Trigger-happy Photographers roam the streets of KL in Canon Photomarathon 2014
Kuala Lumpur (13 October 2014) – The 8th edition of the Canon PhotoMarathon kicked off with a bang in Berjaya Times Square this year drawing a total of 1,000 photography talents aiming for a shot at winning exciting Canon prizes worth more than RM200,000.
“The Canon PhotoMarathon serves as an excellent platform that not only challenges the participants’ photography and creativity skills to the limit; it also enables Canon to get to know our customers personally and to serve them better. Over the years, the competition has continued to attract increasing numbers of participants, demonstrating a fast-growing interest in the art of photography and the beginning of a photo culture within the country. Certainly, there is no better way to unearth hidden talents and recognise great skills than through this largest photo competition in the country,” stated Wataru Nishioka, President & CEO of Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.
Expounding more on the aims of the competition, Mr Donny Ling, Director of the Imaging Communication Products division said, “In addition to delighting our customers with a fun day out, Canon PhotoMarathon is also Canon’s way of playing our part in giving back to the community. This year, a total of RM 24,350 was collated from the registration fees for the event in KL, which will all go towards supporting the Shelter Home For Children and Montfort Boys Town.”
The adrenaline and excitement was palpable, as the competition saw participants in both Professional and Junior categories in a race against time, capturing and uploading images that best reflect the three different themes given out at set intervals throughout the day. Following last year’s competition format, the judging and selection process was also carried out simultaneously by this year’s panel of judges, which included Din Arshad, professional photographer and owner of Dinarshad Studio; Zainal Abdul Halim, President of the Malaysian Press Photographer Association (MPPA); Arthur Chen, Editor of Digital Camera Magazine; and Harry Woo, President of the Photographic Society of Malaysia.
The Grand Prize for the Professional Open category went to Donnie Sinongco, who dazzled the judges with his skilful and creative interpretations of the themes ‘Forms in Nature’, ‘Independent’ and ‘The Green Life’. The First, Second and Third Prize was awarded to Mustaffakamal Sellehuddin, Lem Wai Keong and Chong Zen Teoh respectively.
In The Junior Open category, Kelvin Chiar was named First Prize winner, while Choong Wai Er bagged Second place and Zhang Yi Cheng in Third.
As winner of the Grand Prize in the Professional Open category, Sinongco walked away with a once-in-a-lifetime, all-expense paid PhotoClinic Trip to Japan as well as a Canon EOS 6D with EF24-70 L IS USM lens, while the First Prize winner was awarded the Canon EOS 70D with EF18-135 IS STM lens, Second Prize the Canon EOS 700D with EF 18-135 lens, and Third Prize the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II. The winners of the three themes were each presented with a Canon PowerShot G16.
Prizes for the Junior Open category were a Canon EOS 1200D with EF18-55 lens for First Prize, and the Second and Third Prize a Canon PowerShot G16 and PowerShot SX700HS respectively.
The Penang leg of the Canon PhotoMarathon will take place in Gurney Paragon Mall on Saturday, 18th of October. Attractive prizes such as cameras and lenses await the winners as well as the Grand Prize of the PhotoClinic trip to Japan worth RM40,000. Interested participants can walk-in for registration on the day of the event at the venue as online registration is now closed.
The Canon PhotoMarathon 2014 was supported by Fujitsu, Shriro, Red Box and Green Box karaoke, Digital Camera Magazine, Gempak Starz, Mondelez Malaysia, Revive, Kenny Rogers ROASTERS, Malaysia Airlines (MAS), BMC Travel and Japan Travel Bureau.
For more information, go to http://www.canon-asia.com/photomarathon/my.