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Mark Peters : March 19th 2006 - 22:10 CET

Canon sponsers World Press Photo event in Sydney


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CanonCanon sponsers World Press Photo event in Sydney : Canon Australia announced that the winners of the prestigious international contest in professional press photography, World Press Photo, will be exhibited in Australia in May. The exhibition, which is brought to Sydney by World Press Foundation global sponsor, Canon, includes stunning and often times confronting images from all over the world. Showcasing the best of photojournalism, the exhibition brings to public attention images that are often censored by the media because of the harsh realities they convey. This exhibition shows us the value in news images and allows us entry into the world of the press photographer, revealing the journey they travel to bring us their stories.
Canon sponsers World Press Photo event in SydneyWorld Press Photo Exhibition Sydney
"Canon has been a major partner to World Press Photo for more than a decade, and is honoured to be associated with this organisation. Press photography has evolved over the years and we are thrilled to provide high level support to the intrepid and heroic profession of photojournalism," said Mr Shuichi Tsukahara, Managing Director, Canon Australia.

World Press Photo of the Year 2005
Winning World Press Photo of the Year 2005 is an image showing the emaciated fingers of a one-year-old child pressed against the lips of his mother at an emergency feeding clinic in Niger. A devastating swarm of locusts and the worst drought in decades left millions of people short of food in the African state. The picture was taken in Tahoua, northwestern Niger, on 1 August 2005. The winner, Canadian photographer Finbarr O'Reilly of Reuters, will receive a cash prize of 10,000 euro (A$16,000) and Canon will donate an EOS-1D Mark II N SLR camera.

Professional photographers Exhibition
Photographers, photo agencies, newspapers and magazines from around the globe are invited to submit their best news-related pictures of the previous year. For the second year in a row all entries were judged in digital format. The jury comprises of thirteen picture editors, photographers and representatives of press agencies from different parts of the world, with widely divergent backgrounds. This year 4,448 professional photographers from 122 countries entered 83,044 images. Australian photographers always feature prominently in the line up of winners and this year is no exception.

Australian photographers winners 2005
- Mark and Jenny Evans, 1st prize, Sports Feature Stories
- Ryan Pierse, Getty Images, 2nd prize, Sport Action Singles
- Adam Pretty, Getty Images, 3rd prize, Sport Action Stories
- Palani Mohan, Getty Images, 2nd prize, Nature Stories

World Press Photo Foundation
The World Press Photo Foundation is an independent platform for international press photography, founded in 1955. This platform manifests itself in the annual World Press Photo of the Year Contest and the corresponding yearbook and exhibition. The World Press Photo Exhibition is free at the State Library of NSW, from 4 May to 28 May 2006. Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm; weekends and selected public holidays, 11am-5pm. Canon is a worldwide sponsor of World Press Photo. The exhibition has been brought to Sydney by Canon Australia.

About Canon Australia
Canon Australia is a market leading supplier of consumer and business imaging solutions.We are a team committed to our customers' ongoing satisfaction through the empowerment and development of our staff. To be the preferred supplier we will be easy to deal with and provide quality, value for money, products and services.To ensure success for all stakeholders we will deliver profitability, growth, job fulfilment and have a positive impact on the community.





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