Canon, a leader in Digital Imaging space launched its seventh edition of Photomarathon in India. The event was organized atJawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Lodhi Road, New Delhi and attracted a large number of photo enthusiasts, primarily DSLR users, hobbyist photographers as well as professionals. The Photomarathon is a unique event organised by Canon to promote photography culture through theme based photo competition. In this year’s edition, Canon introduced a special category for the young fans aged between 12-17 years where students from 17 schools participated and won exciting prizes.
The Canon Photomarathon is a daylong event that brings together photographic talents from across India. This event is also organized by Canon in countries like Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei & Vietnam.
Speaking about the event, Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President & CEO, Canon India said, “As the Canon Photomarathon prepares to celebrate its 7th year in India, we are elated to witness the popularity this event has gained especially among the youth. The ever increasing number of youngsters taking up their cameras and unleashing their creative self is reassurance to our constant efforts towards encouraging a culture of photography in India. We believe the Canon Photomarathon will continue to be a definitive platform bringing together photography talent to a day filled with fun and learning. The focus of this event remains application of individual creative talent to draw self-gratification and build relation with fellow photographers. This is Canon’s unique high ground value proposition that customers love the most. ”
The Canon Photomarathon 2016 was flagged off by Mr. Eddie Udagawa, Vice President Consumer Imaging & Information Centre Canon India which attracted over 800 entries. The judges included the Wildlife Photographer – Mr. Shivang Mehta; Wedding Photographer – Mr. William Chang and ace Photographer in architecture and Interior Photography – Mr. Ravi Dhingra. Renowned photographer Mr. Jasminder Oberoi, conducted a seminar for the participants on the tricks of engaging photography. In addition to this, Canon cameras and printers were on display, for the participants to get a hands-on experience. Living its commitment to the community, Canon had also set up a free camera health check-up camp for the participants.
Talking about the event, Mr. Eddie Udagawa, Vice President Consumer Imaging & Information Centre, Canon India said, “We at Canon strive to make photography a memorable experience. As we enter into the 7th edition of Canon Photomarathon we are happy to observe a growing interest in photography in India. We feel confident and extremely proud with the photographic capabilities that Canon Photomarathon managed to attract this year in New Delhi, which is immensely innovative and at par with the global standards. Photography resonates as one of the most embraced hobby or profession today specially amongst youngsters. We are encouraging students this year to participate and showcase their best talent and explore the magical world of photography. We will now take this brilliant initiative to Mumbai and our focus remains to support this extraordinary pool of immerging photographers along with refining proficiency, which leads to skill development for the future. We see a huge potential in Indian market and we would like more and more people to click and relive their memories thus creating a photo culture in India.
Sharing a winning experience and highlighting the uniqueness of Canon Photomarathon 2016 as a photography platform Mr. Nisanshay Sardana – Grand Prize Winner, Canon Photomarathon 2016, New Delhi said, “This is not just another photo contest that you would experience, it is a Photomarathon and one definitely requires certain level of skill and inclination towards photography to win. The competition is stiff with some mesmerizing work and thought process that contestants indulge in throughout the day. The fact that the Photomarathon is open to any brand or make of camera that the contestant might use is the testimony to Canon’s commitment towards encouraging the culture of photography in India. I am thrilled to win this year and it is satisfying to see my work being appreciated at this level. And the ultimate reward of attending the Canon’s Photo Clinic in Japan is going to be a lifetime experience adding to the uniqueness of Canon Photomarathon as always”.
In this challenging Photomarathon 2016, each contestant had to shoot pictures within limited timeframe and on given themes. Two unique themes were announced just before the event began which made it even more competitive. For students category there was only one theme announced. The pictures were judged by well-known photographers based on their creative, technical and narrative sense. The highlight of the event was the Grand Prize which is an all-expenses paid trip to Canon Japan’s Photo Clinic (photo workshop). Exquisite prizes awarded to the second and the third winners with EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 80D respectively which got launched this year itself. Additionally, there were exciting prizes for theme based winners and students category.
About Canon Group
Ever since its foundation in 1937, Canon has been adhering to the “Kyosei” philosophy and has been striving to create and deliver world-class products, becoming a top global corporation by diversifying into new business fields throughout the world. Focusing on optical technologies, Canon produces office equipment, imaging devices, industrial systems and other products. Through the close connection between its global head office in Tokyo and regional headquarters in America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and regional headquarters in Japan, Canon combines its global and local operations organically. In 1996, Canon launched its Excellent Global Corporation Plan with the goal of serving the society with advanced technologies and becoming a trustworthy and responsible corporate citizen. The year 2016 is the first year of Phase 5 of the Plan. Currently, Canon boasts a strong global presence of 317 subsidiaries all over the world, supported by 189,571 employees. (Data as of December 31, 2015)
Canon in India
Canon India Pvt. Ltd., a 100% subsidiary of Canon Singapore Pvt. Ltd., is a world leader in imaging technologies. Set up in 1997, Canon markets over 200 comprehensive range of sophisticated contemporary digital imaging in India. The company today has offices and warehouses in 14 cities across India and employs over 1000 people. Canon has over 500 primary channel partners, 14 National Retail Chain partners, and over 6000 secondary retail points. Canon has 206 own retail stores called the Canon Image Square across 96 cities in the country. Canon’s service reach extends to over 5000 towns with 18 Canon camera service centres and 36 printer Canon Care Centres. Canon India also has 159 authorized service centres for printers and 195 camera collection points. In sync with its corporate tagline- ‘ Delighting You Always’ , reinforced by World class technology, Canon offers an extended product portfolio, including copier MFDs, fax-machines, printers, scanners, All-in-ones, digital cameras, DSLR, Cinematic imaging products, camcorders, cable ID printers and card printers catering to the multiple market segments of consumer, SME, B2B, Government & Commercial. Canon India recorded revenue of INR 2158 crores in the year 2015.