From Canon Australia:
Sydney, Australia, 26 April 2017 – Canon Australia has announced that Season 2 of the brand’s locally produced Tales by Light photography adventure series will stream globally on Netflix from 21 April, following the successful launch of the Season 1 in November 2016.
A stunning cinematic experience, Tales by Light Season 2 builds on the concept established in the first series, following the journeys of acclaimed photographers as they pursue their personal projects. Comprising three in-depth episodes, Season 2 shows the endeavours of the photographers to challenge people’s perceptions through their art.
“The reaction to Tales by Light since it launched on Netflix in November has been amazing and an indication of the appetite for a photography-based series around the world,” says Director of Canon Australia’s consumer imaging business and Executive Producer for the series Jason McLean. “We know that people ultimately want help to unlock their potential with photography regardless of their level and this starts with inspiration, which is ultimately what Tales by Light is about.”
Prior to joining the Netflix documentary content line-up, Tales by Light Seasons 1 and 2 screened initially on the National Geographic Channel subscription network in Australia and New Zealand.
A brand in transition
Canon Australia has been on its own journey for the past several years, moving from the traditional focus on products and features into content and experiences that entertain, educate and inspire with the focus firmly on the photographer and their needs and ambitions.
“We’re now an experience brand dedicated to helping people achieve more with our products,” continues McLean. “Tales by Light is a great example of the value that we can offer and we continue that journey on our local brand site where we provide resources to nurture skills and creativity and celebrate people’s achievements more broadly. Our social media pages are almost entirely user-generated and are thriving communities of creative inspiration.”
Canon Australia was recently nominated in the top-five global sites in the Webby Awards “Best Social - Photography and Graphics” category alongside Red Bull, National Geographic and Nike’s Jordan Brand worldwide.”
WHERE TO VIEW
From Canon Australia:
Sydney, Australia, 20 April 2016 – Canon Australia is today announcing its return as an official Supporter of Vivid Sydney for a third consecutive year. Encouraging Australians to “Be Light Curious” by interacting, capturing and sharing the unique experiences surrounding the immersive program of light, music and ideas, Canon is thrilled to support one of Sydney’s landmark events.
Canon is announcing a range of experiences designed to inspire thousands of visitors to capture what they see, provide opportunities to develop their skills and celebrate their unique stories of Vivid Sydney.
“We’re excited to return as a Vivid Sydney supporter for the third year,” said Jason McLean, Director – Canon Consumer Imaging, Canon Australia. “This year we will continue to build on what we have done in the last two years, with some old favourites and amazing new experiences.”
Visitors can immerse themselves in an atmosphere of imaging inspiration and celebration at Canon HQ. Canon will once again transform the Foundation Hall at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia into the ultimate hub for anyone who is curious to explore new ways to capture and tell visual stories of their Vivid Sydney experience.
Families, individuals, beginner photographers and seasoned professionals alike will encounter a range of free and ticketed experiences designed to help visitors capture better photos and videos of the spectacular installations. Experiences range from Low-Light Studio Workshops hosted by Canon Master photographers to guided photo walking tours and Helicopter Night Flights with the Canon Collective photography ambassadors. To capture these experiences, Vivid Sydney attendees will have the opportunity to try or rent the latest Canon gear. This year Canon will extend into Vivid Ideas, showcasing Canon’s popular Lab series as a creative workshop.
Experiences at Canon HQ:
Make the most of all Vivid has to offer:
Vivid Sydney runs from 27 May – 18 June and is owned and managed by Destination NSW.
More details regarding how you can be more Light Curious at Vivid Sydney 2016 are available here: https://www.canon.com.au/vivid/
Tag your images with #VividCanon and they could appear on the Canon Vivid website, Canon social channels or at Canon HQ.
Canon HQ is located in the Foundation Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Open every evening from 6pm - 11pm.
