EYECON

A photography and film competition that gives you the ultimate opportunity to develop your style, gain experience and showcase your talent to top industry professionals

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How to enter

Just a couple of simple steps and you could be on your way to winning some unique prizes

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    Step 1

    Simply register your details by 5pm 31 October 2016 to be eligible to enter

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    Step 2

    Submit your entry to Canon by 5pm 7 November 2016 (as per the competition guidelines)

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    Step 3

    Await the judging that will take place on 21 November 2016 (subject to change)

Who can enter

The competition is open to New Zealand students or assistants and is split into three categories. Each category is judged individually and has separate prize packages to be won

  • film students

    Film

    Tertiary students and assistant film makers currently studying film

  • Camera students

    Photography

    High School students currently studying photography - Year 12 & 13

  • Camera students

    Photography Tertiary

    Tertiary students and assistant photographers currently studying photography

Prizes

There are some incredible prizes to be won, including cash, Canon products and priceless experiences with leading New Zealand photographers and filmmakers.

  • Photography - Tertiary students and photography assistants

    First Place
    $3,000 Canon NZ dollars.*
    $1,000 cash.
    All expenses paid ‘Experience Day’ with three Canon EYECON mentor photographers.
    ‘Agency Experience’ with Canon’s creative agency.
    A1 large format print of an image of choice from entry.
    NZIPP and AIPA membership for one year.
     
    Second Place
    $2,000 Canon NZ dollars.*
    NZIPP and AIPA membership for one year.
     
    Highly Commended
    Canon gift pack.
     
    Organisation of the First Place Winner
    $2,000 Canon NZ dollars.*
    1 x Canon PIXMA PRO-10 printer (RRP $1,349).
  • Photography - Year 12 and 13 photography students

    First Place
    $3,000 Canon NZ dollars.*
    All expenses paid workshop at Queenstown Centre for Creative Photography with Canon EOS Masters Jackie Ranken and Mike Langford.
    ‘Agency Experience’ with Canon’s creative agency.
     
    School of the First Place Winner
    $2,000 Canon NZ dollars.*
    EYECON mentor talk for photography students.
    1 x Canon PIXMA PRO-100S printer (RRP $999).
  • Film - Tertiary students and film assistants

    Overall Winner
    $3,000 Canon NZ dollars.*
    $1,000 cash.
    All expenses paid ‘Experience Day’ with three Canon EYECON mentor Duncan Cole.
Judged by a team of New Zealand’s top professional photographers who also act as the EYECON mentors
  • Fiona Quinn - Editorial

    From a fine arts background Fiona has made photography her career. Fiona’s creative style is clean and graphic with an impeccable attention to detail, producing work described as striking with an inherent sense of elegance. Managing many of her fashion shoots from concepts to completion. Fiona has an intrinsic understanding of the components required to make powerful, evocative images.

    Fiona Quin Editorial
  • Troy Goodall - Commercial

    Troy’s focus and relentless attention to every aspect is rivalled only by his appreciation of the bigger picture. Flexible and passionate, Troy brings years of award-winning experience to every project. Having worked with global agencies at home and around the world, Troy takes pride in getting results for clients which has seen him ranked in Luezer’s ARCHIVE top 200 advertising photographers worldwide.

    Troy Goodwall commercial photographer
  • Jim Pollard - Wedding

    Based in Queenstown, Jim was one of this year’s Rangefinder Magazines top 30 rising stars. He also placed in the top 50 wedding photos 2014 and top 50 best wedding destination photos 2015. As a wedding photography ‘couple’ with his wife Vicky, Jim takes great pride in providing and informal, relaxed and enjoyable experience. They see their job as to capture the authentic moments that make up each story using candid and emotional imagery.

    Jim Pollard Wedding Photographer
  • Duncan Cole - Cinematographer

    Duncan moved into the motion picture world from working internationally as an editorial and commercial photographer. He has shot a number of New Zealand feature films, as well as many hundreds of TV commercials and music videos. He enjoys a technical challenge and gets hired on many of the more technically complex projects, which often involves employing leading edge equipment and techniques.

