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Winner of Movie Extra Tropfest 2012 Announced!

Congratulations to the winner of Movie Extra Tropfest 2012, Alethea Jones, Director of ‘Lemonade Stand’!

Tropfest is Australia’s most prestigious short film festival and one of its most iconic cultural events. With crowds of over 150,000 each year, it is the largest short film festival in the world. This year, the new Nikon D800 is the official camera of Tropfest, and Alethea has won a Nikon D800 and lens prize pack up to the value of $6,000RRP.

With the ability to shoot 1080p HD uncompressed video with high-fidelity audio recording control, there’s no doubt the Nikon D800 will be the camera of choice for film makers for years to come.

Watch the 2012 winning movie – ‘Lemonade Stand’

Tropfest Founder and Director, John Polson says, “Lemonade Stand is an incredibly well made film and a favourite amongst the judges. There was intense discussion in the judging room, and some really interesting debates. Alethia should be very proud to have been selected by some of the industry’s greatest talent.”

Discover the new Nikon D800

Nikon would like to congratulate all of the finalists of Movie Extra Tropfest for 2012.


Tropfest 20th Birthday festival

Tropfest has announced a massive prize pool of $100,000 for its 20th Birthday festival – screened live around the nation this Sunday 19 February.

The 2012 winner will not only get the kudos of winning the world’s largest short film festival, they will also walk away with a Nikon D800 and lens prize pack up to the value of $6,000RRP from Nikon, the Official Camera and Lens partner of Tropfest. The Nikon D800, the Official Camera of Tropfest, is our latest full frame multi-format 1080p Full HD D-Movie recording DSLR with 36.3 mp. As Nikon’s most creative DSLR to date, it has the capability to record uncompressed video to an external recorder via HDMI interface, comprehensive high-fidelity audio recording control and custom D-Movie settings such as power aperture and index marking.


The crowds at Tropfest 2011

The winner of Tropfest will get a huge $10,000 in cash thanks to leading film production company and long-term supporter of Tropfest, Kennedy Miller Mitchell, as well as a money-can’t-buy trip to LA to meet with film industry executives, agents, managers and others, thanks to Motion Picture Association and the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft.

Tropfest Founder and Director, John Polson, says, “I’m delighted to have the support of our partners and industry colleagues in gathering such great prizes for our 20th Birthday festival. In addition to the reward of filmmakers having their work recognised at Tropfest, these incredible prizes will assist them in their filmmaking careers, and that’s pretty great.”

Nikon joins a number of Tropfest partners, contributing to the prize pool which includes cash prizes from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Dendy Cinemas,Moet & Chandon, Telstra and a private donation from Nicole Kidman who continues her long-standing support for the world’s largest short film festival.

Movie Extra Tropfest is screened live on Sunday 19 February to an anticipated audience of 150,000 at free outdoor public events across Australia, and televised live on Subscription TV channel Movie Extra to hundreds of thousands more.

Visit the Tropfest website for festival details, screening venues and regular updates on all things Trop!

Check out the film-making capabilities of the Nikon D800 here.


Announcing the Nikon D800

The new Nikon D800 has been announced!

With a 36.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, 51-point auto-focus system, a native ISO range of 100 - 6400, and the ability to shoot broadcast quality videos at 1080p HD, you can take your photography to the next level.

And the new features of the Nikon D800 don’t end there. It's also equipped with a 3.2 inch 921k-dot LCD monitor, EXPEED 3 image processing engine and 4fps continuous shooting in FX mode - 7 fps in DX mode. The new Advanced Scene Recognition System with 91K-pixel RGB sensor is also included, with a high-precision, high-durability shutter – tested to well over 200,000 shutter cycles.



And with all of these features listed, we're just scratching the surface of what the new Nikon D800 is capable of. Just click the link below to discover the scope of its capabilities.

Discover more about the Nikon D800 today



Register your Nikon COOLPIX AW100 tough camera for your chance to WIN* a Jeep Wrangler Sport!

We have teamed up with Jeep to give you an even more action-packed summer. For a limited time, your purchase of the tough Nikon COOLPIX AW100 not only contributes to Surf Life Saving, who keep our beaches safe, but also gives you the chance to WIN* a Jeep Wrangler Sport! If you already have a Nikon COOLPIX AW100, don’t forget to register it to be in the running.


