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National photography competition calls for promising new talent

National photography competition calls for promising new talent - Canon, world-leader in imaging technology solutions, and Amateur Photographer magazine today announced the categories for the renowned Amateur Photographer of the Year Award.

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Canon, world-leader in imaging technology solutions, and Amateur Photographer magazine today announced the categories for the renowned Amateur Photographer of the Year Award (APOY) 2006. The competition, running into its seventh year, will take budding photographers from the UK and abroad through ten challenging rounds, in the hope of winning the grand prize - 5,000 RRP of Canon kit. Each round will be judged by the Amateur Photographer team and will be published in the magazine.

Paul Whiting, from Winchester, won the title of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2005 by illustrating his passion for photography and demonstrating exceptional creativity through his images. I entered this competition because it gave me the opportunity to really test my creativity. It was such a challenge to find a unique way to answer the briefs for each round - I found it thoroughly rewarding, commented Whiting.

He continued, I would recommend the APOY competition to anyone who has a passion for photography. I am so happy to have won, my family are really proud and the sense of achievement is indescribable.

Angela Mason-Warnes, Public Relations Manager, Canon Consumer Imaging, Canon UK Ltd. commented, It is so important to encourage and reward talent and creativity, and this is the main reason why we are sponsoring APOY 2006 for the fifth consecutive year. Every year the entries seem to become more unique, increasingly imaginative and are truly inspiring.

Garry Coward-Williams, editor of Amateur Photographer said: "2005 saw an exceptionally high amount of entries that reached an equally high standard. This year we are very excited about the level of talent to expect. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the most important competition for amateur photographers in the UK.

Amateur Photographer of the Year themes for 2006 will be:
Round One February Night-time delights
Round Two March Building
Round Three April Countryside
Round Four May Animal magic
Round Five June Shadows
Round Six July Action
Round Seven August Close-up
Round Eight September Abstract
Round Nine October Reflections
Round Ten November Transport
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BigCol 17 1.8k 1 Scotland
A bit late with this aren't we. Round one closed at the end of February, they're now into round 2!

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there is no mention of this on Amateur Photographer Magazine's website which I find rather strange...!
BigCol - We only received the press release yesterday. Seems they think the competition needs a little extra promotion after the first round.
Don't see an active link for this post for more information which is a little out of date to be of any use?

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