    Duncan Cole Cinemagrapher
Guidelines, Tips and FAQs

Any questions? Please see our competition guidelines, expert tips and Frequently Asked Questions or email us at eyecon@canon.co.nz

  • Photography Guidelines

    TERTIARY STUDENTS AND ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHERS
    YEAR 12 & 13 SECONDARY SCHOOL

    •    You must enter a selection of three A4 original photographic images of professional quality (or semi-professional quality for secondary students) created after 01/01/2016.
                - Each image should be printed on a separate sheet of A4 size (30cm x 21cm) or 8’x10’ photographic paper.
                - Photographs should be unmounted and free from any identifiable marks.
                - Prints must be of a high standard.
                - Care must be taken to protect images for submission process, plastic sleeve is recommended.
    •    A 500 word explanation of what the brief for your portfolio was and a short paragraph on what and who inspires you as an emerging photographer.

    SEND YOUR ENTRY BEFORE 5PM 7 NOVEMBER 2016 TO:
    BY POST: Canon EYEcon 2015, PO Box 33 336, Takapuna, 0740, Auckland.
    BY COURIERS: 28 The Warehouse Way, Akoranga Business Park, Northcote, 0627, Auckland.

    Canon New Zealand will not accept any liability for loss or damage to photographs in transit to the delivery address. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that their entry is packaged in strong, adequate packaging. If you would like your entry returned after the judging please include a self-addressed pre-paid courier bag.
     
  • Film Guidelines

    TERTIARY STUDENTS AND FILM ASSISTANTS

    •    A one to three minute video that represents your style and genre.
                - Still images can be included in your video but must only make up a maximum 20% of viewing time.
                - Where applicable, a full talent, music or location release is required.
                - Video must be of a high standard.
    •    One frame grab that represents your video (used for promotion).
    •    A 500 word explanation of what the brief for your film was, and a short paragraph on what and who inspires you as a film maker,
    •    For film entrants a team of up to two people is permitted, however the prize will remain the same and will have to be shared.

    SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY BEFORE 5PM 6 NOVEMBER 2015 VIA:
    A private vimeo link of your work, which should be emailed (with your password) to eyecon@canon.co.nz

    PLEASE NOTE: Entries must not include any objectionable material. Entries of this type will not be submitted for judging.

    What the judges will be looking for:
    The judges will be looking for work that demonstrates the photographer’s /film maker’s ability to think laterally. Creativity, originality, print quality (photography only) and technical 
    expertise, will all form part of the judging criteria. Biography on what and 
    who inspires you must be submitted along with portfolio.
  • Tips from the experts

    The winners and judges of the Canon EYECON competition share their collective wisdom in a series of dos and don'ts for entering:
     
    Read the fine print: It’s heartbreaking for judges to have to dismiss an entry because it didn’t follow the rules. Read them carefully and follow them to the letter, be sure you’re presenting everything in the correct format and on time.
     
    Have a concept: Portfolios should present an idea, developed over the series of three images, not simply display three pretty yet unrelated images. They’re more than just images when there is a strong concept behind them.
     
    Express yourself: That said, don’t go overboard with your ideas. Keep it simple, easily understood, and technically immaculate for maximum impact.
     
    Don’t follow trends: We all have our styles, be sure you’re stepping up with something that suits you personally, rather than what you may think is expected. Be sure there’s a reason why you’re approaching things a certain way, don’t get caught up in what others are doing.
     
    Printing is important: The quality of the prints submitted is of equal importance as the idea expressed in the images. Often a fantastic selection of images are let down by low quality execution, so take time to think about how your image is best presented.
     
    Enter: Pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how many winners mention they almost didn’t follow through on entering, or never imagined they stood a chance. You don’t know until you try, so give it a whirl if you’ve been holding back — win or lose, it’s all valuable experience.

TERMS & CONDITIONS EYEcon 2016

 

The following terms and conditions govern the basis upon which Canon EYEcon 2016 will be conducted. Information and registration forms form part of these terms and conditions. Participation is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.

