Canon announces winners of CanonLife Redefine 2: The Thai Alphabetical Indexes photo contest

Information Technology Press Releases Monday October 30, 2017 13:18
Bangkok--30 Oct--DC Consultants and Marketing Communications

Canon has announced the winners of "CanonLife Redefine 2: The Thai Alphabetical Indexes" online photo contest encouraging photography enthusiasts to submit creative photographs that represent any of the Thai alphabet and depict any of the royal projects initiated by His Majesty the late King Bhumibol. Canon will use 44 selected pictures to make pictorial indexes according to the Thai alphabet and present them to educational institutes nationwide in order to be a source of knowledge and inspiration for children and the general public.

Rattikorn Nampila, Canon Marketing (Thailand)'s Assistant Director of Corporate Communications, said: "CanonLife Redefine is a social benefit campaign that Canon has conducted for the second running year to offer the opportunity for Canon camera users to express their creativity and return something good to society. This year's submitted photographs presented new perspectives on the Thai alphabet and beautifully captured the essence of the royal projects. Canon would like to thank all participants for joining this photo contest to remember the generosity of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol who worked tirelessly for the benefits and happiness of the Thai people, manifested in his more than 4,000 development projects in every region of Thailand."

The photo contest's prizes deliberations were conducted by a panel of judges comprising photography experts and Canon's personnel, namely Nikkasit Wongsawat, Pakinai Yimcharoen, Noppawan Leecharoenpong, Piyachat Kaelong and Samoraphoom Senkhamsron. The criteria for selecting the best pictures were content presentation, composition, creativity and technique. The winners are as follows:

First Prize Winner is Hansa Tangmanpuwadol, receiving a Canon EOS 77D camera and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens (worth 50,290 baht), an RL AV-BP01 red camera backpack (worth 6,900 baht) and 10,000 bath cash.

Hansa described his winning photograph: "This is the Bhumibol Bridge, a project created by King Bhumibol to resolve congestion and flood problems for the residents in that area. You might notice that the bridge looks like a human heart, so I think it represents the hearts of all Thai people and our unanimous love for King Bhumibol, the king we love more than our lives. It took me a lot of time and effort to get this shot, using a Canon camera installed on a drone to get the angle that symbolizes His Majesty looking down at his people with love and care. I like this picture very much and decided to submit it to the contest.

"I would like everyone to help continue the king's royal projects and to put what he taught us into practice and keep it in mind forever," he said.
Second Prize Winner is Sukrit Hirunsarapong, receiving an EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens (worth 4,500 baht), an RL AV-BP01 red camera backpack (worth 6,900 baht) and 5,000 baht cash.

Sukrit said: "In this picture is a rice mill at Huai Hongkhrai Royal Development Study Center in Chiang Mai that King Bhumibol granted to local residents. I shot and submitted this picture in the last two days of the competition's entry period without expecting any prize. I am a northern person who is familiar with many of the king's agricultural development projects. He had done a lot for the people, especially those in the agricultural sector. He grew rice and fostered the development of rice varieties for Thai farmers."

The other winner of the Second Prize is Rungtiwa Siriruangpanya. Talking about her inspiration for the picture, she said: "I have worked in the Arun Amarin area since 1995 when there was no Rama VIII Bridge. Back then, King Bhumibol visited the Princess Mother at Siriraj Hospital and saw the traffic jam on Phra Pinklao Bridge, so he initiated the Rama VIII Bridge project to help ease the congestion for the people. That is why I intended to photograph this bridge and no other place, and submit the picture to the competition. Rama VIII Bridge is one of the world's largest asymmetrical bridges. It is cable-stayed so as to not obstruct the flow of the Chao Phraya River and facilitate the turning of the royal barges to preserve these national treasures. This shows his genius and consideration for every relevant aspects, and it reminds me of him every time I pass this bridge because he created so many projects for us."

The photo contest received entries for all 44 letters of the Thai alphabet. The winners of each letter category received an RL AV-BP01 grey camera backpack worth 6,900 baht, but the judges determined that no pictures were qualified for the prize in 21 letter categories. Prizes for submitting pictures for all 44 letters were not awarded because there was no contestant.

Canon Marketing (Thailand) is displaying additional submitted works and all the winning photographs of "CanonLife Redefine 2: The Thai Alphabetical Indexes" on the website http://life.canon.co.th/gallery.html?aid=140 and will soon create an interactive e-book of the images. For the latest updates, visit www.facebook.com/canon.thailand .


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