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Canon Kicks Off Youth Football Photo Contest

Lake Success, N.Y.
– Canon USA
is embracing the onset of the football season with a national promotion
encouraging football lovers to submit their best youth football photos in a
“Why Do You Love Football” Photo Challenge.

The wining image could earn the photographer a trip to attend
Super Bowl XLIV in South Florida, the 2010 Pro
Football Hall of Fame
Enshrinement Celebration and have their photo on display
in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for one year.

New to this year’s program is Canon’s support of the NFL’s Youth
Education Towns (NFLYETs) across the country.

The 15 NFL YETs are education and recreation centers dedicated to
making a positive, lasting difference in the lives of children.

Canon will donate $150,000 worth of products, including EOS Rebel
T1i d-SLR cameras, Pixma MP560 wireless photo all-in-one printers and Vixia high-definition
camcorders to the NFL YET Centers as part of the effort.

The nationwide amateur photo contest features two categories;
“Action” and “Feature.” The “Action” category focuses on any image that
captures football action during game play, while the “Feature” category
comprises any football imagery outside of game action on the field.

In addition to the adult division, there will be a contest for
teens, ages 13-18l.

Interested parties may enter up to 10 youth football photos from
Sept. 3, to  Dec. 2 by visiting
and following the online entry instructions.

A judging panel including former New Orleans Saints quarterback
Archie Manning (father of Payton and Eliah); Canon Explorer of Light and Sports
Illustrated photographer Peter Read Miller, and other prominent staff
photographers and photo editors will determine the group of 14 finalists in
each division.

Voting will be turned over to the fans who can vote for their
favorite photo between Dec. 21, 2009, and Jan. 8, 2010, via the contest Web
site. The grand-prize winner will be named in early January.