Release Issued by Canon:
Canon and Amateur Photographer magazine today launched a countrywide competition for budding UK photographers.
Amateur Photographer of the Year Award 2005, which is in its seventh year, challenges entrants to produce images that capture a wide selection of themes ranging from expressions to black and white architecture. £20,000 worth of prizes have been donated by Canon, which will be awarded to winners for each of the ten themed categories as well as an overall winner. This year there will also be a special prize worth £500 for the winner of the best photograph as voted by the readers of Amateur Photographer.
Following an exclusive launch event, the winning images will be displayed in an exhibition, which will be open to the public at the esteemed Camera Club in Kennington, London. Founded in 1885, the club has a renowned reputation for being at the forefront of the rapidly expanding range of new photographic techniques.
The competition, deemed the most prestigious amateur photography competition in the UK, will be judged by members of the Amateur Photographer team, headed by the editor, Garry Coward-Williams. Each year one overall winner is selected to receive a prize of £5000 of photographic equipment from Canon, which was snapped up in 2004 by Colin Roberts from Winchester, Hampshire, after being shortlisted in seven out of the ten rounds and winning two.
Ashley Ollett, Public Relations Manager, Canon Consumer Imaging, said, “We are very excited to be part of this high profile competition once again, which successfully rewards the originality of budding photographers within the photographic industry. Each year entrants dazzle us with their creativity and we are pleased to be supporting this growing talent within the UK. ”
Garry Coward-Williams, editor of Amateur Photographer said:"The standard of the entries this year has been outstanding and judging by the thousands of entries we received (Esther, I deleted “from the UK and overseas” because the first paragraph suggests it’s UK only so this bit may cause confusion otherwise) for each round, there is no doubt that this is the most important competition for amateurs in the UK.”
Please visit www.canon.co.uk to find out more