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Canon Student Development Programme

Advance your career and take the next step to becoming a pro photographer with the Canon Student Development Programme.
Canon Student Development Programme

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    Events calendar

    We’ll help you discover photography and film making events happening near you. Launching soon.

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    Canon Student Development Programme

    Applications for the 2023 programme are now closed. Sign up to receive the latest updates, discover this year’s finalists and hear when 2024 applications will open.

  • The student programme focused on making you a professional

    Find out more about our exclusive Canon student discounts, to help you take the leap into the pro world.

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    Success story

    Discover Ksenia Kuleshova’s experiences of the Canon Student Development Programme. Learn how Ksenia became not only a professional photographer but also a Canon Ambassador, capturing inspirational and compelling stories worldwide.
    Canon Future Focus editorial with Ksenia Kuleshova


    Be a part of the community

    Get the most out of our student programme with access to mentorships, portfolio reviews, exclusive discounts and live event calendars by joining the Canon Future Focus community.

    Learn from the pros themselves and sharpen your skills with our in-depth editorial articles.

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    Canon Student Development Programme: what I learned

    Thinking about applying for the Canon Student Development Programme? Five students from the 2022 cohort share their tips for making the most of it.

  • A woman in a low-cut velvet jacket, beaded necklace and large hat tips her hat slightly with her right hand. She is standing mostly in darkness with swirling light trails around and behind her. Taken by Emmanuel Oyeleke with a Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM lens.


    What's in a pro's kitbag? – Canon Europe

    Fashion and portrait photographer Emmanuel Oyeleke reveals what's in his kitbag and explains how its contents have evolved during his career.


    How to make a standout showreel

    Wildlife filmmaker Roxy Furman offers her tips on how to promote your work with a powerful video showreel.

  • A girl looks out from a stationary bus window. Reflected in the glass are lots of large tents and several people wearing high-vis clothing.


    Best cameras and lenses for photojournalism

    Looking forward to your first assignment as a photojournalist? Our experts explain the best kit to get you started.

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    Canon L-series RF lenses and what you can achieve with them

    Find out what makes L-series RF lenses extra luxurious, and enjoy our inspirational gallery of some of the best images shot on them.

  • A young kestrel perched on a wooden post, and with its wings arched, squawks fiercely.


    Tips for photographing wildlife

    Pro Dani Connor shares her best advice for industry success with an aspiring young wildlife photographer.

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    How to pitch for work: insights from the industry

    Photography can be a difficult career to break into, but these seven tips from experts can help you ace your pitch and land the job.

  • A woman walks along, passing the white painted side of a building. She is holding her coat closed tight around her with both hands.


    Make a good impression: work experience gear guide

    What's the best camera, lens and printer for photography students going on an industry placement? Photographers Yasmin Albatoul and Nanna Navntoft give their advice.

  • A woman lies across a sofa with her hands draped above her head, a face mask pulled down to her chin. In the corner of the grey room is a small planted tree with bright orange flowers.


    Michele Spatari: from photography student to professional

    News photographer Michele Spatari talks about the Canon Student Development Programme and how it kick-started his career.

  • Two people study a page of fashion prints showing the same dark-haired model in a variety of outfits.


    Concept to edit: how to plan and execute a fashion shoot

    Canon Ambassador Evely Duis guides budding pro Killian Jouffroy through his first professional fashion shoot.

  • A young woman wearing a winter hat photographs autumnal leaves with a Canon camera and large lens.


    Best kit for aspiring pros

    Three Canon Ambassadors discuss the best cameras and lenses for those starting out in the industry.

  • An image taken from above of a young girl in a denim dress happily playing on a swing. She is leaning backwards and her eyes are closed.


    Five challenges facing student photographers

    Leading professionals from across the industry discuss the issues affecting today's young photographers and how they can be overcome.

  • Director Meji Alabi instructs singer Wizkid on the set of his latest music video, while a woman in a short pink dress lies on a rug and another woman in a yellow top adjusts a glass.


    Making a name in the film world

    Three rising stars in the film industry share how they built their brands and platforms, from seeking mentorship through to developing a unique style.

  • Two men in wellington boots beside a smoking kiln made with earth, one adding fuel.


    The student photographer covering the Congo's unseen stories

    Guerchom Ndebo's homeland has been under-represented in the media. At just 22 years old, he's changing that, shooting for the likes of Getty Images and AFP.

