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Canon PhotoMarathon 2018 Hong Kong Station took place on 3 November

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Participants of Student and Corporate Category firstly set off this morning. This year, the no. of student participants, over 500 students, exceeded last year. - Source: Canon Hongkong Company Limited
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Over 2,500 photography enthusiasts took part in the annual festival

Starting from Wanchai, shooting unique stories in Hong Kong

Canon PhotoMarathon 2018 Hong Kong, the annual festival held by Canon Hongkong Company Limited (Canon Hongkong) took place on 3 November 2018 at theHong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). More than 2,500 photography enthusiasts carried their own cameras and set out in different corners of Hong Kong to capture the city’s unique angles. Participants participated in three categories: “Challenge”, “Student”, and the newly added “Corporate” category in which participants competed between teams. During the day, participants were required to arrive at designated checkpoints within a limited time, take photographs and hand in their work according to the theme announced at the venue. In order to increase the challenge of the competition, themes were only announced on the spot at each group’s venues as they come, setting a test for the time management and creativity of the participants.

“Canon has been conscientiously improving the experience of the PhotoMarathon,” Mr. Shunichi Morinaga, President and CEO of Canon Hongkong, said. “This year, the Canon PhotoMarathon Hong Kong event has come to the 10th year and will continue to provide an enriching experience to photographers as they capture the different aspects of the city. At the same time, we hope to add new, exciting elements to the competition, by inviting different organisations to form teams, and let the PhotoMarathon become an event where everyone can enjoy it without boundaries of age, sector orphotography experience. This year, 70% of our entrance fee will be donated to the Arts With the Disabled Association Hong Kong, and we hope to enhance social integration through this event.”

A photographic community mission to complete

Participants in the “Challenge” category can use digital cameras with interchangeable lens (DSLR) or light digital cameras of any brands to shoot according to the theme announced by the event at different times. Participants must complete 3 photographic themes, “Experiencing Architecture”, “Silent” and “Dusk”, in 8 hours. In the 8-hour competition, participants can take photos of the people and scenery of Hong Kong, day and night. The “Student” Group, on the other hand, must complete 2 photography themes within 6 hours. The themes of the “Student” Group are “Clouds on the Horizon” and “Contrast”.

Missions for teams to challenge your teamwork

For the first time this year, the “Corporate” category is a team-based photo challenge. Participants in this category need to work as a team as they complete on the two themes of “Reflection” and “New and Old Hong Kong” within 7 hours.

The Canon PhotoMarathon is dedicated to discovering the unique charm of the local community and bringing the participants into a genuine “Capturing Hong Kong” experience. Participants have to arrive at their designated checkpoint within a limited time to enter different communities and surround them in an infinite creative experience. Participants of Corporate Category were required to use their teamwork skills, and complete the three tasks: an oral recount of audiovisual imagery, sensory production and sign language interpretation. The checkpoint for the “Student”, “Corporate” and “Challenge” category participants were Mei Ho House, Jockey Club Arts Accessibility Service Centre, Arts With the Disabled Association Hong Kong, and Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre respectively.

Arts With the Disabled Association Hong Kong: Breaking boundaries

Every year, the Canon PhotoMarathon spares no effort to promote the continuous development of different communities, as the entrance fee is allocated to charitable purposes. The beneficiary of this year’s PhotoMarathon was the Arts With the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADAHK), where 70% of the entrance fee would be donated to the running costs and the expense of the charity.

This year, Canon raised over four hundred and twenty thousand Hong Kong Dollars to support ADAHK to promote arts among people with disabilities and excellence in the works of artists with disabilities in Hong Kong, bringing integration and inclusion in society through the arts. Members of ADAHK were invited to participate in the competition. Their works were exhibited at the HKCEC to let other participants learn more about audiovisual imagery and sensory production.

