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Two women – Jane Wanjiru Mumbi and Mercy Owegi. Both are wearing face coverings and only with head and shoulders visible, are facing left as though looking at something. The woman on the furthest left holds a Canon video camera. Behind them stand two further women.

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Four young women in Nairobi are enjoying successful careers in the film industry thanks to K-Youth Media. A new documentary showshow they got there.

30 May 2022

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Viewed from above, a man holds his hands out in front of him in prayer. In them are red prayer beads. From his arms we can see that he is wearing a checked suit jacket and a white shirt.

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Gulam Teladia BEM helps his community during their darkest hours. His tireless work was vital to the families of those who lost their lives to Covid 19.

04 Apr 2022

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Four girls stand in a circle, playing trombones and trumpets in a dirt yard, in front of a fence.

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In Rwanda and Eastern Congo, Finbarr O’Reilly saw the impact of images that only tell part of the story and decided to work on changing the narrative.

03 Jan 2022

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The face of a woman as she looks directly at the camera. She wears a painted neon yellow and red crosshatch pattern on her eyes, a matching head-wrap and neon yellow hoop earrings. © Wendy Asumadu

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Wendy Asumadu thought she’d quit her job at the very worst time, but extraordinary circumstances opened a new world of opportunities and communities.

09 Dec 2021

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A dark scene of blues and greys, with black trees of differing sizes in the foreground and steep mountains on either side of the image, forming a valley through which you can see a glimpse of light through the clouds. A bird flies between the mountains, very nearly at the dead centre of the image.

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Canon Ambassador Valtteri Hirvonen confesses to being a “bit of a rebel”, but his dark day shoots and grainy images belie a sense of unexpected calm.

28 Oct 2021

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A head and shoulders photo of a little child, wearing a white and yellow top and with a high ponytail, held with a red bow. She is facing left and has one hand raised to her cheek.

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“Home has been a complicated subject for me,” writes Rukhsar Barakzai. In a powerful open letter, she tells of her Afghan roots and growing up in the UK.

25 Oct 2021

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A man dressed in white PPE takes the temperature of a women as she sits up in bed. She is wearing a black niqab and on one side of her is a high brown wood chest of draws with six drawers and a lamp and assorted objects on top. On the other side is a barred window, through whIch you can see the figure of a man wearing a face covering. On the far left of the photo is the side view of a man wearing a white kameez and white topi. He also wears a black protective face covering.

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Canon Ambassador, Michele Spatari uses his camera to share untold stories of the pandemic in South Africa, showing that hope exists amidst the turmoil.

11 Oct 2021

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A woman sits on the floor surrounded by fine art prints in the Japanese style. They predominantly in black, grey and red. She has shoulder-length dark hair and wears a beige skirt, white sneakers and a bleck vest-style top. On the left and right of the shot are two tables, one with a green plant on top and a black and white printed textile in front. The other with some books stacked on top and prints in front of it.

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For Jessie, AKA Chromakane, art was a way of coping with Covid lockdowns, and before long she was part of a community helping others to do the same.

07 Oct 2021

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On the right, the side of a man wearing a black medical-style mask and a blue top is pictured. He is overseeing an audio-visual control panel of buttons, some of which are lit. There is also a monitor showing what is being filmed and cables feeding into plug sockets.

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Covid 19 meant that churches had to think differently about worship. Nairobi’s Mamlaka Hill Chapel used live streaming to connect with their community.

16 Sep 2021

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A close-up of three women leaning their heads out of a car window. The woman on the left has long brown hair, the woman on the right has short brown hair and, in the middle, the woman is blonde and has her eyes closed and head raised gently skywards.

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Canon Ambassador Julie Pike recalls her shoot with the singer Aurora and her sisters and shares “secret little world” that exists in her viewfinder.

30 Aug 2021

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The sun is burning a deep orange, which can be seen through the silhouette of a leaf. A dark sky forms the backdrop of the photo.

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For most of us, working is simply a fact of life, but when you can have some fun along the way and share your passions it can make all the difference.

23 Aug 2021

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Belgian artist Wim Tellier uses the power of print to take us on a journey that remind us of just how vulnerable we really are in the face of nature.

12 Aug 2021

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A women with long hair in her wedding dress is balancing on fallen trees on the edge of a forest.

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Pablo and Ana Laguia’s own romance inspired them to ‘mix the perfect with the messy’ and turn wedding photography into a beautiful adventure.

