Two first prize winners will each receive a photography masterclass hosted by a Canon professional.
Canon has launched #FreeYourStory, a free-to-enter competition with a chance of winning a selection of Canon equipment, including an EOS M200 and a Canon Zoemini S. The last date for submitting entries for the competition is September 21.
Two first prize winners will each receive a photography masterclass hosted by a Canon professional. The masterclass will be conducted in person or virtually and will demonstrate how to compose and capture the perfect image, whilst showcasing the technical capabilities of the new camera.
Thirty runners-up will also win Canon equipment.
Entries will be judged by independent professionals, including influencer and filmmaker Michael Gray, Canon Ambassadors Wanda Martin and Ulla Lohmann.
Submissions will be considered based on creativity, impact and power of the image to tell a story, as well as the general understanding of the challenge theme including the mirror selfie and forced perspective.
With these two challenge categories, judges will identify images and videos which break away from typical social media clichés and share a distinctive perspective.
Canon’s #FreeYourStory Web Hub will also host an array of engaging content, including tips and tricks, useful articles and recommended products for aspiring photographers.
Commenting on the initiative, Canon Ambassador and portrait specialist Wanda Martin said: “I am thrilled to have been selected as one of the judges for Canon’s #FreeYourStory competition. I am most excited to see images which convey a very personal story and can’t wait to see the incredibly talented artists and submissions.”
Canon Ambassador, photojournalist and documentary maker Ulla Lohmann remarked: “I am looking for images which are a bit crazy, which captivate me and challenge me to think about them. I want to see your ideas. So, go ahead, grab a camera and #FreeYourStory”.
Influencer Michael Gray added: “I am super excited to be helping judge Canon’s #FreeYourStory competition and look forward to seeing all the entries. Personally, I’ll be looking out for eye-catching images that capture the brief and show originality. This competition is not about the camera you have, but the quality and creativity of the content you produce. So, pick up your camera or smartphone and start creating!”
Susie Donaldson ITCG Marketing Director at Canon Europe noted: “At Canon, our goal is to inspire people at every stage of their photographic journey, from entry-level through to professional, by encouraging them to develop and perfect their photography and video making skills, whilst igniting their passion for visual storytelling. I look forward to seeing an abundance of creativity and originality produced by our competition entrants and to showcase a selection of these images on our #FreeYourStory hub for the world to enjoy.”