Canon is back with its 8th edition of Photo Marathon in India

Bangalore, 8th November 2017: Fostering photography talent worldwide, Canon, leader in the digital imaging space, is back with its largest live photography competition, the Canon Photo Marathon 2017. The first leg of the Canon Photo Marathon in India took place at Bhaidas Auditorium, Ville Parle West, in Mumbai. The one-of-its-kind, 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. The Mumbai edition of 8th Canon Photo Marathon in India was flagged off by Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President & CEO, Canon India and attracted over 800 entries. The eminent jury of judges included Dharma Chandru – Indian sport photographer, renowned wildlife photographer – Sagar Gosavi and award winning photographer, researcher and educator – Abin Alex.

Canon Photo Marathonis an annual event and is being organized across 12 Asian regions apart fromIndia. Deemed as one of the largest photo competitions, the event bringsphotography enthusiasts closer, while challenging them to push their boundariesand showcase their photographic creativity through their own perspective. Theday-long photo competition offers a memorable experience and attractive prizesfor various category winners. Thegrand winner wins Canon Photo Marathon Asia Championship which is anall-expenses paid photography tour specially organized for thegrand winners of respective regions. The winners of the Photo Marathon fromeach region will travel to Japan to participate in the Canon Photo MarathonAsia Championship 2018.


Elaborating on theevolving photography culture in India and commenting on the event, Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEOCanon India, said, “We at Canon India, believe that each picturecaptured 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.  Backed with thesame objective, we bring Canon Photo Marathon, which is a recognized platformfor photography enthusiasts, who, consistently contend to win the covetedwinner title and get rewarded for their exemplary skills. Just like our 20years of remarkable journey in the country, the Canon Photo Marathon has alsobeen receiving the appreciation of customers for several years. As we commencethe eighth edition of the Photo Marathon in India, we would encourage thephotographers to unleash the artists and story tellers within them and createlifetime memories with the powerful and magical medium of photography”.


Commenting on theCanon Photo Marathon, Mr. Eddie UdagawaVice President, Consumer Imaging and Information centre, Canon India, said, “CanonPhoto Marathon is one of the most awaited events of the year for photographyenthusiasts and our endeavour is to make it more exciting each year. As CanonPhoto Marathon enters its glorious eighth edition, we are overwhelmed with theresponses of photography enthusiasts with respect to the day long livephotography contest. We see the number of participants grow year on year andhave also seen a lot of change, since we first started Photo Marathon inIndia. Initially it was more of professional photographers who participated inthis live photo contest, gradually over the years we have seen beginners,hobbyists, youngsters and females who have started participating in PhotoMarathon. Looking at the young talent, we have also introduced student’scategory last year where students from various schools participate in thisevent. We are working towards bringing out extraordinary talent throughthis platform and give an opportunity to cultivate every participant’s interestinto their passion. We look forward to a great edition of Photo Marathon whereparticipants play their tricks and techniques with cameras to presentexemplary imagery”.


Sharing winning experience at the 8th Canon PhotoMarathon and expressing the delight, Niyati Vaghela said, “Unlike various other photography contests that requireparticipants to simply submit pre-shot photographs, ‘Canon Photo Marathon’ is alive experience, compelling you to get out of comfort-photography-zone. Ittruly tests your photography skills while offering an adrenaline rush of anadventure sport. I congratulate Canon India for organising this one of a kindcontest and relentlessly encouraging photography culture in India. I would alsolike to express my gratitude to the digital imaging leader for bestowing uponme the once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the Canon Photo Marathon AsiaChampionship 2018 in Japan. It is a dream come true for me as a photographer tobe a part of this thrilling contest and be recognised amongst my talented peersby Canon.”


As part of thischallenging contest, each contestant had to shoot pictures within a limited timeframeand on given themes. Canon alsoencouraged students to participate, under a special ‘student category’, inorder to nourish their photography skills. Students from more than 15 schoolsparticipated in this event. Two unique themes – ‘Enlightenment’& ‘Shadows and Light’ were announced for the general category. For thestudent category only a single theme was given, which was ‘Peace’. First prizewinner for the student category was Tushar D’Souza, from St. Mary’s School,Mazgaon. St. Mary’s School also bagged most of the awards in the studentcategory and was felicitated as the top school in the competition. The pictureswere judged by well-known photographers based on their creative, technical andnarrative sense.


Commenting on hiswin, Tushar D’ Souza, winner in the student category, said,“This is an extremely exciting opportunity for me. Having won the first prizeat the prestigious Canon Photo Marathon surely gives a boost to my interest inphotography. I am very thankful to Canon for this unique platform and also foradding a special category for students. I would also like to acknowledge thesupport of my school, St.Mary’s Mazgaon, for the regular training inphotography through our ‘Photography Club’. Our school and photography clubteachers continuously encourage us to attend these classes and hones our skillsin the space. I am thrilled to have won this grand recognition. Taking home abunch of prizes, like the Canon EOS 1300D is definitely going to support mylove for photography and further build my confidence”.


Every year, CanonIndia associates with selected brands to deliver maximum value to theparticipants. This year was no different with 6 partners for the Mumbai leg ofthe Photo Marathon, including Adobe India, Make My Trip, Western Digital, JTB,Huion & OLX. Besides showcasing some of their products, these brands alsooffered some lucrative prizes to the winning participants.


The highlight of the event was not only the Grand prize butexquisite prizes awarded to the second and the third winners with EOS 6D MarkII and EOS 80D respectively. Additionally, there were excitingprizes for theme based winners and students category. To inspire photoenthusiasts and offer them a hands-on experience, Canon cameras and printerswere on display at the event. Livingits commitment to the community, Canon had set up a free camera health check-upcamp for the participants. The second leg of the India edition of CanonPhoto Marathon 2017 is set to take place in Delhi on Saturday, November 18th atJawahar Lal Nehru Indoor Auditorium, Lodhi Road, Delhi. 

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