Monday, December 10, 2012

Canon Photomarathon X: Shoot And Run

This is not a review of some a horror-action film. There’re no guns, no explosives, and no blood in this article- only adrenalin-charged people and their cameras.

This was my submission for 'Wonder'.
The Canon Photomarathon is the country’s biggest photography competition. This year marked the tenth installment of this competition where more than 2000 photographers and enthusiasts gathered at Marina Bay Sands on the 3rd of November, where they competed not only against each other, but also against time.
The concept behind this photomarathon is simple, at 09:00 in the morning, contestants are given a specific theme to shoot for the next three hours. This year, the first theme was “Wonder”. The participants scoured the entire green city for that one thing or moment to capture with their cameras. They would then need to return to the event venue before the three-hour deadline lapses to upload and submit their one best shot.

The cycle was repeated at 12:00 sharp when the second theme, “Harmony”, was announced. The third theme, “Pleasure”, was announced at 3pm and the competition wrapped up at 18:00 in the evening.

The winners were announced a couple of hours after the judges had reviewed all the entries.

My submission for "Pleasure".
The event’s name “Canon Photomarathon” is an apt description of the competition. It is a day-long, non-stop pursuit for photographic excellence. For me, and probably most of the other people competing in this, it was both physically and mentally taxing. Thankfully, Redbull was a sponsor for the event, and all of us were given a free can of the energy boosting drink each.

As someone who does self-portraits, I was running back and forth from behind the camera, to the front, throughout the entire day. Although I am already used to this process for my shoots, I had never shot three different self-portraitures in one day before. In addition, I did not have a lot of time for conceptualizing, so this was definitely a whole new experience for me, and  a sweet and sour one at that too.

This competition really pushed its participants to think and work under pressure, and to break out from the boxes of un-creativity. Although I did not win any of the to-die-for prizes (which included Canon cameras and an expense-paid trip to Hungary), it was still a great photographic race to experience.

This competition is definitely an event that I would recommend to any photographer or enthusiasts. Apart from the exhilarating fun, you may also get some portfolio-worthy shots from this contest. Canon will definitely be organising the 11th photomarathon next year, so why not give it a try? Who knows what you may get yourself into when you shoot and run.

To see this year’s winning shots, check out their official page.

By Shawn Fang, Year 2, Diploma in Mass Media Management
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Shawn Fang is a Year 2 student from Mass Media Management who aspires to be a editorialist. He has has an interest in photography and focuses on self-portraits. Shawn also dabbles in different genres of photography- from cloudscapes to abstract photography. Aiming to capture beauty in his shots (not just the beauty of a concept, but the beauty of life), Shawn hopes his photography will inspire people to appreciate the little things around us that make living beautiful. "Take a snapshot, and put it in your pocket"!

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