Nikon Canada’s “official” with CONTACT

Nikon Canada is the official camera sponsor of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival for the second year in a row.

Held in Toronto during May, CONTACT features more than 1,000 local, national, and international artists exhibiting at almost 200 venues across the city, and is offering an extensive range of free exhibitions, public installations, films, lectures, and workshops.

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, encourage submissions from photographers of all skill levels to submit photos coinciding with weekly themes for a chance to win great prizes

• “Spotted!” billboard scavenger hunt.

CONTACT is the largest celebration of photography in the world and a premiere cultural event in Canada.

On May 16, CONTACT and Nikon present Nikon Day, featuring world-class authorities in photographic arts. This will be at Ryerson University, Library Building (LIB 72).

Nikon’s Professional Services (NPS) clinic 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. Check this out  for more details.

As for the “A Week in the Life of…” photo contest, 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 .

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, go here.

See if you can find one of the CONTACT billboards. “Spotted!” – a cross-Canada billboard project – has Pattison Outdoor Advertising, CONTACT and Nikon Canada stripping billboards of their advertisements across major Canadian cities, replacing the ads 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 a specific tweet. Photos can also be submitted here, where a gallery of photos will be on display.

Get behind the scenes; check this site where Nikon says it 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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