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Thousands of digital creators to collaborate and create digital entity

LONDON July 31st, 2002 – Digital creators, artists and photographers from across Europe will soon be collaborating to create a digital ‘being’ - an evolving digital entity. The structure, starting life today and known as the Iconobloc, can be found at

From today anyone will be able to take part by simply selecting from a choice of blocs and registering them with the master form. The ‘body’ will be in constant contact with its creator by email, enabling all participants to have an input into the look and feel of the eventual form. The form will be ‘caged’ on the Internet allowing its creators to monitor its growth and development.

The Iconobloc, located at , represents ground-breaking digital art and is supported by Canon Europe, a world-leader in digital innovation. The site has been created to inspire digital imagery innovation and attract people from across Europe to enter Canon's Digital Creators Contest. Aimed at encouraging anyone with a flair for digital creativity, this competition offers contestants the chance to collect the major prize of €20,000.

Canon originally launched the Digital Creators Contest in Japan two years ago as a means of discovering new talent among people that use these technologies. The organisers accepted submissions from overseas entrants for the first time last year and received 6,209 works from 57 countries. This was more than three times the number submitted for the first Digital Creators Contest.

Canon Digital Creators Contest 2002 comprises four division categories:

· Digital Photo (Print)

· Digital Graphics/Illustration (Print)

· Digital Movie

· Web

The prize money totalling €125,500 that includes a €20,000 Gold Award to be presented in each division. Other scheduled prizes include the Canon Award and awards from participating sponsors for each division.

Judges for this year’s contest include some of the foremost authorities in the imaging and graphics fields: award-winning photographer Jeff Schewe and the British creative unit ‘tomato’ for the Digital Photo (Print) division. Academy award winning composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto will also be joining the judging committee as a special guest.

The 2002 contest winners will be announced on Friday, December 6, 2002, at Spiral Café in Aoyama, Tokyo. Winning entries will be displayed at Spiral Hall from Saturday, December 7 to Sunday, December 15, 2002.

Canon Digital Creators Contest 2002 entry guidelines and other information in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish is available on the Canon Digital Creators Contest
website located at

About Canon Europe

Canon Europe is a subsidiary of Canon Inc. of Japan, a world-leading innovator and provider of imaging and information technology solutions for individuals and businesses. The main business focus for Canon Europe is in two clearly defined markets: Business Solutions (network peripherals: photocopy, printer, scanner and fax solutions) and Consumer Imaging (Input Solutions: photographic equipment including analogue and digital cameras and camcorders; and Output Solutions: Bubble Jet and other printers). Canon Europe also provides Industrial Products including broadcast lenses, semiconductor and medical equipment. Canon Europe employs more than 12,000 people across 19 countries.

Further information about Canon Europe is available at:

Media enquiries, please contact:

Ann Sher
Corporate PR Manager, Canon Europe
t. +44 (0)20 8588 8000

Sarah Griffiths / Terri Fellowes
Nelson Bostock Communications
t. +44 (0)20 7229 4400

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