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I feel very honoured to have just been awarded the Master Photographers International Commercial Photographer of the Year along with many other awards of distinction.

Competition is a great way to have your work evaluated and judged by your professional peers. It always gives you a reference point to see how you are doing and what you need to work on. It feels good to have your images judge well because it usually tells you that your on the right track and that the excellence you put in to your work is being recognized by others.

The MPIO (Master Photographers International) is a great organization and community with world-class photographers and artists. Find out more at mpio.co

It was only a year ago that I had an amazing trip to Nepal. I saw extraordinary historic sites, breathtaking landscapes and met incredibly kind and wonderful people. Its heartbreaking to hear of the destruction and grief that has settled upon Nepal after two major earthquakes on April 25th and May 12th. Sadly thousands of lives have been lost with thousands more injured and Unesco World Heritages sites badly damaged. There is a great need for relief and humanitarian assistance in Nepal.

Perhaps you have donated to a charity of your choice already or have one picked out to donate to, if not and you would like to learn more about how you can contribute to the disaster relief;

please see the Canadian Red Cross website for more information. You can donate directly through their website or learn more about their relief efforts by following the link.

DONATE HERE

There are many great charities out there who are aiding Nepal through this arduous time, please send positive thoughts and if you like monetary donations to a country very much in need of support.

National Geographic hosted a fun Photo Walk led by photographer Jimmy Chin in Banff as part of Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.  Here are a few of the shots I captured during the walk.  It was an inspiring week for me to see some of the great films, talk to a lot of the filmmakers, and attend some very exciting and informative workshops put on by National Geographic as well as connect with some of their great team.

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Nikon Ambassador Program Recognizes the Dedicated Storytellers that Help Move the Photo Industry Forward

New Nikon Program Partners With Leading Photographers to Energize the Industry Through Inspiration, Education And Empowerment

 

MISSISSAUGA, ON (August 20, 2013) – Nikon Canada Inc. today announced the Nikon Ambassador Program, a collective initiative dedicated to recognizing the most influential leaders in modern photography. In a rapidly changing industry, the significance of these admired photographers goes beyond the creation of inspiring imagery; this diverse group of individuals has shown a commitment to empowering photographers with knowledge, providing guidance for the imaging community and a mastery of technology and trends.

“We recognize that our business is constantly changing, and this world class program will help us identify the needs of the working professionals while honouring the best photographers of today," said Amanda Mohammed, Nikon Professional Services Manager, Nikon Canada Inc. “Our Nikon Ambassadors are the voice of the professional community and we highly regard their input and feedback. Their valuable insight will permit us to grow and evolve this segment of the business while inspiring others to pick up a camera and shoot."

 

Responsibilities of the Nikon Ambassador

The core idea behind the Ambassador Program is to create a mutually beneficial collective to help bolster the photo industry and individuals.  While already considered mentors, the Ambassadors will use their experience to empower photographers through education and inspiration. Whether an enthusiast attending an interactive workshop or a seasoned pro learning new techniques, the shared experiences from these select individuals will apply to all levels of photographer. From shooting and managing a studio to social media and running a successful imaging business, the Ambassadors will help to empower a new generation of professionals with the tools and knowledge to succeed.  Additionally, the Ambassadors will work directly with Nikon to communicate the needs of the evolving photo industry such as enhancements in workflow, service and even products.

To be selected as an Ambassador, a photographer must be considered among the most talented and influential visual artists working in the business today. This elite group consists of gifted, spirited storytellers who are admired for their passion, energy and commitment to their craft. The Ambassadors represent a vast array of backgrounds and shooting disciplines that reflect the breadth of professional photographers today; including wedding, portraiture, fashion, wildlife and adventure.

These artists have evolved with Nikon through the years. And, their careers represent a mastery of technology and trends that have had a positive impact on their business. As the realm of digital media continues to expand, these savvy, influential shooters have embraced digital capture and social media to help educate their fans, friends and followers as part of a community.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Photography is my Life.  I am the third generation of pro photographers in my family, and ever since my earliest memories I have held a camera in my hands.  My first Nikon was my Dad's Nikkormat, as I got older I would covet/borrow his F-801. I saved for years to buy my own Nikon F100, MB-15 vertical grip and 80-200mm sports lens and I never looked back. From Nikon scanners to my first digital camera – the Nikon D1X to now, I have been unwavering in my dedication to Nikon.

Why?  Because I truly believe in Nikon, what they represent, and that they make the best photography gear on the planet. I feel that I have become part of the Nikon family over the years. It's not just the gear, but the people that make up the company and Nikon Professional Services who have enriched my life, given me pro support across the globe, and joined me on the most epic of shoots while truly inspiring me to take my photography higher.  Last year I realized a dream come true when I was honoured by Nikon Canada to receive the very first Nikon D4 in the country. Over the last 10 years I have enjoyed an extraordinary partnership with Nikon Canada as keynote speaker at many of their largest events and as an ambassador of their brand and products. I have made it my passion and pleasure to push their gear to the absolute limit and join them in inspiring others about this wonderful art form – photography!

