This August, I was chosen as one of  Nikon Canada’s Ambassadors. The Nikon Ambassador Program Recognizes the Dedicated Storytellers that Help Move the Photo Industry Forward .

“We recognize that our business is constantly changing, and this world class program will help us identify the needs of the working professionals while honouring the best photographers of today,” said Amanda Mohammed, Nikon Professional Services Manager, Nikon Canada Inc. “Our Nikon Ambassadors are the voice of the professional community and we highly regard their input and feedback. Their valuable insight will permit us to grow and evolve this segment of the business while inspiring others to pick up a camera and shoot.”

Nick Didlick“It’s an honour and a milestone in my career to be joining some of my esteemed colleagues in Nikon Canada’s Ambassador Program,” said Nick Didlick, renowned Vancouver based professional Photographer. “Ambitious assignments and tight deadlines often require photographers and their cameras to perform in difficult situations. Since 1974, I have hung onto my Nikon camera straps on a world wide adventure covering sports, news and feature assignments in over 51 countries and in some of the most trying conditions that a photographer or camera can imagine. For years now, my Nikon cameras have been like good friends sharing the best of times and the worst of times experiencing what I see, on thousands of assignments. I feel very privileged to be joining my fellow Nikon Ambassadors in this opportunity to shoot, share and spread the word about the Nikon family of cameras.”

You can read the press release here.

Some of my personal favorite photos and for my video work check out my Vimeo Channel.

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Nick Didlick picked up a camera because of his love for the wild landscape of British Columbia, not intending to one day shoot photos that would win awards or be splashed across the front pages of the world’s biggest circulation newspapers and magazines.

His initial motivation was simply to capture images of the beautiful natural world and it soon became second nature for him to pack a Nikon along with his pitons or waders. It didn’t take long, however, before his passion for photography blossomed into a career. After starting with weekly newspapers near Vancouver he was soon working work with big city dailies and international news wires.

He says today that he didn’t have much choice about the matter.   “I love making pictures and the camera chose me. I just hung onto my camera straps and went along for the ride.”

And quite a ride it was. It kicked into high gear in 1979 when, at the age of 22, Nick joined United Press Canada (the UPI affiliate in Canada). He traveled widely for the next five years, chasing global news events on assignment in North and South America as well as Europe. In 1985 he moved to the newly formed Reuters News Pictures Service in Brussels, Belgium later transferring to London, England as Deputy Chief Photographer for the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Nick was the Reuters Journalist of the Year in 1988. It was the first time the award was given to a photojournalist. And twice he was nominated by Reuters North America for a Pulitzer – the most prestigious award in journalism.  His first Pulitzer nomination was for a picture of the 1985 Heysel Stadium soccer disaster, when rioting fans caused a wall to collapse. Thrity-nine people died, 600 were injured and Nick was there at the moment it happened.  The second nomination was for a shot of Mikhail and Raisa Gorbachev at the 1986 Reykjavik Summit, where the Soviet leader met with President Ronald Reagan in Iceland. The leaders of the world’s two superpowers were discussing nuclear weapons policy, but Nick’s shot captured a human moment among all the international tension.

After living out of a suitcase for nearly 10 years, running from one global hotspot to another, Nick was drawn back to British Columbia, where he joined the staff of The Vancouver Sun, the largest daily in Western Canada. Coincidentally the job put him within easy range of the mountains and rivers he loved.

In 1994 The Vancouver Sun published its first all-digital photograph using the Associated Press’s NC 2000 (a Nikon body on a Kodak Digital back produced by the Associated Press). The front-page picture taken by Nick showed Queen Elizabeth arriving for the XV Commonwealth Games. That year marked a major change in photojournalism as newspapers and print news organizations looked at integrating still digital cameras into their workflows to meet deadlines with breaking news.

In 1995, he led the conversion of The Vancouver Sun and the Province newspapers to a completely digital photo operation. They were the first newspapers in the world to do so, leading a dramatic shift in the industry that was soon to go world-wide. Since leading that remarkable technical revolution, he has been a digital photography consultant and lecturer to clients worldwide.

After setting up the photo department of the National Post, a national newspaper that was launched in 1998, Nick left The Vancouver Sun to become staff photographer for the Post in their newly opened Vancouver bureau.

Pixelzone BlogIn 2001 he left the Post to do contract photography and to start a digital photo consulting business specializing in digital still and video imaging. Photography has changed more in the last 20 years than in its previous 150 years and keeping up on these changes is challenge that Nick relishes. Being at the leading edge is a constant for him – and that’s why he is a sought after lecturer and teacher. Each year he helps guide thousands of photographers through the complexities of digital imaging.

Since 2008 he has also found time to do contract work for the International Olympic Committee, where his duties have included managing and assisting the world’s photographers at the Beijing Games, in 2008, the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 and the London Games in 2012.

Today Nick’s photo adventure continues from his home base in Vancouver, B.C., where, when not shooting assignments, he can often be seen rafting salmon rivers or hiking wilderness trails with a Nikon slung around his neck.

In this tour of duty so far, Nick has covered Olympics, Super Bowls, Stanley Cup Finals, Super Power Summits, Royal Tours, natural disasters, riots and other conflicts. His photography has appeared on the front pages of many of the world’s major newspapers and magazines, including the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, The Times of London, The Sydney Morning Herald, Stern, Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone.

Whether it is setting up a moody feature shot or capturing a dramatic news event as it happens, Nick has mastered the art and science of digital photography. He loves sharing that expertise with others.

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