Canon champions visual storytelling at 2017 Visa pour I’Image

London, UK – 01 August 2017 – Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, is proud to announce its annual programme of activities for Visa pour I’Image 2017¹, held in Perpignan, France. This year’s festival of international photojournalism marks 28 years of partnership, and Canon’s line-up of inspirational events and activities will celebrate visual stories and those creating them.

Throughout the festival, Canon will be facilitating peer-to-peer interaction amongst photojournalists, providing a platform for learning and development, and encouraging hands-on experience with new technologies and services to champion a seamless journey into the creation of powerful imagery.

The Canon Space, located at the festival’s headquarters in Perpignan’s Palais des Congres, will be an interactive showcase of Canon’s commitment to visual storytelling. The free-to-enter zone will demonstrate the latest in innovation and technology, providing visitors with the opportunity to touch and try the 2017 product portfolio.

As well as offering accredited photographers a complimentary check-and-clean service by the expert technicians from Canon Professional Services (CPS), the Canon Space will be a hub of inspiration with the biographical exhibition of acclaimed National Geographic wildlife photographer and Canon Master, Michael “Nick” Nichols.

In partnership with L’Agence VU, the Canon Space will also host the Photo Studio, a dedicated hub for visitors to experience the journey of imagery from capture to print.

New for 2017, Canon will be launching a student programme underlining its commitment to nurturing the next generation of photojournalists and professional storytellers. Over 200 students from across Europe will be attending the festival to participate in workshops, attend lectures, join guided exhibition tours, network with industry professionals and have their portfolios reviewed by Magnum Photos.

Back for 2017 and for the seventeenth year in a row, Canon has sponsored the prestigious Female Photojournalist of the Year Award, bestowed to an outstanding female photographer in recognition of her contribution to visual storytelling. Supported by ELLE Magazine, this year’s winner Catalina Martin-Chico (Cosmos), will be presented with her award and grant in acknowledgement of her planned report on the baby boom amongst former members of the FARC in Colombia. This year, Canon will be showcasing the exhibition of the 2016 winner, Darcy Padilla, with her report on the Native American women on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

For more information on Canon’s involvement at this year’s Visa pour I’Image, please visit or follow @CanonProNetwork on Twitter.

1Visa pour I’Image, International Festival of Photojournalism, will take place from 2nd to 17th September 2017. The professional week will commence from 4th – 9th September and the education week from 18th – 22nd September.