Announcing the 2018 Nikon-noor Academy masterclasses Second Series

NOOR, the NOOR Foundation and Nikon Europe are delighted to announce the second series of the 2018 Nikon-NOOR Academy Masterclasses. This autumn, the tuition-free Nikon-NOOR Academy will take place in Italy, Hungary and Switzerland.


During each of the 4-day trainings the 15 participants will work together with 3 NOOR photographers as tutors, to share experiences, work on portfolios, improve editing skills and learn how to create more impactful visual stories. NOOR and the NOOR Foundation are committed to encouraging young, aspiring photojournalists and documentary photographers. Masterclasses are provided free for all participants, made possible with the continued support of Nikon Europe.


The Nikon-NOOR Academy is a unique opportunity to learn impactful visual storytelling, further develop personal vision, strengthen ongoing projects and gain new knowledge and contacts in an intimate and interactive environment. 


Participants can get the most out of the experience when they come to the masterclass with a body of work they are currently developing, editing, working on and/or thinking about how to share with audiences. Thus, applicants are encouraged to include this work and indicate what they want to explore in relation to the work in their application portfolio and motivation statement. Below you will find more information on each masterclass.


  • Teaching in Turin, Italy: Bénédicte Kurzen, Sanne De Wilde, & Francesco Zizola
  • Teaching in Budapest, Hungary: Tanya Habjouqa, Sebastian Liste & Kadir van Lohuizen
  • Teaching in Zürich, Switzerland: Tanya Habjouqa, Jon Lowenstein & Léonard Pongo


Participants can look forward to intensive communication with NOOR photographers and their peers on subjects ranging from how to develop and edit a photographic story or project, to the nuances of the international photo market.


The NOOR-Nikon Academy is a unique opportunity to learn impactful visual storytelling, further develop personal vision, strengthen ongoing projects and gain new knowledge and contacts in an intimate and interactive environment.


Each masterclass is led by a diverse and unique combination of three NOOR photographers. All experienced teachers and lecturers, NOOR photographers are actively engaged in their own documentary practices, current debates in the field and in the development of the next generation of photographic talent.


Since 2009 NOOR and Nikon have partnered on education programs encouraging and supporting young photographic talent around the world. We have built strong collaborations with an international network of young photographers, photography professionals, cultural organizations, journalism and educational institutions. NOOR-Nikon educational programs have successfully trained more than 250 students from more than 64 different countries and counting.


*Deadline for applications to all masterclasses: Sunday 16th of September, 11:59pm*


About the Masterclasses:


Turin, Italy

Tutors: Bénédicte Kurzen, Sanne De Wilde & Francesco Zizola.

Duration: 12th – 15th of Nov

Deadline Application: 16th Sept.

Application Link:


Budapest, Hungary

Tutors: Tanya Habjouqa, Sebastian Liste & Kadir van Lohuizen

Duration: 26th – 29th of Nov

Deadline Application: 16th Sept.

Application Link:


Zürich, Switzerland

Tutors: Tanya Habjouqa, Jon Lowenstein & Léonard Pongo.

Duration: 3rd – 6th of December

Deadline Application: 16th Sept.

Application Link:


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Reactions from previous NOOR-Nikon educational programs:

“Photography is part education and part evolution of one’s talent. This was my first workshop and it was an enriching experience. I learned more in these days than probably I could have learned in a year working in the field.”   – Bogdan Chesaru, Romania (NOOR-Nikon Masterclass, Bucharest, Romania)

“The workshop was fantastic! Meeting with NOOR photographers and very talented people from our region is a great opportunity. You should continue organizing programs for regional cooperation among young photographers. I got great tips about storytelling, editing, grants and bookmaking!”  – Ozge Sebzeci, Turkey (NOOR-Nikon Masterclass, Istanbul, Turkey)

 “The masterclass helped to draw an overall picture of my career. The experiences shared by NOOR helps to make a long-term plan.”  – Elyor Nematov, Kyrgyzstan (NOOR-Nikon Masterclass, Almaty, Kazakhstan)

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© Kadir van Lohuizen / NOOR

© Kadir van Lohuizen / NOOR

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