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Canon Australia & National Geographic announce Tales by Light season 2

Canon Australia in partnership with National Geographic has announced a collaboration for season 2 of the brand’s Tales by Light photography adventure series.

The announcement:

Canon Australia, in partnership with National Geographic, has today announced a collaboration for Season 2 of the brand’s locally developed Tales by Light photography adventure series.

Following on from the success of the first season last year, Season 2 will take viewers behind the lens with some of the world’s best photographers as they pursue their dream projects around the world. The new season will premiere at 7.30pm AEDT on the National Geographic Channel on Tuesday 25 October.

In tandem with the announcement, Canon Australia and National Geographic have also released the first trailer for the new season, available to view here.

Co-produced by Canon Australia and National Geographic, Tales by Light Season 2 comprises three one-hour episodes, taking a different approach from the six half-hour episode format of Season 1, in response to viewer demand for longer, more immersive storytelling.

“Visual storytelling is so much a part of our lifestyle now and this season is unique in taking the viewer on the journey with the photographers and allowing us to see through their eyes,” said Canon’s Director of Consumer Imaging and Executive Producer of the series, Jason McLean. “The reaction to Season 1 showed the strong appetite for authentic, home-grown content and with Season 2 we’ve tried to maximise the audience value through the longer format and more immersive stories aimed at challenging perceptions and sparking conversations on the world beyond our immediate experience.”

Once again produced by Canon Master and cinematographer Abraham Joffe, Tales by Light Season 2 was shot as a 4K cinematographic experience with a live documentary feel following four master photographers as they travel through some of the world’s most extreme and fascinating environments, while also investigating issues affecting communities and people around the globe.

“Viewers can rightly expect that a partnership between National Geographic and Canon will deliver a stunning visual feast. However, the real power in the second season of Tales by Light is the ability to travel alongside such talented and dedicated photographers to experience the world as they see it” said ANZ Managing Director of Fox Networks Group & National Geographic Partners, Jacqui Feeney.

The first episode of Tales by Light Season 2 will premiere on Tuesday 25 October 2016 on the National Geographic Channel. Before Season 2 premieres, viewers will be able to catch up on Season 1, with double episodes each Sunday at 9.30pm (AEDT) from 9 October.

In a cross-platform approach, viewers can also access additional content, including the beautiful photography from the Season, at www.canon.com.au/talesbylight and http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/tv/tales-by-light.

From the fate of the Masai Mara, to the reinterpretation of our understanding of death and what it means, see below a synopsis of each episode of Tales by Light Season 2, along with background on each of the photographers.

Episode guide

Episode 1 – Jonathan and Angela Scott
Premieres, Tuesday 25 October 7.30pm AEDT
Jonathan and Angela Scott are award-winning wildlife photographers who live and work in Kenya. The first episode of Tales by Light Season 2 will explore Jonathan and Angela’s work in the Masai Mara, cataloguing the challenges the national reserve, its community and the unique wildlife face in a modern context. With its fate hanging in the balance, will the park survive?

Episode 2 – Eric Cheng
Premieres, Tuesday 1 November 7.30pm AEDT
Eric Cheng’s love of the ocean has taken him all over the world. During the past 15 years he has dived and documented many of the planet’s most magnificent and mysterious marine organisms. Episode 2 of Tales by Light Season 2 will look at Eric’s focus on the animals that through mythology and popular culture have been misrepresented, even demonised, while exploring his mission to use photography to tell the true story of these animals before it’s too late.

Episode 3 – Stephen Dupont
Premieres, Tuesday 8 November 7.30pm AEDT
Stephen Dupont is a celebrated Australian war photographer who has captured images in some of the world’s most dangerous and inhospitable regions. In Episode 3 of Tales by Light Season 2, Stephen is seeking a new perspective on death – to see if he can uncover a more natural view of the subject that has overshadowed his entire working life. Stephen poses the question – will he ever be able to see death and life in the same way?

The photographers
Jonathan and Angela Scott are multi award-winning wildlife photographers and avid conservationists based in Kenya. As the only couple to have won, individually, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, the Scott’s use their powerful images to alert others to the fragile environments and animals that they have spent their lives documenting. Most famously known for the Big Cat Diary Season for BBC/Animal Planet television, they have also written numerous bestselling books including Jonathan’s The Marsh Lions (1982) and their co-authored, Antarctica: Exploring a Fragile Eden. Their latest books are Sacred Nature: Life’s Eternal Dance (HPH) showcasing their life’s work in the Mara-Serengeti, and, The Big Cat Man: An Autobiography (Bradt).
Stephen Dupont’s work has earned him photography’s most prestigious prizes, including a Robert Capa Gold Medal citation and the Olivier Rebbot Award for Photography from the Overseas Press Club of America; a Bayeux War Correspondent’s Prize; and first places in the Australian Walkleys, World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International. In 2007 he was the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography for his ongoing project on Afghanistan. In 2010 he received the Gardner Fellowship at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.
Eric Cheng is an award-winning underwater photographer, technologist, drone expert, and author. Throughout his career, Eric has straddled passions for photography, entrepreneurship, technology and communication. His photography has been featured at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum and on virtually every news network around the world. Eric leads regular photography expeditions and workshops around the world. Eric is also involved in ocean conservation, and has served on the Board of Directors of Shark Savers (now part of WildAid) and the Board of Advisors of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Abraham Joffe is an internationally award-winning Australian filmmaker who, along with his team from untitled film works, directed and produced Tales by Light. Abraham has garnered a strong reputation for his striking visual aesthetic and intimate storytelling style. He has always been captivated by the power of the moving-image, and knew from an early age that this would be his life’s calling. Abraham has filmed professionally in over 40 countries on all seven continents. He is also an experienced underwater filmmaker and drone pilot.

Source: Canon media release

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