  • A large group of people stand near a graffitied concrete wall, shot in black and white.


    Learning to hone your photographic style

    Acclaimed documentary photographer and recent graduate Bebe Blanco Agterberg on finding her professional voice.

  • A photography student wearing a yellow coat studies an A3 image printed on a Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 printer, which is on the table next to her.


    Give your printed portfolio a professional edge

    Even on a student budget, you can stand out from the crowd with a printed portfolio that does full justice to your photographic skills.


    How to pitch to photo editors – insider tips

    Want to get published? Three professional photo editors reveal the dos and don'ts of successful story pitching.


    Experts share how to impress with your photography portfolio

    A top magazine editor provides her tips on preparing the perfect photography portfolio, from the images you choose to the design of the portfolio itself.


    Students’ views on the future of photojournalism

    The next generation of photojournalists met Magnum photographers at Visa pour l’Image and shared their hopes and plans for their futures.

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    Pro business advice for breaking into photojournalism

    Leading photojournalists and photo editors share their tips for making a career in the industry.


    How to keep audiences captivated

    How does photojournalism tell a story, and how can you create dynamic stories? Leading experts share their know-how.

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    How important is video to a future photojournalist?

    With demand for video ever growing, how do the next generation of photojournalists feel about its creative uses and their ability to shoot it?

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    Photojournalists debate: what's keeping women out?

    At the Visa Pour l’Image photojournalism festival, three Canon Female Photojournalist Award winners discuss the barriers women face.

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    When subjects become the storytellers: Unfiltered

    How Canon and the ICRC's Unfiltered project gives people in unstable areas the tools and training to tell their own stories through photography.

  • Related products

    Check out the Canon kit that can help push your photography and filmmaking to a professional level.

  • Mirrorless Cameras

    EOS R8

    Step up to full-frame photography and video and realise your creative ambitions.
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    Experience full EF and EF-S lens compatibility with our range of EOS R Adapters. These built-to-last adapters are engineered for seamless EOS R performance.
  • Mirrorless Cameras

    EOS R6

    Whatever you shoot, however you shoot it, the EOS R6 lets you be creative in ways you never thought possible.
  • Mirrorless Cameras

    EOS RP

    A small, lightweight and intuitive full-frame mirrorless camera designed for travel and everyday photography.
  • RF Lenses

    RF 35mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM

    A fast-aperture 35mm f/1.8 MACRO lens for wide-angle perspective, close focusing and Hybrid IS.
  • Standard Lens

    RF 50mm F1.8 STM

    A compact, quiet and lightweight 50mm RF prime lens, with a wide f/1.8 aperture, perfect for harnessing your creative vision.
  • RF Lenses

    RF 600mm F11 IS STM

    A revolutionary super telephoto lens that is compact and lightweight, ideal for wildlife, travel safari or trainspotting photographers.
  • Lenses for EOS R

    RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM

    Lightweight and versatile 24-105mm f/4 L-series zoom with fast, silent autofocus and 5-stops of image stabilisation.
  • RF Lenses

    RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM

    A versatile 10x zoom for the EOS R system, offering huge flexibility in a single portable lens.
  • Lenses for DSLR

    EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM

    A L-series fisheye zoom lens offering a choice of full frame or circular image and a wide angle of view.
  • Professional Flash

    Speedlite 600EX II-RT

    Take complete control even in the most demanding situations.
  • Wireless Transmitter

    Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT

    Fire compatible radio-frequency Speedlite flashguns over distances of up to 30m.
  • Cinema EOS System

    EOS C70

    The EOS C70 is a new generation RF Mount Cinema EOS camera with a Super 35mm DGO 4K sensor designed to bridge DILC and Cinema Cameras.
  • Cinema EOS System

    EOS C200

    Enter a world of 4K Cinema EOS fimmaking with ultimate flexibility and ease of use.
  • Professional Photo Printers

    imagePROGRAF PRO-300

    A desktop imagePROGRAF professional printer delivering A3+ gallery quality prints with an easy workflow for confident printing.
  • Wide Format Printers

    imagePROGRAF PRO-1000

    Print in stunning quality with a 12-ink system up to A2.
  • Professional Video Cameras


    Ultra-compact, professional palm-sized 4K XA-series camcorder with a 20x optical zoom lens
  • XA50/XA50

    A 1.0-type CMOS sensor compact 4K cam-corder with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 15x optical zoom lens and 3G-SDI (XA55 only)
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