 
1. This registration form must be completed in full. The completed registration form needs to be submitted to Canon New Zealand by 5.00pm, 31 October 2016 and entries received by 5.00pm, 7 November 2016.
2. The competition is open to all tertiary students currently studying photography or film in 2016; assistant photographers and film assistants; year 12 and 13 secondary school photography students within New Zealand. .
3. The work submitted must be the original work of the person named on the registration form as described in the copyright Act of 1994. Any attempt at plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.
4. Entries must not include any objectionable material. Entries of this type will not be submitted for judging.
5.Entrants must be the legal copyright owner of photographic works entered and copyright of the work remains with the holder.
6. Winners grant Canon New Zealand a non-exclusive, non-revocable, royalty-free, worldwide licence to use, reproduce, publish and display any or all of their work in any media or distribution method, including publication on websites and internet applications, for the purpose of promoting Canon New Zealand or Canon EYECon for a period of two years after the event. Such use will be at Canon New Zealand’s discretion and Canon New Zealand is not obligated to use, reproduce, publish or display any work.
7. In addition to clause 6 above, Canon New Zealand may at its discretion, from time to time, select other works not within the winning portfolio to use, reproduce, publish and display for the purpose of promoting Canon New Zealand or Canon EYEcon. Such use will only be permitted upon payment of a licence fee of NZ$100 and the entrant agrees to grant Canon New Zealand a non-exclusive, non-revocable, royalty-free, worldwide licence.
8. Canon New Zealand acknowledge the moral rights provisions of the Copyright Act 1994, including the right to be identified as the author of the work and the right to object to derogatory treatment of the work. To preserve the artistic integrity of the entry, no work will be intentionally edited, altered, demeaned or misrepresented in any way. The authorship of the entrant will be clearly acknowledged in each case of use.
9. It is the entrant’s responsibility to obtain appropriate written permission from people or owners of property that are identifiable in their work. The entrant must produce evidence of that consent, to Canon New Zealand, if requested.
10. The entrant fully indemnifies Canon New Zealand against any claims arising from the display or use of unaltered work as described herein and from the infringement of intellectual property rights of any third party.
11. The work will not be returned to the registered entrant unless entrants include suitable addressed packaging for the return of work. A courier ticket or postage to cover cost of delivery must be included with the entry form. If there is no suitable return address, packaging or courier ticket included, the work may be disposed of by Canon New Zealand 90 days after the winners are announced
12. All entries will be treated with care, but no responsibility will be accepted in the case of loss or damage. Insurance is the entrant’s sole responsibility unless agreed in writing with Canon New Zealand.
13. Entries submitted without a signed entry form will not be accepted. Incomplete entries or entries that do not conform to the submission requirements will be deemed invalid.
14. The judge’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
15. Overall category winners must make themselves available for days spent with photographic mentors, to be determined at Canon New Zealand’s discretion.
16. Winners and placed entrants consent to Canon New Zealand using their name, likeness, image and/or voice in any publication and media releases, including social media, and further agree to participate in reasonable publication activities if necessary, including interviews.
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The prize includes the following:
Category and Place
Prize (RRP calculated as of October 2015)
 

Photography – Tertiary students and photography assistants

Overall Winner
 
(a) $3,000 Canon dollars to be spent with Canon New Zealand for any Canon Digital SLR, lenses, printers and/or photo paper and inks (calculated at RRP)
(b) $1,000 cash.
(c) An all-expenses paid “Experience Day” with the three Canon EYEcon mentor photographers, including meals, flights and transportation and 4 star accommodation.
(d) An all-expenses paid “Experience Half Day” with Canon’s creative agency including meals, flights and transportation.
(e) A1 large format print of an image of choice from entry.
(f) NZIPP and AIPA membership for one year.
 
Second Place
(a) $2,000 Canon dollars to be spent with Canon New Zealand for any Canon Digital SLR, lenses, printers and/or photo paper and inks (calculated at RRP)
(b) NZIPP and AIPA membership for one year •Organisation/Institution of the Overall Winner
(a) $2,000 Canon dollars to be spent with Canon New Zealand for any Canon Digital SLR, lenses, printers and/or photo paper and inks (calculated at RRP)
(b) 1 x Canon PIMXA PRO-10S printer (RRP$1,349)
 

Photography – Year 12 & 13 students Overall Winner

 
(a) $3,000 Canon dollars to be spent with Canon New Zealand for any Canon Digital SLR, lenses, printers and/or photo paper and inks (calculated at RRP)
(b) An all-expenses paid workshop at Queenstown Centre for Creative Photography with Canon EOS Masters Jackie Ranken and Mike Langford. •Including meals, flights and transportation and accommodation.
(c) An all-expenses paid “Experience Half Day” with Canon’s creative agency including meals, flights and transportation.
 

Organisation/institution of the Overall winner

 
(a) $2,000 Canon dollars to be spent with Canon New Zealand for any Canon Digital SLR, lenses, printers and/or photo paper and inks (calculated at RRP)
(b) EYECON mentor talk for photography students. •(c) 1x Canon PIXMA PRO – 100S printer (RRP$999)
 

Film – Tertiary students and film assistants Overall Winner

 (a) $3,000 Canon dollars to be spent with Canon New Zealand for any Canon Digital SLR, lenses, printers and/or photo paper and inks (calculated at RRP)
(b) $1,000 cash •(c) An all-expenses paid “Experience Day” with Canon EYEcon mentor