Canon Renews Explorers of Light Program; 78 Of the World's Photo Luminaries Endow the Future with Their Expertise & Experience, Techniques & Tips, Philosophy & Points of View

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 24, 2006--Canon U.S.A., Inc., has once again assembled a group of the world's leading professional photographers to provide insight, inspiration and education to future generations of creative photographers. Known as the "Explorers of Light," this prestigious panel of 78 Canon photographers delivers seminars, workshops, gallery showings and photo presentations at a variety of professional association and amateur photo groups and colleges across the country as a means of fostering imaging excellence and nurturing the increasingly digital art's next wave.

Representing specialties and styles that span the gamut of photographic expression within the imaging profession, Canon's Explorers of Light program welcomes 20 new members to their ranks from such disparate disciplines as photojournalism, nature photography, wedding photography, portraiture, sailing and aviation photography.

"The Explorers of Light program is, in the purest sense of the word, a mentoring program; a means of sharing hard-earned knowledge and expertise and of actually shedding light on the intricacies of imaging of all sorts," explained Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the Consumer Imaging Group at Canon U.S.A., Inc. "It is a bridge between the professional photo community and coming amateur photographers, some of whom will move us, challenge us, make us laugh and make us cry with their images and their vision."

In addition to recognition as leaders within the photographic profession, the Explorers of Light photographers have one other thing in common: they are all Canon shooters. Whether capturing their images on film or digital media, this stellar group has all selected Canon as their cameras of choice. Among the returning Explorers of Light members are renowned photojournalists James Nacthwey, Harry Benson and Gerd Ludwig. Greg Gorman and Gregory Heisler are both well known for their celebrity and VIP portraiture, while Art Wolfe and Jim Brandenburg capture nature and wildlife in its truest form. Photographers Walter Iooss and Peter Read Miller are top sports shooters, year after year.

Joining the Explorers of Light roster for the first time are celebrated photographers such as Joe Buissink; Bob Davis; John Dibbs; Don Emmerich; Rod Evans; Hansen Fong; Paul Gero; Darrell Gulin; Jeff Hawkins; Stephen Johnson; Adam Jones; Vincent Laforet; Terrell Llyod; Andy Marcus; Parker Pfister; Fran Reisner; Ken Sklute; Onne Van Der Wal and Jeff Woods.

"We are very fortunate and honored to be able to gather a group whose abilities, achievements and passion for photography is unsurpassed," stated David R. Metz, director and assistant general manager of professional products marketing for the consumer imaging group at Canon U.S.A., Inc. "To be able to now add to this illustrious group, photographers such as Joe Bussink, John Dibbs and Vince Laforet adds fresh insight and new ideas to those contributions of past Explorer members."

As a subset of the Explorers of Light, Canon also continues with its previously announced "Print Master" program. Print Masters consist of a smaller group, whose particular expertise and experience in fine art printing will add new dimension to the program.

"Both the Explorers of Light and the Print Masters will be available for seminars and workshops with key camera specialty dealers," added Metz. "Canon has the unique ability to promote high quality digital input and output and we intend to use our photographers to carry that message to professionals and advanced amateurs as well."

Founded by Canon U.S.A., Inc., in 1995, the Explorers of Light program is a celebration of photography in all of its permutations and individual expressions of photographic excellence.

Photographs from the Explorers of Light photographers can be found on the popular educational website in gallery format that will be frequently updated with a variety of virtual exhibitions and on-line interviews.

Canon's Explorers of Light Photographers include:

Sam Abell
Paul Aresu
Harry Benson
Clay Blackmore
Barbara Bordnick
Paul Bowen
Jim Brandenburg
Joe Buissink
John Paul Caponigro
Michele Celentano
Clint Clemens
Bruce Davidson
Bob Davis
John Dibbs
Jim Divitale
Bruce Dorn
Anthony Edgeworth
Rod Evans
Don Emmerich
Robert Farber
Hansen Fong
Dick Frank
Paul Gero
Greg Gorman
Michael Grecco
Lauren Greenfield
Darrell Gulin
Dirck Halstead
Jeff Hawkins
Gregory Heisler
Ryszard Horowitz
Walter Iooss, Jr.
Stephen Johnson
Adam Jones
Carol Kaplan
Lewis Kemper
David Hume Kennerly
Douglas Kirkland
Parish Kohanim
Steve Krongard
Vincent Laforet
Brian Lanker
George Lepp
Harvey Lloyd
Terrell Lloyd
Gerd Ludwig
Andy Marcus
Susan Meiselas
Eric Meola
Sheila Metzner
Peter Read Miller
Arthur Morris
James Nachtwey
William Neill
Parker Pfister
Chris Rainier
Denis Reggie
Fran Reisner
Seth Resnick
Roger Ressmeyer
Jack Reznicki
Rick Sammon
Jeff Schewe
Ken Sklute
Gil Smith
Melvin Sokolsky
David Stoecklein
Eddie Tapp
Michel Tcherevkoff
Joyce Tenneson
David Turnley
Onne Van Der Wal
Nick Vedros
Stephen Wilkes
Art Wolfe
James Wood
Jeff Woods
Monte Zucker

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