Nikon launches new partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Sharp Shots Photo Club

London, United Kingdom 14th June 2022: Today Nikon is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) and Sharp Shots Photo Club to launch a new photography course that aims to help amplify the voices of young people by providing them with photographic and storytelling skills.

Entitled ‘Photographers without Limits', the course has been specifically created for participants with a passion for storytelling and those who wouldn’t necessarily have the opportunity to take up photography as part of the Skills section of their DofE.

To help each of the nine participants bring their own stories to life, Nikon will provide the  selected students with a D3500 DSLR camera and the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens.

Throughout the course, participants will take part in weekly workshops led by Sharp Shots Photo Club, as well as a series of masterclasses taught by Nikon photographers. The participants will also be paired up with Nikon Ambassadors or Creators to expertly guide them through their photographic journey and give them an insight into the life of a professional photographer.

The Nikon Ambassadors and Creators who will take part are:

Lara Jackson – Conservation biologist and wildlife photographer, on a mission to raise awareness of conservation
Jeaniq Amihyia – London-based director and photographer, who is well versed in creating unique pieces of art for audiences
Amy Shore – Lifestyle and automotive photographer, who focuses her work around human connections
Harry Skeggs – Multiple award-winning photographer living in London, with a passion for all forms of wildlife
Tianna Williams – Maternity and new-born photographer who uses photography as the perfect medium to draw attention to what makes people beautiful
Ben Moore – A self-taught photographer with a passion for architecture and urban displays
Gurvir Johal – Wedding photographer, with a keen eye for detail
Alfie Bowen – Wildlife conservation advocate, who often prefers to shoot in black and white to focus on the personality of the animal subject
Jon Williamson – Medical and adventure photographer who depicts the healthcare environment in a realistic but unique way
Carolyn Mendelsohn – Portrait photographer who concentrates on lifestyle, fashion, and bespoke portraits

Julian Harvie, Head of Marketing Nikon Northern Europe, said: “Nikon has been investing in visual storytelling for more than 100 years. It is central to our brand’s DNA that we offer support to all photographers on their journey to mastering their passion. As a photography family, we are proud to support these nine rising stars through our partnership with DofE and Sharp Shots. Photography is one of the most democratic and inclusive art forms, and we are delighted to commit our educational leadership to these young creators.”

Rachel Palmer, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Content and Storytelling Lead, said: “It's a real privilege to be working alongside some of our young people as they develop their photography skills and develop their voice to tell their own, powerful stories. We're delighted to be collaborating with Nikon and Sharp Shots Photo Club to give these young photographers, who might not otherwise have the opportunity, the tools and platform to talk about issues that affect them and that they're passionate about."  

Lillian Spibey, Director at Sharp Shots Photo Club, said: “These young photographers have such powerful stories to tell, and it’s immensely rewarding to teach each participant how to capture their own story in photographs. We are really excited to be working with the DofE & Nikon on this project.”

At the end of the course, each participant’s story will be featured in an exhibition. More information to follow so watch this space.

Follow their journey online with #photographerswithoutlimits

Find out more at https://www.dofe.org/photographers-without-limits

About Nikon

Nikon is a world-leading provider of imaging products and services. Its innovative optics technology—from consumer and professional cameras to lenses, system accessories, and sport and recreational optics —is powered by over 100 years of experience. The brand is globally recognised for setting new standards in design and performance, with Nikon’s revolutionary Z series mirrorless cameras and NIKKOR Z lenses representing a new dimension of optical performance.

Nikon is committed to leading imaging culture and enables some of the world’s best visual artists to reach their creative potential through visual storytelling. Its award-winning photographic equipment empowers photographers and videographers to realise their creative vision at the highest level. Its award-winning sport and recreational optics bring the world closer for pursuits ranging from birdwatching and stargazing to theatre, golf, and travel.

As a trusted visionary partner, Nikon unites all levels of content creators through its engaged community, unrivalled technical expertise, and access to educational resources, via initiatives such as The Nikon School.

About The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Every year, the DofE inspires hundreds of thousands of young people – from all walks of life – to develop skills, resilience and self-belief. We help them take on their own challenges, follow their passions, make a difference to their communities and discover talents they never knew they had. Hundreds of thousands of young people work towards their DofE Award every year. 

DofE is open to any young person aged 14-24. Each young person builds their own DofE programme – picking their own activities and choosing which cause to volunteer for – in order to achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE Award. The DofE is run in schools, youth clubs, hospitals, fostering agencies, prisons, sports clubs and more, all over the UK.

Find out more at DofE.org.

About Sharp Shots Photo Club

Sharp Shots Photo Club is the No. 1 photography course provider for kids and teens in the UK. Providing inspirational and technical knowledge for the next generation of digital photographers, Sharp Shots founder Lillian Spibey aims to teach life-long photographic skills in a creative and fun environment both online and in person.

Sharp Shots is supported by The Nikon School, The Royal Photographic Society, and partners with landmark venues including The Photographer’s Gallery, The Turner Contemporary, The Royal Palaces, National Trust properties and the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London.

Sharp Shots has been an approved Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Skills Course provider since 2015, offering in person and online photography skills courses for well over 1,000+ DofE participants.

‘Compose, Focus, Click.’

Please visit www.sharpshotsphotoclub.co.uk for more information