MELVILLE, N.Y., June 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Nikon Inc. announces the recipients of the first-ever Nikon Storytellers Scholarship, a program designed to support future visual content creators. The scholarship received over 1,000 submissions from eligible students across the United States and Canada. Ten deserving recipients were selected by an esteemed panel of judges based on academic achievement and creative portfolio submissions. To determine the winners, Nikon assembled an esteemed panel of judges based on their unique experiences and diverse perspectives, representing Nikon Ambassadors, creatives and industry professionals.
"After seeing the amazing response to this program from talented students, we are confident that the field of visual arts will continue to grow into the future," said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. "By providing these ten deserving recipients with academic scholarships, we can empower new generations to innovate through storytelling and content creation."
2018 Nikon Storytellers Scholarship Winners:
Cassie Chang– California State University – Fullerton (Film)
Carter Knopik – University of Nebraska – Lincoln (Film)
Edward Ripley–Ryerson University (Photography)
Ernest Pund– University of Southern California (Film)
Jall Cowasji – New York University (Film)
Leah de Leon – Chapman University (Film)
Mushfica Masud – Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema (Film)
Nicolas Antaya– Michigan State University (Journalism)
Sofia Camargo Hoyos– New York University (Film)
Zachary Krahmer – Syracuse University (Photography)
The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship Judging Panel: A collection of Nikon representatives, industry professionals and creatives were a part of the judging panel responsible for evaluating photo portfolios and video submissions. Evaluations were based on the students' ability to effectively tell a story visually and the overall quality of their work. "I enjoyed the creativity and personal flare that each of the students weaved into their submissions," said participating judge and Nikon USA Ambassador, Joe McNally. "The quality of all of the submissions demonstrates the power of visual content to tell stories and how these students are truly finding unique ways to share their perspectives."
The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship judging panel included the following professionals:
Alyssa Adams – Eddie Adams Workshop Founder
Deanne Fitzmaurice – Ambassador, Nikon USA
Dorte Vener – Nikon Photo Contest Winner
Hiro Okumura –Director of Sales and Marketing, Nikon Canada
Indira Williams Babic – Photo & Visual Resources Director, Newseum
Joe McNally – Ambassador, Nikon USA
Kristian Bogner –Ambassador, Nikon Canada
Mary Calvert – Nikon Photographer
Melissa Ghionis – Nikon Photographer
Mike Corrado – Senior Manager, Nikon Inc.
Steve Heiner – Senior Technical Manager, Nikon Inc.
Tim Rasmussen – Digital Photo Editor, ESPN
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