by Lost At E Minor in New Photography on Thursday 22 May 2014

This article brought to you by Canon

We’re enthralled by the eclectic range of images on display on the #CanonShine platform, a project that celebrates photos with a very personal meaning behind them. The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers and offers an enticing lure for the winning entry: the photographer who scoops the prize will have their image brought to life through a national advertising campaign; a two month display in the NSW State Library; and will made a documentary made about their journey. [There are only 17 days left to enter! Upload your photo to the #CanonShine platform now]

To help get you inspired, here are a few recent entrants that have captured our attention on the #CanonShine platform.

Photo by GREG
‘This black and white image shot in Melbourne is like a set of eyes looking from the past to the future. The buildings are metaphors for the traditional past and the multicultural future of our country’.

Photo by EDEN
‘I want people to see how beautiful our beaches are and all the creatures that live beneath the sea. But also how much damage pollution can do to these creatures, whatever they may be.’

Photo by JEREMY SOMERS
‘Life is about togetherness. No matter what size, shape or colour we are, if we come together even the hardest times and adversity can be overcome.’

Photo by ANGELA G.
‘We humans think we have the right to put animals in tiny cages for personal entertainment. Why? Animals know fear, animals feel pain. They are intelligent and they are beautiful. And they definitely have the right to live freely.’

Photo by LAUREN
‘Travel. To me there is not a better form of knowledge than learning about others and their culture. This photo is actually taken of my hometown – and made me appreciate what I already had instead of searching for something better.’

Photo by SUSIEGEORGE
‘A child is drowning in a pond. Do you save them? Or do you leave it to someone else? If the answer seems simple, then why don’t you save the person you walk by every day who is drowning in the pavement? Don’t be a bystander, help.’