Terms and Conditions

Enter this Competition by submitting your portfolio within the Entry Period and in accordance with these Terms for a chance to be part of the Canon Student Development Programme 2024, where:

1)  up to 100 entrants will be selected and mentored remotely by industry professionals in relation to their portfolio and new project proposal;
2)  up to 25 of those 100 entrants (as judged by an independent panel) will be selected to attend a 4 day workshop prior to attending the Visa pour l’Image festival; and
3)  3 of the 25 participants will be selected toreceive a €2k grant and Canon product. Please see full terms and conditions herein.

Entry Period: from February 12th 2024 - to 23:59 GMT on March 7th 2024


1.  The Organiser is Canon Europa N.V. 59 Bovenkerkerweg, 1185 XB, the Netherlands (“Organiser”). Any company, any subsidiary, partnership or other entity which from time to time is controlled by or is under common control of the Organiser hereinafter will be referred to as “Organiser Affiliate” and, Organiser and Organiser Affiliate together will be referred to as "Organiser Group".
2.  The Data processor, as administrator of the submission platform is Hypemarks, Inc. dba TINT incorporated,122 EastHouston St. San Antonio, TX 78258.

By entering this Canon Student Development Programme Competition (“Competition”) all Entrants are deemed to have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions unless notified otherwise by the Organiser in writing.


3.  All entrants (“Entrants”) must:
  • be aged 18 and over at the date March 7th, 2024;
  • reside in the countries listed below and:

    1. a) have started or completed an education programme in the countries listed below during the academic year 2023-2024, or
    2. b) be engaged in internships by agencies or magazines within the same period; or
      c) be nominated/endorsed by professionals from the photographic industry

  • Country list:
    • Albania 
    • Algeria 
    • Angola
    • Armenia 
    • Austria
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bahrain
    • Belgium
    • Benin
    • Bosnia - Herzegovina
    • Botswana
    • Bulgaria
    • Burkina Faso
    • Burundi
    • Cameroon
    • Cape Verde
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Comoros
    • Croatia
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Denmark
    • Djibouti
    • Egypt
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Eritrea
    • Estonia
    • Ethiopia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Gabon
    • Georgia
    • Germany
    • Ghana
    • Greece
    • Guinea
    • Guinea-Bissau
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • Iran
    • Iraq
    • Ireland
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Ivory Coast
    • Jordan
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kenya
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Kosovo
    • Kuwait
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Latvia
    • Lebanon
    • Lesotho
    • Liberia
    • Libya
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Madagascar
    • Malawi
    • Mali
    • Malta
    • Mauritania
    • Mauritius
    • Mayotte
    • Moldova
    • Montenegro
    • Morocco
    • Mozambique
    • Namibia
    • Netherlands
    • Niger
    • Nigeria
    • North Macedonia
    • Norway
    • Oman
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Qatar
    • Republic of Congo
    • Reunion
    • Romania
    • Rwanda
    • Saint Helena
    • Sao Tomé e Príncipe
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Senegal
    • Serbia
    • Seychelles
    • Sierra Leone
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • South Sudan
    • Spain
    • Sudan
    • Swaziland
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Syria
    • Tajikistan
    • Tanzania
    • The Gambia
    • Togo
    • Tunisia
    • Turkmenistan
    • Uganda
    • Ukraine
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom
    • Uzbekistan
    • Western Sahara
    • Yemen
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe
4.  Canon reserves the right to verify Entrants eligibility and admission by requesting a copy of your ID and either proof of your enrolment on a qualifying course/internship/agency, or for those entering under nomination by photographic industry professionals, a letter of recomendation from the endorsing professional.
5.  Participants who attended Module 2 or 3 of the 2022 or 2023 Canon Student Development Programme are not eligible to enter and/or participate.
6.  Employees of the Organiser, its subsidiary companies, their families, agents and other parties directly involved with this Programme and the sponsorship are not eligible to enter. 



7.  After the Entry Period, an independent panel composed of Canon employees and external industry professionals will select up to 100 submissions for admission to the Canon Student Development Programme (“Programme”). Submissions will be assessed on narrative skill, authenticity, storyline, bio and overall quality of the portfolio.
8.  Eligible participants with the qualifying submissions will be selected and notified on the outcome of the review by March 29th 2024.
9.  Those selected will become “Participants” and will be admitted to the Programme. The Programme will comprise three separate modules, with a proportion of the Participants selected for subsequent stages by an independent panel as detailed herein under section 10 “Prize”.


