Nikon Canada Partners With Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

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© Sam Sciarrino

© Sam Sciarrino

Press release by Nikon Canada

For the fifth year in a row, Nikon Canada is partnering with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival to host a series of events designed to celebrate creativity and innovation in photography. CONTACT is an annual event in May with over 1,000 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout Toronto.

All photographers have uniquely interesting visions of the world around us, and they all share a desire to use their lens to illuminate, explore, enrich and share their vision. In that spirit, as the official camera partner of CONTACT, Nikon Canada will be hosting a “Picture Your World” weekly photo contest, an educational lecture series by Nikon Canada Ambassadors, and the inaugural Nikon Photo Walk, as well as providing three photography students with sponsorships to the Magnum Workshop Toronto.

“Picture Your World” weekly photo contest: May 1-31, 2015
Each week of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Nikon Canada will focus on a different assignment. Judges will be looking at how each photo best reflects the thematic focus: “Picture Your World.”

Each weekly “Picture Your World” photo contest winner – selected by a panel of judges – will receive a Nikon D5500 with 18-55 mm VR II Lens. One grand-prize winner will be selected from the weekly winners by public community voting on the Nikon Canada website (from June 5 to June 12, 2015). That winner will receive a CONTACT limited edition print of Extended Breathing with Moving Grasses, 2009 by Suzy Lake (retail value $1,500). The winning photos will also be featured on Nikon Canada’s dedicated site for CONTACT, Nikon Canada’s Facebook and YouTube pages, and on the CONTACT website.

Here are the weekly assignments:

·         Week 1: Enrich your world
Friday, May 1, 12:00 a.m. ET to Sunday, May 10, 11:59 p.m. ET
Show us your perspective on a world that is enriched by colours, or uses vibrant colours to demonstrate artistic expression.

·         Week 2: Illuminate your world
Monday, May 11, 12:00 a.m. ET to Sunday, May 17, 11:59 p.m. ET
Use light in a creative way to picture your world.

·         Week 3: Explore your world
Monday, May 18, 12:00 a.m. ET to Sunday, May 24, 11:59 p.m. ET
Explore the world from inside overlooked architecture; hidden infrastructure; or simply unique perspectives of your town, your city or your world.

·         Week 4: Share your world
Monday, May 25, 12:00 a.m. ET to Sunday, May 31, 11:59 p.m. ET
We share the world with animals and people. Show us who or what has made your world a special place.

Click here to read the full contest rules and regulations and submit photos for the weekly assignments.

Nikon Canada Ambassadors to Present at Weekly Lecture Series
Interested in learning how to take photos like the pros? Every Wednesday throughout the month of May, Nikon Canada will present lectures featuring world-class authorities who will share some of their techniques, tricks and experiences. The lectures will take place at St. Paul’s Bloor Street, Cody Hall (227 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON, M4W 1C8). Register early as seating is limited!

Attendees at any session of the 2015 Nikon Lecture Series are invited to bring up to two Nikon DSLR or HD-SLR cameras to receive a complimentary sensor cleaning from Nikon Professional Services (NPS) Canada.

·         Tony Beck: Wildlife photography – Keeping it simple
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Tony will discuss his distinctive approach to wildlife photography and share field techniques and post-processing tricks.

·         Sam Sciarrino: Lighting on location 

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Sam will demonstrate how to work with lighting in outdoor and indoor locations. This lecture will also feature a live demonstration.

·         Michelle Valberg: Adventure travel and wildlife photography
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Michelle will share techniques learned from her experience capturing landscape and wildlife images in extreme conditions – from photographing polar bears in the Arctic to swimming with humpback whales.

·         Kristian Bogner: Take your sports photography to the extreme
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Kristian will show you how to take your sports photography to the next level, and discuss how to get the most out of your gear.

Nikon Canada Photo Walk: Saturday, May 23 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Join an intimate guided tour of Toronto’s historic Distillery District, Corktown and the new Canary District in downtown Toronto. Led by Vistek product manager and professional photographer Gary Goldberg, the walking tour is an opportunity to discover and photograph historic Toronto neighbourhoods. Nikon Canada representatives will also be on hand to share their expertise and showcase the latest Nikon cameras and lenses for attendees to try out. Space is limited to the first 30 respondents, and one lucky participant will win a Nikon COOLPIX AW130. Sign up for the Photo Walk on Nikon Canada’s dedicated site for CONTACT.

Nikon Scholarships to attend the Magnum Workshop Toronto
CONTACT and Magnum Photos are pleased to announce the return of student scholarships in partnership with Nikon Canada. Three Nikon Scholarships to attend the Magnum Workshop Toronto ($750) will be awarded to Canadian photography students enrolled in an educational institution within Canada or abroad.

Nikon Canada will be awarding three tuition-only scholarships to Canadian university or college students to attend the masterclass. A Magnum and CONTACT jury will select qualified applicants based on the merit of their work and their artist statement. Proof of enrollment for the Spring 2015 semester, a letter of recommendation from a professor or photography industry professional, images from a book project in progress and an artist statement are required. The application process concluded on April 30. Scholarship recipients will be notified by May 8, 2015.

The Magnum Workshop Toronto will take place at Shopify (80 Spadina Avenue, 4th floor) and includes three sessions:
May 22 at 7:00 p.m: Michael Christopher Brown
May 23 at 7:00 p.m.: Mark Power
May 24 at 7:00 p.m: Larry Towell

For more details about the scholarships and the Magnum Workshop, please visit

For more information about Nikon Canada’s activities at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, please visit

© Michelle Valberg

© Michelle Valberg

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