Nikon Marks 25 Years of Sponsoring Eddie Adams Workshop for Aspiring Photographers

Nikon Marks 25 Years of Sponsoring Eddie Adams Workshop for Aspiring Photographers


Jeffersonville, NY—The 25th Annual Eddie Adams Workshop, also known as “Barnstorm,” hosted 100 of the world’s most promising and talented young photojournalists on October 5-8 in upstate New York. Nikon has served as the official sponsor since the program’s launch, helping to enable the four-day, tuition-free gathering of top photography professionals with selected students for an experience focused on cultivating photography careers.

“In its 25 years of existence, Nikon is proud to be a sponsor of the Eddie Adams Workshop and help shape some of the world’s finest photojournalists,” said Bill Pekala, general manager of Nikon Professional Services and Eddie Adams Workshop board member. “This group of talented individuals is provided access to work with an amazing array of working professionals along with Nikon’s extensive line of professional cameras and optics for capturing still images and HD video, enabling them to produce superior, quality content with the same gear used by many working professionals worldwide.”

Students had access to state-of-the-art digital photo and multimedia studio equipment with all of the latest technologies to accommodate, and Nikon professional market technical representatives were available to offer advice and guidance to the students. Additionally, Nikon provided the students with professional camera equipment, including the D4, D800, D600, D7000 and a selection of Nikkor lenses.

Barnstorm students were divided into 10 teams, with each team paired with a photographer, an editor and a researcher. Students also had the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals and attend speeches and panel discussions from respected photographers like Lynsey Addario, Bill Eppridge, Pete Hamill, Ami Vitale, among others. Over the course of the workshop, students were exposed to many types of photography—photojournalism, fine art photography, studio portraiture, underwater work, long-term projects and conflict photography.

Through these experiences, the Eddie Adams Workshop has cultivated an unparalleled history of excellence, with alumni having won every major award in the field, including World Press, The Robert Capa Award, POYi and the Pulitzer Prize. In fact, 10 alumni have earned a Pulitzer in photojournalism: Preston Gannaway, Barry Gutierrez, Vincent Laforet, Adrees Latif, Brennan Linsley, Cheryl Diaz Meyer, John Moore, Martha Rial, Clarence Williams and Damon Winter.

“Over the past 25 years, Nikon and the Eddie Adams Workshop have witnessed vast changes in how photographers produce and move images,” said Alyssa Adams, executive director, Eddie Adams Workshop. “As the industry has evolved, we have worked together with Nikon to accommodate for these changes, helping and teaching each other, and we look forward to another gratifying 25 years together.”

In addition to sponsoring Barnstorm, Nikon will present the Eddie Adams’ Nikon Equipment Scholarship to the top student from the workshop. A panel of judges will select a student based on the work he or she presents during the workshop, and that student will receive an assortment of professional Nikon camera gear suited to a career as a photojournalist. This kit will include the D4 DSLR, SB-910 Speedlight and the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 VR Nikkor lenses.