Canon Oceania Grants - Inspiring Tomorrow

In the spirit of our guiding philosophy of Kyosei - living and working together for the common good, Canon has proudly supported community and environmental groups throughout Oceania for the last 10 years.

Introducing our Canon Oceania Grants Program - Inspiring Tomorrow!

This program supports schools and not-for-profit groups who are addressing both social and environmental issues in their community and inspiring change for future generations. 

We are offering seven grants worth of Canon equipment in-kind across Australia and New Zealand. The 2017 winners were awarded under the following categories:

Australia

1 x Environmental Grant - $5,000
1 x Education/School Grant - $5,000
1 x Community/social Grant - $5,000
1 x Runner-up Grant - $1,000

New Zealand

1 x Environmental Grant - $5,000
1 x Education/School Grant - $5,000
1 x Community/social Grant - $5,000

Winners were selected based on the environmental and social merits of their organisation, as well as the importance of digital Canon technology products in ensuring the project’s success.

Congratulations to our 2017 winners...

Community Award Winner – Camera Story
The winner of the community grant is Camera Story, a community group that aims to build the photographic capabilities and understanding of self-expression for people in under resourced areas. Camera Story is focused on allowing Indigenous Australians to participate in a program that encourages them to evolve, connect and express themselves through positive images.

The grant will help to assist the Women Standing Strong project, which aims to allow young Aboriginal women to explore their identity, cultural narratives and ‘femaleness’ through a series of workshops. The workshops aim to motivate young women to explore photographic portraiture as a way of communicating ideas of identity. It hopes to give them the tools to dismantle negative ideas that have influenced self-perception/self-image and create an environment where the girls will learn the power of creating positive images to share with the world.

School Award Winner – Bayswater Secondary College 
Students at Bayswater Secondary College are working on a unique project titled Living in Harmony with Nature and Wildlife, which is deeply rooted in developing STEM education and fostering skills that can be used in the careers of the future. The project will aim to teach students macro-photography and wildlife photography in a practical way, inspiring them to consider a broad range of career prospects.

By restoring the school frog pond, gardens and local creek with native flowering plants and bird nesting boxes, students will watch as these areas are rehabilitated and flourish with activity. Participants of the program will also learn the technical skills for photographing planets, nebula and galaxies in deep space by attaching a Canon Camera to a Research Telescope.

Environmental Grant – The Last Straw
The environmental organisation, Last Straw has been awarded the Canon grant for positive environmental change. Last Straw aims to end the use of plastic straws in hospitality venues around Australia through public engagement with the cause and business awareness of the impact that plastic straws have on the natural world. The campaign is based on a strong call to action, as 500 million straws are used and thrown away every day, meaning a huge toll on our oceans and landfill sites.

Last Straw intends to use this grant to produce high quality videos for their social media channels, hoping to increase their engagement and educate a wide range of people. Through creating videos that are both fun and informative Last Straw plans to bring awareness of the program to additional businesses nationwide and make consumers more aware of the amount of straws they use on a day to day basis. They will also be receiving a Canon printer, allowing them to use sustainable materials to print signage and training manuals. 

Runner Up Grant - Riverland Youth Theatre
Riverland Youth Theatre (RYT) is a not-for-profit community initiative at work in the Riverland region of South Australia. RYT connects children and young people with opportunities to foster their creative expression, performance and technical skills using performing arts as a tool to facilitate this.

Servicing over 24,000 square kilometers, RYT has been assisting Australians who are culturally and linguistically diverse, those with a disability and those who are gender diverse for over 32 years. Ultimately RYT offers inspiration and challenges for participants of all different backgrounds in an inclusive and supportive space.

The runner-up grant will assist with the “Set in Motion: Nunga Rhythms” project, a fusion of contemporary and traditional dance and music, along with storytelling through the performance. The production will be documented on film and then shared with the broader community. This will act as a vehicle for intergenerational conversation about local and cross cultural cooperation. Canon’s community grant will be used to fund new video and audio recording equipment for capturing the documentary.

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Meet our 2016 winners

Image credit: Rex Francis, Canon employee

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