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Nikon Ambassador Joe McNally was Guest Speaker at the Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner Magazine Grand Christmas Event 2016


Our Grand Christmas Dinner 2016 was held, as it had been for the previous eight years, in the magnificent Regency
Restaurant at the Institute of Directors (IoD) at 116 Pall Mall, London; it was organised as usual by Features Editor Gillian Greenwood with her customary élan, and was, according to feedback, a spectacular success. When we announced the name of our guest speaker, the event sold out in a matter of days.

We started a waiting list for any cancellations but there were none. The buzz and excitement was palpable. We had visitors from all over the country and Europe, and regular Nikon Owner correspondent Robert Falconer flew over from Canada.

What was all the fuss about? Well, we were very lucky to have a brilliant presentation by the internationally acclaimed photographer and Nikon USA Ambassador Joe McNally. His expansive career has included assignments in over 60 countries. He is an ongoing contributor to the National Geographic, shooting numerous cover stories and highly complex, technical features for the past 25 years, a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated, the last staff photographer in the history of LIFE, and he has photographed cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New York, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. His client list includes FedEx, Nikon, Epson, Sony, General Electric, MetLife and Adidas and he has held numerous lectures and workshops at distinguished institutions such as the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian Institution, the Disney Institute and the U.S. Department of Defence.


Our guests arrive



Gray Levett, Sophie Gooders, Joe McNally, Michael Putland



Clive Carpenter, Uri Zakay



Jesse Wilson, Daniel Croft, Tara Gibson



Reception held in The Morning Room



Reception held in The Morning Room





Robert Falconer, Kentaro Kusakari, Andrew Main Wilson, David Wigg



Dinner is served in the Grand Restaurant



Dinner is served in the Grand Restaurant



Robert Noel Lancaster Herald of Her Majesty’s College of Arms, Annie Cahill, Joe McNally



Simon Weir, Michael Eleftheriades



Raffi Silvanian, Alison Batchelor



Tabitha and Tom Hardy, Becky Danese



Linda Pym, Ian Moseley, Peter Hearson



Joe’s talk is underway



Joe talking about his photo of the Chrysler Building



This photo, taken atop the Burj Khalifa, earned Joe a new pair of shoes!



One’s of Joe’s most famous images, taken in Beijing



Joe giving away some of his film noir lighting secrets



Gray Levett, Joe McNally


Joe was listed by American Photo as one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography and described by the magazine as “perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today”. He has been honored as a member of Kodak-PDN Legends Online, as well as being a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens.

In 2010, he was voted as one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade in an industry wide Photo District News survey. McNally won the first Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Journalist Impact for a LIFE coverage titled, “The Panorama of War.” He has also been honored numerous times by Communication Arts, PDN, Graphis, American Photo, POY, and The World Press Photo Foundation. His fine art work is represented by the Monroe Gallery of Santa Fe, and his prints are in numerous collections, most significantly the National Portrait Gallery of the United States.

Two of McNally’s books, The Moment It Clicks and The Hot Shoe Diaries, both cracked Amazon’s top ten lists of best sellers. Other books include Guide to Digital Photography, and Sketching Light. In addition to these books, McNally’s work is also featured in several 9/11 books, Faces of Ground Zero – Giant Polaroid Collection; One Nation; The American Spirit; and One Nation – America Remembers September 11, 2001, Ten Years Later. In addition to books, Joe has his own instructional DVD, The Language of Light.

McNally is known internationally for his ability to produce technically and logistically complex assignments with expert use of colour and light. As part of his teaching activities, he conducts numerous workshops around the world. McNally continues to hold wide acclaim for his international workshops and seminars. Besides many U.S. venues, including those in New Mexico and Hawaii, Joe teaches in locations that include Dubai, Malaysia, Mexico, Hong Kong, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Amsterdam, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, St. Lucia, Philippines, Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and South Africa.

The huge applause that greeted Gray Levett’s introduction to him and the thunderous applause when he finished showed him as a gracious master of his craft as well as a gifted speaker.

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Win a Luxury Nikkor lens f/1.4 Limited Edition Display Case Worth £500!

Join the Grays of Westminster e-newsletter mailing list for all the up-to-date information on Nikon products and special offers and you will be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury, limited edition Nikkor lens display case worth £500.