From Canon Australia:
With thousands of submissions in its pocket from 2015, the Canon Light Awards sees a facelift for the new year
Rejuvenating the vibrant photography competition for photographers, by photographers, Canon Australia is excited to reveal a refreshed format for its Canon Light Awards from March 2016 – kicking off with a brief on Stillness by Canon Ambassador and Australian sweetheart, Guy Sebastian.
From today, there will be a new brief set every two months, as opposed to a monthly brief, allowing participants to fully immerse themselves in the challenge. Three device-focused categories will also replace the previous Open and Student categories, to further encourage participation from everyone who has a love for photography – whether a hobbyist using a compact camera, or a professional who works with full frame DSLRs.
To nurture the winner in each category’s’ imaging skills and knowledge, they will also be awarded unique experiences with some of the best photographers in the country, on top of vouchers and product prizes.
“I love the buzz and excitement of world tours and being focused on performing my music live to my fans, but outside this, some of my most precious moments are spent behind the lens, observing and capturing the world around me. It is in these moments of stillness where I can really appreciate the little hidden surprises at every turn, the small details that often go unnoticed as we hurtle through our days,” shares passionate photographer and Canon ambassador, Guy Sebastian.
“For my Canon Light Awards brief, I’m encouraging people to use their creativity to focus on ‘stillness’. When you stop, take a deep breath, and find your sense of wonder, you surprise yourself with the beauty that lies in your frame.”
The Canon Light Awards was launched in 2015, as a series of monthly creative photography challenges aimed at nurturing Australians’ love for visual storytelling. With 14 judges and briefs set to date, thousands of memories captured in time, and two 2015 Grand Final winners just announced last week, the Canon Light Awards truly had a remarkable year. For 2016, the Canon Light Awards is set to continue as the ultimate program for inspiration, experimentation and growth.
“What sets the Canon Light Awards apart from other photography competitions is that we actively encourage everyone from people tinkering with a camera for the first time, to professionals who have made a career of capturing moments through the lens. With every new brief set by some of the best in the industry, we encourage creative shooters to push the boundaries of their imagination, craft and skill. Our focus on unique experiences for Canon users is further exemplified by other great initiatives such as the Canon Collective’s ‘Shoot the Brief’ photography meets that take place with every new Canon Light Awards brief announced.” said Jason McLean, Director – Consumer Imaging, Canon Australia.
For more information on the Canon Light Awards, and should you or your community want to get involved, do spread the word and check out http://lightawards.canon.com.au/
To see the outstanding submissions from the Canon Light Awards 2015’s 22 finalists and two Grand Final winners, please see the full gallery of high-res images available for download via http://bit.ly/1mVQ4qs
For more information on the Canon Collective, click here.
Overview of changes to the Canon Light Awards
To continue as the ultimate program for inspiration, experimentation and growth, these are the key changes made to the Canon Light Awards from March 2016:
Created by photographers, for photographers, the Canon Light Awards encourages all creative shooters to push the boundaries of their imagination, craft and skill by responding to a creative brief with powerful images that tell a story. With a new challenge set every second month by Canon’s master photographers, the Canon Light Awards is designed to help Canon camera users to achieve their photography creative potential.
From Canon Australia:
In her first role as a Canon Ambassador, pro-surfer Sally Fitzgibbons launches the Canon Dream Squad mentorship program to help one young Australian turn their passion into a career
Sydney, Australia, 16 February 2016 – Canon Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of Australian surfing World Champion and Managing Director of Fitzgibbons International, Sally Fitzgibbons, as an official brand ambassador. To kick off this new role, Sally and Canon are launching the Canon Dream Squad - a mentorship-based competition that will inspire young Australians to turn their passion into a career.
Now open and available for submissions, the Canon Dream Squad will enable one lucky Australian to learn the ropes of business strategy, content creation and social media from some of the most talented and inspirational creatives and entrepreneurs from the start-up and imaging sectors.
