Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

SYDNEY, 23 May 2012: Canon's local research and development arm, CiSRA in collaboration with Sydney's Powerhouse Museum are calling for Australian university students to enter the 2012 Extreme Imaging competition.

Tertiary students who are developing a new technique or equipment to produce images as part of their supervised research project are eligible to enter the competition.

Stephen Hardy, Senior General Manager, CiSRA said, "This competition gives Canon the opportunity to promote and celebrate Australian imaging science research. The prize will be awarded to the student that pushes the boundaries of imaging technology."

"The students could be studying across a number of different disciplines - engineering, robotics, physics or medicine. As long as imaging is at the heart of the project, students can enter," said Stephen.

Last year's first prize winner was Ariell Friedman and supervisors Dr Oscar Pizarro and Prof Stefan Williams from The Australian Centre for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney for the project ‘Diver-based stereo 3D documentation of excavations in Pavlopetri'. 

Other winning entries from last year include the capture of the first ever image of the shadow of a single atom to the development of a device that may be able to take a picture of the retina (back of the eye) and asses the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

"We were extremely impressed with the quality of research from last year and we can't wait to see what the entries reveal this year. CiSRA recently teamed up with Sydney's Powerhouse Museum and the award ceremony will be held on 15 February 2013 where we will present the most outstanding entries," said Stephen Hardy.   

First prize is $5000 for the winning student or student group and $5000 for their supervisor. The runner up will receive a Canon 5D Mark III DSLR.  

There will also be a new prize for undergraduate students - they will be eligible for a $1000 prize for the winning student or students and $1000 for their supervisor. These prizes will be supplemented by $5000 worth of Canon equipment.

More information about the competition and links to the entry form and full terms and conditions can be found at

CiSRA is one of the global research and development centres owned by Canon Inc., and this year is celebrating 21 years in Australia.

CiSRA contributes imaginative technologies, intellectual property and customer insights to Canon Inc. for development of future products and services and employs almost 200 researchers and engineers, 40 of whom have PhDs in disciplines from physics, computer science and engineering.    

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Canon is the world's leading imaging brand that actively inspires with imaginative ideas that enable people to connect, communicate and achieve more than they thought possible through imaging solutions for business and consumers. Canon's Australian R&D company, CiSRA, develops and exports digital imaging technologies for use in Canon products worldwide. Canon has ranked among the top-four US patent recipients* for the past 20 years, and had global revenues of around $US46 billion in 2011. Canon Australia also operates Canon Finance Australia, which offers one-stop shopping for customers wanting leasing or finance services.

* Based on weekly patent counts issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office
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