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Canon workshops at popular National Parks
Mark Peters : June 25th 2007 - 16:10 CET
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CanonCanon workshops at popular National Parks : From the beaches of the eastern seaboard to the Great Plains, and from the wetlands of the south, to the towering sequoias of the west, America and its pristine parks have always been hailed as top destination sites for photography enthusiasts and their families. Canon U.S.A., Inc. and the American Park Network continue to help define the relationship between photography and the great outdoors with the introduction of a free photography workshop program on select dates throughout the summer in Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks. These programs will be artfully hosted and instructed by a select few of the world renowned Canon Explorer of Light photographers.
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"Photography affords an entirely new perspective of the natural world that surrounds us every day, both in our national parks, and in our own backyards," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager of the Consumer Imaging Group, Canon USA. "As a global organization, Canon understands its responsibility for the impact it makes on society and the environment. Canon is guided by the philosophy of Kyosei - 'all people regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living together and working into the future.' Through our involvement in the parks, we hope to strengthen Canon's commitment to conservation."

Canon Photography Workshops
These photographers are Adam Jones and Lewis Kemper, along with other Canon-selected photographers such as Rob and Ann Simpson. What's more, the Canon Photography in the Parks Photo Contest returns this year to offer photographers the chance to display their work and win prizes in the categories of landscape and wildlife photography in the parks.

Canon photography - National Parks photo contest
From June 1st to September 29th, photographic enthusiasts are encouraged to submit their favorite photographs from an American park to the Canon Digital Learning Center. Winning photographs in the categories of landscape and wildlife will win a trip to the participating parks of their choice, along with a full suite of Canon photographic equipment. By logging onto the Canon Digital Learning Center at www.usa.canon.com/dlc, potential winners will not only have the opportunity to submit their photos, but can also peruse the Web site to explore the various educational resources that Canon has to offer for novices and advanced photographers alike.

Digital photography workshops
With the help of the Canon Explorer of Light program, Canon's elite roster of the most influential photographers in the world, park visitors will have the opportunity to participate in free daily guided visual photographic journeys. Additionally, Canon will loan participants top-tier digital camera equipment to capture those awe-inspiring sights at no additional cost. Aspiring photographers will learn the tips and tricks to taking great outdoor photos and experience hands-on training using some of the same equipment that professional photographers use. Evening programs are also offered, providing visitors the rare opportunity to spend time with the Explorers of Light, view stunning imagery, ask questions, and receive prints and a CD of their own photos.

Passion for photography
"It's rare that we get the chance to share our passion for photography with people that are so eager to learn," stated Adam Jones, professional photographer and Canon Explorer of Light. "As far as wildlife and landscape photography goes, these three parks are among the best locations the Earth has to offer. I look forward to teaching the tips and tricks I've used that will help to create photographs that can compete in the Canon in the Parks Photo Contest."

Yosemite National Park

Canon Photography Workshop at Yosemite National Park
Period : June 15-29, 2007
Workshops : 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. except Tuesdays
Location : Ansel Adams Gallery
Evening program : 8:30 p.m. except Tuesdays
Location : Curry Village Amphitheatre.

Grand Canyon National Park

Canon Photography Workshop at Grand Canyon National Park
Period : July 9 - 29, 2007
Workshops : 9 a.m. and 2p.m. except Tuesdays
Location : Flagpole at the rim side of the El Tovar Hotel
Evening program : 6 p.m., except Tuesdays and on Friday, July 20, 2007
Location : Shrine of Ages auditorium (Parking lot A, next to Park Headquarters)

Yellowstone National Park

Canon Photography Workshop at Yellowstone National Park
Period : August 6 - 12, 2007
Workshops : Daily, 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., except Tuesdays
Location : Old Faithful Inn
Evening program : 6 p.m., except Tuesdays
Location : Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Additional Programs and Sponsored Events
The workshops and photo contest are just a small part of the sponsored education and activities that Canon offers. The Canon Digital Learning Center provides a wide variety of classes across the country with renowned photographers. There are also tutorials available on-line for beginners to learn their way around a digital SLR camera to unlock the creative control that SLR photography affords.

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