The Nikon Ambassador Program welcomes four new photographers

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The Nikon Ambassador Program announced four new photographers:

World Class Photographers Joel Sartore, Matthew Jordan Smith, Deanne Fitzmaurice and Joey Terrill are the Latest to Join Nikon’s Group of Influential Modern Storytellers

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of four new photographers to the prestigious Nikon Ambassador program, a group of influential visual artists and leaders in modern photography. The newest additions include four photographers who make significant contributions to their respective fields, including; wildlife photographer Joel Sartore, celebrity and portrait photographer Matthew Jordan Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Deanne Fitzmaurice and commercial and portrait photographer Joey Terrill.“Nearly three years after the foundation of the program, Nikon Ambassadors have worked to educate and empower photographers while continuing to celebrate their passion and love for photography through the power of visual storytelling,” said Mike Corrado, NPS Manager, pro relations and product marketing, Nikon Inc. “These new additions all define what it takes to be considered one of Nikon’s most elite photographers, with unparalleled commitment to both their craft and the imaging industry.”

The four newest photographers continue to expand and demonstrate the discipline represented in the program, all while bringing their unique perspective and style. Already considered prestigious photographers and mentors, they each embody the philosophy of Nikon’s Ambassador Program, which is to empower photographers through education and inspiration, and work directly with Nikon to communicate the needs of an evolving photo industry.

About Nikon’s Newest Ambassadors:

Joel Sartore – Wildlife photographer Joel Sartore is a mentor, conservationist, author and National Geographic Fellow who is best known for founding the Photo Ark Project, which aims to document and preserve endangered species and habitats through photography. Since its creation more than 20 years ago, Sartore has visited more than 40 countries to create portraits of more than 6,000 individual species for the project. These striking portraits put an emphasis on the animal’s expression and eye contact, helping to foster compassion by emotionally engaging the viewer with the subject. This Nebraska-based photographer has also authored four books and frequently contributes to numerous other books and publications.

Matthew Jordan Smith – Los Angeles-based celebrity and portrait photographer and author Matthew Jordan Smith is well-known for his work with major magazines, advertising agencies and some of the most famous actors and models in the world. A teacher of numerous photography workshops, Smith has also won several accolades for his work throughout his photographic career and recently published his third book, titled Future American President; 50 States, 100 Families, Infinite Dreams which features portraits of children from numerous families, from every state in America. The goal of the book is to inspire children to dream as big as they can, knowing there are endless possibilities in the world.

Deanne Fitzmaurice – As a Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary photographer and storyteller, this San Francisco-based photographer is most known for her unique ability to go behind the scenes to discover and convey personal, intimate and emotional stories through images. Fitzmaurice represents a wide variety of publications, including creating content for Sports Illustrated and ESPN, while continuing to shoot assignments for National Geographic and many other respected outlets. In addition to her editorial work, she also holds a very impressive portfolio of commercial photography with a myriad of major brands and is a highly decorated storyteller. She has been awarded the 2013 Award of Excellence from Communication Arts, the American Photography Award, TIME Magazine’s “Pictures That Mattered” Award in 2008 and the Pictures of the Year International Award of Excellence, just to name a few. 

Joey Terrill – Joey Terrill is a Los Angeles-based editorial and commercial photographer that has worked with celebrities and major brands, including Coca Cola, Red Bull and Disney. Terrill uses creative, dramatic lighting to create truly unique and memorable portraiture and pens the Penumbra Project, a website dedicated to “pixels, photons and the process of making pictures” through engaging stories. When not shooting, Terrill is also a mentor for editorial portraiture and lighting, teaching week-long workshops at Colorado-based Summit Photography Workshops and has been a guest presenter at the Brooks Institute of Photography, WPPI, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar and the SportsShooter Academy.

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  • Gregory Roane

    No Thom?

    • Nuke Dchat

      Not likely.

    • Kartken

      Nikon doesn’t like/appreciate constructive feedback.

      • Eno

        Their lose!

      • Gregory Roane

        It was meant more tongue-in-cheek, but, yeah.

