Fostering photography talent worldwide, Canon held its largest live photography competition, Canon Photo Marathon 2017, in India. The theme-based day-long photo contest witnessed photo enthusiasts put their photography skills to test in a bid to win name, fame and exciting prizes. After the Mumbai leg of the competition, the Delhi edition of 8th Canon Photo Marathon in India was flagged off by Eddie Udagawa, VP, consumer imaging and information centre, Canon India, and attracted 1000 entries. The jury of judges included lifestyle photographer, Ravi Dhingra, travel and people photographer, John Edwards and wildlife photographer, Shivang Mehta.
The annual Canon Photo Marathon is organised across 12 Asian regions. The grand winner of respective regions wins the Canon Photo Marathon Asia Championship, which is an all-expense paid photography tour. The winners of the Photo Marathon from each region will travel to Japan to participate in the Canon Photo Marathon Asia Championship 2018.
Elaborating on the evolving photography culture in India and commenting on the event, Kazutada Kobayashi, president and CEO, Canon India, said, “We believe that each picture captured is a work of art that deserves to be celebrated and appreciated. Photography culture is significantly progressing in India, as we grow further, we are focused on nurturing and enhancing this culture. Through Canon Photo Marathon, we focus on encouraging the photographers and story tellers to create lifetime memories with the powerful medium of photography.”
Udagawa added, “Looking at the young talent, we introduced student’s category last year where students from various schools participate in this event. We are working towards bringing out extraordinary talent through this platform and give an opportunity to cultivate every participant’s interest into their passion. With this year’s success we promise to be back again next year with this brilliant initiative and our focus remains to support the extraordinary pool of immerging photographers along with refining proficiency, which leads to skill development for the future”.
Every year, Canon India associates with selected brands to deliver maximum value to the participants. This year was no different with 6 partners for the Delhi leg of the Photo Marathon, including Adobe India, Make My Trip, Western Digital, JTB, Huion and OLX. Besides showcasing some of their products, these brands also offered lucrative prizes to winners. The second and third winners were also given EOS 6D Mark II and EOS 80D respectively.