To find out more or to register your Nikon COOLPIX AW100 click here >>

*Purchase a Nikon COOLPIX AW100 from any Authorised Australian Retailer before 11th March 2012 and register it between 12th December 2011 and 25th March 2012 for your chance to win a Jeep Wrangler Sport. Total prize pool value is $37,132.00.


We're the Official Camera and Lens Partner of Tropfest

Nikon is excited to announce their partnership as the official camera and lens brand of Tropfest. With major advancements in DSLR video technology, an increasing number of films are now being shot solely on DSLR. Nikon is committed to supporting these film makers through the continual development of advanced DSLR video technology, from entry level to professional, making it accessible to both amateur and professional film-makers.

Last week Nikon announced the new flagship D4 DSLR. The D4 is Nikon’s first FX DSLR with full HD video recording, capability to record uncompressed video to an external hard drive and Ethernet port and IP address for quick and easy file transfer anywhere in the world, making it Nikon’s most creative professional film making tool yet.


The crowds at Tropfest 2011

Nikon will be showcasing the complete range of new products at the ‘Tropfest Roughcuts’ Symposium on February 18, including the Nikon D4.

In addition, multi-award winning film-maker Jason Van Genderen (Tropfest New York winner 2008 and Tropfest Australia runner up 2011) will be on hand at the ‘Tropfest Roughcuts’ Symposium as Nikon’s special guest speaker. He will be showcasing his latest short film shot exclusively for the ‘Tropfest Roughcuts’ Symposium on the Nikon D4. In this 45 minute DSLR film making workshop Jason will show exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, share his insights on DSLR film making and explain how DSLR technology is changing film making as we know it.


The crowds at Tropfest 2011

Van Genderen says: “There’s no question that DSLRs have changed the way we shoot films, and the D4 is quickly raising eyebrows around the world. The D4 is intuitive and easy to use, being able to implicitly trust in that technology now has opened a new door for me as a filmmaker.”

To further support Australian film-making talent, in addition to being crowned with the prestigious title, Nikon has provided a prize pack up to the value of $6,000RRP of Nikon gear for the winner of Tropfest 2012 to help them further their creative ambition.

Learn about the ‘Tropfest Roughcuts’

Discover more about the D4 today


Upcoming AIPP event - 'Hair of the dog'

Hair of the Dog is traditionally the first calendar event for professional photographers. It’s a great learning and networking opportunity for people in all sectors of the industry. For AIPP members, this is a Nikon Continuing Professional Development event and accrues points towards professional accreditation. Nikon Australia is proud to support the AIPP ‘Hair of the Dog’ event in Brisbane on 4th – 6th February, 2012.


Nikon will be showcasing the latest equipment including the new D4, which has attracted plenty of attention since it’s announcement in early January. It’s an opportunity to get hands-on and speak to our Nikon specialists. If you’re keen to move some of that gear from your wish list to your kit there will also be exclusive Nikon offers only available on site.

Nikon will also be offering free sensor cleans to NPS members on Sunday 5th February and Monday 6th February at ‘Hair of the Dog’.


‘Hair of the Dog’ 2011 – Photo by Mark Schoeman

Once again the schedule is packed with an unparalleled line-up of speakers covering a broad range of techniques, styles and genres.

For more information or to buy tickets, follow the below link:

Visit the AIPP ‘Hair of the Dog’ website


Announcing the Nikon D4

Nikon is proud to announce the release of the new D4, an FX-format camera that stretches the boundaries of functionality, performance and versatility.

Based on the D3 series with the addition of a number of new functions and features, the D4 opens up an exciting world of new possibilities for professional photographers.

The D4 is equipped with a new Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor (imaging size of 36.0 × 23.9 mm) and EXPEED 3, the latest image-processing engine specifically optimised for DSLR cameras. With 16.2 million pixels and an ISO range from 50 – 204800, the D4 offers superior image quality under a broad range of lighting conditions.


In addition to the built-in wired LAN features, the D4 also supports high-speed image transfer via wireless LAN when the new, compact, easy-to-use Wireless Transmitter WT-5 (optional) is connected to the camera. This new wireless transmitter and internal Ethernet port mean high-speed communication and image upload is now possible, direct from the camera to an FTP server anywhere in the world.

