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Canon supports grassroots groups to inspire a better future through its inaugural Grants Program

Date:2017-10-11 16:30:43

In the spirit of our guiding philosophy of Kyosei - living and working together for the common good, Canon has proudly supported community and environmental groups throughout Oceania for the last 10 years.

Across the Oceania region, Canon has awarded over $30,000* worth of grants comprising of Canon equipment in-kind to projects that aim to see Aboriginal women standing strong, secondary students restoring and monitoring wildlife, businesses and consumers reducing the impact of plastic straws in the environment, and a diverse youth group exploring creative expression.

Canon Australia were excited to announce this year's winners on 26th September:

Winners ($5,000 grant)  

COMMUNITY: Camera Story (WA) - Camera Story is undertaking a photographic project titled Women Standing Strong that will see young Aboriginal women turn the focus on themselves as they explore identity, cultural narratives and femininity through the camera lens.

SCHOOL: Bayswater Secondary College (VIC) - Students will restore a frog pond, gardens and local creek with native plants and bird boxes to attract wildlife. A STEM Digital Photography Elective Program will be introduced to inspire students to learn the skills of high resolution nature macro-photography, wildlife-photography and astro-photography.

ENVIRONMENTAL: The Last Straw (TAS) - The Last Straw is a campaign to end the use of plastic straws in hospitality venues around Australia. The Last Straw aims to tackle the issue from both sides, encouraging consumers to use less plastic straws while encouraging businesses to give out less straws through staff training and alternative options to straws.

Runner Up ($1,000 grant)  

COMMUNITY: Riverland Youth Theatre (SA) - This organisation connects youth with the opportunity to develop their creative expression using performing arts. Set in Motion: Nunga Rhythms is a project being undertaken by young indigenous performers, photographers and a crew aged 12-26 years.

This year's grant recipients were selected based on the positive impact their project will have on society or the environment, as well as the impact canon's range of products will have in bringing each project to life.