“The Association is very honoured to be supported by Canon Hongkong,” said Ms. Anita Tsang, Executive Member of ADAHK. “The mission of the association is ‘Arts are for Everyone’: to believe in everyone who has the potential of art and creation, and that it is everyone’s right to appreciate art. With the support of Canon Hongkong, our members are able to receive more support and training in photography, so that they can discover their potential and make use of their talents.”

Professional jury panel to select the most exceptional work

Each year, the Canon PhotoMarathon invites different professional photographers from the photography industry to serve as the judging panel, selecting winning works out of 7,000 pieces of work. The panel of this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon includes: fine art photographer Mr. Tugo Cheng, current president of Hong Kong Institute of Professional Photographers (HKIPP), commercial photographer Ms. Connie Hong, wedding videographer Mr. Freddy Ma, fashion and interior photographer Mr. Harlim Djauhar Winata, and Mr. Dominic Chan, Senior Manager of Consumer Imaging & Information Group, Canon Hongkong. With their unique insights, the panel will be selecting the best works for the 10th Canon PhotoMarathon — Hong Kong Station. The five-member panel will select the winners from more than 7,000 photos based on the creativity of the participants: the use of colour, light, shadow, composition of the photos, and the relevance to the theme. The results of this year’s winners will be announced on December 15th, 2018.

Winners to earn exchange opportunities with photographers across Asia

Winners selected by the professional panel will receive a wealth of prizes worth more than HK$300,000:

  • The winner of the Gold medal in the “Student” category will represent Hong Kong in the 2019 Canon PhotoMarathon Taipei event.
  • The Jury Prize winner of the “Challenge” category will represent Hong Kong in the 2019 Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship photography exchange and participate amongst the winners of the Canon PhotoMarathon themed challenges across Asia.
  • The Jury Prize winner of the “Corporate” category will join in the tour organised by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau for free, where they will earn a rare opportunity to fly to Taiwan, capturing the natural beauty of Nantou and Pingtung as well as traditional festivals.
  • All contestants will receive a limited edition Crumpler lightweight camera bag and a 2018 Asia Special Edition Memorial Medal at the end of the event.

Professional photographers share tips and review winning works through the decades

Each year, the Canon PhotoMarathon invites professional photographers from all across the industry to come and share their experience in photography; this year is no exception. Ms. Topaz Leung, Mr. Ulso Tsang and Mr. Lawrence Tsang are invited to share tips on lens application for the participants and guests. In its 10th year, the Canon PhotoMarathon Hong Kong event venue is hosting an exhibition for the award-winning works from the past decade, allowing guests to witness and review the changes throughout these years, while celebrating past achievements. The Canon Product Experience Zone, the Microworks Photographic Equipment Experience and the Hong Kong Post booth are also on site where photographers will surely be happy to return.

For more information about the competition, please browse the event page, or Like the Canon Hongkong Facebook page


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New Research Identifies the Technology That Hotel Guests Really Want

Betty Tűndik



Criton developed app for Cheval Residences
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Research conducted by leading travel technology firm Criton reveals the importance of hotel technology to improve the experience of today’s travellers

Dependence on mobile phones when travelling is brought into sharp focus by a survey of more than 3,600 travellers which reveals a growing appreciation for bespoke travel apps. Research commissioned by Edinburgh-based hospitality firm Criton, highlights that loyalty programmes, self-check-in/out and accessing your hotel room via a digital door key are primary requirements of today’s guests.

Julie Grieve, Founder and CEO of Criton


 The findings highlight crucial information for all hoteliers, with guests’ smartphones now recognised as an essential tool for delivering and improving their travel experience. With 45% of respondents travelling for leisure more than four times a year, findings showed that 62% of respondents regularly use an accommodation app, with the figure increasing to 67% amongst business travellers.

If their favourite hotel was to have its own app, 74% of respondents overwhelmingly stated they would use this digital channel, with only 10% favouring an in-room device such as a hotel’s smartphone or tablet. This reinforces Criton’s core belief that the future of hotel technology is own device. Hoteliers no longer need to absorb the cost of installing in-room devices when their guests travel with their own smartphone and are more comfortable with the apps and content within it.

