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Thursday 20th March was World Storytelling Day, and to celebrate Nikon Europe invited 18 bloggers, who regularly post about urban life, to tell the story of their city in a day. The unique aspect of this challenge? These storytellers were armed with a Nikon D5300 and asked to capture and upload images instantly using the camera’s Wi-Fi function that connects it directly to a smart device, as an audience watched the stories unfold live on Storify.
Then, a panel of three judges, professional photographer, Kirsty Mitchell; Nikon School Manager, Thomas Maquaire; and visual artist, Johan Thornqvist, reviewed each blogger’s entries, assessing firstly the story they told and secondly the photography skills they demonstrated during the challenge. The panel were highly impressed with all of the entries, but there could only be one winner.
Congratulations to Nikon Blogger Challenge champion, Parisian blogger, Audrey Felix, who told the story of her home city. Named ‘Paris en couleurs’, she captured the ebb and flow, architectural significance and unquestionable beauty of the French capital – all linked by a charming colour pallet.
“The images really answer the brief and tell the story of someone wandering through a city and immersing themselves in its beauty. Her first image (above) is one of my favourites in the competition; she showed us a stolen moment in time.” Said judge Kirsty Mitchell.
““For me, the central narrative is the time encapsulated in the series. As darkness falls, the city becomes full of colour, washed with orange warmth at the end of what is a graphic, clinical start to the collection.” commented Johan Thornqvist
“I like that the title tells the whole story – the photography doesn’t lie to us. It’s not trying to suggest anything other than a snapshot of someone’s personal, unassuming viewpoint and journey through a city from morning to evening.” Noted judge Thomas Maquaire.
You can also visit Audrey Felix’s blog here.
In second place, Tihomir Stojanović from Serbia with his enchanting story, Wandering Belgrade . The Nikon enthusiast and culture blogger’s images told a personal tale which portrayed real emotion and a sense of loneliness. He took the viewer on a journey through his city, wandering from old to modern parts of Belgrade, showing both the past and the future.
“This story was the most personal of all the entries and I felt like I was wandering alongside the photographer.” commented judge Kirsty Mitchell.
“The absence of people and the only living creature visible in the photographs being the dog running away from the camera adds to the solitary feel of the story.” Noted Johan Thornqvist.
“Stojanovic is a very talented photographer with excellent framing skill – it is particularly well executed in these pictures where the different lines in the image cross so well.” Stated judge Thomas Maquaire.
You can see Tihomir’s blog here.
In third place was lifestyle blogger Stella Harasek for Postcards from Helsinki. From the first to the last picture, Stella used a range of photographic styles.
Her considered and quiet pictures portrayed an interesting, personal and poetic perspective of the city.
“Although this lacked a clear narrative it featured some beautiful shots and this hotel image is one of the best photos submitted to the entire competition.” Said judge Johan Thornqvist.
Her blog is here.
With such high levels of creativity and photography on display, there were two other competitors who deserve a special mention. Firstly, Milan Maglov’s story Love is in Belgrade showed us the Serbian city through the life of a loving couple.
“As his story unfolded we realized it was a tale of an aging couple. It was a lovely way of bringing life into the city, as the purpose of cities is to support our lives.” Said Thomas Maquaire.
You can also read Milan’s blog
Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge – from the competitors to the judges.
You can see all of the entrants’ images on the Nikon Challenge Storify stream. What are your thoughts on the competition – which ones would you have selected? Add your comments and thoughts here.
See how the D5300 could help you tell your city-life story. With built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, this impressive 24.2-megapixel DX-format camera lets you capture and share your world in incredible detail.