Strengthening Future Livelihoods: Canon and VII Academy Partner to Launch Twelve-Week Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Seminar Program

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) today announced its partnership with VII Academy to launch its 12-week collaborative course in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism. As part of Canon’s Miraisha program (, the twelve-week course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of composition and camera control, storytelling simple narrative, as well as basic business and freelance work. skills, all within an ethical and practical framework for photojournalism. The three-month program will include classes on the concepts of photojournalism, group tutorials, homework and feedback sessions to develop the student’s ability to work in an editorial and digital context on individual and short images. photographic essays.

We are delighted to partner with VII Academy to offer an interactive, engaging and educational course in documentary photography and photojournalism for African youth. The Miraisha program has been carefully designed to provide relevant opportunities to young Africans across our continent as well as equip them with the appropriate tools and training needed to carve a professional path in life. Across all of our Miraisha offerings, our goal remains the same – to empower African talent, promote future employment opportunities and livelihoods. At Canon, we believe it is imperative to nurture and nurture passionate talent through initiatives focused on developing their skills. As part of this twelve week program, we aspire to instill in students the appropriate skills ranging from the fundamentals of photography such as shooting unique images to advanced levels such as producing a short photographic essay. focused on journalists. Over the weeks, students will gradually shift from camera control, visual style and composition, funding and budgeting, ultimately culminating in an exhibition of student work. noted Amine Djouahra – Director of Sales and Marketing at Canon Central and North Africa.

Spread over three months, the program will cover lectures on relevant concepts in documentary photography and photojournalism, as well as a group tutorial each week, thus ensuring that students are well prepared for their work. The workshops will be led by world-renowned Agency VII photographers Nichole Sobecki and Stefano De Luigi. Nichole Sobecki, has lived in Nairobi for the past decade, the primary focus of Nichole’s work is humanity’s tense, intimate and ultimately unbreakable connection with the natural world. She is currently exploring the vital role the Congo Basin plays in the ecological balance of our planet as a National Geographic explorer. Stefano De Luigi currently lives in Paris and began his career working for the Grand Louvre as a photographer from 1989 to 1996. His numerous awards include four World Press Photo awards (1998, 2007, 2010, 2011), the scholarship Eugene Smith (2008), and the Getty Grant for Editorial Photography to name a few.

The first few weeks are tightly structured with regular homework and feedback sessions allowing students to develop an editorial and digital approach to their photography assignments. These first weeks of classes will introduce students to the basic concepts of photojournalism and explore elements of professional practice such as personal branding, portfolio presentation, social media management and cover technical aspects of the camera. , including aperture, depth of field, shutter speed. , lenses, ISO and composition and aesthetics. The mid-weeks of the program will be devoted to tasks ranging from landscape photography and street photography to portrait and sport so that students understand and develop a logical workflow for their production, including the sub -titling, image manipulation, archiving and saving of their work. The course will conclude with two professional practice sessions introducing the basics of self-employment, covering financial planning, budgeting, proposal writing, personal branding and business development. Thus, the program is well balanced to provide a crash course in documentary photography and photojournalism to students interested in the editorial and digital path.

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On Canon Central and North Africa:
Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) ( is a division of Canon Middle East FZ LLC (CME), a subsidiary of Canon Europe. The formation of CCNA in 2015 was a strategic step that aimed to enhance Canon’s business in the Africa region – by strengthening Canon’s presence and focus in countries. CCNA also demonstrates Canon’s commitment to being closer to its customers and meeting their demands in a rapidly changing African market.

Canon has been represented on the African continent for over 15 years through distributors and partners who have successfully built a strong customer base in the region. CCNA ensures the supply of high quality and technologically advanced products that meet the demands of Africa’s rapidly changing market. With over 100 employees, CCNA manages sales and marketing activities in 44 African countries.

Canon’s corporate philosophy is Kyosei ( – “to live and work together for the common good”. CCNA pursues sustainable business growth, focusing on reducing its own environmental impact and helping customers reduce theirs by using Canon products, solutions and services. At Canon, we are pioneers, constantly redefining the world of imaging for the greater good. With our technology and innovative spirit, we push the boundaries of what is possible – helping us see our world in ways we’ve never seen before. We help bring creativity to life, one image at a time. Because when we can see our world, we can transform it for the better.

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