2020-2021 Winner’s Interview
Islamic Republic of Iran
Photo Category Grand Prize
ー What made you decide to apply to the Nikon Photo Contest?
Participating in prestigious international competitions and being in a professional competitive environment have always been a joyful challenge for me. The Nikon photo competition, in particular with over fifty years of great performance, is surely one of the most prestigious photography competitions in the world.
ー Do you have any episode when taking the award-winning photo/film?
Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have devoted all my attention to photographing the corona virus and its consequences, and for two consecutive years I spent the last days of the year in the hospital and photographed.
The photo I presented in this contest is related to the moment of the Persian new year 2019. When I was taking pictures in different parts of the hospital, I came across this old man who was under treatment for the corona virus. He was welcoming the new year lonely. In this lonely moment a beautiful light was shining through the window on the wall of his room. This contrast reminded me of "hope" at the beginning of the new year.
ー Please tell us about your recent activities. Have there been any changes in your career after winning the award?
The Nikon Grand award is the most prestigious award I have won in the professional world of photography, and this award made me believe in my abilities even more. I received this award on my birthday which was very surprising for me!
I am very thankful to the organizing team, who made a lot of effort and follow-up for this program.
Photographing corona and its effects is one of the topics that I will continue working on it until it is completely eradicated.
Another subject that I photograph is climate change, which has caused the whole world to face crisis, considering that I live in one of the hottest cities in the world (Ahwaz, Iran) which makes this topic even more important to me.
ー What does 'taking photos/films' mean to you?
Photography for me is a way to release my emotions and wonders.
Through photography, I learned how to communicate with, and respect people.
Photography to me is to exercise patience and tolerance.
ー Could you give a message to those who are considering participation in the Nikon Photo Contest 2022-2023?
By participating in the prestigious international competitions like Nikon, we place ourselves in a serious competitive environment. My advice is to participate in this competition regardless of the final results and without thinking of award. Just enjoy the journey.
Amin Nazari, from Iran