- Since 2008 Canon has used its ambassador programme as a means to collaborate with videographers and photographers.
- In addition to this support the programme brings photographers and videographers from Europe, the Middle East and Africa together.
- In 2020 Canon is expanding its Ambassador Programme with 59 new photographers and videographers.
In 2008 Canon launched an initiative to bring together photographers and videographers from Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). In addition to getting the artists to collaborate with the brand, the programme was created to represent and support current and future generations of photographers and filmmakers by getting them to share their passion and technical know-how with colleagues from across the world.
In 2020 Canon is expanding its Ambassador Programme with 59 new photographers and videographers.
During the shortlisting process, the selection was made by a panel of 13 judges who reviewed nominations for more than 450 photographers, evaluating over 20 00 images spanning journalism, documentary, wildlife, weddings, portraiture and sports.
On the new additions, Susie Donaldson, the European Marketing Director for Canon says: This year we’ve significantly increased the number of Ambassadors under the age of 30 from two to 17, which shows the remarkable range of talent within the industry and our commitment to nurturing creatives through our student programmes as their career progresses. With this latest intake we hope to pave the way for the next generation of visual storytellers, with a fresh new perspective to the Programme.
South Africans joining the programme in 2020 include:
Chris Fallows: With 25 years experience, the wildlife photographer is best known for his iconic great white shark images and intimate wildlife photographs shot on land, water and the air.
Gulshan Kahn: The South African photojournalist focuses on social justice, human rights, identity and culture. She is a National Geographic Explorer and contributor to Everyday Africa.
Phil Magakoe: The photojournalist is a freelancer for the international news agency Agence France-Presse. He has covered a wide range of events including the funeral of Nelson Mandela, the Oscar Pistorius murder trial and international sporting tournaments.
For more information and the full list of Canon EMEA Ambassadors, visit the Ambassador Programme Hub here: www.canon-europe.com