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Canon can save whales

Background - 1 February, 2008
Can you create a picture that's worth a thousand whales? Would you like the chance to win some cool Greenpeace stuff? We're inviting Canon customers and whale defenders to enter a new competition.

We're sorry, this competition is Closed....

We're looking for images that will encourage the CEO of Canon Japan, Mr. Mitarai, to speak out against whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and live up to his company's reputation as a wildlife defender.

The winning entry will be the one most likely to convince him that he can and should save thousands of whales by applying domestic pressure within Japan.



An exclusive set of prints from this year's Great Whale Trail Expedition to the Southern Ocean signed by our expedition photographer Jiri Rezac.


A selection of "Mister Splashy Pants" Merchandise


A copy of the Greenpeace and New Internationalist book " Planet Ocean" - A stunning photography book that brings the drama of the ocean to shore and calls for protected marine reserves.

We'll also be exhibiting a selection of the best entries at this year's International Whaling Commission meeting in June.

Please submit images (photo or digital graphic) to this Flickr Group by May 1st 2008. If you don't have a Flickr account you can simply email the image(s) using .

Please put your name and email address

in the subject line so we can contact you if you are a winner. We will remove this information before the photo is published online.

Images will be judged by a panel of experts.

This Competition is Closed!


Participants may submit more than one entry

Entries must be submitted to the Canon Can Save Whales Flickr Group by May 1st 2008 via the entrant's own Flickr account or by emailing the image(s) to .

Images submitted to the Flickr Group must have their longest side no less than 800 pixels but the participant must have an original version that is at least 2000 pixles on its longest side in case we would like to print the image for an exhibition.

All ages and nationalities are welcome to enter the competition.

Images will be judged on creativity, originality and their ability to convince Mr Mitarai to defend whales - rather than technical skill so we do not have separate categories that distinguish amateurs from professionals.

Images must have a specific "Creative Commons

" license. To select this go to "

Additional Information

" on the right side of your image once it is on Flickr and Click in "


" next to "

All rights reserved

" (or whatever rights are set) and make sure that "

Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons

". If you email your image into the competition we'll do this for you.

The deadline is subject to change if Canon decides to do the right thing and make a statement against whaling - then we will close the competition immediately and choose the winners from the entries that are already in the Flickr Group.

Winners will be announced before the end of May 2008.