“To be successful in today’s world, young Australians need courage, creativity and the ability to collaborate with people from all backgrounds who can inspire them, no matter what they want to achieve from life. My dream to be a world-class athlete, a philanthropist and an entrepreneur came as the result of a lot of hard work and support from all those around me. That’s why I’m thrilled to launch the Canon Dream Squad, which gives me the opportunity to support and encourage another young Australian and help them fulfil their passion,” said Sally.
According to Sally, digital and social media give young people unrivalled opportunity to quickly establish and nurture their business to passionate fans and customers through authentic and meaningful content.
“Imagery is really important to my business because it captures my unique view of the world and connects the people who are important to me - friends, fans and consumers of my products,” says Sally. “Today, almost 50% of consumers access social media each day and this brings them closer to my world with content that inspires and resonates, which is fundamental to the success of my business.”
The Canon Dream Squad competition is open for submissions from 16th February until 11:59pm (AEST) on 31st May 2016. A Canon panel will select three finalists who will then meet Sally and the Fitzgibbons International team where the final winner will be chosen. The eventual winner will then join Sally and the Canon Dream Squad team for a series of workshops and masterclasses from 30th June, 2016, for what will be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“During judging, I won’t be looking for the highest-quality production or a video with all the trimmings. Instead, I will be looking for a young person who has a vision and passion for their business idea and a hunger to grow, learn and back themselves no matter what,” says Sally.
According to Jason McLean, Director – Consumer Imaging, Canon Australia, “Sally is an incredible young Australian who has turned her passion of living a healthy and happy life into a flourishing career. She credits a lot of her achievements to the support of the people around her and the different tools she uses. Canon is proud to be working with Sally as an ambassador and to enable her to share her experiences and passion with her young audience, often through creative content and stunning imagery.”
“My role as an ambassador with Canon is unique in that I’m not often behind the lens of a camera. Instead, I’m a professional content creator who uses imagery to engage, collaborate and connect with people looking for inspiration on how to live healthy and happy lives,” says Sally.
As a Canon ambassador, Sally joins a diverse group of high profile Australian personalities including Dr Chris Brown, Steve Waugh, Lisa Wilkinson and Guy Sebastian.
“To live your passion and be successful you have to embrace the belief that no one sees it like you and be confident in yourself. I’m excited to show others how photography can be the enabler of their passions and careers, no matter the dream,” Sally concludes.
To get involved, follow the conversation at #squadgoals and #canonaustralia and visit the Canon Dream Squad at www.canon.com.au/dreamsquad.
How to enter Canon Dream Academy
The winner’s prize:
The winner of Canon Dream Squad will spend time with Canon Masters including videographer, Abraham Joffe and surf photographer, Eugene Tan, as well as shadow Sally’s team at Fitzgibbons International and learn from Canon Australia’s Marketing & Sales as well as Sun Studios teams. This will consist of a series of workshops and masterclasses across a 6 month period. The winner will also receive a trip for two to the Target Maui Pro surfing competition in November or December 2016 to capture Sally in action and put their new skills to the test.
Three Canon Dream Squad finalists will receive Canon equipment including an EOS 70D DSLR, accessories including a tripod, microphone and SD cards, as well as a 12 month Adobe Creative cloud subscription ($49.95 per month) to help kick start their content creation journey.
From Canon Australia:
Friday, 5 February 2016
Dear Professional Photographer,
For the past 13 years, Canon Australia has been the major sponsor of the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) awards. Through this sponsorship, we have worked with the AIPP and in consultation with photographers to shape a program that benefits entrants and promotes the industry.
Importantly, we have been determined to see as much of our sponsorship dollars as possible used to support the entrants and winners directly. Over recent years, though, this has been an increasing challenge as a result of the investment decisions and changing priorities of the AIPP administration.
These differences of opinion between us have limited our ability to provide the help that ‘professional’ photographers were telling us they needed through the Major Sponsorship.
