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About NPS – Nikon Professional Services

May 19, 2015

Nikon Professional Services – NPS

Nikon Professional Services NPS

Y ou may or may not have heard or read about Nikon’s NPS – Nikon Professional Services support to its professional band of photographers, worldwide. I am so excited to have been informed on 12 May 2015, that I have been NPS accepted.

Nikon NPS

Nikon Professional Services – NPS

But what does it mean for you and more importantly, how will it benefit you? I have been a member of Nikon’s NPU service since 2014, and just recently became a member of NPS. To become a member of this select group in South Africa, you need to have the following minimum requirements:

  • All your photographic equipment would have to be purchased through Nikon in South Africa (Premium Brand Distributors)
  • 2 x Professional Nikon camera bodies (D300, D300s, D600, D610, D700, D800/800e/810/810a, D3, D3x, D3s, Df, D4 and D4s)
  • 3 x FX Nikkor lenses
  • Be a full time professional photographer
  • To submit a portfolio which will be reviewed and considered for NPS status. 6 months is the waiting period to re-apply, unfortunately.

As an NPS member one can look forward to the following benefits:

  • 48 Hour repair turnaround time with immediate load equipment (depending on availability)
  • Entitled to product loans / test units per year
  • On site cleaning assistance at selected media events (where applicable)
  • Specialized Nikon workshops and discounted training courses
  • Information on new products and invitations to product specific launch events
  • NPS membership card
  • Subscription to Nikon Pro Magazine (available on the iStore)
  • Telephonic technical support
  • Online technical support through Facebook and Twitter

The Philosophy Behind NPS

(http://nps.nikonimaging.com/about_nps/philosophy/)

NPS: Pushing photographers forward

“Year after year, Nikon products continue to gain the patronage of professional photographers across the globe. Such trust is invaluable to us, and it plays a crucial role in who we are, what we make and what we do. As an optical manufacturer and brand leader, it is our mission not only to create reliable, high-quality products, but also to consistently offer useful, faithful and dependable service to those who make their living from the images their cameras produce. This is where Nikon Professional Services (NPS) excels. Our goal is to keep NPS members shooting with certainty, ease, and a feeling of security that comes with dedicated support. This kind of support is important not only for the member and for our brand, but also for Nikon as an imaging products manufacturer, since input from professional photographers frequently inspires our engineers as they create future products. We never take this relationship for granted: as we respond to the demands of photographers, they provide us with vital, real-world information and advice from the field. This relationship, built on mutual trust, is a cornerstone of Nikon, creating a cycle of information and respect that pushes both Nikon and NPS members to new levels of excellence.” Mr Yasuyuki Okamoto, Director, Member of Board & Executive Officer, President of Imaging – Nikon.

Nikon NPS has, on its website, (http://nps.nikonimaging.com/about_nps/faq/) answered almost all of the questions associated with NPS. You can find it below too.

About NPS  

Q1: What is NPS?

NPS, which is short for Nikon Professional Services, is a Nikon organization designed solely to assist qualified, full-time professional photographers who earn their living using Nikon equipment. The organization is currently operating in approximately 30 countries and regions with primary functions to provide equipment maintenance and repair services and on-site support for professional photographers working at international events.

Q2: Who manages each regional NPS organization?

NPS organizations are managed by the Nikon Group company operating in each country or region.
 Original services may be provided at the initiative of the NPS organization of each country or area.  

Q3: What is the NPS Global Site?

The NPS Global Site is a website managed by Nikon Corporation mainly for professional photographers. It offers an outline of NPS activities, countries and areas covered and contact information, etc.

Q4: Who manages the NPS Global Site?

The NPS Global Site is managed by the Nikon Corporation.

Q5: Is there global membership?

There is no common global NPS membership system apart from the NPS membership systems operated and managed by individual countries or regions. 
However, members traveling abroad are provided NPS support and services at the designated service centres. Please refer to the Support and Services page for an outline of the services.
 Original services may be provided at the initiative of the NPS organization of each country or area.

Q6: What are the member benefits of NPS?

The benefits include priority support and services at the NPS service centres of the member’s home country and NPS service centres operated by Nikon Group companies at working locations, etc. 
Please refer to the Support and Services page of this site for an outline of the services. 
Original services may be provided at the initiative of the NPS organization of each country or area.

About Admission

Q1: What are the requirements for NPS membership?

To become a member of NPS, you should be a full-time professional photographer owning and using a certain amount of Nikon equipment. In addition, there are further membership requirements imposed by regional NPS organizations.

Q2: How do I apply for NPS membership?

Information about admission is available at regional NPS websites or by contacting regional NPS organizations directly. In this case Nikon South-Africa.

Q3: Is there a charge for NPS membership?

An admission fee and annual membership fee may be required according to each country or area.

Q4: There is no NPS office in my country, can I still apply for NPS membership?

There may not be an NPS organization depending on the country or area.
 Please refer to the NPS Global Network page for inquiries. 

Q5: Can I apply for NPS membership in more than one country?

It is not possible to register NPS membership in more than one country or area.
 If you relocate to another country and there is an NPS organization that covers the country or area, you must newly apply for admission.

Q6: I am a member of a professional service organization of another manufacturer. Can I apply for NPS membership, too?

If you are a member of another professional service organization, you can apply for NPS membership if you meet the admission requirements of the regional NPS organization.

Q7: Where can I ask other questions about admission?

Please refer to the contact information of the regional NPS organization that you would like to apply for admission to on the NPS Global Network page for inquiries.

About NPS Services

Q1: If I experience equipment problems when I travel abroad, should I contact the nearest NPS or the NPS of my home country?

Please contact the nearest service center indicated on the Global Support and Service Network page.
 If there is no conveniently located service center, please contact an NPS representative in your home country.

Q2: Where can I ask other questions about NPS services?

Please refer to the Support and Services page for an outline of the services.
 Original services may be provided at the initiative of the NPS organization of each country or area. Please refer to the contact information of the regional NPS organization on the NPS Global Network page for inquiries.

About Purchase, Inspection and Repair of Equipment

Q1: Where can I ask questions about purchase, inspection and repair of equipment?

Original services may be provided at the initiative of the NPS organization of each country or area. Please refer to the contact information of the regional NPS organization on the NPS Global Network page for inquiries.

NPS NPU South Africa

NPS / NPU South Africa

Our NPU / NPS Representative in South-Africa currently is Julio Moreira.

He can be contacted at Tel: 086 116 4566 (South-Africa)

CRAIG FOUCHÉ

I am a Western Cape Winelands photographer based in South Africa, photographing locally and internationally. I am a registered NPS (Nikon Professional Services) member, a contributor to Nikon South Africa's social media pages and website. I photograph a broad variety of genres, using film and digital medium and are very passionate about my work.

My work has been published several times in SA4x4, HIGH LIFE (British Airways Magazine), Getaway Magazine and Wildside Magazine, and I am also a contributor to Media24, which is the print media arm of the South African media company Naspers. I finished as a Top Ten finalist in the 2016 Getaway Magazine Gallery Competition, finishing with Highly Commended.

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Craig Fouché, Dubai 24H, Dubai Autodrome, UAE
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