In the spirit of our guiding philosophy of Kyosei - living and working together for the common good - over the last 13 years, Canon Oceania has supported over 75 schools, not-for-profits and community groups with almost $400,000.

This program supports schools, not-for-profit and community groups who are addressing both social and environmental issues in their community and inspiring change for future generations.

2019 Canon Oceania Grants

More than 5000 votes for our 2019 finalists were submitted across the Oceania region and we’re excited to announce the 2019 Oceania Grants winners!

New Zealand’s three winning grant recipients, Everyone is a Treasure won the Community Grant, while Project Blue won in the Environment Grant and Kids Greening Taupō took home the Education Grant – each worth $5,000. Their three winning projects assist students in conserving native flora and fauna, educate businesses and consumers about sustainability and support the next generation of Kiwi artists.

Winners - $5,000 grant each ($4,000 worth of Canon products and $1,000 cash).

COMMUNITY: Everybody is a Treasure strives to create the next generation of non-violent Kiwi change-makers and visual storytellers. Two people holding a camera and smiling.Using award-winning methods for developing health and wellness through art, the organisation teaches creative resilience and builds supportive, creative communities. The organisation wants to equip young artists with the same quality of coaching and gear that many young athletes often enjoy. Everybody is a Treasure asked for a range of L- series lenses to work with donated cameras, mostly in the APS-C range — and with the odd 6D thrown in to teach them the difference between good glass and aperture.

Everybody is a Treasure’s Founder, Mandi Lynn, shares: "The Canon Oceania grant will enable us to create a lending library of high-quality photographic gear for our young visual artivists."

ENVIRONMENT: Project Blue is a group of 25 young Kiwis who are committed to educating businesses and consumers about the origin of the plastic we consume — and where it goes next. A person on the beach taking a photo.The group collaborates with companies and provides evidence-based solutions for removing, reducing, and replacing plastics via sustainable alternatives. Project Blue uses the power of film to educate and inspire action in the public and private sectors, as well as in consumers themselves. That’s why the young team asked for an EF70-200 lens, Kali600 LED studio lights, tripod kit and head.

Project Blue’s Founder, Savannah Walker, shares: "As we strive to save our beautiful oceans from plastic waste, we hope to inspire others who watch our film detailing our journey, to tackle an issue of their own. This Canon Grant will be hugely helpful in showing this journey and creating a compelling story that gives hope to those who want to see the world a better place.”

EDUCATION: Kids Greening Taupō is an educational and environmental programme. It connects students to Greening Taupō, a community organisation that focuses on conserving native flora and fauna. Images of people in a collage.Involvement can help students develop leadership and environmental skills. Kids Greening asked for tools like tripod kits, camcorders, camera backpacks and SD cards to help young volunteers capture the hands-on events and restoration work. The documentation will allow them to track progress and share outcomes on the organisation’s social media and website.

Kids Greening Taupō’s Education Coordinator, Sian Moffit, shares: “Our students are so excited to develop their skills and it is an opportunity for them to lead by example through documenting their progress.”