Canon announce the launch of 'Canon Digital Creators Contest 2003', a digital-age
competition aimed at encouraging the creative exploration of new directions
in visual expression in the Internet-era.
Competition entries will be accepted from March 24 until September 4, 2003
and the Digital Art Exhibition will be held in London, Berlin & Amsterdam.
With the arrival of the age of digital technology and the Internet, personal
computers, digital cameras, digital video camcorders, colour printers and software
have enjoyed rapidly increasing popularity, making it easier than ever for almost
anyone to express their creativity or communicate through still images, moving
images and audio.
In light of these developments, Canon, as a leading company in the field of
digital-imaging products and solutions, launched in 2000 the annual Canon Digital
Creators Contest as a means of discovering and supporting new talent from among
the people that use this technology. 2002's contest, which marked the third
year of the competition and included newly added global collection-point cities
for overseas submissions, received 5,205 entries from 77 countries and regions,
an approximate 60% increase in the number of works received compared with the
previous year. Approximately a quarter (1,099) of these entries came from Europe
- more than double the number of European entries received in 2001.
The collection of award-winning works from 2002, including two Gold-prize winners
from Germany and France and one Silver-prize winner from France, will be exhibited
at two venues across Europe in the coming months.
The exhibition will begin in London's 'Vinopolis' from May 2-12, and move on
to 'C/O' in Berlin from May 20-25. A CDCC promotional event will take place
at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport from April 1-28. These exhibitions/events will
be open to the general public and free to attend. Plans are also underway to
run workshops on digital art during the exhibitions, by leading European digital
design company (and official CDCC judges) tomato.
Design professionals and amateurs alike from around the world are invited to
submit original artwork to any of the Canon Digital Creators Contest collection
points that have been established in Amsterdam, Tokyo, New York and Hong Kong.
Canon Digital Creators Contest 2003 comprises the same four division categories
as last year's contest: Digital Photo (Print), Digital Graphics / Illustration
(Print), Digital Movie, and Web. One Gold Award, one Silver Awards, three Bronze
Awards, five Honorary Mentions, and one* Canon Award will be presented in each
division. One Gold Award, one Silver Award, three Bronze Awards, five Honorary
Mentions, and one Canon Award will be presented in each division. Gold, Silver,
Bronze and Canon Award winners will each receive a cash prize and a Canon product
prize, and Honorary Mention winners will each receive a Canon product prize.
A total of US$117,000 in cash prizes will be awarded for this year's contest,
including US$20,000 for each Gold Award. Other scheduled prizes include awards
from participating sponsors.
The selection committee for this year's contest includes some of the foremost
authorities in the imaging and graphics fields: the British creative unit 'tomato'
and printmaker Kate Gibb for the Digital Photo (Print) division; illustrator
and art director Katsura Moshino and tomato for the Digital Graphics / Illustration
(Print) division; director Hiroyuki Nakano and Digital Domain, Inc. CEO, president,
and co-founder Scott Ross for the Digital Movie division; and tomato and artist
and technologist Joshua Davis for the Web division. Also joining the committee
as Contest Supervisor for Canon Digital Creators Contest 2003 will be Musashino
Art University professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi. The committee will look for works
that redefine the realm of digital visual expression, challenging the boundaries
of originality, expression, and message communication.
Canon Inc. has scheduled the announcement of this year's contest winners for
Friday, December 5, 2003, at Spiral Hall in Aoyama, Tokyo. Winning entries will
be displayed at Spiral Garden from Saturday, December 6 to Sunday, December
Canon Digital Creators Contest 2003 entry guidelines and other information
in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and other languages
are available on the Canon Digital Creators Contest website at: www.canon.com/cdcc/
European entries should be submitted to the Amsterdam Secretariat:
Canon Digital Creators Contest Amsterdam Secretariat
Strawinskylaan 705 1077 XX Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Selection Committee Member Profiles
Digital Photo (Print) Division
tomato (Creative Unit, UK)
tomato is active in a wide variety of creative fields, including television
commercials, graphic design, title sequences for feature films, print publications,
multi-media, fashion, architecture, music, business consulting, and more. In
the music scene, two of the group's founding members-Karl Hyde and Rick Smith-have
been successful with their project "underworld." tomato is also actively
involved in the field of education, having held workshops in various countries
Kate Gibb (Printmaker)
Kate Gibb studied Printed Textiles at university and focused on developing her
silkscreen printing rather than concentrating purely on fabric. In addition
to working with magazines and book publishers, she collaborates with design
groups and musicians. She created the jackets for the last two albums of the
electronic pop music duo The Chemical Brothers. Her background in textiles and
her acute sense of color have led to working with such fashion brands as Dries
Van Noten, Levi's, and Argyle. In 2004 she plans to hold a one-woman show in
Digital Graphics/Illustration (Print) Division
Katsura Moshino (Illustrator/Art Director)
Since the second half of the 1980s, Katsura Moshino has created a variety of
unique illustrations, mainly utilizing computer-generated Bezier curves. He
has designed a number of record jackets for Japanese and foreign music artists,
including DJ Krush and Nobukazu Takemura, and was involved in basketball promotional
campaigns for Nike from 1998 to 2000. Other design projects have included a
microwave oven and entertainment robots for Sony's AIBO family.
tomato (Creative Unit, UK)
Digital Movie Division
Hiroyuki Nakano (Director, Peacedelic)
Hiroyuki Nakano was born in 1958 and graduated from Waseda University. After
working for five years at a TV station he launched his filmmaking career and
has produced many music videos for both Japanese and international artists.
One such work, created for Deee-Lite, was nominated in six categories at the
MTV Awards. Nakano has also created a range of innovative films, including Peace
Blue (a DVD about dolphins), Mizu Water (a DVD about water), and Splash Dance
(a short film on surfing). Since 1998, he has concentrated on feature films,
directing SF Samurai Fiction, SF STEREO FUTURE, and RED SHADOW Akakage. His
latest work, SF Short Films, was released in 2003. Nakano now focuses his energies
on the creation of "peace" films.
Scott Ross (CEO, President, and Co-founder of Digital Domain, Inc.)
Scott Ross is the CEO, President, and co-founder of Digital Domain, Inc., the
full service visual effects/digital production studio in the feature film and
commercial advertising industry. Created in 1993 with James Cameron and Stan
Winston, Digital Domain has established a world-class reputation for innovation
and artistry. The studio has received numerous awards, including Academy Awards
for What Dreams May Come (1998) and Titanic (1997); a British Academy Award
for The Fifth Element (1998); as well as Grammy and Clio awards. Recent films
include DreamWorks' The Time Machine, Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky, and Ron Howard's
A Beautiful Mind.
Joshua Davis (Artist/Technologist)
Joshua Davis, a New York artist and technologist, produces both public and private
work on and off the Web. His site http://www.praystation.com was the winner
of the 2001 Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in the "Net Excellence"
category, the highest honor in international Net art and design. He is currently
an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and lectures globally
on his work, inspirations and motivations.
tomato (Creative Unit, UK)
Hiroshi Kashiwagi (Professor, Musashino Art University)
Hiroshi Kashiwagi was born in Kobe, Japan, in 1946 and graduated with a major
in the history of modern design from Musashino Art University, where he now
serves as a professor. He is also a design critic in such fields as industrial
design and urban technology, and seeks to interpret the ideas and sensibilities
of the modern age through visual and spatial design. He is the author of several
books on modern design and organizes design exhibitions in Japan and overseas.