      • Patrick O’Connor

        Just because they don’t act on feedback doesn’t mean they don’t like or appreciate it. Running a large international corporation is more complex than gathering “likes”.

    • Maji

      I think the Nikon ambassadors are better quality photographers than Thom. I need to qualify my statement and say that Thom is a very good photographer and a great teacher. However, the above is my subjective opinion. However, I think Nikon should work with Thom to understand the pulse of the market as Thom’s blog is a great source for that.

      • Eric Calabros

        If Nikon doesn’t already know what we read in byThom, then they are in big trouble.

      • nwcs

        Considering Thom doesn’t show his photography publicly I’m not sure how you conclude the quality of his photography. That’s not a statement for or against, just a fact.

        Thom has already stated Nikon knows about his site and they’ve had discussions occasionally through the years. My guess is that they are too set with their way of doing things. There is some disconnect between how westerners perceive running businesses and handling feedback and others.

    • Allan

      Thom is too good for them.

    • Banu Manubawa

      You are joking right?

    • bgbs

      Thom is on the Nikon’s critic list.

  • Plug

    Some great photographers on the list. For example, Dixie Dixon’s work is stunning. It is nice to see women on the list, there is room for more and that is not me being politically correct.

    • Lex Cross

      7 women. 1 black man. There’s more room for a lot of people.

      Congrats to Deanne though! I’ve met her and she is an amazing asset to them.

      • Patrick O’Connor

        Just curious… The demographic of Nikon Ambassadors roughly equates to my personal experience with the exception that I’ve never seen a black man or woman engaged in serious photography. But then, I’m a white man living in a predominantly white area and traveling to areas with very low black populations.
        What has been your experience?

        • Lex Cross

          Well, I’m a black photographer who knows black photographers and just traveled to South Africa.

          ACCESS is a large problem. easier to buy a ball than a camera.

          • Patrick O’Connor

            Sometimes a ball is more fun too. I’ve never worried about someone posing in an unattractive manner on the field! 🙂

  • Where’s Ken Rockwell?

    • PhilK

      In the penalty box for being a self-serving turd whose opinions change depending on whatever he thinks will make him more referral or advertising revenue.

  • whisky

    Nikon should consider adding that famous monkey which took a picture of itself. (not KR)

    • Sorry you got me confused with the word “monkey”.

    • Ric of The LBC

      Narutu!
      Shut up Stephen!
      🙂

  • chkchkboom

    Angry photographer snubbed!

  • VanHoff

    This man diserves a nomination.

    • AlphaT

      Unfortunately, Nikon doesn’t have a need for a comedian to represent them yet.

    • Mansgame

      KR has probably helped Nikon sell more lenses than all of those guys combined.

      • PhilK

        That was in the old days. Over the past couple of years, he spends his time taking potshots at Nikon, pushing Canons and Fujis, or basically anything he thinks he can hawk and get more referral or advertising revenue from.

  • Marc

    Didn’t Blair Bunting used to be on this list? Is that not a thing for him anymore I take it?

  • Slavko Vukic

    The best ambassadors are JEWS and NEGER!! WTF garbage !!!

    • nwcs

      Go somewhere else. We do not want that attitude here.

  • Patrick O’Connor

    Not much about the actual topic, as usual.
    For a VERY interesting, and funny, look at Joel Sartore’s work, take a look at this: https://youtu.be/tHf-Pft_5Bs

    • chkchkboom

      Saw him in Racing Extinction. Great guy, great undertaking.

      • Patrick O’Connor

        I’ve never heard of that. I’ll have to look into it.

  • Joven

    Wasn’t Matthew Jordan Smith a Sony Artisan?

  • Mike

    Deanne Fitzmaurice was Canon not long ago I believe. She’s also the Think Tank camera bags co-founder.

  • Günther Gruber

    Considering that they are all professional photographers, it’s kind of surprising how bad some of those portraits are. I would have thought photographers pay more attention to this…

    • AlphaT

      The best barber in town can never have the best haircut.

      • silmasan

        Or maybe those ones are just not focused on human subjects.

  • bgbs

    Nikon ambassadors are useless in terms of reporting truth. The didn’t even report on D5’s abysmal DR numbers.

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