Canon Australia has announced the start of this year’s Canon EOS Photo5 with five new briefs and a new line-up of Australian and New Zealand photography expert judges.


As in previous years, photographers must apply to receive the little brown box containing the photographic briefs to challenge your creativity. Photographers who uploaded five images to the EOS Photo5 2011 competition are automatically eligible to request a box for the 2012 competition from the entry page on the EOS Photo5 website. New entrants to the 2012 competition must submit an image to the Open Brief to receive a box . The Open Brief will be live on the EOS Photo5 website from 8 August and you can submit your photo from 23 August. Once the limited number of boxes has run out, you are still able to enter the Open Brief up until the end of the upload period, 24 October. The five briefs contained in the EOS Photo5 box are made up of everyday objects and include instructions to incorporate specific creative photography techniques into a shot. The 2012 EOS Photo5 box is set to test even veteran entrants when it arrives on their doorstep. The briefs remain a secret until their release on 6 September 2012. Last year, the EOS Photo5 objects were foam, sequins, powder, ribbon and ‘Through a Pet’s Eyes’ was the Open Brief.

This year’s judges include:
– Mike Langford – a Master and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), and a Fellow, Honorary Fellow and President of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) with more than 30 years’ experience as an International Professional Photographer.
– Daniel Boud – Chief Photographer for Time Out Sydney magazine and freelance photographer for organisations including the Sydney Opera House, EMI Music, Sydney Festival, Vivid Sydney and Laneway Festival. 
– Tania Niwa – New Zealand born photographer who is the youngest Grand Master of Photography with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).
– Peter Coulson – creative visionary behind KOUKEI photography which specialises in fashion, beauty and advertising, as well as an award winning and internationally published Australian photographer. 
– Daniel Linnet – an Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Master of Photography, with work completed for brands and organisations including MasterCard, Pfizer, Country Energy, BankWest, Ford Performance Vehicles, St George Bank and Top Gear Magazine among many others.
– Christopher Ireland – one of Australia’s elite photographers, working primarily as a portrait specialist for advertising agencies whose debut exhibition at the Australian Centre for Photography, Breathe, attracted a front page feature in the Sydney Morning Herald and interviews with SBS World News and ABC radio.  

Through the EOS 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. Ultimately the winners will be determined by the World of EOS community with voting commencing on 9 November 2012. Everyone who votes has the chance to win a Canon EOS 650D Single IS Kit. As in past years, 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. The winner of each brief and the winner of the Portfolio Competition will win an incredible 3-day creative photography workshop with Jackie Ranken and Mike Langford at Uluru in the Northern Territory. Accommodation and flights provided by Voyages and Tourism NT are included with the workshop prize, valued at up to $5,000. Plus each winner will receive a high quality canvas print of their choice from photoPICO valued at $399 each and powered by Canon.

Winners will be announced on the EOS Photo5 website on 30 November 2012.Competition entry is free. To enter go to