Canon’s Explorers of Light program – a sponsored set of industry spokespeople/photographers – added five new members to the program’s ranks. The program received much criticism a few years ago when the industry suddenly realized that there were only a few women members, while females make up 40 percent of the professional photographer market. The new additions bring the Explorers gender ratio to about that of the industry itself.
Canon added three women – two women of color – and two men. The group includes three that haven’t moved over to mirrorless, so we can expect their later introductions to involve gauzy videos of how the R3 changed their lives when that is introduced imminently.
The genres include two ad photographers, one fashion, and a couple photojournalists.