Pinoy photogs converge once again at Canon PhotoMarathon

By Crista Quintos

Tech giant Canon staged on Saturday, November 10, this year’s Philippine leg of Canon PhotoMarathon, the largest on-the-spot photography competition in Asia, at BGC in Taguig City.

Hundreds of Filipino photographers came together to take on the challenge to capture subjects, scenes, and emotions that encapsulate stories that will have a long-lasting impact on future generations.

Canon said it aims to extend the power of photographs to help organizations improve the lives of children supported by its local partner organization: Operation Smile PH.

Operation Smile provides reconstructive facial surgery to indigent children and young adults born with cleft lip and cleft palate deformity. A portion of the registration fee of the participants for the contest and proceeds generated from the “Print for Smiles” were dedicated to raising funds for the organization to conduct more surgeries.

The participants were challenged to take photographs according to different themes under time pressure. The entries were judged by Canon’s “Crusaders of the Light” — Ernie Sarmiento, Wesley Villarice, Jijo de Guzman, and Wig Tysmans — according to the relevance of theme, creativity in interpretation, and photo composition.

The winner took home a brand-new Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera worth P147,998 and will represent the country at the PhotoMarathon grand finals in Japan in 2019.

“We at Canon believe that every captured image has the power to tell a story that, in one way or another can affect lives” said Kazuhiro Ozawa, president and CEO of Canon Marketing Philippines.

“From being a platform that brings communities closer together and cultivates the culture of photography, we bring this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon in the Philippines one step further to allow Filipino photographers to expand the power of photography to create impact in the lives of future generations.”

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