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Canon U.S.A. Encourages National Parks Visitors To Unleash Their Creativity This Summer With Free Photography Workshops

Canon's Photography in the Parks Program Equips Visitors with Free Camera and Camcorder Loans, Professional Photography Lessons and a Unique, Hands-On Experience to Create Lasting Memories

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 4, 2012 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is once again joining forces with several of the country's acclaimed national parks to offer free photography workshops to visitors this summer. The Canon Photography in the Parks Program provides participants with free equipment loans and professional photography instruction as they take part in a guided walking photo tour. Following the tour, participants have the opportunity to print one of their photos for free on site, and to download their image collection later from a secure server. Visitors of all ages and experience levels are welcome to participate.

New to this year's program are Canon video workshop sessions. Visitors can experience and learn about shooting video by using a Canon VIXIA camcorder or EOS digital SLR camera and participating in a hands-on videography demonstration with experts.

"Canon is incredibly excited to help people improve their photography skills and capture the beauty of our national parks through our Photography in the Parks Program," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "Our nation's magnificent and pristine national parks offer the quintessential location to help people improve their photography skills and inspire creativity. In doing so, Canon hopes to also help those who visit parks this summer create and preserve lasting memories and leverage their newfound skills throughout their lives, for all of their important moments."

In addition, Canon is sponsoring the new National Geographic iPhone application, National Parks by National Geographic. Available as a free download on the App Store, expanded guides for parks participating in the Canon Photography in the Parks Program can be purchased for $.99 each. The individual park apps provide users with park information and photo galleries, travel tips from National Geographic editors, and information about park events - including the Canon Photography in the Parks Program. The app also features photo tips to help users capture beautiful photography throughout their summer travels.

The Canon Photography in the Parks Program will take place at various dates through the summer at the following national parks:

  • Grand Canyon: May 31 - June 20
  • Zion: June 24 - July 9
  • Yosemite: July 13 - July 19
  • Yellowstone: July 23 - July 31
  • Grand Teton: August 1 - August 2
  • Rocky Mountain: August 5 - August 11
  • Acadia: August 18 - August 29

For more information on the Canon Photography in the Parks program, visit Canon U.S.A. on Facebook at facebook.com/canonUSA.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

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† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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