Nikon Foundation Student Photography Competition

nikon foundation, photography competition, John Wright, Diana Topan, Photography News,, photo news, photo contest, photo competition, fashion photography opportunity, celebrity photography opportunityTo help emerging photographers make their way in the big, bad world of photography, Nikon has set up the Nikon Foundation; an initiative that invites final year students to enter a competition for the chance to jump start their career.

The Nikon Foundation offers final year photography students an opportunity to win the ultimate career enhancing boost – three month’s paid employment as a photographer’s assistant to renowned fashion and celebrity photographer John Wright!

To enter this exciting competition to win this once in a lifetime opportunity you are required to submit a portfolio of 5-12 of your best digital images. There is no particular theme for this competition, however, remember you are submitting a portfolio so editing will be taken into consideration. All genres of photography will be considered.

Like with any job application you will be required to submit a covering letter of no more than 500 words explaining why you think you are the right candidate for the job. The covering letter is your opportunity to sell yourself and show John how you stand out from the crowd.

The prize:
  • 3 months paid employment with top fashion photographer John Wright as an Assistant, with an annual salary of £15k, pro rata.
  • £3,000 cash to help with general living expenses
  • Nikon professional camera and lens worth £4,000

Any final year student studying a higher education photography based course at university or college in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. can enter the competition. If you are not a British national or from the European Union, a valid work permit for the United Kingdom is required. Entrants must be over 18.

Judging process:

Entries will be shortlisted to ten portfolios by John Wright, a representative from Nikon and a leading magazine editor. The ten shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend a job interview on 20th April 2011 at John Wright’s photography studio in London where they will be required to talk about their photography and why they want to work with John. This will also be an opportunity for John to get to know everyone, and to work through some photography exercises.

Entries will be judged on:

  • 1. Originality
  • 2. Technical Proficiency
  • 3. Visual Impact
  • 4. Content of covering letter

The lucky winner will start their placement with John at the beginning of June 2011.

Deadline: 31st March 2011

Website: Nikon Foundation


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