Canon announces winners of the Canon Digital Creators Contest 2003

Canon Digital Creator's Contest 2003 Winners selected from over 3,500 entrants from 77 countries worldwide. European entrants win silver and bronze awards in the annual Canon contest that celebrates and supports the growing momentum of the global Digital Art Revolution.

LONDON, December 5, 2003 – Canon, Inc. today announced the winning entries of the global Canon Digital Creators Contest 2003.  The competition, now in its fourth year, aims to recognise, promote and support innovation in the field of digital art, empowering people of all ages and abilities to express their creativity through digital technology. This year’s contest received 3,573 submissions from 77 countries across all continents, with approximately a quarter (770) of entries received from Europe.

Works entered for the Canon Digital Creators Contest 2003 were judged on creativity, message, expression, and power of image by some of the foremost authorities in the imaging and graphics fields.  This year’s selection committee, supervised by Musashino Art University professor Hiroshi Kashiwagi, featured the British creative unit ‘tomato’ and Kate Gibb for the Digital Photo division; Katsura Moshino and tomato for the Digital Graphics/Illustration division; Hiroyuki Nakano and Scott Ross for the Digital Movie division; and Joshua Davis and tomato for the Web division.

Winners will receive prize money totalling $117,500 - including a $20,000 prize for the Gold Award winner in each of the four categories. This year’s Gold-prize winners are:

  • Digital Photo -  Kenshi Daito, Japan, for popular mechanics
  • Digital Graphics/Illustration -  Ryohei Hatokawa, Japan, for THE ULTRA FISH COLLECTION
  • Digital Movie – Matthew Thomas, US, for That Day
  • Web – Shinchiro Sato, Japan, for tinygrow

European artists were well represented in the list of winners for all four digital art award categories this year, with Leszek Marszalek, of the UK, winning the Silver award in the Digital Photo division for I want to wake up, Shoko, from the UK, winning the Bronze award in the Digital Graphics division for STOP THE WAR, monke (a group of four artists) from the UK, also won Bronze in the Digital Movie division for The weather in Summerset, and Enrique Radigales, of Scotland, was awarded Bronze in the Web division for Idealworld.

Daniel Vega Borrego, of Spain won the Adobe System award for Nüssle Formation 01/02, Erwyn Rybin, of Austria, won the Canon award in the Digital Photo division for People of the World and dombis, of France, won the Canon award in the Digital Graphics division for Antisana Stong VI.

James Leipnik, Chief of Communication and Corporate Relations at Canon Europe, said: “The overall standard of entries has become increasingly sophisticated with each year that the contest has been held. Canon’s aim to recognise and encourage new talent in digital art is already paying dividends after just four years as entrants of all ages, from countries across the world are creating new works that redefine the realm of digital visual art and challenge the boundaries of originality, expression and communication.”

Joel Baumann of tomato, who judged the contest added: “This year’s winners have demonstrated an amazing level of skill in a variety of digital art forms to communicate some very powerful ideas and concepts. The fact that so many entries showed a deep understanding of an artistic medium that is relatively young is very satisfying, and we look forward to working alongside Canon, through the CDCC competition, to recognise and reward the best in digital art.”

The 2003 contest winners will be recognised at an awards ceremony in Tokyo today (December 5). Winning entries will be displayed at Spiral Garden from December 6 to December 14, 2003, and are available to view online at:

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