Small World In Motion
Digital Video Competition

2016 Contest Rules

Deadline for entries is April 30, 2017

  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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Entries will be judged on:
    1. Originality
    2. Informational Content
    3. Technical Proficiency
    4. Visual Impact
  7. Entries must be received no later than April 30, 2017 to be eligible for prizes.
  8. Please send all correspondence to Nikon’s Small World Competition, Nikon Instruments Inc., 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747-3064 USA or email
  9. Prizewinners will be notified by August 15, 2017.
  10. The decision of Nikon’s panel of judges will be final.
  11. All files will be retained by Nikon Instruments Inc., and cannot be returned.
  12. 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.
  13. Contestants will be notified regarding usage should Nikon be approached with any commercial opportunities related to a submitted movie or movies.
  14. All reasonable care will be taken in handling digital files, but Nikon Instruments Inc. will not assume any responsibility for their loss or damage.
  15. Offer void where prohibited.
  16. Taxes, if any, on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prizewinner.
  17. Failure to comply with and accept all of the preceding rules will disqualify any entry.

Enter the 2017 Competition