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Nikon-NOOR Academy offers free training to aspiring documentary photographers

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Nikon Europe and the NOOR Foundation are teaming up to run the first online Nikon-NOOR Academy (opens in new tab) – a series of virtual documentary photography masterclasses – 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 (opens in new tab), Kadir van Lohuizen (opens in new tab) and Pep Bonet (opens in new tab) 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.

Nikon Europe (opens in new tab) and the NOOR Foundation (opens in new tab) have collaborated on this free initiative since since 2009, 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.

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.

All masterclasses are tuition-free for the participants, and open for all emerging visual storytellers from most European countries, including the UK. Applications for a space on one of the three masterclasses is now open (opens in new tab) and closes on 17 January 2021.

The tutors for the Nikon-NOOR Academy Program for 2021 are:

 See the gallery below for examples of their work…

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