The opportunity to check-in via an app and access their hotel room via a digital door key was warmly received with 58% likely or very likely to want this technology. With 68% finding it unacceptable to queue at reception for longer than five minutes, offering guests access to a service which global chains already offer is fast becoming a core priority for independent operators.

Respondents prioritised loyalty programmes as their favoured element of hotel technology with 53% recognising it as their top requirement. In a competitive landscape, the opportunity to drive direct and repeat bookings through a personalised loyalty programme will ensure hoteliers save on OTA commission while creating their own closed marketing group to upsell onsite services and facilities.

Underlining modern travellers’ awareness of technology, the survey found an audience ready to talk about tech use and expectations while travelling. Reflecting on the results of the survey, Julie Grieve, founder and CEO of Criton, which developed the UK’s first intuitive app builder for the hospitality sector, said:

“Increasingly, today’s travellers are downloading apps that help them get around and stay connected with their hotel. That level of tech awareness or even dependency also raises expectations for information, guest services, such as check-in, digital key and offers and incentives to reward their loyalty.

“Respondents to the survey were people who travel regularly, with the majority opting for a mid-range hotel or accommodation. It is increasingly clear that adopting technology has to be seen as an imperative for all hospitality providers; it is not something purely for the major franchises.”

Criton lets independent operators compete with big chain technology through an easy to use platform. From digitising the traditional hotel room guest book to PMS, live chat, digital door key and in-room ordering integrations all contained within a fully-branded hotel app; Criton supports hospitality businesses with their digital transformation strategies and work with clients across the UK and overseas.

Research Methodology:

An online survey ran from Tuesday 26th March until Monday 1st April and received a total of 3,654 responses, of whom 1,311 were classed as business travellers.

Key Findings:

  • 45% of travellers stated they travel for leisure 2-3 times a year
  • 36% travel for business
  • 39% use TripAdvisor as main source of research and inspiration before booking a hotel, followed by 29% of respondents relying on online search
  • 40% of travellers said they regularly stay in a 4-star (boutique) hotel, with 6% in a 5-star (luxury) hotel. The majority (47%) stated they regularly stay in a 3-star (mid-range) hotel
  • 53% have at least one hotel app on their phone
  • 74% would use a hotel app if their favourite hotel had one
  • 55% stated it is acceptable to wait at check-in 2-5 minutes
  • 62% would be likely or very likely to check-in to a hotel via an app
  • 58% would be likely or very likely to check-in to a hotel via an app and use digital key

App usage

  • 62% use an accommodation app regularly (eg Airbnb)
  • 57% use a transport app regularly
  • 47% use an airline app regularly
  • 36% uses a hotel app regularly

The hotel technology that respondents seek:

  • 53% – loyalty programmes
  • 35% – self check-in
  • 10% – in-room mobile
  • 18% – in-room tablet


  • Criton won the ‘Best Technology Provider’ award at the 2018 Travolution Awards and was Highly Commended for Best Use of Mobile
  • Criton won the ‘Industry Breakthrough and Innovation Award’ at the ASAP Awards 2018
  • Julie Grieve, Founder & CEO won the prestigious ‘HOSPACE 2017 Best Entrepreneur Award’


SOURCE: Criton

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cbdMD Co-Presents Prabal Gurung’s 2019 Fall/Winter Women’s Collection Launch at Bloomingdale’s New York

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Tonight, April 9, 2019, cbdMD, a Level Brands company (NYSE American: LEVB), will serve as the co-presenting sponsor with Kitchen Toke Magazine for a dinner celebrating fashion designer Prabal Gurung’s official launch of his Fall/Winter 2019 modern, luxury women’s collection at Bloomingdale’s New York. With a distinct focus on quality, innovation, and community, cbdMD’s partnership with Kitchen Toke was built on shared values.

