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Nikon Canada is Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival’s Official Camera Partner: Contests & Most Events @ No Cost, Toronto May 1-31, 2015

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Nikon Canada: Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival’s official camera partner
Come celebrate the world’s largest photography festival with a weekly contest, lecture series, student scholarships and photo walk with Nikon Canada

Mississauga, ON, May 1, 2015 – 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.”

Nikon D5500 HD-SLR with 18-55mm VR II Lens

Nikon D5500 HD-SLR with 18-55mm VR II Lens

Each weekly “Picture Your World” photo contest winner – selected by a panel of judges – will receive a Nikon D5500 with 18-55mm 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.

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

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 DSLR 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 2013, Nikon Corporation celebrated the 80th anniversary of the launch of its NIKKOR brand of photographic lenses, and announced the production of more than 90 million NIKKOR lenses in 2014, 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, EXPEED 3, EXPEED 4, EXPEED 4A and EXPEED 5A 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

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Enjoy and Good Luck! / Amusez vous bien et bonne chance!

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