|Work of Six U.S. Artists Honored Among 52 Worldwide Winners in Digital Photo, Digital Graphics/Illustration, Movie and Web Categories|
Six digital artists from the United States including a digital filmmaker from the Maryland College of Art are recipients of honors in the Canon Digital Creators Contest for 2003. Announced this evening at the Canon Digital Creators award ceremony at Spiral Hall in Aoyama, Tokyo, this international competition evaluated 3,573 submissions from 77 countries and regions around the world before selecting a total of 52 winners in Digital Photo, Digital Graphics/Illustration, Digital Movie and Web categories.
"Canon's commitment to the future of digital imaging goes well beyond the development of future generations of technology. We seek to encourage the future generations of digital artists who will use that technology to expand the horizons of creativity and expression around the world," said Kinya Uchida, president and chief executive officer of Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Since its inception four years ago, the Canon Digital Creators Contest has played an important role in advancing the digital arts and we are determined to continue that role for generations to come."
Launched by Canon in 2000 to recognize, showcase and encourage the next generation of digital artists and innovators, the Canon Digital Creators Contest 2003 presents cash award prizes totaling $117,000 for Gold, Silver and Bronze awards as well as Canon Awards. Winners of Honorary Mention awards and from other participating sponsors are also presented.
One "Gold" and one "Silver Award" winner in each of the four categories receive US$20,000 and US$5,000 respectively. Three "Bronze Award" winners in each category receive US$1,000 prize. A special Canon Award of US$1,000 is presented to one winner each in the web; movie, and graphics/illustration divisions. Two Canon Award prizes are awarded in the digital photo division for works dealing with nature and wildlife themes and works dealing with people themes. In addition to the monetary prizes, five "Honorary Mention Award" winners in each category (as well as all of the winners noted above) also receive either a Canon Digital Camera or BubbleJet printer.
Awards from participating sponsors Adobe, Benneton Group and Macromedia are also presented to select entries in some or all of the four categories.
The winning entrants from the United States were Gold Award recipient Mathew Frank Thomas for his Digital Movie "That Day", Bronze award winner Chris Delia for the web entry "imnotanaddict", Canon Award winners Scott Haefner for his web creation "Kite Aerial Photography: 360 Degree Panoramas," and Kisslan Chan for her Digital Photo entry in the nature category entitled "The Snail of Snails." Ohio University graduate student Todd Roeth earned Honorary mention in the web category for his piece "Where does satisfaction come from?" In the Digital Graphics/Illustration division SUU T PHUNG won the Adobe Systems Award for her entry "Romancing the BalloonScape."
Other Gold Award winners were Japan's Kenshi Daito for the Digital Photo entry "popular mechanics", Ryohei Hatokawa for the Digital Graphics/Illustration submission "The ultra fish collection" and Shinichiro Sato for the Web Division piece "tinygrow". Canon Digital Creators Contest awards were also presented digital artists from the United Kingdom, Egypt, Poland, Germany, Malaysia Italy, Spain, France, Canada, China and Hong Kong. Images of winning entries can be viewed online at www.canon.com/cdcc/press.
The selection Committee for the Canon Digital Creators Contest is comprised of leading digital practitioners from around the world including digital filmmaker Hiroyuki Nakano, director of Peacedelic and Scott Ross, CEO, President and Co-founder of Digital Domain, the full service visual effects/digital production studio that has earned a number of industry honors including Academy Awards for "What Dreams May Come"(1998) and "Titanic" (1997).
Judging in the Digital photo and Digital Graphics/Illustration and web divisions are members of the UK creative unit Tomato, renowned for their television commercials, graphic design work and myriad of other digital design specialties. Joining the Tomato crew in the Digital Photo division is famed printmaker Kate Gibb. Also judging in the Digital Graphics/illustration category is art director and cutting edge illustrator Katusra Moshino. Web division judging is rounded out by noted New York artist/technologist Joshua Davis whose innovative net art and design earned him the highest honor in international Net art and design, the 2001 Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Net Excellence. Overall supervision of the Canon Digital Creators Contest is the responsibility of the respected design critic, author and Musashino Art University Professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi.
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