"I am very honoured to be chosen as a Nikon Ambassador for Canada and to be a part of this new exciting program. I feel truly privileged to be associated with Nikon over the past many years and I look forward to taking this journey to whole new level with such an exceptional group of fellow Nikon Ambassadors Worldwide."

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"A photograph captures the co-creation of energy between the photographer and subject at the moment the shutter is clicked. Part of the magic of a great photograph is how you feel at that moment. For those of you who haven't had the pleasure, a Nikon D4 purring in your hands feels pretty Awesome!!
If you want to capture this moment with excellence, then you have to be in it.
Play full, put your heart into it and I assure you your images will inspire. "

KRISTIAN BOGNER

Proud to be a Nikon Ambassador

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Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™, is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Canada distributes consumer and professional digital SLR and HD-SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights 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 advanced cameras with interchangeable lens system. In 2012, production of NIKKOR lenses surpassed 75 million, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics. At the heart of every Nikon camera is Nikon\'s exclusive EXPEED, EXPEED 2 or EXPEED 3 advanced digital image processing system technologies. All Nikon Canada products are sold through a network of Authorized Nikon Canada Dealers. For more information on Nikon Canada and its products and services or to find an Authorized Nikon Canada Dealer, visit www.nikon.ca.

FULL PRESS RELEASE on Nikon Canada\'s Web Page

Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/NikonCanada
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NikonCanada
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/NikonCanada

For more information contact NPS Canada:
Nikon Canada Inc.
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I'm very excited and honoured to be in the finals again for Commercial Photographer of the Year for Canada. Awards are here in Vancouver tonight at the PPOC Professional Photographers of Canada National Conference.

Here are my four image entries.

I received of Excellence and 3 awards of merits along with best Sports image in Canada.

"Buddhist Gateway" - Architecture

Nikon D3X  | Nikon 14-24mm lens | f7.1 at 1/160 sec | 200 ISO

Nikon D3X | Nikon 14-24mm lens | f7.1 at 1/160 sec | 200 ISO

"Taking Flight" - Press / Sports

Taking_Flight

"Shelter" - Editorial

Nikon D3X | Nikon 50mm f/1.4G | f9 at 1/160 sec | 160 ISO

"Everything Happens Now" - Fine Art

 Nikon D3X | Nikon VR 70-200mm f/2.8G | f9 at 1/160 sec | 100 ISO

Nikon D3X | Nikon VR 70-200mm f/2.8G | f9 at 1/160 sec | 100 ISO

"Nikon D800 - One Camera: Two Perspectives" is a video shot entirely with the Nikon D800 HD-SLR by world-class professional photographer, Kristian Bogner, and award-winning cinematographer, Kirk Neff. While in Canmore, Alberta, Kristian and Kirk worked with Canadian athletes to capture breathtaking stills and videos with the D800. The result of their creative genius -- combined with the spectacular quality the D800 provides -- is this one-of-a-kind video. We hope you enjoy it.  View More Images Here

 

 

Kristian Bogner and Kirk Neff stopped by Global TV's The Morning Show on Wednesday May 16, 2012 to discuss their work with the Nikon D800 and their video, "One Camera: Two Perspectives.

On Wednesday, May 16, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Nikon are proud to present Nikon Day, featuring world-class authorities in photographic arts!

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event! Please RSVP to info@scotiabankcontactphoto.com

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Come out and see this great free event sponsored by Nikon Canada.

Date & Time: 
Wednesday, May 16,
6-9 p.m.

Venue: 
Ryerson University
Library Building (LIB 72)
350 Victoria Street
Toronto M5B 2K3

Kristian and Kirk with all be on the Global TV Toronto Morning Show tomorrow May 16th at 7:20am talking about the event.  Check it out!!

Multi-award winning photographer Kristian Bogner wins top Canadian Photographic Award - “Commercial Photographer of the Year for Canada” for the 3rd time. The awards took place at the Professional Photographers of Canada Association’s image competition and conference in Halifax.  Kristian was presented the award by PPOC Chair, Ken Frazer, Nikon Canada's Amanda Mohammed and PPOC Image Salon Chair, Brian Lee.

Kristian also won two awards of Merit and one of his images was selected for the PPOC loan collection to travel across Canada. Earlier this year Kristian also received the Alberta Commercial Photographer of the Year Award for the 4th time.

