This is an update to these previous blogs:
- You’re Invited: Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of 2016 CONTACT Photography Festival May 1-31 + Nikon Lecture Series at No Cost in Toronto, Canada, May 3 (Complimentary Sensor Cleaning of Your Nikon D-SLR Cameras), May 10 & 17, and
- Nikon + Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: “Reflections” Photo Contest for Canada: Submit Your Original Photo with Description & Form Per Entry During Weekly Contest Periods and Before 11:59 p.m. ET on May 31, 2016.
On behalf of Nikon Canada, welcome to the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival!
This year marks a very special milestone in the Festival’s history. In May, CONTACT 2016 celebrates the 20th anniversary of this signature event, and Nikon Canada is proud to be the official camera partner for the sixth straight year. The Festival is a natural extension of Nikon’s longstanding support of Canadian and international photographers who are passionate about creative dialogue and expression through the arts.
Our ongoing mission is to holistically grow the photography community in Canada. We do that through our Nikon Canada Ambassador Program and various local and national partnerships and initiatives. CONTACT is a key part of this effort.
CONTACT 2016 will see more than 1,500 artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Plus, our weekly lectures featuring our Nikon Ambassadors – some of the best photographers in Canada – let you gain new insights from world-class authorities on photographic arts. And now, during CONTACT’s 20th anniversary, we hope you will be inspired and encouraged to reflect on your experiences.
Thank you for being a part of this very special celebration of photographic artistry. We hope your experience and participation at this year’s CONTACT is rewarding and aspirational, and that it encourages you to take your passion for photography to new heights.
I look forward to seeing you there!
President & CEO, Nikon Canada Inc.
Nikon Canada has returned as a camera partner for the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and will be presenting its popular lecture series each Tuesday in May. World-class photographers Nick Didlick, Craig Minielly, Michelle Valberg and Kristian Bogner will be sharing their techniques, tricks and experiences.
Nikon Canada and CONTACT are also running a weekly photo contest. The “Reflections” contest offers a weekly prize of a D5500 kit. The Grand Prize winner will win a limited edition print donated by CONTACT.
New this year, in cooperation with CONTACT, Nikon Canada launches its youth project: Community. The Arts Committee at West Region 6 of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is hosting a digital photography contest, ‘Community,” for grade 1-8 students across its 23 schools.
Community can mean different things to different people. Among them – Community can be defined as follows: 1) a group of people living in the same place or having something in common; 2) a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of common interests and goals; 3) a similarity or identity.
The following silent video presents Nikon COOLPIX Spring 2015: How to transfer images by NFC.
- Share files and memories in an instant with the new COOLPIX S3700.
- Learn how to transfer images from your camera to any smart device with a single tap using Near Field Communication (NFC).
- The contest focuses on the theme of “Community” where students are encouraged to submit their community-themed images for a chance to have their photographs on display and win a Nikon D-SLR camera. Nikon Canada has donated 20 COOLPIX S3700 cameras to the Arts Committee for students to use, and will also provide each of the three winning students with a D3300 D-SLR with 18-55mm VR lens kit.
- Each school will select three final images for display at a gallery showing on Wednesday, May 11 at 3:30 p.m. at Islington Junior Middle School.
- A panel of judges from CONTACT and TDSB will select three winners out of 69 finalists to become the grand prize winners.
- The three winning photos will be on display at the 2016 CONTACT Photography Festival website and at http://contactfestivalnikon.ca/#/youth-project .
- For inspiration and photo tips, please visit http://contactfestivalnikon.ca/#/youth-project .
Enjoy and Good Luck! / Profitez-en et bonne chance!
Nikon Canada returns as official camera partner for 20th annual Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Activities include “Reflections” photo contest, four lectures by Nikon Canada Ambassadors and a youth project
Mississauga, ON, May 2, 2016 – For the sixth year in a row, Nikon Canada is partnering with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival to celebrate photographic excellence with a series of events and activities. CONTACT is an annual event in May with more than 1,500 artists in 200 exhibitions and events in the Greater Toronto Area.
This year, Nikon Canada will be hosting its popular weekly photo contest: Reflections, an educational series of lectures conducted by Nikon Canada Ambassadors, and a youth project in partnership with CONTACT and the Arts Committee of West Region 6 of the Toronto District School Board representing 23 schools.
“Reflections” Weekly Photo Contest: April 29- May 31, 2016
This year, Nikon Canada’s weekly photo contest will invite photographers to explore the theme of “Reflections” with a chance to win a Nikon D5500 D-SLR with 18-55mm VR II Lens weekly. Each week, a panel of judges will select a winning image that best represents the weekly assignment. One grand prize winner will be selected from the weekly winners by public community voting on the Nikon Canada website (from June 6 to June 13, 2016). That winner will receive a CONTACT limited edition print of BAU grid by Takashi Suzuki (retail value $1,500). The winning photos will be featured on Nikon Canada’s dedicated site for CONTACT, Nikon Canada’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, and on the CONTACT website.