10. The Programme will comprise three separate modules
  • Module 1: Virtual Portfolio Preparation Mentorships
    Up to 100 admitted Participants will be partnered with a professional mentor between 22nd April – 31st May to support and refine their portfolio and new project proposal. Each Participant will be granted up to three one hour sessions. All sessions will be conducted virtually. 
  • Module 2: Workshop
    Following the conclusion of module 1, up to 25 Participants will be selected in June to attend a 4 day workshop taking place between 31st August – 4th September 2024 in Girona (S) and Perpignan (F). During the workshop Participants will attend dedicated lectures, take part in group portfolio reviews, practical sessions, attend the Visa pour l’Image Festival (“Festival”) and benefit from networking opportunities with representatives from the imaging and media industry.
  • Module 3: Gear and Grant
    3 Participants will be selected in September to receive a €2k (two thousand Euros) grant to produce a new photographic project and Canon product(s) comprising of a camera body and lens, as determined by the Organiser. Upon being awarded the grant, the 3 selected Participants will endavour to:
  • Complete the project based on the project proposal submitted at the end of the first module by 01 July 2025;
  • Provide 10 high resolution images as agreed upon between the Participant and the Organiser

  • All Participants will be introduced to the relevant local country Canon organisation.
11.  Selected participants for module 2 will be hosted by the Organiser. Organiser will provide return economy class travel tickets by air and/bus or train (when feasible), full board accommodation, meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and travel insurance (excluding theft or loss of valuables) for the duration of the stay as indicated in clause 10.
12.  For the avoidance of doubt, Organiser will not be responsible for organising any visas for any elements of the Prize, this is the sole responsibility of the Participant.
13.  The hospitality is intended for the participant only, the Organiser will not cover any other expenses than those above indicated.
14.  Participants must ensure they will be available during the aforementioned dates April 22nd - September 4th 2024 if selected for any of the above modules. Canon cannot amend or change these dates.
15.  Participants selected for Modules 2 and 3 will be expected to sign additional documentation permitting the use of their name and content and provide certain rights for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity for the Student Development Programme and other Canon education initiatives without additional compensation, summarised as follows:
  • Module 2: Participants will be asked for rights to use images from their portfolios submitted during the Programme, Personal Details (name, image and likness) and Content (statements (oral or written) made and photographs created during the Programme) to promote the Programme, and themselves as an attendee on Canon; websites, social media accounts and channels, direct mailings, corporate presentations, videos and reports, press releases, exhibitions (online / offline), flyers, banners
  • Module 3: Finalists will be asked for rights to use images from their project produced using the grant to promote the Programme, and themselves as an attendee on Canon; websites, social media accounts and channels, direct mailings, corporate presentations, videos and reports, press releases, exhibitions (online / offline), flyers, banners


16.  It is free to participate. For a chance of being selected to participate in the Programme, Entrants are required to submit their portfolio and new project proposal (via URL ( within the Entry Period. See clause 20 “Submission Requirements” for further details.
17.  Incomplete, invalid or inappropriate entries, or entries received after the Entry Period will not be eligible for participation in the Programme.
18.  Selected Participants will be requested to provide the following between March 29th and no later than April 7th, 2024:
  • Confirmation of attendance to the Programme;
  • Image of the passport and/or ID card for the purposes of verifying age
  • Student ID and/or Confirmation from the School/University (or agency/magazine internship) certifying the enrolment in the academic year 2023-2024.
In case Participants fail to confirm the attendance and/or do not provide the required documentation by April 7th, 2024, the term of eligibility to the Programme lapses and their place will be forfeited.
19.  The official and only language of the initiative is English, no translation services will be provided, Participants need an adequate proficiency in English to benefit from the Programme, the necessary tools and adequate skills to attend the digital online settings.


20.  Entrants will need to submit a portfolio, comprising up to two stories/projects, each with a maximum of twenty (20) photographs, alongside a description of their project(s) in 200 words or less, a new project proposal (maximum 1 typed page and further details may be found on (, personal bio and image captions. All written materials should be supplied in English. Image files should be JPEGS, max 1500 DPI, 2000 px.

Additional supporting documentation, may also be submitted by entrants such as:
  • Motivation statement to attend the Programme;
  • A letter of recommendation from the Teacher/School/Agency/Magazine/Industry professional
21.  All photographs must be original and taken by the Entrant.
22.  The photographs submitted by the Entrant must not contain anything which may be considered in anyway illegal or that which infringe the rights of any third party, including intellectual property, moral or privacy rights; or
23.  The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify incomplete or illegible entries or which otherwise do not meet the above requirements.