Hosted at Café Clover, the celebratory dinner commemorates Prabal Gurung’s collection being sold in a dedicated space at Bloomingdale’s headquarters in their New York City store. Attendees, including ELLE Magazine, NY Times, The Daily, Vogue, Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, and a wealth of fashion influencers, will receive a range of cbdMD CBD oil products as well as a specialty dessert infused with cbdMD’s Natural CBD Oil.

“As our industry continues to develop and break down barriers, it’s important for CBD brands to keep category education and awareness at the forefront,” said Caryn Dunayer, Co-Founder and President of cbdMD. “Partnering with Prabal at Bloomingdale’s is a no-brainer – we are able to educate a large group of customers that align well with our mission regarding all-natural alternatives for health and wellness.”

Born in Singapore, raised in Nepal, Gurung has excelled in American fashion with designs worn by trendsetters like First Lady Michelle Obama. He has been recognized for his achievements and unique approach to style with many awards, including the 2010 Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Award, USA Network’s Character Approved Award recipient in 2011, named goodwill ambassador of Maiti Nepal, recipient of the 2011 CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear, and was honored in 2015 with the inaugural Creativity Award from The Drawing Center – to name a few.

cbdMD has also been acknowledged for their approach to innovation in the CBD industry. Among many firsts, cbdMD was the first CBD company to join the New York Stock Exchange, is the official founder of national CBD Day, was the first cannabis company to advertise in Times Square and in ELLE Magazine. cbdMD was also named Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2018 CBD Editor’s Choice for the top 100 Cannabis Leaders Issue.

For a sneak peek of the line, click here; to purchase your premium CBD oil products, visit:

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LexisNexis Risk Solutions Anti-Money Laundering Solution Takes Prestigious Asia Award Second Year Running

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LexisNexis® Risk Solutions has been awarded the “Best AML Solution” in the Asian Private Banker Technology Awards for the second consecutive year. The award recognizes LexisNexis Bridger® Insight XG as the premier screening tool in the market, helping private banks and other institutions reduce complexity, increase efficiency, boost profitability and tackle financial crime.

“We are honored to receive this significant award from Asian Private Banker,” said Thomas C. Brown, senior vice president, U.S. Commercial Markets and Global Market Development, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “It reflects the quality of Bridger Insight XG, which provides robust intelligence and a unified workflow to strengthen risk oversight through a single point of entry, while reducing consumer onboarding friction. This influences the entire consumer experience and helps boost bank profitability by helping consumers transact faster. Institutions in Asia have never been under so much pressure to comply with regulations aimed at combatting financial crime. Harnessing technology is crucial ⸺ Bridger Insight XG allows compliance personnel to review personal and business histories to gather critical Know Your Customer details via its link to profiles of over 3 million individuals and companies, covering more than 50 risk categories, such as sanctions, money laundering and politically exposed persons.”

LexisNexis Risk Solutions is tackling a chronic problem for private banks and wealth management firms ⸺ ‘false positives’ when screening for money laundering. A false positive is a result that wrongly indicates a positive result during the screening process, slowing the adoption of good clients and diverting financial crime compliance resources from managing true risk issues.

“In 2018, we began expanding the use of machine learning within Bridger Insight XG to reduce false positives. LexisNexis Risk Solutions will also be implementing new technology that allows private banks and wealth management firms to identify and address substantial hidden risk in their anti-money laundering compliance efforts, specifically around sanctions screening this year” said Doug Wolfson, director, financial crime compliance strategy at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Digital identity risk exposes institutions to potential threat of massive fines and reputational damage, while allowing terrorist financiers, money launderers and fraudsters to move money through the global financial system with impunity. The new digital identity technology monitors the sanctions risk of digital identity transactions in real time, a significant innovation not provided by any other vendor. Private banks and wealth management firms will be able to monitor whether they face any potential sanctions risk from where their clients are located with the increased uptake of web portals and internet servicing amongst their clients.

LexisNexis Risk Solutions is uniquely able to innovate this new digital identity technology due to its 2018 acquisition of ThreatMetrix®, a global digital identity company with roots in Australia.


SOURCE LexisNexis Risk Solutions

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