Canon Australia presents Canon Light Awards LIVE commences May 6

Canon Australia has announced the Canon Light Awards LIVE, an exciting and immersive, real-time creative photography competition. Comprising two-day events in four states, state semi-finals and a national Grand Final.

Canon Light Awards LIVE reinvents the format of previous years’ competitions with a two-day live experience to push photographers’ creativity, skill and technique to the limit. Open to all enthusiasts regardless of the type or brand of camera they use, each round of the live competition will present a unique opportunity for photographers to join like-minded peers, learn from some of Australia’s best image-makers, and turn their ideas into photographs within a tight timeframe.

“Everyone is on a creative journey and the further they get the more they need to be challenged, which is why we created the Canon Light Awards two years ago,” said Jason McLean, Director–Canon Consumer Imaging, Canon Australia. “Canon Light Awards LIVE takes it to the next level by combining professional mentorship with a 24-hour creative challenge to put your skills to the test in a real-time challenge.”

Kicking off in Adelaide from 6-7 May, Canon Light Awards LIVE comprises two-day events in four major Australian cities throughout 2017, where Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are next on the cards!

At each immersive event, participants will work under one of Australia’s top professional photographers for an inspiring three-hour Masterclass, followed by an exciting 24-hour photography challenge that culminates in a live feedback session with the judges.
The events will cost $79 per person. To register for Adelaide Canon Light Awards LIVE, please

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Crazy Horse Paris Tours to Australia for the First Time

Celebrating 65 years of Parisian Glamour and inspired by the endless theme of femininity and sophistication, Australian audiences will experience the tantalising Parisian cultural phenomenon of Crazy Horse Paris for the first time ever when Forever Crazy high kicks through Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Canberra from 8 August.

Featuring the best of acts from the legendary Cabaret, Forever Crazy consists of a series of highly aesthetic and visual tableaus presented by a multicultural cast of ten stunningly beautiful and classically trained dancers clad only in textured lighting and projection.

The effect is so stunning that it is hard to determine where skin ends and the reflections begin.

The result is a unique show that engages the mind as much as the eye! A truly tantalisingly Parisian cultural phenomenon not to be missed!

Forever Crazy was conceived in 1951 tribute to Alain Bernardin, the founder of Crazy Horse Paris.

It fully preserves the cabaret’s artistic heritage while adding a touch of modernity, humour and sophistication.

Forever Crazy consists of distinct choreographed acts, among them legendary Crazy Horse “classics”.

Forever Crazy is on the cutting edge of art and entertainment and presents itself as a unique kaleidoscope of beauty, grace, passion and precision.

Performances are accentuated by original music and stylish costumes created by world-renowned French fashion designers including Paco Rabanne, Loris Azzaro, Karl Lagerfeld, Emmanuel Ungaro, and Azzedine Alaia.

Celebrity shoe creator Christian Louboutin has personally designed the dancer’s iconic red-soled shoes, making Forever Crazy a night of world-class opulence.

The French press hails Forever Crazy as “… spectacular!” (20 Minutes), while it quali es it as a “feast for the senses” (Paris Match), and “the most beautiful show Paris currently has to offer” (Le Parisien).

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Hamish Ingham to Helm Dinner Under the Stars at Airnorth Cable Beach Polo

Award-winning Sydney chef, Hamish Ingham, will bring his culinary talents to Broome next month to helm the exquisite Dinner Under the Stars as part of this year’s Airnorth Cable Beach Polo.

The celebrated restaurateur has become a Sydney favourite for modern Asian cuisine since opening Bar H in Surry Hills in 2010, achieving one hat in the prestigious Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide.

Prior to this, Ingham formed part of the start-up team of the now widely-acclaimed Billy Kwong restaurant, where he honed his Chinese cooking skills working under Kylie Kwong.

In 2004, he won the prestigious Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year Award which saw him travel to the United States and work at various restaurants including Chez Panisse.

Most recently, Ingham opened his newest venture Banksii Vermouth Bar and Bistro in Barangaroo, Sydney, last year.

Since then, he has been busy dividing his time between Banksii and Bar H. Both restaurants have become a massive hit thanks to Ingham’s creative and bold culinary approach.

Two star dishes that have won the hearts and tastebuds of patrons are the saltbush from Bar H and the mussels at Banksii.

Since appearing on the menu, the crisp, tempura saltbush served with chilli mayonnaise has become a popular choice of snack from the menu.

A favourite main is Ingham’s admirable take on a classic: mussels cooked in white vermouth.

Ingham puts his own twist on the dish by adding green olives for texture, and incorporating a rich, smooth nettle butter that adds to the succulence of the fresh, plump mussels.

