HONG KONG, 10 July 2018 - The annual Canon PhotoMarathon, Hong Kong station will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center (HKCEC) on the 3rd of November (Saturday). Marking the 10th anniversary for the event, photography enthusiasts will compete in three categories; namely, “Challenge”, “Student” and the newly added “Corporate” category which will be competing in teams. Photography enthusiasts will bring their own camera and go around Hong Kong to capture the most unique side of Hong Kong. Participants not only will enjoy an unforgettable shooting experience, they will also have a chance to win amazing prizes. The winner will also have a chance to compete with other participants from 14 Asia countries and regions and share their own shooting experiences.
The multivariate competition creates a unique shooting experience
Canon PhotoMarathon is different from any other photography competition as it has a rule of “announcing the theme on the day of the submitting the photograph”, photographers are also not allowed to edit their photos. Setting off at HKCEC, contestants will have to make use of their imagination and creativity to take photographs around Hong Kong according to the theme announced on that day, participants are also required to hand in their work in a limited time. Participants will also be required to go to different checkpoints during the day, making the competition more challenging but enjoyable; and which allows participants to fully experience the shooting of Hong Kong.
The popular nighttime photography will also be kept this year for Challenge Category, allowing contestants to have more freedom to experience the day and night view of Hong Kong, creating diverse pieces.
2018 Canon PhotoMarathon now opens for application
The competition this year will be divided in three categories, including: “Challenge”, “Student” and the newly added “Corporate” Category which will be competing in teams. The application for the “Student” has been opened in June, accepting applications from full time students who are aged 15-22 years. The applicants for the “Challenge” category will be open tomorrow (11 July), accepting applications from photography enthusiasts. If you have a digital camera of any brand in hand, please join this “shooting festival”! The application for this year’s newly added “Corporate” category will be open on the 1st of August, enterprises and organizations are welcome to join this challenge. Each contestants of each category are required to create their pieces according to the theme announced on that day and are required to check-in at designated checkpoints.
|Student Category||Challenge Category||Corporate Category|
(6people in a team)
|Application Date||4 June to 25 July||11 July to 25 July||1 August to 17 August|
|Age Requirement||15-22 years old||18 years old or above|
|Camera Model||Digital camera with interchangeable lens or digital camera (any brand)|
Professional judging panel picking out best of the best
Winners will have a chance to compete with photographers in different areas in Asia
Canon PhotoMarathon invites professional photographers as judges each year, they will choose the best piece from seven thousand pieces of work. This year, the judging panel includes: fine art photographer - Mr. Tugo Cheng, current president for Hong Kong Institute of Professional Photographers (HKIPP), commercial photographer - Ms. Connie Hong, wedding videographer - Mr. Freddy Ma, fashion photographer - Mr. Harlim Djauhar Winata and the Senior Manager of Canon Hongkong Consumer Imaging & Information Group - Mr. Dominic Chan. The five will come together as a professional team, and choose the best piece. [4 photographers sequence on surname alphabetical order] (Appendix 1: biography of the judging panel)
The winner chosen by the judges will win plentiful prizes over three hundred thousand HK dollars, including: the winner of Student Category will represent Hong Kong in the CPM Taipei 2019, the “Best of Show” Award winner of the Challenge Category will represent Hong Kong in the Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship 2019, a regional event where the top CPM winners gather to participate in themed challenges. All contestants will be awarded a special edition Crumpler compact camera bag and 2018 Asia edition finisher medal after finishing the competition.
Photography is boundless
Arts With the Disabled Association Hong Kong
Each year, Canon donates the competition’s enrollment fees to a worthy charitable organisation. This year, 70 percent of the enrollment fee will go to the Arts With the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADAHK), the beneficiary of the Canon PhotoMarathon Hong Kong 2018. Formed in 1986, ADAHK is missioned to bring arts to everyone. It is believed that people with disabilities should have equal opportunity to have access to, participate in and enjoy the arts.
This year Canon Hongkong expects to raise approximately HK$500,000 in enrolment fees from the PhotoMarathon, which will be used to support the ADAHK to promote arts among people with disabilities and excellence in the works of artists with disabilities in Hong Kong, bringing integration and inclusion in society through the arts.
About Canon Hongkong Company Limited
Canon Inc. (TSE:7751 / NYSE:CAJ) was founded in 1937 in Japan. Its predecessor, Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory, produced Japan's first 35 mm focal-plane-shutter camera “Kwanon” in 1934. Canon Inc. eventually expanded into the photocopying and printing industries, launching Japan's first plain-paper copier NP-1100 in 1970 and the world's first inkjet printer BJ-80 in 1985. Through the years, Canon Inc. has acquired in-depth experience in digital imaging product manufacturing, and research and development. It is a leader in the development of innovative products and holds the most technology patents in the imaging industry. Canon Inc. also makes a significant contribution to the promotion of photography. Today, Canon Inc. has a strong global presence and is one of the most important market players in the imaging, office and industrial product categories. As of 31 December 2017, Canon's global revenue was US$36.1 billion.
One of the company’s first offices in Asia, Canon Hongkong Co., Ltd. (CHK) was established in 1971. It is responsible for the sales, marketing and after-sales services for all Canon product lines in Hong Kong and Macau. CHK adheres to Canon’s corporate philosophy of “kyosei”, which encourages the company and its staff to participate in social, charitable and environmental activities in the community. CHK implements internationally-recognized management systems and has achieved ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001 (Canon Digital Production Center) and OHSAS 18001 certification. For more information about Canon Hongkong, please visit our website https://hk.canon.
Canon PhotoMarathon 2018 Judging Panel