... telling the world that film photographers no longer matter in their long standing photo competition.
This IS a serious blow to the overall perception of the value of film based photography to the public at large and simply does not help the overall advocacy of it all. There is no reason for it
This is why this is an important topic. It does hurt all analog imaging. Nikon is one of the pre-eminent names in photography, and their decision to exclude the analog segment of the photography community shows that they consider it irrelevant. We should not just let this pass. We should object. If we don't we are accepting irrelevance.
I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.