The result of extensive discussion and proposals is that Canon will no longer be the Major Sponsor of the AIPP APPAs in 2016. Still determined to maximise the potential of the APPAs for professional photographers, we have requested a category sponsorship to allow us a more flexible structure to contribute. We await confirmation from the AIPP.
Staying true to our aim
This decision does not detract from our mission, but empowers us to do more to support the profession of photography and, specifically, the photographers that comprise it. To that end, we are preparing to announce ‘pro community’ events and enablement grants to help professional photographers, directly.
We want you to be the first to know and will be contacting you closer to the time with more details. In the meantime, please send us any questions and suggestions through to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support and I look forward to being in touch.
From Canon Australia:
Sydney, Australia, 7 September 2015 – Canon Australia today introduces two new 2/3” 4K field lenses – the UJ86x9.3B and UJ90x9B. Delivering exceptional optical performance, with the UJ86x9.3B surpassing even 4K resolution, both offer outstanding focal range and are ideal for use within live broadcast production environments.
First class 4K image processing
The UJ86x9.3B and UJ90x9B are part of Canon's evolving 2/3” 4K lens line-up and join the recently launched CJ12ex4.3B in the range. Both provide professionals with the freedom to shoot live broadcast or sport events in stunning 4K quality, and in a first for Canon’s 2/3” lens line-up, the UJ86x9.3B offers resolving power beyond 4K.
The new lenses ensure exceptional resolution from the image centre to the edges, at both telephoto and wide angle, thanks to their advanced optical construction. Additionally, an increased use of fluorite and UD glass, combined with Canon’s expert use of coatings, results in exceptional control over ghosting and flare with sharp, high contrast images supporting a large number of tones.
Outstanding focal range and versatility
The new models provide ultimate flexibility – the UJ86x9.3B has an 86x zoom, with a focal range of 9.3mm – 800mm, and the UJ90x9B goes even further to 90x, with a 9mm – 810mm focal range. To ensure operators can capture a diverse range of scenes, both lenses also feature a built-in 2x extender which doubles the telephoto power, while maintaining exceptional 4K resolution.
4K scenarios such as live sport, do not tolerate even the slightest amount of shake. Thanks to Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer technologies, the UJ86x9.3B and UJ90x9B deliver crisp, clear results, acquiring maximum precision, even during panning. This is essential for tracking moving subjects at sports matches and events, while compensating for swing-back. Additionally, operators are able to keep subjects in focus, even in challenging situations, such as when long focus but shallow depth of field is required.
Built to perform
The UJ86x9.3B and UJ90x9B feature a compact design, comparable in size and weight to current HD 2/3” field lenses, allowing easy integration into operating environments. Both lenses also incorporate a 20-pin connector for integration with virtual systems and are fully compatible with existing Canon accessories designed for 2/3” HD Canon field lenses.
UJ86x9.3B key benefits:
UJ90x9B key benefits:
The UJ90x9B will be available from December 2015 and UJ86x9.3B from May 2016, in Australia only. Prices will be set at dealer discretion.
From Canon Australia:
Sydney, Australia – March 18, 2015 – Canon Australia and National Geographic Channel have announced their partnership to deliver Australian viewers a new television series that gives rare insight into the eyes of some of Australia’s, and the world’s best photographic storytellers. Titled Tales by Light, the series will air in six episodes premiering from 8.30pm AEST Sunday May 24 on National Geographic Channel.
Tales By Light is the first television series produced by Canon Australia and is a natural progression for the photographic brand, explains Canon’s Director of Consumer Imaging and Executive Producer for the Series, Jason McLean:
“We see our role in imaging as enabling people to tell their stories, and what better than inspiring a large and passionate audience through the eyes of some of the best storytellers in the world. The partnership with National Geographic Channel is a perfect fit for us given their dedication to telling powerful stories through captivating imagery.”
