Nikon Bolsters Its Ambassador Program with Four More Pros

Nikon Bolsters Its Ambassador Program with Four More Pros

Joel Sartore, Matthew Jordan Smith, Deanne Fitzmaurice and Joey Terrill Join Nikon’s Group of Modern Storytellers

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Melville, NY—Nikon Inc. added four photographers to the Nikon Ambassador program. The ambassadors are a group of visual artists and leaders in modern photography who champion the Nikon brand. The new members are wildlife photographer Joel Sartore, celebrity and portrait photographer Matthew Jordan Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Deanne Fitzmaurice, and also commercial and portrait photographer Joey Terrill.

“Nearly three years after the foundation of the program, Nikon Ambassadors have worked to educate as well as empower photographers while continuing to celebrate their passion and love for photography through the power of visual storytelling,” said Mike Corrado, NPS (Nikon Professional Services) manager, pro relations and product marketing, Nikon Inc. “These new additions all define what it takes to be considered one of Nikon’s most elite photographers. They have unparalleled commitment to both their craft and the imaging industry.”

The new pros continue to expand the imaging disciplines represented in the program. They each embody the philosophy of Nikon’s Ambassador program. And that is to “empower photographers through education and inspiration, as well as work directly with Nikon to communicate the needs of an evolving photo industry.”

Nikon’s Newest Ambassadors Up Close

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Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore

Wildlife photographer Joel Sartore is a mentor, conservationist, author and National Geographic Fellow. He may be best known for founding the Photo Ark Project. Photo Ark’s mission is to document and preserve endangered species and habitats through photography. Since its creation more than 20 years ago, Sartore has visited more than 40 countries to create portraits of 6,000+ individual species for the project. The portraits put an emphasis on the animal’s expression and eye contact. This is done in an effort to foster compassion by emotionally engaging the viewer with the subject. The Nebraska-based photographer has also authored four books and frequently contributes to numerous other books and publications.

Matthew Jordan Smith

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Matthew Jordan Smith

A Los Angeles-based celebrity and portrait photographer, Matthew Jordan Smith’s work has appeared in major magazines, and he has worked with some of the world’s most famous actors and models. A teacher of numerous photography workshops, Smith has won several accolades for his work. He recently published his third book, titled Future American President; 50 States, 100 Families, Infinite Dreams, which features portraits of children from every state in America. The goal of the book is to inspire children to dream as big as they can, knowing there are endless possibilities in the world.

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Deanne Fitzmaurice

Deanne Fitzmaurice

As a Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary photographer and storyteller, this San Francisco-based photographer is known for her ability to discover and convey personal, intimate and emotional stories through images. Fitzmaurice represents a wide variety of publications, including Sports Illustrated and National Geographic, as well as other respected outlets such as ESPN. In addition to her editorial work, she holds an impressive portfolio of commercial photography for major brands. She has been awarded the 2013 Award of Excellence from Communication Arts, the American Photography Award, Time magazine’s Pictures That Mattered Award in 2008 and the Pictures of the Year International Award of Excellence.

Joey Terrill

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Joey Terrill

A Los Angeles-based editorial as well as commercial photographer, Joey Terrill has worked with celebrities and major brands. These brands include Coca Cola, Red Bull and also Disney. Terrill uses creative, dramatic lighting to create unique portraiture and is also a mentor for editorial portraiture and lighting. He also pens the Penumbra Project. The website is dedicated to “pixels, photons and the process of making pictures” through engaging stories. Terrill teaches weeklong workshops at Colorado-based Summit Photography Workshops. He also has been a guest presenter at the Brooks Institute of Photography, WPPI, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar and the SportsShooter Academy. nikonusa.com/ambassador

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