24.  By submitting its entry, the Entrant warrants that:
  • Entrant is the sole author of the photographs and project proposal;
  • Entrant is the owner of all intellectual property and other proprietary rights in the photographs and project proposal;
  • The photographs, project proposal and any other materials submitted by the Entrant do not contain anything which may be considered in anyway illegal, or that which infringe the rights of any third party, including intellectual property, moral or privacy rights.
  • Entrant has not submitted images that have been created, generated, edited, composited or manipulated using any software, tools or technology incorporating any form of artificial intelligence. This includes (but is not limited to) any use of generative artificial intelligence, including generative fill functionality. However, the use of features which are an inherent part of the production specification of cameras (eg: autofocus and image processing) will not result in automatic disqualification, as long as the camera is not suspected to have not been modified in any way.
  • All admitted Participants will need to supply the RAW files of their images submitted as part of their final portfolio at the end of module 1, which will be analysed for any use of artificial intelligence technology, and may also be used for the assessment of other competition criteria (eg: compositing, excessive editing and manipulation) at the judges’ discretion. Failure to submit the RAW file before the stated deadline will result in disqualification.
  • Entrant’s Project Proposal does not contain any confidential or restricted information of the Entrant or any third party, and Entrant understands that Canon shall not be subject to any duty of confidentiality with respect to the Project Proposal.
25.  The Organiser warrants that:
  1. It shall act within the scope of the rights granted under these Terms and Conditions;
  2. The Organiser may wish to use your name and selected images for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity for Canon, the Student Development Programme and other Canon education initiatives without additional compensation. In such case, the Organiser will contact the Participant to request Participant’s permission in accordance with the clause 31. Such permission may not be unreasonably withheld.


26.  The Organiser reserves the right to refuse to honour any entry or to recover the full value of the Prize if it considers there has been an abuse or breach of the terms and conditions of this Competition.
27.  The Organiser shall not be liable for any loss, damage or injury of any nature howsoever caused, sustained by any participant under this competition. However, nothing in these rules shall have the effect of excluding or restricting Organiser liability for personal injury or death caused by the proven negligence of its employees or contractors.
28.  In the event of a dispute over interpretation or implementation of the rules on any matter related to the competition, the decision of the Directors of Organiser is final, and no correspondence will be entered.
29.  Any taxes or levies imposed by local government on an individual Participant as a result of such Participant’s participation in the Programme shall be compensated by the Organiser (or its local affiliated company, as applicable).
30.  The Organiser reserves the right to publish the name and country of the Participants or to publicise the prize giving presentation after the date of the Programme. If the Participant does not wish such details to be published, they must advise the Organiser at time of notification of the admission.
31.  Entrants also agree to be contacted by the Organiser and its delegates for the purposes of administrating the Competition or if the Organiser wishes to discuss any other use of the picture(s) submitted to the Competition.
32.  The Prize is non-transferable, and no cash or credit alternatives will be substituted for the Prize on offer. If the Prize (or any part thereof) offered is unavailable due to Force Majeure, the Organiser reserves the right to modify the Programme.
33.  The Organiser shall not be in breach of these terms and conditions nor liable for delay in performing, or failure to perform, any of its obligations under these terms and conditions if such delay or failure result from events, circumstances or causes beyond its reasonable control including but not limited to fire, floods, pandemic (including, but not limited to as a result of or linked whether directly or indirectly to Covid-19), embargoes, war, acts of war (whether war be declared or not), acts of terrorism, insurrections, riots, civil commotions, strikes, lockouts or other labour disturbances, acts of God or acts, omissions or delays in acting by any governmental authority (“Force Majeure”).
34.  Any rejected or not confirmed admission may be offered to other Entrants at the absolute and sole discretion of the Organiser.


35.  Canon Europa N.V., 59 Bovenkerkerweg, 1185 XB is the Data Controller in respect of any personal data supplied by Entrants. The personal data provided is held securely and may be transferred on a secure server outside the EEA.
36.  Hypemarks, Inc. dba TINT incorporated,122 EastHouston St. San Antonio, TX 78258 is the Data processor and they administer the submission platform.
37.  The personal data collected from Entrants is subject to the Canon Consumer Privacy Policy


38.  These Terms and Conditions and any disputes arising out of or in connection with them shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Netherlands and will be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the Amsterdam courts.

Version I, updated on the 15th January 2024

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