Produced by emerging cinematographer and Canon Master, Abraham Joffe, Tales by Light showcases five of Australia’s, and the world’s, best photographers pushing the limits of their craft in some of the world’s most extreme and fascinating environments.
Each a master of their respective field, the photographers give rare insight into their endless journeys as visual storytellers – their challenges, motivations, and moments of joy in capturing an elusive moment by light. Shot in 4K resolution, the series is a stunning visual spectacle to immerse and inspire viewers through new ways of viewing the world around them.
“There is growing opportunity in strong, aligned brands partnering to amplify each other’s efforts and be innovative in media, especially,” says National Geographic Channel’s Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand Jacqui Feeney.
“Tales By Light is cool entertainment filmed in stunning 4K that appeals to our Nat Geo viewers. Both Canon and National Geographic Channel have shared values around the power of great imagery and technology being underpinned by great storytelling and reaching audiences in new and engaging ways. TV remains a powerful medium and storytelling is in our DNA so we were delighted to work with Canon on this new TV series.”
Art Wolfe has photographed for the world’s top magazines such as National Geographic, Smithsonian and GEO. Photographing creatures of the planet has been a major portion of Art’s life’s work spanning the past five decades. In the words of Sir David Attenborough: “Art Wolfe’s photographs are a superb evocation of some of the most breathtaking spectacles in the world.”
Darren Jew is one of the world’s leading marine photographers. He has forged an impressive career having shot for the likes of Tourism Australia, WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and the CSIRO. His knowledge of the ocean and its creatures coupled with his adventurous spirit, makes a brilliant subject to document.
Richard I’Anson is an acclaimed travel photographer, founder of Lonely Planet Images and the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography. His work can be seen all over the world with hundreds of book titles featuring his photography. As a travel photographer, Richard lives and breathes his profession and has photographed in nearly 100 countries across all 7 continents.
Peter Eastway is an AIPP Grand Master of Photography best known for his exquisite landscape work. After learning his craft in the darkroom, he has embraced digital post-production to take a leading role in creating a new tradition of landscape photography. Peter's work continues to be published and exhibited internationally, including Qantas The Australian Way magazine.
Krystle Wright is a pioneering extreme sports photographer, driven by a passion to capture unique perspectives and increase the visibility of the most extreme sports and athletes. On a continual quest to challenge herself and others mentally and physically, Krystle achieves remarkable images that give insight into the demanding and beautiful world of adventure photography that few people get to see.
Exciting monthly challenges push boundaries of imagination, craft and skill.
From Canon Australia:
Sydney, Australia, 26 November 2014 – Canon Australia has announced an all-new creative challenge exclusive for Canon camera users in Australia – the Canon Light Awards.
Created by photographers for photographers, the Canon Light Awards will encourage creative shooters to push the boundaries of their imagination, craft and skill. In return, Canon has prepared a program to help them achieve their photography aspirations, including personalised feedback for winners from Canon Master Photographers, and one of Australia’s biggest photo competition prize pools.
“Photographers told us they wanted to become better storytellers and achieve their creative potential, so we developed the Light Awards as the ultimate program for inspiration, experimentation and growth,” says Jason McLean, Director – Consumer Imaging, Canon Australia. “This is a one-of-a-kind competition in Australia, with a total prize pool worth over $150,000, which includes prizes for monthly winners and the grand prize of a luxury photo safari for two in Africa for each category winner.”
Each month, a Canon Master will set a challenge around creating powerful images that tell a story. Entries will be judged by photographers with the three best entries in each category receiving feedback and advice from the Canon Masters, as well as Canon prizes.
In 2016, each of the monthly first place winners will be invited to a cocktail event where the grand prize will be awarded to the overall Student and Open category winners.
The Light Awards will officially launch on the 1 January 2015 with two entry categories: Student (aged between 13 and 25, enrolled in fulltime study) and Open.
To pre-register and receive the first brief on 22 December, visit Canon Light Awards: www.canon.com.au/lightawards