Sydney, Nsw Australia (PressExposure) May 08, 2011 -- Canon Australia today announced the opening of the second Canon EOS Festival of Photography, bringing together four prestigious Canon-sponsored exhibitions in Sydney and Brisbane.
The Festival runs for three months from 5 May to 27 July 2011 and includes: Head On Photo Festival; Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs); World Press Photo (WPP); and, The Sydney Morning Herald Photos - 1440: A Day, a Minute, a Moment exhibition.
Canon continues to engage and inspire enthusiastic photographers by bringing together these four events, which showcase world-class photography. The public has the opportunity to get involved and view images from local and internationally renowned photographers. Ranging from award-winning portrait photography to breathtaking photojournalism, there is something for everyone.
"The Canon EOS Festival of Photography is founded on our continued support of the photographic industry through showcasing the highest level of photographic excellence," said Chris Macleod, Brand Manager - EOS, Canon Australia.
"As the leading DSLR camera brand in Australia, Canon EOS aims to inspire photographers of all levels to explore the creative possibilities that photography offers.
"Canon's research shows that Australians are increasingly communicating through images with people taking more photos than ever before*. We recognise a growing passion for creative photography in this country and we aim to encourage and support this by bringing inspirational and award-winning work to the broader public," said Macleod.
Canon EOS is synonymous with creative photography, and the World of EOS having recently grown its membership to more than 50,000 demonstrates that people are inspired to challenge themselves through photographic competitions and tutorials.
Canon has also continued the online initiative of the festival, which draws together these four Canon-sponsored events under one online banner - the Canon EOS Festival of Photography website.
Australian audiences have more options to get involved, with three festival-themed competitions running concurrently through the Canon Australia Facebook page. Further to visiting the exhibitions, the public is encouraged to put their own skills to the test - with the opportunity to win great prizes. The twenty most popular entrants of each competition will be judged by a Canon jury to determine the ultimate winners. Additionally, the most popular entry as voted by the Facebook community, will win the People's Choice Award. The main prize for each competition is a Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR cameras [http://canon.com.au/en-AU/For-You/EOS-Digital-SLR-Cameras] plus an 18-55mm lens valued at RRP$1,749; and for the People's Choice Award winner, a Canon PowerShot G12 valued at RRP$799.
Dates/Location: 5 May - 11 June 2011 | Sydney (various galleries, restaurants and cafes)
The Head On Photo Festival is the launch pad for the Canon EOS Festival of Photography.
This photo festival is an exciting initiative involving galleries, cafes and parks around Sydney exhibiting local and international photography. Nearly 70 public and commercial galleries, including the Museum of Sydney and the Manly Art Gallery will be taking part.
Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards
Dates/Locations: 24 June - 26 June 2011 | Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
2011 marks the 35th year of the Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs) and the 9th year of Canon's major sponsorship. The awards are operated by The Australian Institute of Professional Photography and recognise the best of the best in Australian photography.
World Press Photo
Brisbane exhibition: 4 June - 26 June 2011 | Brisbane Powerhouse
Sydney exhibition: 2 July - 24 July 2011 | State Library of New South Wales
Now in its 53rd year, the World Press Photo contest is universally acknowledged as the world's premier competition for photojournalism and its accolades are coveted by photographers across the globe.
Canon brings this revered exhibition to Australia for the 11th year, in support of photojournalism and the role it plays in sharing important stories including those of survival, world issues and cultural differences.
'Photos - 1440: A Day, A Minute, A Moment' exhibition
Date/Location: 2 July - 24 July 2011 | State Library of New South Wales
The Sydney Morning Herald photography exhibition 'The Sydney Morning Herald Photos - 1440: A Day, a Minute, a Moment' will feature prints and multimedia of the best published and unpublished work by Herald staff from 2009 to the present.
Read more about the Canon EOS Festival of Photography's: Head On Photo Festival; Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards; World Press Photo and 'Photos - 1440: A Day, A Minute, A Moment' exhibitions, at World of EOS.
*Source: Canon Consumer Digital Lifestyle Index Jan-June 2010: [http://www.canon.com.au/en-au/About-Canon/News-Events/Canon-Digital-Lifestyle-Index]
Sponsored by Canon Australia
Canon Australia is a market leader in digital imaging technology for consumers and businesses. Canon EOS digital SLR cameras are the No.1 choice for DSLR buyers in Australia*1. For working professional photographers, Canon Professional Services offers a support network designed to provide you with the best professional support service - bar none. As part of the Canon family, Canon Finance Australia makes finance for professional photographers simple. In addition to the best products and services, Canon is dedicated to contributing to the growth and popularity of photography at all levels in Australia. It does this in many ways, including the popular World of EOS online portal and the Canon EOS Festival of Photography each year.
*1 Canon EOS continues to lead the Australian market, with 59% value share. Source: GfK Retail and Technology Australia, Digital Still Cameras - DSLR, Retail Sales Value, Jan 2010-Dec 2010 (excludes MMC, Internet and online channels)
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