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 Canon recently donated $16,000 in professional desktop photo printers to the Black Hills State University Photography Department.
Canon is continuing its commitment to providing Black Hills State University students with top-notch photography and digital imaging equipment with its recent donation of $16,000 in professional desktop photo printers.  

A few years ago, BHSU received more than $30,000 worth of high-end photography equipment from the international imaging company.

Steve Babbitt, professor of photography at BHSU, said that Canon marketing representative Mary Mannix was at the University this spring for the presentation by Canon Explorer of Light David Hume Kennerly. While an April snowstorm cancelled the talk, Mannix stayed and toured the University noticing the photography program lacked Canon printers.

Not long after Mannix’s visit, Babbitt received a call from another person from Canon asking how many printers Babbitt wanted. Soon, Babbitt had 16 brand new desktop photo printers sitting in his office. One printer will be used in the Jonas Mac Lab and two will be given to the Art Department for its Mac Lab, the remaining printers will stay with the photography program, Babbitt said.

Babbitt expressed his sincere appreciation for Canon’s commitment to BHSU and the University’s photography program.

Donations like the ones from Canon have helped BHSU students and the program compete with most any photography program in the country, Babbitt said. The program, which has grown significantly in the last decade, has received national attention for students’ work in photojournalism, commercial and fine art photography. This summer, 14 BHSU photography students were chosen as finalists in the 33rd Annual College Photographers Competition by Photographer’s Forum Magazine. One student’s photo was recognized in the top 100 out of nearly 17,000 submissions worldwide.