April 25, 2013

Nikon Canada Supports Artists as Official Camera Partner for Premier Photography Event

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival offers Nikon Lecture Series, photo contest, student scholarships, free exhibitions and workshops

Mississauga, ON – Nikon Canada is proud to announce its partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival for the third year in a row. Its involvement with the Toronto-based festival has made possible three main events: Nikon Lecture Series, featuring world-class authorities in the photographic arts who will share their worldly experiences, expertise, techniques, and the tips and tricks they’ve learned throughout their careers; Field of Vision photo contest, encouraging submissions from photographers of all skill levels to submit photos based on weekly assignments for a chance to win prizes; and Nikon Scholarships, awarded to three Canadian photography students to attend the Magnum Photos Workshop in Toronto from May 13-17, 2013.


“CONTACT 2013 is a marquee event in Canada’s arts and photography community, and Nikon Canada’s involvement demonstrates the company’s ongoing support of local, Canadian and international artists in their passion for photography,” said Gregory Flasch, National Advertising and Communications Manager at Nikon Canada. “This year’s theme focuses on the ‘Field of Vision,’ which establishes photography as an amplification of the sense of sight and the camera as a tool to extend vision and perception. The works presented in this year’s festival demonstrate this notion, and we hope it will inspire beginner and professional photographers to continue to broaden their horizons, share their perspectives and communicate their knowledge of themselves and the world around us through visual arts.”


CONTACT 2013 is an annual event for the entire month of May that features more than 1,500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues across the Greater Toronto Area. This celebration continues to attract an audience of more than 1.8 million. The programme offers a number of free exhibitions, public installations, portfolio reviews, workshops, films, lectures and awards designed to foster the art of photography.


Nikon Lecture Series

Join us as Nikon Canada presents lectures throughout the month of May featuring four renowned authorities in the photographic arts. Topics include how to shoot engaging portraits in five minutes or less, how to capture the perfect moment on video, how to accurately represent the beauty of the natural outdoors, and how to improve the quality of your shots by engaging your subjects, painting light and other techniques.


Dates: May 8, 15, 22 and 29 (Wednesdays)

Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Venue: St. Paul’s Bloor Street

227 Bloor Street East

Toronto, ON M4W 1C8




1. Jon Blacker: Location, Location, Location: The Five-minute Rockstar Portrait

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Register: http://nikonlectureseriesjonblacker.eventbrite.ca

Imaging expert Jon Blacker will discuss the whirlwind process of shooting portraits in five minutes or less. Learn some of his techniques for engaging subjects, setting up lightning-fast location studios and more.


2. Kirk Neff: Creative Storytelling with HD-SLRs

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Register: http://nikonlectureserieskirkneff.eventbrite.ca

Award-winning videographer Kirk Neff will share his expertise and discuss how he gauges the exact moment to begin filming in order to capture the perfect moment of the story.


3. Michelle Valberg: Arctic Kaleidoscope… The People, Wildlife and Ever-changing Landscape

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Register: http://nikonlectureseriesmichellevalberg.eventbrite.ca

Award-winning Canadian photographer Michelle Valberg will share her Arctic experiences and provide insights into how she captured the exquisite beauty of the North.


4. Kristian Bogner: Passion and Excellence in Photography

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Register: http://nikonlectureserieskristianbogner.eventbrite.ca

World-class professional photographer Kristian Bogner will share his best images of extreme sports, landscapes, expeditions and faces from around the globe. He will explain his techniques for engaging subjects, how to paint with lights and much more.


Nikon Professional Services (NPS) Clinic

Attendees at any session of the Nikon Lecture Series are invited to bring their digital SLR or HD-SLR cameras to receive a complimentary sensor cleaning service from NPS Canada.


Field of Vision Photo Contest

Photographs allow us to experience perspectives we are not normally privy to and savour qualities we may otherwise miss. This year’s theme focuses on the ‘Field of Vision.’ Vision can be understood as both sight – the act of perceiving with the eye and the entire view it has the ability to encompass – and as the power of creative imagination – the ability to conceive an exceptional idea, image, object or circumstance.


Each week during CONTACT 2013, Nikon Canada will challenge photographers with a different assignment for a chance to win a Nikon COOLPIX P330 and a $50 gift certificate from Vistek. One grand prize winner will be selected by public community voting and will receive a CONTACT Limited Edition Print (valued at $1,000).


To enter the contest, view the submissions gallery and vote, visit www.contactfestivalnikon.ca/. Contest opens on May 1, 2013.

Nikon Scholarships

Three Nikon scholarships are available to Canadian photography students who are currently enrolled in a registered educational institution in Canada or abroad. A jury of photographers from Magnum Photos, an international co-operative that has covered many historical events around the world, will select qualified applicants based on their work and personal statement. These students will each receive a scholarship (valued at $1,350) to attend the Magnum Photos Workshop in Toronto from May 13-17, 2013. The workshop provides photographers with an opportunity to develop a new body of work and improve visual, conceptual and editing skills, while focusing on story formation and visual literacy. Designed for photographers with an interest in photojournalism, street photography, narrative and storytelling, this five-day shooting workshop will provide participants with a daily program of shooting, reviews, critiques, mentoring, editing, and the opportunity to learn amongst peers.


The application deadline is May 10, 2013. For more information, visit the scholarship page.


To apply for the scholarship, complete this scholarship form.


Pattison Billboard Project

In collaboration with Pattison Outdoor Advertising and Nikon Canada, CONTACT 2013 is presenting a series of billboards in seven major Canadian cities including Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary and Vancouver. These displays will feature work by festival artists. Visit this page for more information on these public installations.


About Nikon

Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™, is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Canada distributes consumer and professional digital SLR and HD-SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and System Accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lens system. In 2012, production of NIKKOR lenses surpassed 75 million, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. At the heart of every Nikon camera is Nikon's exclusive EXPEED, EXPEED 2 or EXPEED 3 advanced digital image processing system technologies. All Nikon Canada products are sold through a network of Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers. For more information on Nikon Canada and its products and services or to find an Authorized Nikon Canada Dealer, visit www.nikon.ca.


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