Combining Innovation with Imagination for a Brighter Tomorrow

| 1 September 2018

In an age of accelerating innovation and technological advancements, it is extremely important that the youth of today contribute to this ever-changing environment and find ways to express themselves and explore their own ability to create. With this in mind, as well as its ‘Giving Shape to Ideas’ philosophy, Konica Minolta South Africa has launched its first art competition called “Art by SA’s No. 1*”. The Konica Minolta Art competition is designed to uncover young South African talent and give them an opportunity to show their creativity.

Over 1,000 primary schools, high schools, special-needs schools as well as tertiary institutions, have already signed up to participate in the competition.  The competition is still open and all artwork entries must be submitted to Konica Minolta by Friday, 14th September 2018.

“As a truly innovative and socially responsible company, Konica Minolta is excited to identify and nurture the talent of the youth through this national competition,” says Alten Hulme, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Konica Minolta South Africa.

Students can choose from a number of different themes and mediums to create their masterpieces. The top three children from each category stand to win a share of R60,000 and a R20,000 bursary for their school, college or institution.

The top three finalists in each of the four categories will be announced in the first week of January 2019. These finalists, together with a parent or guardian, will be invited to a weekend away in Johannesburg from 1 - 3 February 2019. An impromptu art competition will take place on the Saturday to determine the winner in each category. The winners will be announced that evening at a gala dinner.

“We eagerly await to see a variety of entries and hope to unlock some future artists and innovators.  It is important that this competition ignites a celebration of art and creativity, and most of all, sees students  have fun,” concludes Hulme.

For full details of the competition mechanics and categories as well as the full terms and conditions visit:

*Based on industry sales survey by the independent market data specialist InfoSource.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe


Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation. The company further offers its customers solutions and managed services in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment" stated that Konica Minolta is "recognised globally as a leader in print transformation". As a strong partner for the professional printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource). Its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R & D laboratories in Europe enable Konica Minolta to bring innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. For its innovative service approach that complements their devices perfectly, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘"Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Serviceability and Support 2020/2021" by Keypoint Intelligence. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With approximately 10,000 employees (as of April 2020), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over 2.34 billion in financial year 2019/2020.


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