Discover more about the D4 today


2011 Nikon-Walkley Press Photo Awards

The Plaza Ballroom of the Brisbane Convention Centre recently played host to the country’s most prestigious and coveted awards for press photographers - the Nikon-Walkley Press Photo Awards.

We were there to capture the colour and excitement of this gala event.

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Mr Otsuka and Press Photographer of the Year Winner Phil Hillyard

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Stuart McEvoy (right), winner of the Daily Life/Feature Photography Award with Nikon’s Nick Segger (left).

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Nikon’s James Murray (left) with the winner of the Photographic Essay Award, Glenn Campbell (right).

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Winner of the General News Photography Award, Neville Madsen.

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Rachel Dunn, Jason South, Suzie Crittenden and John French.

To read about all the winners in the Nikon-Walkley Press Photo Awards 2011, click here.

View all images from the night here >>


Introducing the new SB-910 Speedlight

Improvements since the SB-900 mean smoother operation, greater illumination precision and the adoption of hard colour filters.Compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System, the SB-910 allows for greater lighting control.

Learn more about the latest addition to the Speedlight line up, the SB-910.


Learn more with the free Nikon 1 iPad catalogue app

The launch of the free Nikon 1 iPad catalogue app not only helps you learn more about the new features of these revolutionary cameras, such as Motion Snapshot and Smart Photo Selector, but also allows you to enjoy a variety of photos and movies that have been shot using the Nikon 1’s.

So why not check out all the exciting features and see for yourself how the Nikon 1 is changing the way we capture, share and experience photos and videos.

Explore now!


Five Nikon products receive the "iF design award 2012"

We are excited to announce that 3 of Nikon’s digital cameras; the P300, AW100 and the D5100 received the iF Product Design Award 2012 as well as the S100 and a Digital Microscope System being awarded the iF Communication Design Award for 2012.

The iF Design Award is a globally prestigious award sponsored by International Forum Design GmbH of Hanover Germany. Each year, recipients of these prestigious awards are selected from worldwide industrial products exhibiting superior design.

Product aspects including quality of design, functionality, degree of innovation, simplicity of operation and environmental impact are all considered for the product design award. The Communication Design Award is based on the usability, look and feel, and uniqueness of a product.

The COOLPIX P300 enables an authentic shooting experience, equipped with backside illumination CMOS sensor for beautiful, blur free images. It is also equipped with fast f/1.8 NIKKOR lens and a powerful image processing engine for 8fps continuous shooting as well as Full (1080p) HD video recording with stereo sound.

The COOLPIX AW100 is Nikon’s first shockproof, waterproof and freezeproof camera. Waterproof to approximately 10 meters, shockproof to approximately 1.5 meters and built to withstand temperatures as low as -10°C (14°F), the COOLPIX AW100 is one of the slimmest truly waterproof compact digital cameras available. Additional features include Full (1080p) HD video recording, in-built GPS, electronic compass and World map.

The D5100 is Nikon’s first DSLR to have a Special Effects mode allowing the user to be more creative across both video and stills. The D5100 also allows for high quality images and superior functionality. It features a new horizontal swing, vari-angle monitor and Full (1080p) HD video recording with full autofocus.

The COOLPIX S100 offers 16 megapixels and a widescreen 3.5-inch, intuitive touch panel monitor with wide viewing angle for high-definition, high-contrast rendering. Adoption of a backside illumination CMOS image sensor offers superior performance as well as a Full (1080p) HD movie recording, special effects modes and a new 3D Photography Scene Mode.


Steph Gilmore makes a splash at Bondi

Five-time world surfing champion and photography enthusiast, Stephanie Gilmore, was at Bondi Beach to announce a three-year partnership between Surfing Australia and Nikon.

The partnership sees Nikon become the official camera of Surfing Australia, with world-class surfer Stephanie Gilmore on board as the ambassador for Nikon’s COOLPIX AW100 waterproof, freezeproof and shockproof camera. You can discover the COOLPIX AW100 for yourself by clicking here.

Also announced is the call for entries for the much-anticipated Nikon Surf Photo of the Year and Nikon Surf Movie of the Year awards as part of the Australian Surfing Awards. You can enter and learn more about the awards by clicking here.