Nikkor lens f/1.4 Limited Edition Display Case

The luxury Nikkor lens f/1.4G limited, numbered edition, display case was designed to hold the AF-S 24mm f/1.4, AF-S 35mm f/ 1.4 and AF-S 85mm f/1.4 Nikkor lenses. The exterior of the wooden case is covered in black leather and rubber. The individual lens compartments have a luxurious lining of soft white quinel (nabuk*). The hinged lid has an inner compartment with a removable cover with sections for lens hoods, cases and instruction manuals. These beautifully custom-made cases enable display and protect your three f/1.4 AF-S Nikkor lenses safely. Size 440mm x 265mm x 200mm. Weight: 5.2 kg minus lenses.

Just click here to join the Grays of Westminster mailing list:

We have a limited number of these available and our first draw will be on 28th February 2017.

Please kindly note that the lenses are not included with the case.

*Nabuk is a top-grain cattle hide leather that has been sanded or buffed on the grain-side, or outside, to give the nap a velvet-like surface.

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Nikon 100 Anniversary Book

For the Nikon Enthusiast:
Nikon – 100 Anniversary by Uli Koch
Now available at Grays of Westminster


In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Nikon Corporation in 2017, author Uli Koch, one of the world’s most prominent Nikon collectors, has completed the mammoth task of writing the book Nikon — 100th Anniversary. This fully comprehensive volume covers the history of Nikon equipment over a period of 100 years.

As well as detailing Nikon cameras, lenses and matching accessories, this book highlights binoculars, microscopes, industrial lenses and other technical instruments spanning the period between 1917 and 2016.

This large, hardcover, fully illustrated book has 416 pages and measures 12″x 8.4″ (30 x 21cm). It features approximately 1,800 images of different Nikon items of equipment all printed in colour.

The text is in English. Author Uli Koch travelled all over the world to meet collectors in order to archive and create this significant history of one of the world’s most-loved camera brands. The book contains a number of exceptionally rare items that, apart from a handful of Nikon collectors, have never been seen before.



A monumental achievement… Cost £100

Weight: 2.3kg, Cost £100.00 plus £8.00 postage & packing within the U.K. Overseas orders please contact us for a quote for shipping.

Our offers ending 31st January 2017

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Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 55

Nikon Owner magazine Cover - issue 55

Nikon Owner magazine Cover – issue 55


An Interview by Michael Eleftheriades
During the summer one of the rising stars in wildlife photography Federico Veronesi gave a widely acclaimed talk on his work to the Nikon Owner London Group. A few days later, he met up with Michael Eleftheriades to discuss his work.

by Richard Mansfield
In a rare reversal of roles, long-term Nikon Owner subscriber Richard Mansfield speaks to Senior Features’ Editor Gillian Greenwood about Grays of Westminster… The Legend and The Legacy and her goals for Nikon Owner
magazine. We also publish a short excerpt from The Legend and The Legacy in this issue.

by Damien Demolder
Damien Demolder’s powerful pictures convey both drama and movement within a city as life rushes past. He shows us how we can create a completely different type of imagery in street photography by not necessarily following the rules.

by Heather Angel
During a late afternoon game-drive Heather Angel captured a poignant shot of a grieving elephant in the Chobe National Park Botswana, which has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa.

by Becky Danese
In the second part of her new series, Becky Danese discusses the principal differences in Nikon’s Full Frame DSLR camera models past and present.

Turkmenistan – The Darvaza Gas Crater
In his continuing saga Andrew Main Wilson captures the extraordinary sight of the Darvaza Gas Crater in Turkmenistan, which he describes as the world’s largest and most unusual gas fire.

by Michael Eleftheriades
Nikon Owner London Group Co-ordinator Michael Eleftheriades shows us a selection of the impressive images taken by Nikon Owner subscribers on the London photo-walk around Highgate Cemetery earlier this year.

Simon Stafford
Simon Stafford won the coveted Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 award with his extraordinary image ‘The Aftermath’.

Words by Gray Levett. Image by Tony Hurst
Introduced in 1970, the Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 was credited as the world’s most extreme wide-angle lens for the 35mm format. Tony Hurst’s shot has been seen all over the world.

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