Nikon Photo Contest International 2010 – 2011

I have been invited to Judge the Nikon International Photo Contest in Tokyo in February. I am really looking forward to it, as I have not been to Japan since shooting a two week assignment for Le Monde during the World Cup in 2002. This was officially the first time I was required to use a digital camera in order to meet the paper’s deadlines. A Nikon D1x had been shipped from Paris to Tokyo and was waiting for me when I arrived. Learning how to use that new technology on the job was both an eye-opener, and a glimpse into the future. My very first camera was an FM. My second an F2 (with motor-drive attached it looked like a block of flats). I have always relied on Nikon, adding a Leica for those times when getting the shot required discretion. Now if I can only convince Nikon to put their impressive D3s technology inside a silent rangefinder style body with a 35mm f2 lens. What an addition that would make to an already influential lineup.

Nikon S2 – cutting out the middle-man captured my attention with the questions ‘What if you were on Robert Capa’s email list in 1944?′ and ‘what if Don McCullin was blogging from Vietnam?’. Then offered ‘Now imagine if you’d sent them there yourself.’

They add: “ is a new and innovative platform for photojournalism. It proposes a unique bond between photojournalists and their audience, and in the process aims to create a new financial model for photojournalism in the 21st century.” Photojournalism is not dead, it is evolving, and could be the best example yet of that.

The other platform of note is Kickstarter, and if all of this seems a little confusing, the British Journal of Photography sheds some light on this ‘cutting out the middle-man’ phenomena with Olivier Laurent’s article: Crowd-funding: With a little help from my friends.

Links relating to crowd-funding:
Learning from Larry
David Campbell
New Funding Models
Tomas van Houtryve / Journal
Crowd funding photojournalism
– Viewfinder / BBC