Contact: If this is Tuesday, it must be Nikon

contactNikon 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. Each school will select three final images for display at a gallery showing on Wednesday, May 11 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.

Contact is an annual event in May with more than 1,500 artists in 200 exhibitions and events in the Greater Toronto Area.

The lectures will take place at St. Paul’s Bloor St., Cody Hall (227 Bloor St. E.). Seating is limited!

Attendees at any session of the 2016 Nikon Lecture Series can bring up to two Nikon DSLR cameras to receive a complimentary sensor cleaning from Nikon Professional Services (NPS) Canada.

Here’s the lecture schedule:

• Nick Didlick: Inspiration in the Visual World; May 3, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. A pioneer in digital photography and DSLR video, Nick will share insights into staying inspired in our rapidly changing visual world.

• Craig Minielly: Exotic Travels, Personal Journeys; May 10. 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.

• Michelle Valberg: Creativity in Motion; May 17. 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.

• Kristian Bogner: A Photographic Journey to the Summit of Antarctica; May 24. 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.

For more information on the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, go here.

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