SINGAPORE- They pointed up. They pointed down. Some milled around road construction workers. Others were inspired by gigantic sculptures near Marina Square.
What they were all trying to do: get that perfectly unique snap on three themes: "Vision", "Kyosei" (which means "working in harmony" in Japanese), and "Space+#nofilter+#newperspective".
Around 2,000 photography enthusiasts from Singapore and the region were out and about on Saturday for the region's largest annual photo competition, the Canon Photo Marathon. It returned for its 14th edition.
Participants had to compose images according to the assigned themes and submit their pictures for all three segments to qualify for the Best of Show grand prizes. Participants had just a few hours to submit their best interpretation of the assigned theme before the next theme was released.
The thrill of capturing images "on-the-spot" and under time pressure, is one of the key pull factors for returning participants, said Canon Singapore.
There were two categories for the competition - open and student.
"Photography has the power to tell captivating stories. In recent years, we have seen more people pursuing photography as a passion. With advances in our imaging technology, we strive to empower photography enthusiasts with the equipment to continue creating vivid imagery," said Edwin Teoh, head of marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore.
As part of Canon's corporate social responsibility program, Canon also partnered with the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) and Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) to host more than 30 participants.