Here are the weekly assignments:
- Week 1: Reflections in Time: Special moments that take your breath away
Friday, April 29, 12:00 a.m. ET to Sunday, May 8, 11:59 p.m. ET
- Week 2: Reflections on Places: Be it at home or afar, places that warm your heart
Monday, May 9, 12:00 a.m. ET to Sunday, May 15, 11:59 p.m. ET
- Week 3: Reflections on People: Creatures (people or animals) who fill your life with joy
Monday, May 16, 12:00 a.m. ET to Sunday, May 22, 11:59 p.m. ET
- Week 4: Reflections – An Open Assignment: Any thought, moment or memory that is meaningful to you
Monday, May 23, 12:00 a.m. ET to Tuesday, May 31, 11:59 p.m. ET
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? The first four Tuesdays 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 2016 Nikon Lecture Series are invited to bring up to two Nikon D-SLR cameras to receive a complimentary sensor cleaning from Nikon Professional Services (NPS) Canada.
Nick Didlick: Inspiration in the Visual World
Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
A pioneer in digital photography and D-SLR video, Nick will share insights into staying inspired in our rapidly changing visual world.
- Nick has covered nine Olympics, seven Stanley Cup Finals, five Super Bowls and too many world events to count. He has travelled to more than 50 countries on assignments with Presidents, Prime Ministers and Royalty, and has covered everything from sports to politics to breaking news in harsh environments.
Craig Minielly: Exotic Travels, Personal Journeys
Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
With a spotlight on India, Craig will capture the beauty and personalities of exotic locales and share tips and techniques for creating dynamic imagery and beautiful lifelong memories.
- A pioneer in the digital revolution, Craig holds national accreditations in more than 20 specialty fields. He is an influential force in creating and developing workflow techniques and habits that are used by individuals, studios and corporations around the world.
Michelle Valberg: Creativity in Motion
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Michelle will explain how to capture creative and compelling photographs in the field. She will showcase her adventure and wildlife photography from around the world, and reveal illuminating behind-the-scenes actions.
- A tireless philanthropist, Michelle founded Project North in 2009, a not-for-profit organization committed to delivering education and sport-based opportunities to youth in Canada’s Arctic. Since its inception, the organization has delivered over $700,000 of new hockey equipment to 22 Inuit communities.
Kristian Bogner: A Photographic Journey to the Summit of Antarctica
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Kristian will share details of his most recent expedition – climbing and photographing his way to the summit of Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica, and one of the world’s Seven Summits. He will speak about shooting in extreme conditions and will tell the remarkable visual story of nine injured Canadian soldiers, and 17 Canadian business leaders who embarked on a three-week True Patriot Love Foundation Antarctica Expedition.
CONTACT + Nikon Canada’s Youth Project
Nikon Canada recognizes the importance of encouraging youth to express themselves through imagery and photography. In cooperation with the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Nikon Canada launches its inaugural youth project: Community.
During April and May 2016, the Arts Committee at West Region 6 of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is hosting a digital photography contest for grade 1-8 students across its 23 schools. The contest focuses on the theme of “Community” where students are encouraged to submit their community-themed images for a chance to have their photographs on display and win a Nikon D-SLR camera. The culminating event for the contest will take place on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Islington Junior Middle School’s Community Gallery in Toronto (44 Cordova Avenue, Toronto). Each school will select three final images for display at the Gallery. A panel of judges – consisting of representatives from TDSB and CONTACT – will select three winners out of 69 finalists to become the grand prize winners.
The Arts Committee also hosted a workshop on April 6, 2016 – with expertise and support from Nikon Canada – to help guide teachers on how to inspire students to use photography to tell a story about their communities. Nikon Canada has donated 20 COOLPIX S3700 cameras to the Arts Committee for students to use, and will also provide each of the three winning students with a D3300 D-SLR with 18-55mm VR lens kit.
The three winning photos will be on display at the 2016 CONTACT Photography Festival website and at contactfestivalnikon.ca.
For more information, visit contactfestivalnikon.ca/#/youth-project.
For more information on the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, visit scotiabankcontactphoto.com.
To RSVP for the Youth Project Culminating Event on Wednesday, May 11 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. or for the lecture series on May 3, 10, 17 and 24, please contact mailto:NikonPR@stratamp.com.
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 D-SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; the Nikon DL series of premium compacts and 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 95 million NIKKOR lenses in 2015, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. 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.
Photos are available upon request and can be accessed in the Nikon Canada press room: http://en.nikon.ca/About-Nikon/Press-Room/index.page.
The following video presents Introducing the Nikon D3300 HD-SLR Camera:
- In this video, Nikon Canada’s Mark Cruz provides an overview of some of the features in the Nikon D3300 HD-SLR including the following:
– 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
– Full HD (1080p) video recording
– Enhanced Guide Mode to provide step-by-step photo instructions for capturing the best possible images
– Nikon’s EXPEED 4 image processor
– Optional Wi-Fi connectivity
You can buy these Nikon cameras at B&H (prices are in USD):
- Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black)
- Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 55-200mm Lenses Kit
- Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR II and 55-200mm VR II Lenses Kit
- Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Grey)
- Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Red)
- Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens (Black)
- Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens (Grey)
- Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens (Red)