Photographer Cory Richards Partners with Nikon to Document Mount Everest Expedition

Nikon has announced the addition of Cory Richards to its Nikon Ambassador Program. Known for his adventure and climbing photography, Richards is now embarking on an expedition up Mount Everest using Nikon gear to document the adventure.

"Nikon Ambassadors are the most passionate and talented storytellers in the world, and we are thrilled to add Cory Richards to this esteemed roster," says Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. "His penchant for creating images and enduring extreme environments exemplifies why he chose the Nikon Z mirrorless camera system to accompany him, as he needs the most reliable and capable cameras and lenses in the world."

As part of the journey, Richards and fellow Nikon Ambassador Keith Ladzinski will attempt to navigate a new route toward the summit of Everest without the use of oxygen or porters. To document the expedition, the pair will use Nikon's new Z7 and Z6 full-frame mirrorless cameras, along with NIKKOR Z lenses like the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S and NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S.

In addition, NIKKOR F-mount lenses like the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR will be at the team's disposable as well thanks to the Mount Adapter FTZ. Meanwhile, the Nikon COOLPIX P1000 camera and its telescopic 24-3000mm equivalent 125x zoom lens will also be used to visualize and plot the route from basecamp.

"When you are at 8,000 meters, you have to have faith in your team, yourself and your gear; this is why we chose to work with Nikon, because we need cameras that can withstand challenging conditions and deliver stunning content," says Richards. "It doesn't matter if I can't feel my fingers, or what it feels like to be climbing at 26,500 feet without oxygen. What matters is that I can share that experience through my lens, and somebody else can feel that by viewing our videos and images."

Richards and Ladzinski will share updates from the adventure via @NikonUSA, @coryrichards, and @ladzinski on Instagram. Likewise, fans can check out Cory Richards full portfolio at

Source: Nikon