Canon Celebrates World Environment Day with five environmental grants
Canon calls for nominations for its Environmental Grants, designed to recognise Australian environmental initiatives
A 2009 Canon Environmental Grant winner, Spot a Shark, uses Canon photographic equipment to conduct research
Sydney, 3 June 2010 - Demonstrating a commitment to supporting local environment initiatives and focusing attention on World Environment Day this Saturday 5 June, Canon Australia today launched its 2010 Canon Environmental Grants Program.
Now in its fifth year, the Canon Environmental Grants program provides valuable assistance to organisations of all sizes working on environmental initiatives across Australia by rewarding them with Canon digital imaging products to help them achieve the goals of their projects. This year there are five grants to the value of $5000 each available.
One of last year's winners, Spot a Shark (NSW), is currently using high quality underwater Canon photographic equipment to conduct non-invasive Photo ID research on the critically endangered Grey Nurse Shark. The high quality photographs captured by Canon's cameras have lead to an increase in the number of Grey Nurse Shark matches, providing researchers with vital migratory pattern information.
Canon Australia's Manager for Quality, Safety &Environment, Janet Leslie, says that it is immensely satisfying for Canon to be able to help organisations making a difference to their local environment.
"In 2009, the Canon Environmental Grants received an overwhelming response. The range and diversity of grassroots environmental projects in the community is really inspiring as is the creative way people use our products for their projects. As an organisation Canon is committed to the vision of a sustainable society and the Canon Environment Grants is just one way we can assist the Australian community. It complements the work we are doing with Industry and Government on establishing a national scheme for collection and recycling of electronic waste," says Ms Leslie.
Last year's winners of Canon Australia's Environmental Grants represented a cross section of the community and included Spot a Shark (NSW), Centre for Sustainability Leadership (VIC), SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership (QLD), Wetland Habitat Trust Paiwalla (SA), and Baldivis Children's Forest Inc (WA).
These winners illustrate the diversity of initiatives that the Canon Environmental Grants recognise - from empowering young people to make their communities more sustainable, to tracking the health of Australia's bush-land and the effectiveness of rehabilitation work.
A wide range of Canon equipment was provided to the winners, from digital still cameras, digital video cameras, network video cameras and digital SLRs to interchangeable camera lenses, binoculars and underwater housings.
Organisations interested in applying for the Canon Australia Environmental Grants should visit http://www.canon.com.au/en-AU/About-Canon/Sustainability-Environment/Environment/Environmental-Grants for more information and to submit an online application form. Details on how to apply will be live tomorrow morning, 4 June 2010.
Applications close Monday 31 August 2010. The successful applicants will be notified in late September and the Canon products presented shortly afterwards.
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Canon Australia is a leading provider of advanced, simple-to-use imaging solutions for businesses and consumers. Canon's Australian R&D company, CiSRA, develops customised solutions for local customers, and exports digital imaging technologies for use in Canon products worldwide. Canon has ranked among the top-four US patent recipients for the past 18 years, and had global revenues of around $US35 billion in 2009. Canon Australia also operates Canon Finance Australia, which offers one-stop shopping for customers wanting leasing or finance services. For more information, visit canon.com.au
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