Canon unveiled a new programme today, made to help amateur photographers studying photography or other image based courses to help them progress to the next level. The Canon Student Network (CSN) supports 11 universities across the UK and Ireland. They offer students a chance to develop their skills by providing industry tailored experiences and opportunities. This gives aspiring photographers many opportunities to develop their specialist areas and help them get into an industry which they love.
There are many opportunities for photography students to get experience in different events such as “Shoot the Show” at London Fashion Week. There will also be events for those interested in most types of photography including sports, wildlife, portrait and wedding.
The students are provided with educational tips, tricks and business advice from photographers who work in the industry via seminars around the country and online are also available along with unique offers. There is the opportunity to establish contacts in the industry and opportunities to get work for prospective companies.
There is a headline photo competition, where the winners work will be the face of a major Canon campaign including print, outdoor and online advertising as well as in store. This is a huge opportunity for any budding photographer.
Access is easy and free for eligible students. Those in first year simply need to be studying photography or equivalent course, within one of the initial 11 roll out universities and sign up to the free Project 1709 – Canon’s beta online imaging management system. Students in their second year will also be required to own a current Canon DSLR and lens. A course for students in their third year will be rolled out in the next academic year, there will be no extra requirement for students in order to join.
To sign up students need to register on http://www.canonstudentnetwork.co.uk/
 The scheme is open exclusively to photography students and students who use photography as an element of their degree.
 Initial universities consist of Ravensbourne, Norwich University, City of Westminster College, Leicester College, Reid Kerr College, Middlesex University, Plymouth College of Art, University of the Arts London, University of East London, University College Falmouth, Griffith College.