Canon Australia achieving global acclaim as local consumer business leads with content and experiences to entertain, educate and inspire.
Scene from Episode 3
Sydney, Australia, 26 April 2017 – Canon Australia has announced that Season 2 of the brand’s locally produced Tales by Light photography adventure series will stream globally on Netflix from 21 April, following the successful launch of the Season 1 in November 2016.
A stunning cinematic experience, Tales by Light Season 2 builds on the concept established in the first series, following the journeys of acclaimed photographers as they pursue their personal projects. Comprising three in-depth episodes, Season 2 shows the endeavours of the photographers to challenge people’s perceptions through their art.
“The reaction to Tales by Light since it launched on Netflix in November has been amazing and an indication of the appetite for a photography-based series around the world,” says Director of Canon Australia’s consumer imaging business and Executive Producer for the series Jason McLean. “We know that people ultimately want help to unlock their potential with photography regardless of their level and this starts with inspiration, which is ultimately what Tales by Light is about.”
Prior to joining the Netflix documentary content line-up, Tales by Light Seasons 1 and 2 screened initially on the National Geographic Channel subscription network in Australia and New Zealand.
A brand in transition
Canon Australia has been on its own journey for the past several years, moving from the traditional focus on products and features into content and experiences that entertain, educate and inspire with the focus firmly on the photographer and their needs and ambitions.
“We’re now an experience brand dedicated to helping people achieve more with our products,” continues McLean. “Tales by Light is a great example of the value that we can offer and we continue that journey on our local brand site where we provide resources to nurture skills and creativity and celebrate people’s achievements more broadly. Our social media pages are almost entirely user-generated and are thriving communities of creative inspiration.”
Canon Australia was recently nominated in the top-five global sites in the Webby Awards “Best Social - Photography and Graphics” category alongside Red Bull, National Geographic and Nike’s Jordan Brand worldwide.”
WHERE TO VIEW
TALES BY LIGHT SEASON 2 EPISODE GUIDE
Episode 1 - Jonathan and Angela Scott
Jonathan and Angela Scottare award-winning wildlife photographers who live and work in Kenya. The first episode of Tales by Light Season 2 will explore Jonathan and Angela’s work in the Masai Mara, cataloguing the challenges the national reserve, its community and the unique wildlife face in a modern context. With its fate hanging in the balance, will the park survive?
Episode 2 - Eric Cheng
Eric Cheng’s love of the ocean has taken him all over the world. During the past 15 years he has dived and documented many of the planet’s most magnificent and mysterious marine organisms. Episode 2 of Tales by Light Season 2 will look at Eric’s focus on the animals that through mythology and popular culture have been misrepresented, even demonised, while exploring his mission to use photography to tell the true story of these animals before it’s too late.
Episode 3 – Stephen Dupont
Stephen Dupont is a celebrated Australian war photographer who has captured images in some of the world’s most dangerous and inhospitable regions. In Episode 3 of Tales by Light Season 2, Stephen is seeking a new perspective on death – to see if he can uncover a more natural view of the subject that has overshadowed his entire working life. Stephen poses the question - will he ever be able to see death and life in the same way?
THE DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER
Abraham Joffe is an internationally award-winning Australian filmmaker who, along with his team from untitled film works, directed and produced Tales by Light.Abraham has garnered a strong reputation for his striking visual aesthetic and intimate storytelling style. He has always been captivated by the power of the moving-image, and knew from an early age that this would be his life’s calling. Abraham has filmed professionally in over 40 countries on all seven continents. He is also an experienced underwater filmmaker and drone pilot.
Jonathan and Angela Scott are multi award-winning wildlife photographers and avid conservationists based in Kenya. As the only couple to have won, individually, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, the Scott’s use their powerful images to alert others to the fragile environments and animals that they have spent their lives documenting. Most famously known for the Big Cat Diary Season for BBC/Animal Planet television, they have also written numerous bestselling books including Jonathan’s The Marsh Lions (1982) and their co-authored, Antarctica: Exploring a Fragile Eden. Their latest books are Sacred Nature: Life's Eternal Dance (HPH) showcasing their life's work in the Mara-Serengeti, and, The Big Cat Man: An Autobiography (Bradt).
Stephen Dupont’s work has earned him photography’s most prestigious prizes, including a Robert Capa Gold Medal citation and the Olivier Rebbot Award for Photography from the Overseas Press Club of America; a Bayeux War Correspondent’s Prize; and first places in the Australian Walkleys, World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International. In 2007 he was the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography for his ongoing project on Afghanistan. In 2010 he received the Gardner Fellowship at Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.
Eric Cheng is an award-winning underwater photographer, technologist, drone expert, and author. Throughout his career, Eric has straddled passions for photography, entrepreneurship, technology and communication. His photography has been featured at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum and on virtually every news network around the world. Eric leads regular photography expeditions and workshops around the world. Eric is also involved in ocean conservation, and has served on the Board of Directors of Shark Savers (now part of WildAid) and the Board of Advisors of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
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