The winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2020–2021 have been announced. Winners of the Grand Prize, Excellence Award, and Special Encouragement Awards were selected from more than 65,000 entries by shooters across 150 countries and regions around the world. Additionally, two works were recipients of Nikon’s Selection Award, chosen by Nikon employees.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the times, the winners of the two top prizes related to the coronavirus pandemic. The recipient of the Grand Prize for the photo competition is a piece titled “Radiance” by Amin Nazari from Iran; the image shows an elderly woman in Razi Hospital in Ahvaz, Iran, receiving treatment for the virus. The Grand Prize for the short film competition is Escaping from Karma by Rei Kuroda from Japan. The film explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives and how we can “break free from the various constrictions of society.”
However, it’s the winner of Nikon’s Selection Award in the short film category—The Ocean Voice by Rodrigo Thomé—that will interest underwater videographers. Thomé, an underwater photographer and filmmaker based in Rio de Janeiro, has been involved in numerous Brazilian TV shows on subjects such as night diving in the Galápagos, Brazil’s flooded caves, and the subaquatic life of Alaska. In The Ocean Voice, Rodrigo explores our connection to the sea and how we are threatening its habitats and inhabitants—with the ocean addressing the viewer as the story’s narrator. It’s a powerful work that brings together some mesmerizing clips, both underwater and aerial.
The winning works will be showcased in a street exhibition taking place in Tokyo, New York and London from October 5th to November 14th. Check out all the winning entries and Rodrigo Thomé’s awarded film below.
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