Next month, the executive chef will swap his urban kitchen and the bustling city scene for a tropical beach setting when he helms the lavish Dinner Under the Stars for 200 guests on Saturday, May 20.

Set on the idyllic sands of world-renowned Cable Beach under picturesque Kimberley skies, the intimate dinner has become a highlight event of the polo tournament.

Having previously created a memorable banquet for the 2015 event, Ingham said he was delighted to be invited back again this year.

This time around, he has teamed up with Jack and Vicki Burton from Yeeda to source quality Kimberley beef for the gourmet feast.

Ingham said creating a fine dining experience using fresh, local produce in a spectacular location would set the scene for a truly magical and memorable evening.

“Last time I used the local mud crabs and I’m planning on using local mud crabs again,” Ingham said.

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The World's 50 Best Chefs Welcomed in Melbourne

The Chefs’ Feast, the first official event of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, was held last night at West Beach Bathers Pavilion in St Kilda, Melbourne, with a who’s who of the Australian culinary scene cooking.

Ben Shewry from Attica, the highest-ranked Australian restaurant on the current World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, welcomed guests at the informal beachside celebration. Shewry said: “Having some of Australia’s greatest chefs cooking beachside with extraordinary Australian produce was the perfect way to welcome our international visitors.

It was a memorable and unique experience for them.”

Guests arrived to Kylie Kwong (Billy Kwong), Jock Zonfrillo (Restaurant Orana) and Lennox Hastie (Firedoor) cooking on the beach.

On the menu were Moreton Bay bugs in XO, 200+ day dry-aged Ranger’s Valley rib of beef and Northern Territory magpie goose cooked over fire.

Inside, Martin Benn (Sepia), Peter Gilmore (Quay and Bennelong), and Shannon Bennett (Vue de monde), looked after the sit-down element of the night with Mooloolaba yellowfin tuna, Paspaley pearl meat and David Blackmore Wagyu served to the international visitors.

Rising Australian culinary star, Analiese Gregory (Bar Brose), served Hawkesbury River finger lime splices fireside, to end the night. Wine Australia matched wines to each of the courses, highlighting the diversity of Australia’s wine regions.

Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon. Steven Ciobo MP said: “It was great to see Australia’s finest on display last night at the Chefs Feast.

These chefs are the best in the world and they will be travelling around Australia and experiencing some of the most amazing experiences we have to offer, from oyster farms on the NSW south coast to snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef to dining under the stars in the Kimberley.

I am positive they will fall in love with Australia while they are here and leave as true advocates for our great country.”

Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O’Sullivan said that hosting the awards in Melbourne and the Australia-wide program of events being organised alongside them was the next exciting chapter in its ongoing Restaurant Australia story.

“The traditional Chefs’ Feast sets the tone for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and I think we got the event just right.

Beaches are a quintessential part of our country’s DNA and I think the iconic venue and beachside setting provided the perfect backdrop for some of our country’s most talented chefs to showcase Australia’s ever improving food and wine story.

The dishes they served up were incredible and really demonstrated the sophistication of our cuisine and the diversity of our native ingredients.”

Over 100 chefs and restaurant representatives, as well as 50 international media outlets and the 26 Academy Chairs, are currently in Australia for the week-long official event program, hosted by Tourism Australia.

Tourism Australia has worked closely with William Reed Business Media, owners of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, on the official event program.

These events showcase Australia’s outstanding food and wine culture to an international audience of chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, sommeliers, media and food lovers, and marks the next phase of Tourism Australia’s Restaurant Australia campaign.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony will be held tonight (Wednesday 5 April) at Melbourne’s historic Royal Exhibition Building.

Ahead of the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants ‘list’ being announced, up to 1,000 guests will enjoy Australian seafood, meat and produce served up by Australian culinary legend Neil Perry at an installation designed by award-winning designer and florist Joost Bakker.

In addition to the visiting chefs and Academy Chairs, the red carpet and gala ceremony will be attended by more than 200 domestic and international media outlets from over 40 countries.

Ferrari: What It's Really Like to Drive a Mighty Sexy Beast

IT’S the ultimate in luxury sports cars — noisy, incredible to drive and possibly one of the most gawked-at set of wheels on the road.

But the one thing you will never see come out of the Ferrari factory is one in pink.

“It just doesn’t fit into our whole ethos to be honest,” Ferrari’s Australasia CEO, Herbert Appleroth tells “It’s a brand rule. No Pink. No Pokémon Ferraris!

“There are other colours that aren’t in our DNA as well and they are wonderful colours too but some are perhaps more suited to other brands,’’ he says, ever so diplomatically.

“The most popular colour is still red but we are trying to give as many choices as possible to everyone.”

While red does make up for around a third of Ferrari sales around the world, it is followed by silver and black with white being a colour Appleroth says is trending ‘upwards.’

