July 9, 2018
Nikon Inc. Announces Recipients of Women Photograph + Nikon Grants
Nikon to Award $25,000 to Support Talented Photojournalists, from Around the World, Working on Documentary Photography Projects
Melville, NY – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the five recipients of the 2018 Women Photograph + Nikon Grant. The Grant, a continuation of Nikon’s ongoing support for the next generation of visual storytellers, is a collaboration with Women Photograph to help elevate the voices of female and non-binary photojournalists.
“As a brand, Nikon is committed to empowering photographers to tell impactful stories through compelling photography and videos,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager, Communications, Nikon Inc. “Each of these five talented individuals have a powerful visual voice, and we are proud to lend our support and help them continue to share their stories with the world.”
Nikon Inc. partnered with Women Photograph to identify five emerging and accomplished female and non-binary photographers and award each with a $5,000 USD grant to support their documentary projects and elevate their voices within the photojournalism community.
The five recipients are:
- Anna Boyiazis (USA), an American documentary photographer, focusing on issues including human rights, public health, and women’s rights
- Jess Dugan (USA), an American documentary photographer who focuses on social issues surrounding identity, gender, sexuality, and community, showcasing the LGBTQ community
- Ana Maria Arevalo Gosen (Venezuela) a documentary photographer with an education in political sciences, documenting the economic hardships that have plagued her home country
- Etinosa Yvonne Osayimwen (Nigeria), a self-taught photojournalist, using the power of photography to tell stories and amplify the voices of less privileged individuals in Nigeria
- Tasneen Alsultan (Saudi Arabia), a freelance investigative writer and photographer working in the Middle East focusing on human rights and social issues specific to gender in the Arab Gulf region
To learn more about these photographers and their projects, please visit https://www.womenphotograph.com/grantees-2018.
“We received more than a thousand proposals for the Women Photograph + Nikon Grants from photojournalists around the world,” said Daniella Zalcman, founder and director of Women Photograph. “We are excited to see Nikon promoting our mission to diversify the photography industry and amplify the voices of women and non-binary storytellers from all corners of the globe.”
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 their 100th anniversary from July 2017 to July 2018.
Nikon Inc. is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo and video capture technologies; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enable visual storytelling and content creation. In 2017, Nikon celebrated a legacy of innovation with its 100-year anniversary celebration. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories, Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras and Nikon software products. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., announced the production of 100 million NIKKOR lenses, 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 and visual storytellers to the Web's most comprehensive learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo, Flickr and Snapchat (@NikonUSASnap).
About Women Photograph
Women Photograph is an initiative that launched in 2017 to elevate the voices of female visual journalists. The private database includes more than 700 independent women documentary photographers based in 91 countries and is available privately to any commissioning editor or organization. Women Photograph also operates an annual series of project grants for emerging and established photojournalists, a year-long mentorship program, and a travel fund to help female photographers access workshops, festivals, and other developmental opportunities. Our mission is to shift the gender makeup of the photojournalism community and ensure that our industry's chief storytellers are as diverse as the communities they hope to represent.