 October 2021 on the Nikon Photo Contest website

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