“Enzo Ferrari used to say a different Ferrari for every Ferrari-ista, as globally we don’t want two cars to be the same.

“We have invested in our dealerships so each one has a tailored made, personalisation area.”

Of course, if you are spending anything from $400,000 to $2.5 million on a Ferrari you may choose to go elsewhere to have it painted pink once you have driven it out of the dealership. But at this point, there won’t be any pinkies brm-brm-brm-ing out of a showroom anytime soon.

“Every Ferrari is customised, personalised or bespoke,” says Mr Appleroth.

“There are many different levels of personalisation from sitting in the dealership and working through all of your options to the tailor-made progamme where you fly to Italy to the factory in Maranello and sit in the atelier and work out your specifications.

“And there is the one-off program where it starts with the chassis and everything is completed around your specifications. But they are very, very rare. Eric Clapton has one like that.”

Mr Appleroth says the car brand produces an ongoing book with all designs from all over the world so they can see what some of the trends and what some cultures are doing when it comes to design.

“Like anything in fashion, we push the boundaries and our personalisation programs allow for our clients to basically create a couture car.”

And who exactly are the people buying these extravagant, mechanically masterful fast cars?

“Actually the car industry is booming,” Appleroth explains. “In our space, the ‘super’ car market, it has never been as good as it is now.

“In our segment, the Ferrari world, we have seen a 48 per cent growth in the last financial year. There are number of factors to it, from our economy doing well, there’s a stability in the market and people are doing well and feeling confident about their primary investment, which is usually real estate.

“There are people who have worked hard and think ‘I want to treat myself’ and they also see a car like this as an investment as the cars appreciate simply because they are so limited and all bespoke.”

While a half million dollar fast car is a mighty big treat-to-self, Mr Appleroth thinks Australians are maturing when it comes to buying ‘luxury’.

“Maybe 10 or 15 years ago luxury was thought of as a bit of snobbery,” he says. “But I think people like to reward themselves now and look up to those who have done well as opposed to the tall poppy thing where we were always ready to cut down anyone who has worked hard for what they’ve got.”

Either way, ‘the Ferrari family’, a term Appleroth has given to Aussies who are in the F-club, turned out in force in Canberra on the weekend at an event that was an ode to all things Italian and car-like, Auto Italia.

Held on the lawns of Old Parliament House there were hundreds of Italian cars at the public event, from the likes of Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Fiat, Lamborghini and Ferrari. Dotted around the lawns and owned by collectors and Italian car enthusiasts the lawns would have never had seen so much car porn in one space at one time.

So, what it’s really like drive a Ferrari:

When the Ferrari dealer handed over the keys to the $400,000 (plus!) Ferrari California T for the weekend test drive to Canberra, I suddenly felt rich. Like, seriously rich. Powerful and successful. OK, I shouldn’t really need a car to tell me that my life is a complete and utter triumph (insert eyeroll emoji here) but hey, this went the right way about doing it.

My little, borrowed friend was red, low-rise, streamlined, well-endowed at the front and bloody sexy.

The fact it can go from zero 100km/h in 3.6 seconds kind of concerned me as I slowly wrangled it out onto a busy and relatively narrow street from its inner city Sydney dealership.

But once I was sorted, seat hoisted up, strapped in and the ‘launch’ button pushed, it was hasta la vista baby.

Not being fluent in motorise — I’l leave all that torque to bona fide motoring writers — I have never seen as many people stare in my direction as much as they did than when I was behind this set of wheels. Needless to say, it is a car that requires your lipstick stays glossy and your hair fresh as you feel like you are on show just as much as your wheels are.

Some peeps stare in sheer wonderment at this marvel of motor engineering while a few look at you like you are an indulgent toss.

Which, as someone who grew up in public housing and where humility and self-deprecation was instilled into us from day one and … oh, stuff it. It’s just a superbly brilliant experience and ride.

We (carefully) motored down to Canberra to the Auto Italia event we’d been invited to and while 110km is our MAX Australian freeway speed (which isn’t even a stroll in Ferrari land) I kept the faith, much to the chagrin of my foot, which could smell the lead it was desperate to pedal.

Look, I’m not going to go all motormouth on you, preferring to go the more luxe and style route.

The fact is, this auto gearbox still has the feel and noise of a manual and the leather and stitching is exquisite and there is plenty of room in the boot and the convertible roof is a cinch to get off, with the push of just one button. Aah. it’s a real ride.

Okay, so if I was ever in the site to afford one, would I? Bloody hell, yes. Even if I nearly do my back in each time I limbo-ed into the drivers seat.

*Melissa was a media guest of Ferrari at the annual Auto Italia event in Canberra.

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