Canon Photomarathon has been held in Thailand, Singapore, Philippine and
Vietnam this year. On 1st of November it is Kuala Lumpur round. About 1000
of DSLR and compact camera users were participated. The non-Canon user
require to pay Rm15 as entry fee. The grand prize consist of trip to New
Zealand and Canon 450D camera. Best theme awards are given to DSLR and
compact category too.
The registration start at 7am at Time Square. Event start time was delayed
due to huge group registration process. Each participant are provided with
red polo shirt, baseball cap and pack food. Participant need to complete
three check-points which are Time Square, Pavillion and KLCC. At every
check-point there is a new photo theme given. All three themes name “Indulge
Metropolitan”, “Mess in Rules” and “Goes Green”. The route between
check-point was flooded with red dresses participants. Pedestrian are
attracted by this event.
The event concluded at 5pm after photo submission closed. Zung was presented
a evening talk about wedding photography. Wedding photography is interesting
because it inclusive portrait, landscape, macro, photojournalism and others
all in one package. Participants were getting tired and sleepy because of
final result delay. Finally, all prizes were announced at 8.15pm, which is
more than 1 hour behind schedule. The long wait did not satisfy since some
winning photos is dispute. While leaving the event place still can hear
participants questioning about final judgment.
Few suggestion to Canon Malaysia to improve next Photomarathon,
1. Improve registration process efficiency
2. Announce photo scoring scheme to participants before event start
3. Have better photo submission system to shorten result calculation time
4. To have more support activities to fill the gap while waiting final
result to prevent participant loitering.
5. The overplay Canon theme song does not effective. Replace with photo
sideshows and background music would be better.
6. Product booth is not equip with knowledgeable promoter and no special
promotion is running.
7. Having event outdoor is unpleasant to tourist and expose to hot w heater.
Overall it is a successful event and plenty room to make it more delightful,
like no others.