Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is an annual event in May with more than 1,500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
For the fourth year in a row, Nikon Canada, as the official camera partner of the festival, will host a series of events designed to inspire passion for visual arts and celebrate creativity and innovation in photography.
CONTACT organizes and co-presents numerous educational activities and events such as lectures, symposiums, film screenings, portfolio reviews and workshops. Catering to all levels of interest in photography, these initiatives stimulate discourse within the community and encourage participation.
This year’s festival theme is the concept of “Identity” and its role in influencing and informing photographic images that explore individual and collective attributes.
Nikon Canada is hosting two initiatives at this year’s festival.
The first is the Nikon Lecture Series. Every Wednesday throughout the month of May, Nikon Canada will present lectures featuring world-class authorities who would like to share some of their techniques, tricks, and experiences. They will take place at St. Paul’s Bloor St., Cody Hall (227 Bloor St. E.). Register early at contactfestivalnikon.ca as seating is limited.
Attendees at any session of the 2014 Nikon Lecture Series are invited to bring up to two DSLRs to receive a complimentary sensory cleaning from Nikon Professional Services (NPS) Canada.
Tony Beck: The Travelling Naturalist – Through the Lens of a Professional Nature Tour Guide; Wed., May 7; 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Tony will discuss his distinctive approach to wildlife photography and share field techniques and post-processing tricks.
Michelle Valberg: Adventure, Landscape, and Wildlife Photography; May 14. Michelle will share techniques learned from her experience capturing landscape and wildlife images in extreme conditions – from the wonders of the Arctic to deep underwater with humpback whales.
Kristian Bogner: Capturing Spectacular Travel Images – a Photographic Adventure Through Nepal; May 21. Kristian will share insights and techniques on how to shoot with confidence and create captivating images on any global adventure.
Sam Sciarrino: Timeless Contemporary Portraits; May 28. Sam will demonstrate practical techniques to support and enhance your current style or explore a new one.
The second Nikon initiative is the IDENTITY Photo Contest. Show our photography skills by submitting your creations that best define what “Identity” means to you. Enter your submissions to the weekly contest at the Nikon Canada CONTACT website (contactfestivalnikon.ca).
Each weekly contest winner, selected by a panel of judges, will receive a Nikon D5300 DSLR with 18-55 mm VR lens and a $50 gift certificate from Vistek. One grand prize winner will be selected by public community voting at the Nikon Canada CONTACT website from June 6 to June 13, and will receive a signed, 24×18-inch CONTACT Limited Edition chromogenic print by Andrew Wright with a retail value of $1,200. The winning photo will also be featured on the Nikon Canada CONTACT website, the Nikon Canada Facebook and Twitter pages, and on the CONTACT website.
Ready? Here are the weekly assignments:
Week 1: May 1–11. Self-identity: Others may not necessarily see us the way we see ourselves. Share images that reflect yourself, either through your views of yourself or your relationships to people, things or places around you.
Week 2: May 12-18. Group/Collective Identity: Show what it means to belong, whether it is an immediate family, a small community, a circle of friends, or a club or other organization.
Week 3: May 19-25. Aspirational Identity: What do you (or your subject) want to do or be? Share images that demonstrate dreams, desires, fulfilled passions or hopes for self, family or the world.
Week 4: May 26-June 1. National Identity: How do you identify as being part of the Canadian fabric? Capture images of what being Canadian means to you.
For full contest rules and regulations, check out contactfestivalnikon.ca.