Returning for its 7th year, the Canon Photo5 competition presents a creative set of challenges for Australian and New Zealand photographers.

Photo5 starts with five everyday items in a simple brown box. Each item offers a challenge designed to inspire the creation of remarkable photography. In a Photo5 first, Canon called on its community to create this year’s People’s (Open) Brief. Narrowing it down to a shortlist of: Zero Gravity, Opposites, Water, Reflections and Age, the community voted on Reflections to kick the competition off.

Entrants who uploaded five images to the Photo5 2012 competition are automatically eligible to request a box for the 2013 competition. All they need to do is head to the  entry page on the Photo5 website and confirm their details.

All other 2013 entrants will need to submit an image to the People’s Brief to receive a box. The People’s Brief will be live on the Photo5 website and Canon’s Facebook page from 15 August and entrants can submit their image from 15 August. Box numbers are limited so it’s a matter of first in first served, however entrants are still able to enter the People’s Brief until 30 September, even if boxes run out.
This year’s judges include:
Jonas Peterson –   one of the most sought after wedding photographers in the world. His simple, yet emotive approach to photography has made him one of the biggest names of wedding photography today

Eugene Tan ““ an acclaimed surf photographer and founder of cult beach life website, Aquabumps. The idea came about in 1999 when Tan, a frustrated Creative Director combined his three passions: photography, surfing and the web

Stephen Dupont ““ an Australian documentary photographer who has produced a remarkable body of visual work; hauntingly beautiful photographs of fragile cultures and marginalised peoples

Graham Monro ““ is the founder of GM Photographics, one of the best boutique wedding and portrait photography studios in Australia. Monro is one of the original Canon EOS masters and primarily focuses on family portrait.

Mark Horsburgh ““ specialises in the high-speed world of motorsport and motor-racing. He is the V8 Supercars’ official photographer

Jackie Ranken ““ has had over thirty years’ experience as a photographer. She is the only woman to have won both the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography, ‘Photographer of the Year’ with her unique landscape and portrait photographs.

Through the Photo5 website and Canon Australia’s Facebook page the judges’ valuable tips and tricks, from the basic to the more advanced, will be shared to spur photographic experimentation. In addition to the winners for each of the five briefs, there is also the ‘Portfolio Competition’ for the photographer who enters the best set of images in all five briefs.

Ultimately the winners will be determined by the Canon community who shape the judges’ shortlist. Everyone who votes has the chance to win a Canon PowerShot G15.

The winner of each brief and the winner of the Portfolio Competition will win a creative photography workshop with Jackie Ranken and Mike Langford in New Zealand. Accommodation and flights are included with the workshop prize. Plus, each winner will receive an exhibition quality wall hanging of their choice from photoPICO.

Winners will be announced on the Photo5 website on 31 October, 2013.