Celebrate World Photography Day with Nikon

Celebrate World Photography Day with Nikon


What’s the most memorable photo you’ve ever taken?

In celebration of World Photography Day, we asked members of the Nikon community and our Nikon Ambassadors to share their most memorable images and the story behind it.

From enormous thunderstorms to tiny insects, their images were not only stunning but showcased how different and unique everyone’s approach to photography can be.


Will Eades | @willeadesphotography

“The sky was a dark sullen grey as the clouds started to shift into strange shapes, and I had no idea what was about to happen. When the sunset crashed through, the landscape was completely transformed as I bore witness to a spectacle that redefined what I thought was possible”.

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
Settings: ISO 80 | f/14 | 4sec | 5 Shot Panorama

Aaron Molenkamp | @nightfall_photography

“As a macro photographer you are always looking for ‘that moment’. I just love the blue banded bee; I noticed a few buzzing around a lovely rosemary garden. I positioned my tripod nice & low, then waited for that moment. Persistence and Patience was the key to one of my favourite images in my library”.

Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: AF Micro-NIKKOR 200MM F/4 IF-ED
Settings: ISO 2500 | f/5.6 |1/2500s | 200mm

Heesoo Chung | @chungy_photos

“While I’ve done many of these before, this particular shoot was definitely one of the most mentally and will power challenging ones yet. From sunset to the time of shooting star trails there were pockets of clouds coming in and out without a sign of stopping. Secondly, the spot light on the three sisters didn’t turn off at the usual time of 11pm but rather 12:30am. Thirdly, the temperature got so close to the dew point while humidity rose meaning I started getting a ton of dew on my lens. Also, it was cold! Having stayed from sunset, all these factors really made me consider giving up and going home. It was so damn tempting to just pack up and go home. But by the time the floodlights on the three sisters turned off, the sky completely cleared, humidity levels dropped and took care of the dew issue and I could see a white blanket of fluff slowly spreading throughout the valley below. In the end I stuck it out and was rewarded with the most awesome display of a cloud inversion I’ve seen. This is the result! Hope you like it”.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon AF NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8D ED
Settings: ISO 250 | f/5.6 | 30sec | 14mm

Star Trails:
Camera: Nikon D610
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Settings: ISO 1000 | f/3.5 | 30sec | 18mm | 338 Images


Dom Cherry | @domcherry 


“As a food photographer is it difficult to pick just one memorable capture, I photograph so many amazing dishes every day. However, I would say that a great food shot is where light, dish and backdrop align. I am most excited when I feel I have captured a mood along with the deliciousness of a dish”.

Camera: Nikon Z 6
Lens: NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S
Settings: ISO 100 | f/2.8 | 1/100s | 50mm


Josh Beames | @joshbeames

“Towards the end of last year, I experienced the most INCREDIBLE natural phenomena I have ever seen! We made our way down along the coast to Lorne, hoping to catch a glimpse of the rare bioluminescence algae that had been glowing amongst the waves. Surely enough in a section of beach just outside of Lorne we spotted this intense blue glow! Absolutely fizzing with excitement, we ran down to the beach and watched in awe. About half an hour passed, flashes of intense lightning started to roll in. We couldn’t believe our eyes!”

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Settings: ISO 800 | f/5.6 | 20sec | 24mm


Nikki Bingham | @nikkibings


“This was taken during one of the best sunrises I have witnessed in Sydney. It’s the first time I have seen a kayaker in the water at sunrise too and it looked as though he was paddling through gold, the reflection on the water was so intense”.

Camera: Nikon D750
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
Settings: ISO 80 | f/11 |1/80s | 22mm


Nick Cooper | @coopsfrootloops


“It’s a difficult task picking my most memorable photo, although this would be right up there! Karijini is such an incredible place, and when I took my wife there for the first time last year she’d never seen anything quite like it. We simply floated through these ancient gorges for hours without another soul in sight, taking in all of our surroundings. It was a really special moment”.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Settings: ISO 500 | f/4.5 | 1/200s | 24mm

Matty Smith | @mattysmithphoto

This picture is from a portfolio of man of war images I shot back in 2014. It’s one of my favourites of all time due to the technical difficulties I had to overcome in order to make it perfect in camera. Also, the perseverance required in waiting for just the right weather and ocean conditions over many months made it that much more rewarding when I finally captured the image.

This is part of the collection of pictures that first helped me build a close relationship with Nikon Australia. One of my proudest moments was seeing it on billboards and buses all across London advertising the prestigious 2014 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards at The London Natural History Museum.

Similar images from the original portfolio have also won awards such as The Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year prize. As well as being used to advertise David Attenborough’s BBC Blue Planet 2 series and Nikon products. I have to say this is the image I’m most proud of.

Camera: Nikon D300s
Lens: AF DX Fisheye Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED
Settings: ISO 250 | f/13 |1/15s | 10mm


David Dare Parker | @daviddareparker

Sunday 12th November 2017. One of eight makeshift rafts, made of bamboo poles and yellow plastic palm oil containers, carrying Rohingya refugees across the Naf River on a tide-dependent five-hour journey from Myanmar into Bangladesh.

Often described as the “world’s most persecuted minority”, the Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group from the Rakhine State in Myanmar. In October 2016, a military crackdown in the wake of a deadly attack on an army post sent hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh.

This most recent exodus from Rakhine state, Myanmar, to the makeshift camps that have sprung up in Cox’s Bazar District, began August 25, 2017, when militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army targeted about 30 police posts and an army base, killing several people.

So far more than 650,000 people have fled into Bangladesh, swelling the camps and creating a humanitarian crisis. Read more here.

“I went to Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh, in November-December 2017 as a freelance photojournalist. I found myself working with a small group of media, some working for traditional news outlets, others getting the message out for NGOs or humanitarian groups.

To a person, we all understood how important it was to play some part in trying to keep this story in the news. If our sources told us there was a refugee-loaded raft on its way into Bangladesh, we shared the information.

I am a photographer, however, in some ways, this story is all about words. Testimony.

Most of the survivors we met had told their stories before, to other media, and it was difficult to ask them to relive their horror again.

It was hard to imagine how such hatred could be directed towards the people sitting in front of us. These were simple villagers, not insurgents. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, husbands, wives and children: all of them survivors of the unimaginable.

The women had been through the worst of it. Their testimony of having their children killed in front of them. Gang rape. Throats cut, hacked with machetes – to be left for dead. But every person we met, that had a story to tell, wanted to tell it. Their stories were consistent. They want to be believed. They want the world to know what they have been through. They want justice”.

Camera: Nikon D5
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Settings: ISO 200 | f/5 |1/320s | 62mm



Published by mynikonlife Aug 19, 2019
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