Canon Europe has announced that it will partner with Visa pour l’Image, an annual photojournalism festival, scheduled to hold from August 29 to September 13, 2020 in Perpignan, France.
The international festival brings together the world’s most important stories and those responsible for telling them.
According to a statement released by Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA), the partnership affirms Canon’s commitment to photojournalism students and professionals.
“As a leading Company in imaging we are proud to support the vision and creativity of many professionals working in the field today. We also actively partner with forums like Visa Pour L’Image for celebrating professionals and supporting the discovery of future visionaries in imaging,” said CCNA Sales and Marketing Director, Amine Djouhara. “This year we are particularly proud that for the first time we have an opportunity to include African students in the competition. This is an opportunity to potentially feature the results of our Miraisha initiative that educated young people in imaging. I strongly urge photography students and professionals to use the lockdown period to compile their portfolios and submit them for this once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Canon’s partnership at Visa pour l’Image 2020 comes with three exciting initiatives, viz: Canon Female Photojournalist Grant, Canon Student Development Programme and the inaugural Canon Video Grant.
Canon Video Grant
The inaugural Canon Video Grant, run in conjunction with Visa pour l’Image and in association with Images Evidence – for which a videographer, or photographer, will be awarded a grant of €8,000 alongside the loan of pioneering Canon video kit to produce a short-film documentary. Projects should cover cultural, social or economic subjects and applicants will be judged on the presentation of their project alongside their previous work.
Canon Female Photojournalism Grant
Championing diverse storytelling for the twentieth year, Canon and Images Evidence have opened the prestigious Canon Female Photojournalist Grant for entries. This highly regarded grant will recognise an outstanding female photographer and her contribution to photojournalism, with an award of €8,000. The winner of the grant will use the money to work on their year-long project, exhibiting the final display at the festival’s 2021 edition.
Canon Student Development Programme
In its fourth year, the Canon Student Development Programme offers students from across Europe, Middle East and Africa an opportunity to take part in a three-day educational workshop. Selected students will have the chance to work with industry leaders, enjoy guided exhibition tours, attend film screenings and have their portfolios reviewed by Canon Ambassadors and photo editors during the festival.
The application deadline for all entries have been extended to May 31, 2020.