Canon UK today announced that for the second consecutive year it is to sponsor The Times newspaper’s search for The Times Young Photographer of the Year.
Now in its 9th year, the competition seeks to find the country’s best young photographer. The eventual winner will secure a 6 month placement with The Times newspaper where they will be trained in the skills of a photojournalist. In addition to the placement the winner will also receive an award-winning EOS 5D Mark II camera body, EF 24-70 f/2.8 lens, EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS lens and a Canon 580EX II Speedlite flash. Each of the six finalists will also receive a year’s membership to the British Press Photographer’s Association.
Last year the competition was won by Matthew Lloyd who says of his experience at the newspaper “Working for The Times has been a fantastic experience. I’ve been allowed the freedom to do the job and shoot creatively whilst gaining invaluable support and feedback from the team there. My top tip for entrants this year is ask others to take a look at the photos you are thinking of entering and get as much experience as you can and try to understand the industry.”
The competition will be launched in The Times on 16th July and will run until 31st August 2010. During September, judging will commences and 6 finalists will be selected and set an assignment by Paul Sanders, Picture Editor of The Times.
The finalists will have their work displayed at Canon’s Pro Photo Solutions exhibition at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London on 26 and 27th October. The winner will be unveiled there in a reception hosted by the Editor of The Times, James Harding.
The judging panel will be co-chaired by Paul Sanders and Nick Millen from Canon Professional Imaging.
Paul Sanders, Picture Editor of The Times says: “Winning this competition has become one of the most prestigious prizes for young photographers; it has a proven pedigree of placing young talent in a position to fulfill their dreams. Each of the previous winners has gone on to launch very successful careers in news photography. With the continued support of Canon we are able to offer even greater support to the winner to establish themselves as professional photographers”.
Lee Bonniface, Country Director Canon Consumer Imaging, UK and Ireland said. “We were extremely impressed with the calibre of last year’s finalists and by the talent shown by the overall winner Matthew Lloyd. Canon UK is very proud to again be supporting the competition and helping to give a talented young photographer a solid start to their career”
For further details about the competition please visit: Young Photographer of the Year