Canon Australia has launched the 2012 Canon EOS Festival of Photography, which covers four prestigious Canon-sponsored exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.


The Festival runs from 25 May and comprises: Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards; World Press Photo; The Sydney Morning Herald Photos – 1440: A Day, a Minute, a Moment exhibition; and Reportage. It kicks off this week with the Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards at The Digital Show in Melbourne. Judging for the 36th Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards, which attracts Australia’s best professional photographers, begins at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre today.

The 2012 World Press Photo contest exhibition displays the work of the world’s best photojournalists. Now in its 54th year, the World Press Photo contest presents powerful images of events across the globe. Canon sponsors this exhibition in support of photojournalism and the role it plays in sharing important stories including those of survival, world issues and cultural differences. The exhibition will be on display at the  Brisbane Powerhouse from 2 to 24 June and at the State Library of New South Wales from 30 June to 22 July.

Running concurrently with the World Press Photo exhibition in Sydney is ‘Photos – 1440: A Day, A Minute, A Moment’, which showcases the best published and unpublished works of the Sydney Morning Herald photographers.

The final exhibition for the year is Reportage, a leading showcase of documentary photography which will take place in multiple venues during November. Dates and locations have still to be confirmed. Full details are available on the Canon EOS Festival of Photography website.