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    Photography communities across Asia gear up for best form at Canon PhotoMarathon 2017
    Celebrating its 15th year since the first installment, Canon PhotoMarathon kicks off in Kuala Lumpur on 9 September and will take place across 16 cities over three months

    The best among photo enthusiasts in Asia will win a coveted place to the Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship

    Canon announces the lineup of Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 competition dates across Asia before the first competition commences on 9 September 2017 at Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This year, Canon celebrates 80 years of dedication to imaging solutions and competition intensity is simultaneously building up across the 16 Asian cities.

    The region’s largest, annual photo competition brings the community of photography enthusiasts closer together while challenging them to push their boundaries and showcase their city through their own perspectives, all under time pressure. This year, the event expands to China mainland. In total, more than 22,000 photo enthusiasts from different communities are expected to showcase their photo masterpieces.

    “Canon has been championing overall wellness for many years, advocating a healthy lifestyle and a positive attitude towards life, and this project is a perfect interpretation of this philosophy. The Canon PhotoMarathon is a perfect combination of photography and sports. Participants will not only enjoy shooting, but also improve their health and help people to communicate more smoothly. For more than a decade, Canon PhotoMarathon has been gaining popularity in Asia, and it continues to attract more and more participants. This year also marks the Canon Group’s 80th anniversary. As we launch this activity in 16 Asian cities, we hope to create happiness and delight to everyone,” said Howard Ozawa, President of Canon Asia Marketing Group.

    The 2016 Best of Show winners won an all-expense paid photo clinic trip to scenic spots in Japan

    Apart from attractive category prizes, all the Best of Show winners from each competition will win an exclusive spot in the Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship to be held in 2018, which is valued at more than US$5,000. The Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship will see these winners from across Asia converge on an all-expense paid trip (destination to be announced next year) that promises awe-inspiring scenery for any photography buff. Apart from the chance to explore various facets of photography under the tutelage of a professional photographer, the event will also involve further theme challenges which be a test of mettle to select the champion among winners.

    The Endurance Race requiring more than Shutter Speed
    Beyond a showcase of creativity, Canon PhotoMarathon heightens the excitement element through time pressure and endurance. Participants have to demonstrate a unique perspective in picture composition according to assigned themes within a short span of time. In true competition style, crossing the finishing line entails composure to perform under time pressure and the tenacity to last a grueling full-day marathon.

    15 years of Cultivating Photography Culture
    Canon believes that photography has the powerful ability to transcend differences to convey touching everyday narratives. Inspired to bring communities even closer together through the cultivation of photography culture, the very first Canon PhotoMarathon was conceptualised in 2003, and the inaugural competition was held in Singapore.

    Since then, photography culture has proliferated. In 15 years, the event has grown in geographic reach to become ever more inclusive, bringing together varied photography communities all under one roof.

    The annual event now includes parallel competitions around the region including Brunei, Cambodia, China Mainland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

    Get set to go
    After the first competition of 2017 kicks off in Kuala Lumpur, Canon PhotoMarathon will also take place in the following locations:

    Date Location
    23 September Singapore
    8 October Hong Kong
    8 October Danang, Vietnam
    21 October Manila, Philippines
    21 October Colombo, Sri Lanka
    21 October Taipei, Taiwan
    29 October Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
    4 November Mumbai, India
    4 November Jakarta, Indonesia
    5 November Hanoi, Vietnam
    11 November Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
    12 November Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    18 November Delhi, India
    25 November China Mainland (name of city to be advised)
    26 November Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    To view the gallery of past winning images and for more information on Canon PhotoMarathon and the PhotoMarathon Asia Championship, please visit https://photomarathon.canon-asia.com/2017/regional/en