Photographic Competition at Grays of Westminster

Photo of the Month Competition
Street Life

Photo by: Phil Lyons - D810 + AF-S 24-120mm f/4G VR, ISO1600, 1/125", f/4

Photo by: Phil Lyons – D810 + AF-S 24-120mm f/4G VR, ISO1600, 1/125″, f/4

If you have been a regular subscriber to our newsletters you may recall that we ran a successful photographic competition on a bi-monthly basis a few years ago. Well, we are pleased to bring it back this year with the top prize winning a £50 Grays of Westminster gift certificate and prizes for two further runners up.
The theme for February & March is Street Life, so whether it be landscape, portraiture, macro or reportage why not take the camera out, brave the elements and send us your results!

T&Cs: Only one submission per entrant. Photographs must be taken by yourself using Nikon equipment and by submitting your photograph you give us permission to use the image with a credit to yourself in our email newsletter, blog and social media sites. Please send a file no larger than 10mb and with a brief description of the equipment and settings used to: info@graysofwestminster.co.uk
Winners will be announced Friday 31st March 2017.

If you require a lens or camera to get you started, look no further than our second-hand department:


We are currently running 10% off our second hand equipment until the end of the month, so there is no better time to take advantage of adding to your kit.
For our full second-hand listings please visit:







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The first-ever Amateur Photographer Platinum Good Service Award


On Thursday 16th February at One Whitehall Place, London, Grays of Westminster became the first-ever winner of the newly inaugurated Amateur Photographer Platinum Good Service Award 2017. The award was presented to the directors of Grays of Westminster by Nigel Atherton, Editor of Amateur Photographer. The Good Service Award was established to recognise and reward outstanding service by UK photo retailers and is voted for by the general public.

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude and I would like to send my personal thanks to everyone who voted for us in their hundreds.

Kind regards,

Gray Levett

Grays of Westminster – Exclusively… Nikon
40 Churton Street
London SW1V 2LP

Tel: +44 020 7828 4925
Fax: +44 020 7976 5783
Website: http://www.graysofwestminster.co.uk/

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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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Mike Maloney on Grays of Westminster

“People may not remember what you did for them or even what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel”

These are my sentiments after visiting Grays of Westminster for the first time. The exemplary customer service I was offered was the best I can ever remember, not only in a camera shop, but any shop.

Entering this wonderful quintessential Nikon dealership reminded me of Dr Who’s Tardis – not very big on the outside, but step inside the superbly furnished interior and it is huge! I have never seen so many beautifully presented pieces of camera equipment – a Nikon Aladdin’s Cave.

If you are ever in Pimlico, London, I implore you to visit this ultimate camera emporium, the Vatican of the Nikon World.












Professor Dr. Mike Maloney OBE
Britain’s Most Decorated Press Photographer

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EXTENDED 10% off Second-hand Bodies & Lenses

10% off Second-hand Bodies & Lenses

10% off second hand

Thanks to a successful restock our second hand department is now overflowing with Nikon bodies, lenses and accessories, so we have decided to extend our 10% off offer until the end of February. To see a full list of available equipment please visit:

Other offers ending soon:

free xqd card

We have limited availability of 32GB Lexar Pro 1400x XQD-2 cards which we are giving away free with the purchase of a new Nikon D5 (XQD version).
To claim yours contact us on 0207 828 4925.


£200 trade in

Now has never been a better time to purchase a Nikon D810 at its new low price and combined with a £200 bonus discount if you part-exchange your old camera. If you would like to obtain a quotation on your existing equipment contact us on: 0207 828 4925 or email info@graysofwestminster.co.uk.

For information regarding these or any other offers please contact us on 0207 828 4925 or email: info@graysofwestminster.co.uk.

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