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Canon congratulates winners of the 2018 World Press Photo Awards

Lehdistötiedote   •   Huhti 13, 2018 09:49 EEST

© Ronaldo Schemidt, Venezuela Crisis, Agence France-Presse

Canon congratulates winners of the 2018 World Press Photo Awards, and sets out its 2018 commitment to photojournalism by bringing the exhibition this year to Tallinn and Helsinki.

Congratulations to Ronaldo Schemidt, winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2018. Ronaldo’s photo depicts a man on fire amid violent clashes with riot police during a protest against President Nicolás Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela. Canon also extends its congratulations to the eight category award winners, including Canon Ambassadors Magnus Wennman, who’s image wins best photo in the ‘People’ category, and Giulio Di Sturco, who’s image in the ‘Contemporary Issues’ category came second.

The World Press Photo Contest is internationally recognised as the world’s most prestigious competition for photojournalists. The judges selected one image for World Press Photo of the Year out of a total of 73,044 photos submitted by 4,548 photographers from 125 countries. Ronaldo Schemidt has been awarded a cash prize of 10,000 euros, as well as Canon equipment, a Golden Eye Award and a diploma.

Canon is committed to celebrating the outstanding visual storytelling abilities of photojournalists as they continue to tell some of the most important stories in the world. That’s why, Canon has been a proud sponsor of World Press Photo Contest for 26 consecutive years (since 1992).

The prize-winning pictures are presented in an exhibition visiting 100 cities in over 45 countries over the course of the year and seen by more than 3.5 million people worldwide. This year Canon Oy and partners will bring the World Press Photo exhibition first time to Estonia, Tallinn to celebrate Estonians 100th anniversary and 5th time to Helsinki, Finland. World Press Photo exhibition will be open for visitors in Balti Jaam Passenger Terminal from 20th of July to 9th of August. It will be followed by Helsinki exhibition in Sanomatalo from 24th of August to13th of September. This year’s exhibition displays will be printed on Canon wide format and flatbed printers.

The story of World Press Photo and Estonia

World Press Photo exhibition in Tallinn in 2018 congratulates Estonia’s 100th anniversary. World Press Photo and Estonia share a narrative through a world-renowned documentary photographer of Estonian origin Juhan Kuus (1953-2015). An award-winning photographer of World Press Photo competition in 1978 and 1992. The tale of Juhan Kuus has been revived and brought into open by an enthusiastic couple behind Juhan Kuus Documentary Photography Centre (JKDFC) in Tallinn, endeavour clearly identified and sincerely appreciated by the World Press Photo organisation. The mission of JKDFC is to bring together photographers and others who use documentary photography to tell and experience stories that inspire, enrich, include and change lives.

Exhibition organisers in Estonia

The Estonian Press Photographers Association (EPFL) is a non- profit voluntary association of Estonian press photographers who act in the public interest. The purpose of the EPFL is to combine national press photographers, to raise awareness amongst press photographers, togetherness and professional skills, to protect its members' professional interests and to stand for their professional rights and ethics. Main activities of the EPFL is to organise annual Estonian press photo competition and exhibition, supported by several training courses, seminars and workshops.

Overall Eesti As is a service and technology company with a strong desire to better serve its customers, to effectively support and enhance their creativity in professional production printing, photography, videography and filmmaking, furthermore helping customers to achieve efficiency and cost-saving through wise implementation and utilisation of existing technologies in office printing.

Canon invests heavily in R&D to deliver the richest and most innovative products and services to satisfy customers’ creative needs. From amateur photographers to professional print companies, Canon enables each customer to realize their own passion for image. Canon Oy is the national sales office for Canon Europe, represented in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Partners of the exhibition in Estonia

Eesti Meedia is the largest media group in the Baltics. Their fields of business include print and online media, television, radio, printing and direct marketing services, publishing house, e-commerce and classifieds portals. Eesti Meedia is the only group on the Estonian media landscape which has outputs in printed newspapers, online, radio and television. Estonia’s oldest newspaper Postimees and its news portals in Estonian, Russian and English are part of Eesti Meedia.

Go Travel is a tour operator, selling holiday trips, plane and ferry tickets, accommodation in Estonia or abroad and spa vacation. Our competent, multilingual travel consultants have taken care of both business travellers’ and private customers’ travel needs for more than 25 years. We arrange taylor-made adventures for small groups into exclusive destinations such as around the world or Antarctic. Everyone loves to travel, but not everyone travels the same way. This is exactly why we design our tour programs to match your interests, tastes and budget.

Canon invests heavily in R&D to deliver the richest and most innovative products and services to satisfy customers’ creative needs. From amateur photographers to professional print companies, Canon enables each customer to realize their own passion for image.

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