Javid Nikpour, born in Tehran, Iran, in 1976, discovered his passion for photography in 2000 and has since embarked on a successful career in the field. While specializing in documentary photography, Javid has also been working as a sports photographer since 2001.
Notably, Javid has served as the photo manager for Iranian photographers in several prominent international sports events. He has been involved in the Olympic Games, including Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016, and Tokyo 2020. Additionally, Javid has contributed his expertise to the Asian Games held in Doha 2006, Guangzhou 2010, Incheon 2014, and Indonesia 2018, as well as the Islamic Solidarity Games in Konya 2021.
In 2015, Javid’s dedication to his craft was recognized when he received an Art first-grade diploma, equivalent to a PhD in Art specializing in photography, from the Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance of Iran. In 2016, he founded the Podium Photos Group, an esteemed documentary photography collective (www.podiumphotos.com).
Javid Nikpour has transitioned his focus towards personal narrative and sport documentary photography, with a particular emphasis on capturing the social issues within the world of sports. His recent work delves into the intersection of sports and society, shedding light on compelling stories and narratives that go beyond the surface.
His ongoing work reflects a desire to go beyond traditional sports photography, exploring untold stories and social realities within the sports realm.
The impact of Javid’s unique storytelling and captivating imagery on documenting the social aspects of sports was showcased at the prestigious the Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival – Night of the Year 2023 event in Arles, France.
Javid Nikpour has received numerous awards throughout his career, including:
– 2022: 1st Place of IPPY (Iran Press Photo of the Year) in Sport Story
– 2019: Grand Prix and 1st Place of the Paris Sport Photo Festival
– 2019: 1st Place of IPPY (Iran Press Photo of the Year) in Sport Story
– 2018: 1st Place of IPPY (Iran Press Photo of the Year) in Sport Single Photo
– 2016: Award of Excellence in the 73rd POYi (Pictures of the Year International)
– 2016: The Best Place in the 8th Fadjr International Festival of Visual Arts
– 2015: 1st Place of the Istanbul Photo Awards in Sports Story
– 2015: 3rd Place of the Istanbul Photo Awards in Sports Story
– 2009: Recognition as a Top Member of the Eleventh Iran Photo Biennial
– 2009: 1st Place in the Photo Sports Festival of Iran
– 2008: Best Place in the Sport Photo Festival of Islamic Republic Revolution
– 2006: 1st Place of the 3rd Specialized Festival for Sporting Press of Iran
– 2005: 2nd Place of the Sports Photo Festival of Iran
In addition to these notable awards, Javid has received numerous other honors and accolades since 2004, which highlight his dedication and talent as a photographer.
Javid Nikpour’s extensive experience as a sports photographer since 2001, coupled with his unwavering commitment to capturing the human and social aspects of sports through his personal narrative and documentary photography continues to shape his legacy as a progressive and influential photographer in the field.