Culture and Arts
Nikon conducts various cultural and arts related activities with an aim to create a prosperous society.
Nikon Salon Photo Galleries
The Nikon Salon photo gallery was first established in Ginza in January 1968 to celebrate Nikon's 50th anniversary, with the aim of promoting and advancing photographic culture. It has since provided opportunities for many professional and amateur photographers by hosting their lectures and exhibitions.
These opportunities increased with the opening of the Shinjuku Nikon Salon in June 1971, followed by the opening of the Osaka Nikon Salon in March 1974.
Nikon Photo Contest
The Nikon Photo Contest is an international photo competition that Nikon has organized since 1969. Nikon holds the contest every other year with the objective and "vison to nurture an aspirational community that supports photographers and filmmakers who wish to share important stories and influence the way people think through images." Approximately 390,000 photographers have entered the contest to date, submitting more than 1.54 million entries.
For the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-1017, entry applications will be accepted in the autumn of 2016 and winning entries will be announced in the summer of 2017.
Contact Photography Festival
Since 2012, Nikon Canada Inc. has supported the Contact Photography Festival which is organized by a non-profit organization. The festival is a great month-long event with the exhibited works of more than 1,500 artists and photographers, and attracts more than a million visitors. At this festival, Nikon Canada Inc. supports the photographers, including international photographers and next-generation photographers, aiming to expand the photo community in Canada. In May 2015, Nikon Canada Inc. held a free lecture with a professional photographer as the instructor for 412 participants. Free maintenance services were provided and a photo contest was held for photographers and photography lovers, including festival exhibitors and visitors.
Action (Photo) Education
Nikon Polska Sp. z o.o. has promoted a multimedia educational program for youths called "Action (Photo) Education" every year since 2012.
The program introduces photography materials and holds photo competitions to encourage high school and university students to practice photography to both assist their career development and foster their creativity as artists.
Materials including sample images, graphics and movies are freely available on the web for youths. Materials for the instructors are also provided to schools which participate in the program. 67 schools participated in the program in the year ending March 2016.
Holding the Top Eye Photography Summit for High School Students
Nikon Imaging Japan Inc. has created a magazine named Top Eye to support photography clubs of Japanese high schools and junior high schools. Top Eye supports the students' club activities by holding photo contests, introducing school photography clubs and publishing professional photographers' advice and guidance for students.
In the year ending March 2016, Top Eye held the Photography Summit for Japanese High School Students 2016 from February 5th to 7th. A total of 60 students and teachers of photography clubs that were ranked in the top 15 of the magazine contest were invited to Yokohama and had an opportunity to interact with other club members and receive guidance from professional photographers. With the summit, Top Eye could directly support the students in tandem with the support offered through the magazine.