October 4, 2017

Nikon Celebrates The 30th Anniversary Of The Eddie Adams Workshop

Nikon Continues to Sponsor and Support the World’s Most Promising Young Photojournalists Through Annual “Barnstorm” Workshop

Jeffersonville, NY – From October 6th to 9th, 100 talented young photojournalists will come together for the annual Eddie Adams Workshop, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Since its inception, Nikon has been a proud sponsor of the Eddie Adams Workshop, which offers a unique learning environment for young photojournalists while honoring the legacy of Eddie Adams himself. In addition to celebrating the Eddie Adams Workshop’s 30th year anniversary, this year also marks Nikon’s 100th year anniversary.


For 30 years, the Eddie Adams Workshop, with continued support from Nikon, has helped shape the future of photojournalism. The workshop, which is also known as the “Barnstorm” due to its location at a rustic upstate New York farm, continues to be the only tuition-free forum of its kind, inviting 100 students specially selected from around the world based merely on the quality of their photos. Many alumni of the program have been awarded with the industry’s most prestigious accolades from Pulitzer Prizes, honors from the Overseas Press Club, World Press Photo, ICP and many more.


"Over the years, the Eddie Adams Workshop has helped support some of the world's top photojournalists and photographers. Nikon continues to be extremely proud and honored to be a part of this longstanding tradition of assisting tomorrow's photographers, while offering them an opportunity to learn from and work closely with awarded industry veterans." said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. "The Eddie Adams Workshop offers an opportunity to provide budding photojournalists and photographers with access to Nikon's extensive line of professional cameras, lenses and accessories – the same equipment that professionals use in the field today.”


During the workshop, students are divided into teams and paired with a mentor photographer as well as an editor and researcher to offer assistance on their assignments. Each day consists of hands-on activities including shooting and editing content, combined with presentations lead by renowned photographers, who discuss their personal experiences and careers. Over the course of the workshop, students will also have an opportunity to experiment with a variety of photography styles including photojournalism, fine art photography, studio portraiture, underwater work, long-term projects and conflict photography.


The devotion of alumni is infinite with more than 40 former students returning to assist in the evolution of the Eddie Adams workshop in leadership, mentorship and speaker positions. They bring with them countless lessons learned in the field and taught to students at the workshop. Industry changes are reflected in real time by innovators themselves.


For the 30th anniversary all ten team leaders are alumni as well as one editor and five producers:


  • Nancy Andrews, 1988, Team Leader
  • Mary Calvert, 1990, Team Leader
  • Danny Wilcox Frazier, 1997, Team Leader
  • Erika Larsen, 1997, Team Leader
  • Adrees Latif, 1993, Team Leader
  • Wayne Lawrence, 2003, Team Leader
  • John Moore, 1990, Team Leader
  • Darcy Padilla, 1990, Team Leader
  • Corey Rich, 1995, Team Leader
  • Damon Winter, 1996, Team Leader
  • Tim Rasmussen, 1988, Team Editor
  • Jabin Botsford, 2013, Producer
  • Timothy Fadek, 1998, Producer
  • Josh Ritchie, 2001, Producer
  • Eric Thayer, 2004, Producer
  • Daniella Zalcman, 2009, Producer


The annual workshop celebrates the legacy of Eddie Adams, who spent years in the United States Marine Corps serving in the Korean War as a combat photographer. Throughout his honorable career, he worked alongside military personnel to document and cover important news stories from around the world. Beginning in 1989 during the second Eddie Adams Workshop, Adams designated one spot specifically for a military photographer. Over the past 30 years, members of every branch of the U.S. military have attended or volunteered at the workshop and helped to lead the annual memorial service.


In addition to sponsoring the Eddie Adams Workshop, Nikon will award one deserving-student with top-of-the-line professional Nikon equipment suited for a modern-day photojournalist. The winner will be determined by a panel of judges who will select based on the work that the students create during the four-day workshop. This year’s kit will include the new Nikon D850 DSLR, SB-5000 Speedlight as well as the AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED, the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR and the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED lenses.


About Barnstorm: The Eddie Adams Workshop:

Now in its 30th year, the purpose of the Eddie Adams Workshop is to create a forum where the exchange of ideas, techniques, and philosophies can be shared between both established members and newcomers of the profession of picture journalism. The workshop is a tuition-free, invitation-only event. Attendees are portfolio-selected by the Eddie Adams Workshop Board of Directors. For more information, please visit www.eddieadamsworkshop.com.


About Nikon Professional Services (NPS):
Nikon Professional Services provides valuable assistance for pros in every segment of the photography field, including newspaper, industrial, police and forensic, medical photography, commercial studios and even special movie productions. NPS is also available to work with national photographic organizations offering advice and assistance, demonstrations of the latest Nikon products, and lectures on various photography topics. NPS is also well known as a resource for professional photographers at various field events. For more information on NPS and membership requirements for the program, please visit www.nikonpro.com.


Nikon 100th Year Anniversary:

Since the company was established in 1917, Nikon has cultivated its status as a pioneer of optical technologies around the world. Guided by a corporate philosophy of “Trustworthiness and Creativity,” Nikon provides a wide range of products and services globally by harnessing advanced opto-electronics and precision technologies. Nikon is proud to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017.


About Nikon:

Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enables users to tell their stories through amazing photos and videos. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlight’s and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 compact interchangeable lens camera system and KeyMission line of action cameras. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., recently announced the production of 100 million NIKKOR lenses in 2016, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo and Flickr.


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