Ever fancied yourself as a picture editor? Think you have an eye for the picture that tells a thousand stories? If so, all you budding snappers will be glad to hear uefa.com's interactive photo competition is back.
Having already attracted more than 1.5 million football fans during the UEFA EURO 2004™ final round and the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League competition, the Shot has been relaunched to coincide with the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League knockout phase. Click here to jump straight to The Shot
The Shot website will be updated each Matchday with UEFA Champions League images captured by the leading sports photographers at Getty Images. Site visitors can vote for their favourite image at each knockout stage right up to the final at the Stade de France in Paris in May, after which the overall Shot of the Competition is decided.
By registering to vote and taking part in the competition, visitors can win a range of fantastic Canon prizes. There are six competition periods in total, each offering the chance to win a selection of the very latest Canon products - including cameras, high-spec binoculars and lab-quality photo printers. This year's Grand Prize is the 8.0 mega pixel Canon EOS 350D camera, complete with a PIXMA iP5000 high-quality home photo printer.
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to run The Shot in partnership with UEFA for a third year," said Jacco Leurs, director of marketing for Canon Consumer Imaging, Canon. "Great football images convey all the action of the game from a single, freeze-framed moment, and we are proud that the majority of professional sports photographers choose Canon's EOS cameras to capture the most exciting moments from football's premier club football competition.
Drama and excitement
"The Shot will again allow fans from across Europe the chance to relive the drama of the UEFA Champions League, while also sharing the excitement that both football and photography can bring," he added.
The competition periods are as follows:
* Period 1 - First knockout round first leg, 23 February to 8 March
* Period 2 - First knockout round second leg, 9 March to 29 March
* Period 3 - Quarter-finals first leg, 30 March to 5 April
* Period 4 - Quarter-finals second leg, 6 April to 19 April
* Period 5 - Semi-finals first leg, 20 April to 26 April
* Period 6 - Semi-finals second leg, 27 April to 2 May
* Grand Prize - Lead-up to final, 3 May to 18 May
"It's great to have The Shot back on uefa.com for a third season," said UEFA communications and public affairs director William Gaillard. "
The Shot provides an excellent visual reminder of thrilling UEFA Champions League moments that fans of the competition will treasure for ever, and, as a result, it has always proved a huge hit with users of uefa.com.
"By logging on to The Shot, fans of the UEFA Champions League get an excellent opportunity to access the best action images on demand with the added bonus of being able to win exciting Canon prizes," he continued. Canon, a leader in imaging technology solutions, has long-standing ties with UEFA and football which to date have included sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA EURO 2004™.
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