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Nikon And NOOR Announce First Virtual Masterclass Program Launching In 2021

A series of online masterclasses will be held by Nikon and NOOR Academy tutors in 2021 that are free to attend and open to all emerging photographers.

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Nikon Europe and the NOOR Foundation have announced the first online Nikon-NOOR Academy, which will take place in Spring 2021.

The Masterclasses will be held over a two-week period and each will include four sessions, led by Nikon-NOOR Academy tutors, who are themselves leading documentary photographers. Each tutor will help budding photographers work on their current portfolios, improve their technical skills and offer expert tips on how to create more impactful visual stories.

Nikon Ambassadors, Sanne De Wilde, Kadir van Lohuizen and Pep Bonet are just three of the nine NOOR photographers who will be hosting the masterclasses. This is the first time the masterclass program, which has been running for 11 years, will be held online - due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Since 2009, Nikon Europe and the NOOR Foundation have collaborated on this free initiative, as part of their commitment to encouraging young, aspiring documentary photographers. Nikon-NOOR Academy tutors have travelled the world to share their knowledge with up-and-coming photojournalists, training over 1,000 participants from more than 70 countries, from Kazakhstan to Istanbul, Sweden and Poland. They share essential learnings from the field, giving guidance on working with fixers and safety tips since many masterclass attendees go on to work in zones of conflict.


© Sanne De Wilde

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Applications for a space on one of the three masterclasses open on 15 December 2020 and closes on 17 January 2021. For more information on how to apply please visit the Nikon-NOOR application website.

All masterclasses are tuition-free for the participants, and open for all emerging visual storytellers from the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan.

The Nikon-NOOR Academy Program for 2021:

Masterclass 1 Tutors:

  • Sanne De Wilde
  • Jon Lowenstein
  • Francesco Zizola

Masterclass 2 Tutors:

  • Yuri Kozyrev
  • Olga Kravets
  • Kadir van Lohuizen

Masterclass 3 Tutors:

  • Andrea Bruce
  • Heba Khamis
  • Pep Bonet

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