Canon, in partnership with visuals brand ViewSonic, brought PhotoMarathon Philippines 2018 last November 10, 2018 at Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City. The event brings together hundreds of Filipino photographers with the common goal of capturing memorable and meaningful subjects, scenes, and emotions that tell powerful stories. This year’s Philippine leg of the photography competition is centered on extending the power of photographs to help improve the lives of children supported by Canon’s local partner organization, Operation Smile Philippines which provides free reconstructive facial surgery to indigent children and young adults born with cleft lip and cleft palate deformity.

Canon Marketing Philippines Inc. President Kazuhiro Ozawa

A portion of the registration fee of each participant, as well as proceeds generated from Print for Smiles, Canon’s corporate social responsibility program, were dedicated to help raise funds for Operation Smile to conduct more surgeries and allow these children to overcome their deformities.

The participants were challenged to capture stunning visual masterpieces according to themes “The World in the Eyes of the Next Generation” and “What Makes a Smile.”

Aside from the competition proper, this year’s participants were treated to several free workshops by Canon Crusaders of Light Wesley Villarica, Jay Tablante, Edwin Martinez, and food blogger Jill Tan to further hone their photography skills. ViewSonic brand ambassador Christian Calimosa also offered tips on choosing a reliable monitor to ensure input to output quality calibration, and Celebrity Fitness StarMakers gave the participants a lively performance.

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