Entries open for the Nikon Surf Photo and Video of the Year Awards

Published on 01/02/2021
CASUARINA/NSW (1st February 2021): – The annual Nikon Surf Photo and Video of the Year Awards are open for entries. Attracting all levels of Australian surf photographers and videographers, the Nikon Surf Photo and Video of the Year Awards is an opportunity for creatives to have their work recognised and celebrated on a national platform. In partnership with Surfing Australia, the awards are open to Australian residents who can submit their best images and videos taken in 2020. There is a maximum of three photo entries per photographer and one video entry per videographer. A panel of thirteen high-profile individuals within the surfing industry will be tasked with judging the entries to determine the best single surfing-themed photo and video. Among the judging panel is seven-time World Surfing Champion and Nikon Brand Ambassador, Stephanie Gilmore.

Judges include:
1. Layne Beachley
2. Sean Dougherty 
3. Luke Kennedy 
4. JJ Jenkins 
5. Neil Ridgway 
6. Keith Curtain 
7. Sally Mac
8. Vaughan Blakey
9. Rob Bain 
10. Ray Bisschop
11. Phil Jarrett 
12. Nick Carroll 

The judges will be marking entries based on the following criteria:
·         Innovation and creativity
·         Dramatic effect and sensory impact
·         Uniqueness
·         Composition 

John Young, General Manager, Marketing for Nikon Australia said, “The Australian surfing community delivers awe-inspiring shots for the Nikon Surf Photo and Video of the Year Awards year after year. We are particularly excited to see what they have been able to capture from last year, as they explored inspiration closer to home, capturing Australia’s beautiful waves.”Stephanie Gilmore, professional surfer, seven-time champion of the Women’s World Surf League Tour and Nikon Brand Ambassador added, “The ocean is such a special location to shoot, and the surf always creates unique opportunities to not only capture a great wave but to capture a great photo. The Nikon Surf Photo and Video of the Year Awards have always inspired Australians to bring the beauty of the surf to life in their own way.”The winner of both categories will take home a new Nikon Z 6II and NIKKOR Z 24 – 70 f/4 S lens. Creators can submit their entries via Mynikonlife.com.au/surf, with submissions closing on Friday, 15th March 2021.

Last year’s winning image, ‘The Right’, captured by Ren McGann.  For more information, please contact:
Emily Saville
Red Havas
+61 481 269 086
About Nikon
Nikon is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognised for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Australia distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras; Nikon sports optics, and the latest mirrorless cameras in over 50 countries. For more information, visit www.nikon.com.au. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook and Instagram and get the latest news and information from Twitter by following @Nikon_Australia.
MEDIA REQUESTS/MEDIA CONTACT:​Blainey Woodham, Surfing Australia, M. 0409197388

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