Those frigging idiots.
They will accept MF and LF digital, but not film images from those formats. Like how many people are shooting 8x10 with scanning backs? And someone who makes exquisite carbon or gum prints is SOL. What arrogance!
They won't accept B&W film images, at a time when a lot of B&W photographers still shoot film because digital just does not measure up, along with those who use film for B&W or for all their personal work because of the innate qualities it has that digital doesn't have. A high quality scan of a well-made B&W print will beat the absolute hell out of a B&W shot from one of their D-whatevers. And a high quality scan of a LF or even MF color image will far outclass the gamut and outright visual quality of anything they make. And a 35mm image done right can equal their digitals, especially considering that the content is what really matters.
It's galling to think that they won't accept an image from their own current F6 or any other film Nikon, without which there probably would be no Nikon. And it's doubly galling to realize that they are willing to exclude the work of very talented people because of the medium they choose to use. And these days, if people use film, it's most likely by choice.
It is nonsensical that only the wealthiest LF or MF shooters can enter, excluding the majority. And any user of a P&S digital can enter, but those who chose Nikon's own best film cameras from the present and past cannot. Everyone knows a D1 never measured up to film quality, but it's acceptable, and an F6 is not? Sheesh.
There's no rational basis for not accepting scans- it's all digital at that point, so what's the difference?
What kind of people are running Nikon these days?
I will be writing to Nikon as soon as I am calm enough that it won't sound like a rant.