Nikon Photo Contest 2020 - 2021 Judges

Matthew Jordan Smith

Nikon Ambassador

It is truly an honor to be selected as one of the 12 judges for the 38th Nikon Photo Contest 2020-2021. I am looking forward to seeing images from great photographers around the world, as well as taking part in the judging process with the other judges.
We are living in extraordinary times, which has created incredible opportunities for photographers to capture powerful images. For almost 200 years, photography has given us the ability to freeze time and capture life. I am eagerly looking forward to seeing work from talented photographers as they share frozen moments from this moment in history.
For those who are entering work into this year’s Nikon contest, I suggest that you submit work that personally moves you and makes your heart beat a little faster. We will be looking for works that makes a connection with the viewer— often, such works first have an emotional connection with the creator. We all look forward to seeing your best works and seeing your world from your unique point of view. Good luck!


Matthew Jordan Smith is an American photographer with three decades of experience working in entertainment, fashion and beauty. Matthew has taught at the School of Visual Arts and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. He has appeared on The View, Good Day New York and BET, was guest photographer and judge on America’s Next Top Model and is the host of the photography podcast “Master Your Lens” found on iTunes. He is the author of three books and in September of 2020, his work debuted at the Kyoto Museum of Photography in Kyoto, Japan.