26 Jul 2021

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A smiling young woman with her hair in a long blonde braid sits at a desktop computer with keyboard. She wears over-ear headphones and has a big silver microphone positioned in front of her.

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Every day, millions of people head to Twitch to get their fix of their favourite gaming streamers – or to stream to others and chase online fame.

08 Jul 2021

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A Shiba Inu with its tongue out, wearing a pink party hat

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Fed up with all the doom and gloom on the breakfast TV news, Canon Sweden created a way for professionals to begin their day on an upbeat note.

24 Jun 2021

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A large wave breaks against a background of an iceberg.

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Canon Ambassador Lucia Griggi overcame fear, frustration and loss to create her own waves and become an award-winning action and surf photographer.

21 Jun 2021

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On the right, John Wambugu of MindMe International is surrounded by the children who use the Laibu Mtaani.

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John Wambugu’s love of the camera goes beyond taking photos and making films. He’s used it as a means to fund education, create jobs and change lives.

17 Jun 2021

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The words #womenwhoempower against a black background with '#womenwho' in white and 'empower' in red.

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#womenwhoempower is a year-long initiative conceived by Canon Middle East, giving female creatives the opportunity to be mentored and grow their brand.

27 May 2021

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A hand holds a smartphone near the touchscreen of a Canon imageRUNNER office machine.

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As we slowly return to the workplace, organisations are looking at different ways to make shared surfaces safe for the many hands that use them.

26 Apr 2021

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A women in a red dress is walking in the desert. She is tiny and the desert is massive as the sand stretches far.

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Nanna Navntoft uses photography to add a new aspect to her written work. Now she explores human stories by immersing herself in a fully holistic way.

22 Apr 2021

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	The image is dominated by pure white snow, save a snow-covered chum, or traditional tent used by the migrational tribes of the region. A woman emerges from her tent and is wearing a long orange/red patterned dress and boots. The dress has a black trim midway up the skirt and she also wears a pink headscarf, tied at the back of her head, which swings behind her.

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While the world was in lockdown, Pie Aerts travelled across the frozen Siberian tundra with an ancient people who taught him the value of silence.

25 Feb 2021

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A seal, lying on its side, covers its eyes with its paws.

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However you pronounce it, the GIF is a fun way to speak volumes without saying a word. Learn more about LOLs on a loop and why they’re so useful.

22 Feb 2021

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A close-up shot of a model’s face, which is partially covered in a sheer purple material. Her eyes are made up ‘watercolour style’ in pastel shades of purple, green and blue and she has gems alongside her nose.

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The beauty trend for ultra-close ups requires nothing short of polished perfection to stop viewers in their tracks. How do photographers and make-up artists make it happen?

18 Feb 2021

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A group of seven young people, sat and stood, all look towards something unseen to the right of the image. One has a dog on her lap.

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Like every industry, print needs fresh ideas and innovation. Duygu Sanac Keçeci believes that attracting a new generation of talent is key.

01 Feb 2021

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A woman stands with her back to the camera, watching an orange sunset over dark mountains. She wears a pale dress, and her hair is worn up, with tendrils outlined in shadow.

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Maud Chalard puts time on pause and invites you to lose yourself in her cinematic world of beauty, feminine freedom and nostalgia.

28 Jan 2021

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A bearded and bespectacled man sits in his home office, at his computer. He is on a conference call with four other people.

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When we can’t be in the same room, hiring great talent can be challenging. EMEA Talent Lead, Chris Wilcock shares some advice for recruiting in 2021.

25 Jan 2021

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Scattered photos of happy family scenes, taken outdoors in summer.

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‘Nostalgic consumption’ was the go-to comfort zone for 2020. But where does this wistful need for events past come from? And what does it do for us?

14 Jan 2021

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A woman in a medical mask and overalls holds the hands of a smiling elderly woman who wears an orange cardigan.

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From resilience to solitude and hope to gratitude, our Canon Ambassadors share the images that tell the emotional story of a year like no other.

17 Dec 2020

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A bearded man sits against a black background. He is wearing just black shorts and has tattoos on both arms.

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Claus Fleissner is one of an army of ‘plus sized’ and body positive models who are driving change in the fashion industry through online visibility.

26 Nov 2020

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Two casually dressed young people sit on the carpeted floor of a white walled room, next to some crates with plants on them. They are both looking at a laptop.

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If you thought Pinterest was just an online scrapbook, then it’s time to revisit. As well as being inspired, you can connect, learn, shop and share.

