Nikon has announced that Wednesday, May 16, will be Nikon Day at Toronto’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
Mississauga, ON, May 1, 2012 – For the second year in a row, Nikon Canada is the official camera sponsor of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, an annual event held in Toronto during the month of May. This year, Nikon will be hosting three main events: Nikon Day, during which attendees will hear from acclaimed professionals in the photography and cinematography fields as well as Nikon’s Professional Services team; “A Week in the Life of…” photo contest, encouraging submissions from photographers of all skill levels to submit photos coinciding with weekly themes for a chance to win great prizes; and, “Spotted!”, a cross-Canada billboard scavenger hunt.
“Once again, Nikon Canada is proud to be the official camera partner of CONTACT 2012,” said Gregory Flasch, National Advertising and Communications Manager at Nikon Canada. “This year’s theme for CONTACT is the notion of ‘Public’ and investigates the social collective consciousness. Photography is a powerful medium through which important messages have been communicated, hidden perceptions documented, and entire futures re-written. With Nikon’s rich history in developing industry-leading imaging technology, working with CONTACT was a natural partnership that seeks to encourage and advance creativity and innovation in photography.”
Featuring more than 1,000 local, national and international artists exhibiting at almost 200 venues across the city, CONTACT is the largest celebration of photography in the world and a premiere cultural event in Canada. The festival is devoted to fostering the art and profession of imaging and multimedia. Stimulated by the renewed global interest in street photography, this year’s festival explores the theme “Public.” From April 27 to May 31, an extensive range of free exhibitions, public installations, films, lectures and workshops will attract more than one million people.
As the professional imaging and multimedia landscape evolves, creative visionaries increasingly demand more from their equipment. They depend on their digital SLRs to help tell stories, document moments and inspire audiences. Their cameras must be versatile and functional, and are expected to produce exceptional results. They must be able to handle any assignment and adapt to unpredictable shooting environments and conditions. Anything less could compromise the integrity of their work.
On Wednesday, May 16, CONTACT and Nikon are proud to present Nikon Day, featuring world-class authorities in photographic arts!
Venue: Ryerson University, Library Building (LIB 72)
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3
Date & time: Wednesday, May 16, 6-9 p.m.
Nikon ambassadors: Jon Blacker, “Infrared Portraiture,” Kristian Bogner and Kirk Neff, “One Camera – Two Perspectives”
Nikon’s Professional Services (NPS) clinic: The NPS team will be on-hand for an informative technical Q&A. A complimentary sensor cleaning will be provided for anyone who brings a Nikon digital SLR product. NPS will also be holding a number of camera clinics at various locations throughout the month. Please see http://www.contactfestivalnikon.ca/nikon_day.htm for more details.
“A Week in the Life of…” Photo Contest
This year, CONTACT explores the world and society as seen through the eyes of the people who live in it. Focusing on social and political issues that are shaped by our experiences of “Public,” this theme investigates the social collective consciousness and challenges photographers to utilize an artistic medium to convey their messages.
Each week during CONTACT, Nikon will focus on a different theme for submission, ranging from unguarded moments, captures of art being showcased around the city, to the best in street photography. A winner will be chosen each week and will receive a $50 gift certificate from Vistek and a Nikon COOLPIX P310 valued at $349.95. The grand prize winner will also receive a limited edition print from the festival valued at $1,500. Winning photos will be featured online.
To enter the contest and view the submissions gallery, visit www.contactfestivalnikon.ca. For the complete rules, regulations and eligibility requirements, please click here.
“Spotted!” Cross-Canada Billboard Project
CONTACT is pleased to present “Spotted!” – a cross-Canada billboard project. Partnering with Pattison Outdoor Advertising, CONTACT and Nikon Canada will be stripping billboards across major Canadian cities of their advertisements, replacing them with public installations from the festival artists.
Over the course of the festival, CONTACT and Nikon Canada will be sharing the locations of each billboard on Twitter. Followers will be asked to snap a photo of any they come across and send it using this tweet: “Spotted! #BillboardArt in [City] @NikonCanada @ContactPhoto”. Photos can also be submitted at http://www.contactfestivalnikon.ca, where a gallery of photos will be on display.
Behind the Scenes
Check out www.contactfestivalnikon.ca, where Nikon will be sharing fun and revealing behind-the-scenes sneak peeks of CONTACT Photography Festival and the people who make it happen.
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