CENTRAL WEST residents can learn and hone their photography skills at the Canon Collective Festival, which is scheduled across Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo and Mudgee from March 30 to April 7.
Organisers said they will hold 48 events, including free and paid experiences, during the festival.
"We know that the best way to help regional towns is to visit and spend money there, and we also know that the regional areas are often overlooked when it comes to festivals and experiences," Canon Australia director of consumer imaging Jason McLean said.
"We're excited to be rolling out the Regional Photography Festival in 2019 starting with NSW.
"Whether you're a school student, a teacher, a small business operator or you're just looking to have fun with photography, we've something for everyone."
Orange360 general manager Caddie Marshall said she congratulates Canon on making a conscious effort to invest in programs for regional areas.
"By giving people access to the latest tech, knowledge and inspiration, the Canon Collective are building the passion for imaging and contributing to growth in the creative imaging industry beyond the capital cities," she said.
"This will have a direct impact on tourism as people continue to share their beautiful images of our region on their social feeds."
Sessions on offer include:
Introduction to photography
Introduction to Photography for School Age Children
Schools and Teacher training
Small Business Photography
Photography for Business
Edit-to-print workflow sessions
A full range of on-location experiences including street photography, hot air balloon aerial photography, low-light vineyards photography, and food, macro, astro and architectural photography.
More information is available on: www.canon.com.au/nswfestival