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Canon PhotoMarathon 2018 Hong Kong Station took place on 3 November

Vlad Poptamas



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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International Paper Again Selected to FORTUNE’s List of World’s Most Admired Companies

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International Paper (NYSE: IP) announced that it has been named again by FORTUNE magazine as one of the “Worlds Most Admired Companies.” International Paper has earned this recognition sixteen times in the last seventeen years based on scores achieved in the following categories:

  1. Ability to attract and retain talented people
  2. Quality of management
  3. Social responsibility to the community and the environment
  4. Innovativeness
  5. Quality of products or services
  6. Wise use of corporate assets
  7. Financial soundness
  8. Long-term investment value
  9. Effectiveness in doing business globally

“This recognition reflects the exceptional talent and commitment of International Paper’s 52,000 employees around the globe,” said Mark Sutton, chairman and chief executive officer. “We work with the world’s leading brands to make products that improve peoples’ lives and we mobilize our people, products and resources to address critical needs in the communities where our employees live and work. I want to thank our global team members for this well-deserved achievement.”

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Motivational Speaker, School Trivia to Feature at Houghton Academy Pep Rally for School Choice

Betty Tűndik



Photo Source: back2basicsministries - The Rev. James E. Giles is President of VOICE Buffalo
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A school choice pep rally featuring motivational speeches, class cheers, school trivia, and the National School Choice Week dance will take place at Houghton Academy 9:45 a.m.- 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.

The high-energy rally will feature a keynote address by Pastor James Giles, president of the Buffalo Peacemakers Violence and Gang Intervention Program, which advocates violence prevention for at-risk youth.

More than 150 students, staff, and community members are expected to attend.

This event is planned to coincide with the history-making celebration of National School Choice Week 2019, which will feature more than 40,000 school choice events across all 50 states.

“We celebrate school choice by recognizing all that Houghton Academy has to offer its students,” said Elaine Vardi-Kirkland, principal of Houghton Academy. “We are thrilled to participate in National School Choice Week and to advocate parents having the information they need to make the best decisions for their children’s education.”

Houghton Academy is a Buffalo public school serving students in grades Pre-K-8.

As a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort, National School Choice Week shines a positive spotlight on effective education options for students, families, and communities around the country. From January 20 through 26, 2019, more than 40,000 independently-planned events will be held in celebration of the Week. For more information, visit:

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The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards® Continue To Rock The World With New International Sales Secured By Alfred Haber, Inc .

Betty Tűndik



An image of Bruno Mars from the “60th Annual GRAMMY Awards®.” Photo credit: Courtesy of the Recording Academy®/ © 2018
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With the recent news that 15-time GRAMMY® Award winner Alicia Keys will host the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards®, and having previously announced key sales to Rogers (Canada), Tencent (China), WOWOW (Japan) and M-Net (Africa), among others, Alfred Haber, President of Alfred Haber, Inc., announced today that the company has secured additional international sales for the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards. Slated to air February 10 on the CBS Television Network for the 47th consecutive year, broadcasters who have recently signed on for the 61st edition include: 4 Music (UK), Turner (Latin America), Foxtel (Australia), Danmark Radio (Denmark), FOX (Southeast Asia), Solar Entertainment Corporation (Philippines), Norwegian Broadcasting (Norway) and TVNZ (New Zealand).

The first group of artists confirmed to perform during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards are current nominees Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, and Kacey Musgraves.

“The GRAMMY Awards continue to be the most anticipated musical event the world over,” commented Haber. “Today’s greatest music performed by today’s greatest musicians, coupled with phenomenal production value, creates a viewing and listening opportunity for broadcast territories around the globe. We at AHI are honored to again be entrusted with bringing the GRAMMY Awards to the international marketplace.”



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