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NZ Photography Competition, Canon Photo5 Returns

New Zealand’s most creative photography competition, Canon Photo5 returns

Jono Ward

Auckland, New Zealand, 16 August 2013 – Returning for its 7th year, Australia and New Zealands most creative photography competition Canon Photo5 launches today, inspiring photographers from all walks of life to take their passion and skill set to the next level.

Photo5 starts with five everyday items in a simple brown box. Each item offers a challenge designed to inspire the creation of amazing photography.

In a Photo5 first, Canon called on its community to create this years Peoples (Open) Brief. Narrowing it down to a shortlist of: Zero Gravity, Opposites, Water, Reflections and Age, the community voted on Reflections to kick the competition off.

“Were excited to unveil Photo5 for 2013 and giving Aussie and Kiwi photographers a fresh chance to showcase their creativity on a trans-Tasman level. Following in the footsteps of Photo5s past, this years briefs will be sure to inspire endless creativity as users get imaginative with whats in the box,” said Rochelle Mora, Manager Consumer Marketing Communications, Canon New Zealand.

A new line-up of Australian and New Zealand photography expert judges has been carefully selected from Canons Masters program to come on board guide entrants and determine the most creative images in the competition:

• Jonas Peterson - one of the most sought after wedding photographers in the world. His simple, yet emotive approach to photography has made him one of the biggest names of wedding photography today

• Eugene Tan – an acclaimed surf photographer and founder of cult beach life website, Aquabumps. The idea came about in 1999 when Tan, a frustrated Creative Director combined his three passions: photography, surfing and the web

• Stephen Dupont – an Australian documentary photographer who has produced a remarkable body of visual work; hauntingly beautiful photographs of fragile cultures and marginalized peoples

• Graham Monro – is the founder of gm photographics, one of the best boutique wedding and portrait photography studios in Australia. Monro is one of the original Canon EOS masters and primarily focuses on family portrait.

• Mark Horsburgh – specialises in the high-speed world of motorsport and motor-racing. He is the V8 Supercars official photographer

• Jackie Ranken – has had over thirty years experience as a photographer. She is the only woman to have won both the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography, „Photographer of the Year with her unique landscape and portrait photographs

How to enter:

Entrants who uploaded five images to the Photo5 2012 competition are automatically eligible to request a box for the 2013 competition. All they need to do is head to the entry page on the Photo5 website and confirm their details.

All other 2013 entrants will need to submit an image to the Peoples Brief to receive a box. The Peoples Brief will be live on the Photo5 website and Canons Facebook page from 15 August and entrants can submit their image from 15 August. Box numbers are limited so its a matter of first in first served, however entrants are still able to enter the Peoples Brief until 30 September, even if boxes run out.

Through the Photo5 website and Canon New Zealands Facebook page the judges valuable tips and tricks, from the basic to the more advanced, will be shared to spur photographic experimentation.

In addition to the winners for each of the five briefs, there is also the „Portfolio Competition for the photographer who enters the best set of images in all five briefs.

The winner of each brief and the winner of the Portfolio Competition will win an incredible creative photography workshop with Jackie Ranken and Mike Langford in New Zealand. Accommodation and flights are included with the workshop prize. Plus, each winner will receive an exhibition quality wall hanging of their choice from photoPICO.

Ultimately the winners will be determined by the Canon community who shape the judges shortlist. Everyone who votes has the chance to win a Canon PowerShot G15.

Winners will be announced on the Photo5 website on 31 October 2013.


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