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


Thank you to everyone that submitted an application for our 2019 Canon Oceania Grants program. The judges have reviewed over 140 applications across three categories and we are excited to announce our three finalists for each of those categories. Check them out below and vote for your favourite today! Voting closes 5.00pm AEST 23 August 2019 and the winners will be announced on 16 September 2019.

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    Community Finalist - Living Springs

    Located in the Allandale valley, Living Springs is a not-for-profit venue that’s been helping visitors’ recharge and connect with nature since the 1970s. Living Springs hosts a variety of camps for schoolchildren, community groups and corporate teams, facilitating programmes for personal development and environmental education. With age comes increased operational costs, so Living Springs is seeking an EOS 7D Mark II camera and EF 16-35mm lens to help tell its stories to funders and attract the community support that’s essential for keeping the venue accessible.

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    Community Finalist - DIGITS

    DIGITS is a charitable trust and a collaborative city-wide effort to enable digital inclusion for 1,000 households with school-aged children in Palmerston North. Many local families face disadvantage because they can’t afford technology or connection, so DIGITS provides the equipment and education necessary for getting online. That includes a refurbished Chromebook, an internet connection and free digital literacy tuition. To date, the organisation has connected 115 families and helped them learn about topics like email, job seeking and internet banking. DIGITS has asked for a Canon scanner, Pixma Endurance printer, ink cartridges and paper to help them promote their programme to potential sponsors.

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    Community Finalist - Everybody is a Treasure

    Everybody is a Treasure strives to create the next generation of non-violent Kiwi change-makers and visual storytellers. They teach a toolbox for creative resilience and build supportive creative communities that use award-winning methods for developing health and wellness through art. The organisation wants to equip young artists with the same quality of coaching and gear that many young athletes often enjoy. They’re asking 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.

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    Education Finalist - Kids Greening Taupō

    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. Involvement can help students develop leadership and environmental skills. Kids Greening has 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 would allow them to track progress and share outcomes on the organisation’s social media and website.

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    Education Finalist - Hatea-a-rangi School

    Hatea-a-rangi School is a Year 1–8 state school who has secured funding that enabled whanau to travel to Ngati Kahungunu and build a waka. This opportunity enables their tauira (students) to learn how to safely navigate a waka and participate in the Tuia 250 Voyage celebrations throughout October. The school has asked for products to record and review sailing techniques as preparation. The equipment would also allow them to film all celebration regattas and make learnings accessible to as many people as possible (the school will create a how-to video on sailing the waka).

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    Education Finalist - Photo Iwi

    Professional photographer Shayne Jeffares created the charitable trust Photo Iwi to encourage creativity and belonging for young New Zealanders. Photo Iwi offers students a six-week programme that includes a local exhibition and an online web gallery to sell their photographs. The programme also teaches them to find opportunities for volunteering, leadership, digital literacy and career pathways while building self-esteem. The trust has requested a Canon 77D, RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM Lens and a Canon Image PROGRAF iPF PRO 4000 for students to use and produce images for exhibition.

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    Environment Finalist - Seed The Change | He Kākano Hapai

    This not-for-profit organisation works toward environmentally sustainable and socially equitable system outcomes. One of their projects, ‘Drinkable Rivers,’ aims to restore healthy river systems. After the earthquakes, Christchurch’s Avon River is now one of NZ’s most polluted. The seven-year project aims to restore the river (a major visitor attraction), support its wildlife, and provide real-time data about water quality for the Christchurch community. The organisation has requested a printer, EOS 200D Mark II kit and XA30 video camera to document progress and print information for distribution.

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    Environment Finalist - Project Blue

    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. 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 is asking for an EF70-200 lens, Kali600 LED studio lights, tripod kit and head.

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    Environment Finalist - Nelson Environment Centre

    Nelson Environment Centre is the oldest environment centre in Aotearoa NZ, operating since 1976. They educate, build awareness and assist local communities regarding key global and local environmental challenges. They’re aiming to expand their environmental education for all and become a community hub for Nelson and Tasman. To achieve those goals, the independent not-for-profit organisation has asked for an EOS 6D Mark II body camera and zoom lens. The equipment would help them create media content and expand their how-to videos.

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