KUALA LUMPUR: Canon PhotoMarathon Asia 2012, the region’s largest photo competition that spans nine countries, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Bringing together talents from Malaysia, India, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam, participants will be competing for the grand prize, which is an all-expenses paid trip to Hungary and a chance to be part of an unforgettable eight-day photo clinic hosted by professional travel photographer Triston Yeo The grand prize winner will also take home the EOS 5DMark III (Body), the sleek Pixma Pro 1 printer and the top quality MT293A3 Manfrotto Tripod and 391RC2 Photo/Video Pan & Tilt Head.
The first prize winner will fly to Hungary for the eight-day photoclinic with their new EF 85mm f1.2L II USM and the extremely handy National Geographic NG5159 Backpack.
The second and third prize winners will receive the coveted EF16-35mm f2.8L II USM Canon lens, the KT-216 Kata Bag and the EF17-40mm f4L USM Canon lens, C-59 Kata Bag, respectively.
“It is an exciting milestone for Canon PhotoMarathon Malaysia, as this year’s challenge will be held at two venues.
“We received many requests from our East Malaysia fans and, this year, we are able to make Canon PhotoMarathon Malaysia 2012 happen in Kota Kinabalu too!
“The Canon PhotoMarathon Malaysia 2012 will be happening at the Boulevard, Berjaya Times Square, and Lintasan Deasoka, Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu simultaneously,” said Canon Marketing (M) imaging communication products division director Simon Wong.
“In line with Canon Inc’s corporate philosophy Kyosei, which focuses on living and working together for the common good, Canon Marketing (M) strives to give back to the society and this year we choose to support the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB). As photographers we understand and appreciate the ability to see and our hearts go out to our visually impaired friends so we want to support MAB’s efforts to empower persons with visual impairment by providing them with opportunities that encourage integration into society,” said Wong. Canon Marketing (M) is working with other corporations to sponsor the competition. Besides the new line-up of prizes provided by Kata, Manfrotto and the National Geographic Society, for the first time this year, there will not be the conventional PC photo uploading stations. Participants will be able to upload their entries straight to a cloud system that is made possible by the contest’s official ICT partner YES, provider of the fastest 4G Mobile Internet with Voice.
Canon is also partnering with The One Academy College this year. The college’s students will be designing the exclusive Canon Photomarathon Malaysia 2012 T-shirts and coordinating the live web streaming between both venues throughout the day, showcasing highlights and capturing the exciting moments of the challenge.
This one day on-the-spot photo challenge on Oct 20 is open to all photographers, amateurs, professionals and hobbyist. Registration closes on Oct 7. Visit www.canon-asia.com/photomarathon/my/register.jsp to register. Walk-in registrations will also be accepted.
For details, visit www.canon-asia.com/photomarathon/my/index.html.