12 Nov 2020

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A barefoot woman in a long white dress with long dark hair sits on a wooden stool in a forest, surrounded by tall, bare trees. She has her hands in her lap and is looking down, so her hair is covering most of her face.

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Slasher, supernatural, psychological – there’s every conceivable type of horror movie out there. But fear also comes in different shapes and sizes.

29 Oct 2020

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Pile of Freshly Chopped Tree Trunks

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We’re closer to the forest than we think – through paper, packaging, even clothes. But how do we make sure that we’re buying from sustainable sources?

26 Oct 2020

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An image taken underwater. The sea is bright blue and a woman in a bikini and snorkel swims upwards towards the light and bubbles on the surface. © Dafna Tal

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Canon Ambassador Dafna Tal’s visual explorations are a means to understand, embrace and express our innermost emotions and use them to find strength.

15 Oct 2020

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A person in a white t-shirt and blue jeans sits cross-legged, typing on a laptop. Only legs, arms and torso are visible.

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Fraudsters use all kinds of techniques to part people from their cash, but romance scams can leave victims financially and emotionally devastated

12 Oct 2020

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A long-haired person in fur-trimmed parka and navy-blue hat and scarf stands to the right of the picture, facing blurred evening lights, turned away from the camera.

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Faces matter. So why are so many Instagrammers turning their backs on the camera to create content that leads viewers to draw their own conclusions?

21 Sep 2020

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A man wearing a non-surgical face covering and a grey t-shirt, looks out of the window, towards the sky. The glass reflects the outside world, other houses, trees, a fence and the sky.

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All shot on Canon cameras, all tell a story of a year like no other. What do these five most downloaded photos from Getty Images tell us about 2020?

17 Sep 2020

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Taken from above, a teenage boy wearing a peach t-shirt and brown trousers sits on a tiled floor using a laptop. He has shelves behind him and stationery around him on the floor.

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Online education can be a tough ask, but new resources, formats and collaborations could make blended learning a global standard in the future.

03 Sep 2020

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A brown leather sofa and cushions with an occasional table and a lamp to the right. Behind is wallpaper in a repeating design of orange, black and brown leaves and flowers in a modern brocade style, often seen in furnishings and wall coverings.

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In 2017, Manuela participated in Canon’s Young People Programme and it made a profound impact. Today she writes a letter to future young changemakers.

10 Aug 2020

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A Canon branded lorry parks a mobile CT scanning unit, with CT SCAN UNIT and the Canon logo printed on the side. It is outside what appears to be a brown brick office building, surrounded by trees and bushes.

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For many hospitals, Covid-19 meant they had to increase capacity and adapt quickly. Canon Medical swiftly rose to the challenge of their new needs.

06 Aug 2020

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Three children in a garden, one is making a huge soap bubble from a hoop. The others are laughing and screaming with the fun of it all.

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By reliving her own childhood, Helen Bartlett has become a master at helping families to cement their cherished moments into something tangible.

30 Jul 2020

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The buildings of University College Cork in Ireland, set against a blue but cloudy sky.

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When Cantec Ireland responded to a tender from one of the world’s ‘greenest’ universities, MD Greg Tuohy never anticipated how much he would learn.

27 Jul 2020

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A panorama of the Tokyo Gate Bridge under a beautiful orange sunset

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Our philosophy of ‘Kyosei’ can be found at the Canon Foundation in Europe, which has supported research in Europe and Japan for over 30 years.

16 Jul 2020

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The centuries-old tradition of Arabic storytelling or ‘Hakawati’ has been given a very modern reimagining through social media by Canon Middle East.

15 Jun 2020

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A boy stands, playing, on a grey ash beach by the sea, in the background a volcano is erupting against a blue sky. © Ulla Lohmann

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Tragedy spurred Ulla Lohmann to live ‘in the moment’ and her exploration of volcanoes and those who live with them has taught her lessons of human joy.

11 Jun 2020

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A huge camera lens peeks through camouflage.

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“All of life is here”. We take a look at the ‘Home Stories’ of Canon Austria Ambassadors, friends and trainers as they film themselves in lockdown.

08 Jun 2020

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Three men on stage at a festival, with the audience's hands raised in silhouettes in front of them. A caption reading 'I belong to moments' sits at the bottom of the image.

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Social media ‘stories’ are used by half a billion people every day. Canon Nordic’s #15secondfilmfestival celebrates the power of stories at speed.

18 May 2020

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