The winner of a Nikon photography competition that banned images taken on film cameras for the first time in its 44-year history has been named.

Picture credit: Dina Bova

Dina Bova, a photographer from Israel, has scooped the Grand Prize in the Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013 for an image entitled ‘Elegy of Autumn’.

Bova beat almost 100,000 other entries, a record for the contest that dates back to 1969.

As AP revealed last year, rules for the Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013 – which was open to photographers worldwide – stated: ‘Scans of photographs taken with film cameras are not eligible.’

Previously the competition allowed photographers to submit scans of pictures originally captured using a 35mm, or an APS film camera.

Nikon still lists the F6 and FM10 film-based SLRs on its website.

  • john

    How can anyone compete with anyone in the APOY awards when these so called amateurs are using professional cameras. maybe you should have two categories for professional amateurs and amateur photographers without expensive cameras. your magazine title doesn’t really suit its name and is unfair to people who are amateur photographers without a professional camera.

  • Carlo Pestucci

    Shame ok you, Nikon. How shortsighted.

    On the winning photo…the judges mush had been smooking weed during judging process.

    Altogether a one major flop by one of the leading photographic companies…of the past.


  • Roger Hicks

    Maybe they were afraid that the winner might have used film, which would have rendered nugatory their policy of a new DSLR every thirty seconds.



  • ByBrett

    Lets be fair, using film does give an unfair advantage over video stills. The aesthetic of film would have been spotted by the Judges immediately and become the yard stick or quality.