It was an incredible honour to receive this award for the 3rd time.  I believe it is a reflection of the incredible passion I have for my work and creating images that inspire others.  People sometimes tell me I'm half photographer and half human.  😉 Well, Photography really is a huge part of me and to be recognized for that feels wonderful.   When I went up to receive the award I said a few words and spoke of allowing my photography to flow from the child within me that has no creative boundaries.  I received a standing ovation from my photographic peers and friends in attendance.  It really was a magical night that I will never forget.

 

This year's award was extra special for me because it was sponsored and presented by Nikon Canada and it felt like a real team win for me.  I am a Nikon shooter, tester and ambassador and the timing of this award couldn't be more perfect.  Nikon has just released two amazing new cameras .. the D800 and D4.  I have been fortunate enough to shoot with both and the capabilities are simply groundbreaking.  I have been working with Nikon on some exciting projects and am thrilled to share the award with them.   I am also speaking for Nikon at the Contact festival in Toronto on May 16th. The Contact festival is one of the largest photography festivals in the world.

 

A Huge thank you to all of my friends, family and peers... your support and encouragement has been so incredible!!!  You all inspire me take it to the limit whenever I have a camera in my hands!

 

 

Mountain Nomad

I am very fortunate to have a great friend and mentor which is an Indian Major General.  He has an incredible eye for photography himself and had taken me on several  life changing expeditions. This image was captured last fall along the silk route near Pangong Tso, Ladakh, way up over 16,000ft where these nomads live.  I watched this old woman milking the goats and go into her tent. I had my girlfriend (aka 'light holder of the year') hold my SB-900 Nikon flash with a small soft box near her and see if she could get the woman's attention while I shot this image from afar with a 70-200mm lens triggering the flash with a Pocket Wizard to capture the true unposed essence of this incredible study.  Notice prayer beads in her weathered hands amongst all of the other textures in the frame.

 

Coca-Cola Proud

We had just had the amazing experience to privately watch and shoot the sun rise on the Taj Mahal.  Afterwards we stopped outside of the gates for a cup of Chai Tea.  I looked over and saw this boy who was manning the store for what seemed to be his family.  He was also watching me with all of my Nikon gear and stood as a proud young entrepreneur in front of "his" store.  I was moved by the colours and illustrative nature of this frame and took several images to get the best expression I could.  Finally he stared right at me and I got this amazing image.  Persistence usually pays off and here is an instance where it did!

Peace Stupa by Starlight

I find there is always a reward to following your heart no matter what the opposition.  It was my last night in Leh, Ladakh and it happened to be a full moon.  We all had an early morning but I envisioned this shot and wanted to go up to the Peace Stupa and shoot it.  I was strongly discouraged because of safety, but I went anyway.  I had the most incredible experience up there by myself, took some time to absorb the beauty and spirituality of the place and then set forth to capture it's energy to share with others.  I decided to use my new super sharp and fast Nikon 24mm 1.4 lens and pulled out my very bright headlamp torch to do some painting with light.  I exposed for the starlight for 30 seconds and the full moon light nicely filled in and softened the artificial light sources abound while I ran around in the 30 seconds and illuminated with my headlamp.

 

Racing the Giant

We were in Maui on a very windy day and were told by some surfers that it was possible that the legendary JAWS may be big enough to surf and some world class surfers were on the alert.  Finding Jaws was a feat in itself and took some off road driving and a steep walk down a slippery slope but it was an incredible sight.  While it wasn't quite big enough to surf, because it needs to be big enough to carry the surfers over the reef, I was able to capture some incredible images of over 40 foot waves.  Down the shore from the site of Jaws I captured this extreme surfer racing this gigantic wave.  A great sports image captures the peak of the action and and I was able to capture just that before the wave overtook this surfer.

 

 

 

I finished shooting for Nikon Canada last week, somewhere remote in the Rocky Mountains, with Nikon’s Amanda, Mark, Chris, and Greg, along with Kirk Neff, award winning cinematographer from Global TV.

Kirk and I were both shooting with the new and absolutely incredible 36 megapixel, 1080p 30fps, Nikon D800 cameras.   We were both super stoked and fed off each other’s creative energy while pushing these cameras to the limit in very harsh conditions!!  Honestly, this camera is everything they say it is and more and performs like a pro Nikon body in every way.   The resolution, dynamic range, iso capabilities and features in this relatively affordable camera are mindblowing!

Our Nikon team was rock solid, and our subjects and conditions were beyond EPIC!!!  It was grueling … we fit a week of shooting into about 3 hard-core days and nights, but it was also one of the most incredible, high energy and amazing shoots I have had the pleasure of co-creating!

Well that’s all I can say for now…..Stay Tuned…. You're going to want to see this!  More to come soon!!! 🙂

 

 

 

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