I am thrilled to announce that I am a Nikon Canada Ambassador!

I waited to announce this news for a little bit because I wanted to be somewhat coherent when I sat down to write something and put out posts. The end of March and the beginning of April were a bit insane while I was travelling. I was in the middle of my Iceland trip when I was asked to have a call with Nikon. 

Iceland was an amazing experience and it started by pushing my ability to not sleep. The day I arrived I ended up making a 6-hour drive (with some photo breaks) to a location where I had clear skies and a chance of aurora. Luckily, that ended up being a successful choice! I followed that up with a three-hour nap before a stunning sunrise. The unique landscape and stunning weather conditions had me out as much as possible. On the day of my scheduled call with Nikon, I had been aggressively exfoliated by black sand for hours in the morning and followed it up with a long drive to my next base. I had not slept properly or at all for days. When Nikon told me why they were calling, I was completely surprised. And so, you may guess that my initial response was very eloquent.

This was never part of any plan and I think it’s so cool that my journey, experiences, and the all people I have met led me here. My parents bought me a Nikon D90 as a graduation gift (Physics, not Photography in university). Heavy metal and that first camera are the reasons I became a concert photographer. A meeting with a random internet stranger for an adventure with two other strangers into the middle of nowhere for my first Milky Way photoshoot is likely the critical point that led me to a career in photography. Darkness changed my life.

Thank you Nikon Canada for continuing to support me and bringing me on to the Ambassador team. I am honoured to be recognized and truly appreciate being welcomed for my skills and who I am.

Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me on this journey by joining me on workshops, coming to my seminars, buying prints, and engaging with me online. 

Monika Deviat shooting the crowd at MacEwan Hall in Calgary

From Nikon:

As loyal Nikon partners, Nikon Ambassadors’ commitment and contributions to the photographic industry have influenced and inspired photographers around the world. Their desire to educate and empower image-makers is part of their daily business, through workshops, trade shows, online learning, social media and more. Nikon Ambassadors are dedicated to advancing the art of visual storytelling while embracing and mastering the latest technologies and trends.

These are the top photography artists and visual storytellers of our generation, and their remarkable creativity and tenacious approach is demonstrated assignment after assignment, every time they pick up a Nikon camera. They communicate the needs of working pros to Nikon, provide valuable insights about the direction of the imaging industry and energize the rest of us through inspiration, education and empowerment.