Canon Australia has awarded two winners and four runners up for the August Canon Light Awards (CLA). This month’s brief challenged applicants to use their creativity to interpret their emotional reaction to the environment they are in and capture the moment via their Canon camera and I think you’ll agree these photographs certainly fit the brief.
Colin Bartley from Halls Head (WA) clinches a Canon EOS 5D Mark III or $4,000 Canon eStore voucher for his winning image, Paddlers’ Cold Misty Morning
“It was a bitterly cold morning as we made our way down to the start of Day 2 of the Avon Descent white water race,” said Colin. “I was support crew for a mate of mine who was participating, and as the first light of dawn was appearing, we walked down the hill from the car park to the river bank. The temperature got colder and we were engulfed in damp mist. I thought ‘Brrrrr…you poor buggers are going to freeze today’. The canoes waiting patiently under the trees by the river for their paddlers to arrive slowly came into view through the mist and were lit up by the flood light at the far end of the paddock, you could see the light reflecting off the frost that had formed on them overnight. I saw this scene and it just looked so surreal, so cold, so moody, and so perfect – I had to try and capture it. Within 10 minutes the place was filled with paddlers and looked totally different.”
Mentone (VIC) resident, Daniel Minton (19 years old) from Monash University also clinches a Canon EOS 5D Mark III or $4,000 Canon eStore voucher for his winning image, Morning Glow
“During a roadtrip to Alice Springs, we woke up quite early to take a hot air balloon ride during sunrise,” said Daniel. “Being in the open desert early in the morning, there was quite a chill in the air. When they inflated the balloon in bursts, the warm glow from the hot air and big flame intermittently washed over us. This feeling is what inspired me to capture the moment in a frame. Through trial and error, I managed to capture a full inflation of the balloon and the bright sunrise creeping over the horizon, while also keeping the instructor’s face exposed correctly. It was truly one of those moments, when you look at your camera display and you feel that you managed to truly capture what lay beyond.”
My Personal Favourite
The September creative brief of “Pet Personalities” has been set by Australia’s favourite vet and passionate photographer, Dr Chris Brown, who has recently been announced as a Canon Ambassador – joining the ranks of Australian personalities Steve Waugh, Lisa Wilkinson, and Guy Sebastian. Entries close on 30 September 2015.
For more information on CLA, and should you or your community want to get involved check out lightawards.canon.com.au