THE CANON AKTASHIF PROGRAM
MODULE 1: DISCOVER YOUR CREATIVE VOICE
The Canon AKTASHIF Program is an annual creative careers competition. It is for all youth between the ages of 14 and 25 residing in the Middle East. This program will help you turn your passion for photography, videography or printing into a rewarding career.
Between June and December 2020, Canon will release four different modules. Collectively, these modules will lead you through the process of designing and launching a successful business. Participants who complete all four modules by 1 December 2020 will be eligible to win the Grand Prize.
Discover Your Creative Voice Module
This is the first of four modules. The other three modules are:
Artists of every medium - from photographers to actors to writers - draw from their cultures when creating their work. At some point in time, every thoughtful, creative professional reflects on his or her heritage to understand where he or she came from. So the question is: What makes you, you?
This module challenges you to explore your cultural roots and develop your own creative voice. What stories, messages and lessons from your culture do you want to bring to your work and your creative career?
Knowing who you are is an essential step in the process of launching your creative career.
Creative careers are rewarding. Those who are lucky enough to succeed at creative careers find their work meaningful and fulfilling. They will tell you that it is a privilege to support themselves by doing what they love.
Yet, creative paths aren’t always easy to pursue. Every creative professional encounters challenges in his or her career, and you will too. Regardless of the specific challenges you face, knowing who you are, what your values are and why your work matters to you will help you overcome anything. Your cultural roots can serve as a compass if ever you feel lost and as fuel if ever you feel stuck.
To enter the competition, upload the following deliverable through the submission form on the program website no later than 11:59 PM GST on 1 December 2020:
Canon will select three winners for the Discover Your Creative Voice Module to receive:
At the end of the program, Canon will select one Grand Prize winner. Participants who complete all four modules by 1 December 2020 will be eligible to win the Grand Prize, which includes:
A panel of photographers, printers and other creative professionals will assess the strength of your artistic voice and technical abilities based on the following criteria:
Submit your work through the submission form on the program website
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