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Nikonians 20th Anniversary

Keywords: anniversary, nikonians_20



Time goes fast

When one is having fun and with a sense of accomplishment, twenty years is but a blink.

A collection of a Nikonian at a get together in 2003

A collection of one Nikonians member (LucVN) being on display for others to see and use at a get-together in Brussels, 2003.
Taken with a 6mm Nikkor lens.

The dream

In the first weeks of the year 2000, we the founders decided to create our own exclusive Nikon photographers community. A community where all members can become better photographers while improving their wellbeing, helping each other and making friends on an international basis, away from gossip, false statements and insults of unmoderated commercial forums. 


"A friend from class recommended this site and it's been extremely helpful. People have been helpful and supportive. Thanks."
-- Mary Lincoln, Michigan, USA

Not always easy

Being a-not-for-profit, completely independent community, without advertising, always growing and always with the latest security and equipment made it tougher, but here we are, thanks to you all.

White Sands, 2012

White Sands, New Mexico 2012. Members from van 2. Taken by jay_dee

Our thanks to our members

It is time to celebrate the thousands of members who became a Nikonian, keeping the community faithful to its moto: Share, Learn, Inspire. For us it is most rewarding to have a large portion of members with many years of being a Nikonian. Warm thanks to those making donations to our annual fundraising drive. Very special thanks to our Platinum members.


Our thanks to the voluntary staff

To create and keep our ideal of a civil, friendly and truthful environment to improve our skills as Nikon photographers was not a simple task, so we must congratulate and thank our loyal volunteers who with a great sense of commitment became our Mentors-Moderators over the years.


Our hope

We hope to keep on growing. We hope that members will invite acquaintances and friends to become Nikonians. There are many Nikon users out there who may have never heard of us.


Long live Nikonians

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) & J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)


Some numbers in our community

As of April 2020, we have had 582,000 members registered with the community and we have 178,000 on record, after pruning.
240,000 photographers are subscribed to our newsletter. 
There are 422,000 images in our galleries with an aggregated 109.5 million views and 43,000 comments.
We have 109 English forums and 50 German. There is a total of 1.25 million forum posts indexed by our search engine NikoScope.


What the community means to our members

You may want to visit the About Us forum and the post on the 20th Anniversary

Some of the members have done a video for our anniversary - This is episode 1 of 2


More members chime in, episode 2



Nikola Kalinic (TonkaTonka) on February 14, 2021

It is impressive success to build such an community and keep it growing. Congratulations to the founders and all the individuals taking part in its existence with open, decent, friendly and informative communication, focused on one of our mutual interests.

Patrick Mincke (PMI1953) on August 5, 2020

Hello, my best Nikon lovers, I wish you a very happy 20th birthday. I like also to congratulate the manufacturer of our loved Nikon gear. Without those ingenious people we couldn’t celebrate this exceptional moment. I hope, together with so many Nikon users, that we can still buy in the future Nikon cameras and lenses of the same high and out standing quality and even better as we have today and we hope also that the Nikon company is going further on the same way of searching for the best quality and outstanding service. Thank you so much! どうもありがとうございます

Raymond Newport (Oscar1941) on August 5, 2020

Congratulations to all, enjoyed every article and all superb photos, we have many talented photographers amongst us!

Reinhard Greul (Reinhard) on June 4, 2020

Congratulations and many thanks to all those who keep the community going by working in the staff, especially to our German friend Gerold (Asgard): I'm very pleased with the friendship in the German community- joining into it makes a lot of pleasure. All the best for the future time. (Sorry, I'm not very used in writing in English language)

John A. Meiers (Dakotaboy) on May 21, 2020

Fellow Ribbon awarded for his efforts to make easier to reach landscape information at Nikonians

Congratulations also. Been a member since 2014. Great community and a great place to share one's love for photography.

Zita Kemeny (zkemeny) on May 17, 2020

Congratulation! The Nikonian community is great and the best photograph community for all passionate photographers. Wish many joyful moments and passion shared within this wonderful platform.

Tom Jacob (sevendayimages) on May 13, 2020

Awarded for his continuous knowledge and images sharing with community members Awarded for his win at the Best of Nikonians 2016 Photo Contest Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level of skill in several areas. Awarded for winning in The Best of Nikonians 2019 Photo Contest 
Winner of the Best of Nikonians Photo Contest 2020
This member has gone beyond technical knowledge to show mastery of the art and science of photo Winner in the Best of Nikonians Photo Contest 2021

Happy 20th Anniversary Nikonians :) Just watch the videos for more words, but this is an amazing community!

Alan Vaughan (AlanVaunPhotos) on May 10, 2020

Happy 20th Anniversary Nikonians looking good Mr. Jacob and thank you for introducing me to this amazing community.

Gary Worrall (glxman) on May 5, 2020

Awarded for his high level skills, specially in Wildlife & Landscape Photography

Wow that is some achievement, And thank you Bo and JRP for allowing me to join such a unique and friendly forum I must say, If any of us has an image/camera question, there is no where else on this planet that would just throw out the welcome mat with so much enthusiasm and friendly help to any question, Thank you again Regards, Gary Worrall

User on May 3, 2020

I know I haven't been very active lately. I have been checking in on a regular basis though. You (Nikonians) are still my "go to guys (and gals)" for all things Photography, I'm just in stealth mode. Thank you for everything you've done, are doing, and will do going forward. Long live Nikonians, indeed. MikeH

Karen Gottschall (scenicshutterbug) on May 1, 2020

For the past 20 years, Nikonians has provided a community for learning, sharing, mentorship, inspiration, and support. Looking forward to continuing the journey.

Jordan Koussis (Jordan) on May 1, 2020

Been a Nikonian since 2002 (!) I wish I could participate more, but been in a small country didn’t offer me many opportunities. I do wish i was closer to you...