UKâ€™s Ivan Hoo (Portrait), David Bernard of the Czech Republic, (Sport) Franceâ€™s Alan Laboile (Macro) and Dave Derbis from Germany (Landscape) are the winners of Canon UKâ€™s The Assignment European challenge for amateur photographers.
The Canon UK announcement comes after a climactic head-to-head competition finale in Vienna, against the exciting backdrop of UEFA Euro 2008. The event â€“ held over 4 days â€“ saw four pairs of finalists compete in a series of challenges.
Macro finalistsâ€™ skills were tested with a night shoot at Viennaâ€™s Votive Church, while Sports finalists shot a street luge event outside the city. The Portrait finalists tackled a group of ballroom dancers in the gardens of Schonbrunn Palace; Landscape finalists, meanwhile, enjoyed a dramatic aerial shoot from a hot-air balloon.
A total of 43,404 images were submitted and voted on by 192,127 registrants on the competition website. The winning images were judged by Sirio Magnabosco, the resident Photography Master.