Consumer Awareness: Illinois Local Wins the Nationwide ?Stop Fakes? video contest, presented by Canon U.S.A., Inc. and the National Crime Prevention Council

Answering the call to action, Anthony Pegg of Bloomington, Illinois has won the “Stop Fakes” video contest to promote awareness around the safety risks of using counterfeit power accessories such as batteries, chargers, and external flashes, as well as how to avoid counterfeit products. Holding a degree in filmmaking, Anthony used the real-life scenario of a photographer trying to capture the perfect shot when the camera’s notification comes on indicating the battery is drained. As his lovely and adorable subjects patiently wait, Anthony replaces the battery with a cheap knockoff while the unfortunate turn of events catches everyone by surprise.

You can view Anthony’s winning entry here:

As the grand prize winner, Anthony received a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Kit, and his video will be distributed to over 1,500 media outlets nationwide as part of the anti-counterfeit consumer awareness campaign.

Entrants to the contest were asked to create an original video demonstrating their creative interpretation of one or more of 10 anti-counterfeit tips.  The winning video was judged based on creativity, originality, effectiveness, and clarity of the “Stop Fakes” theme based on at least one of the anti-counterfeit tips.

As a working filmmaker, Anthony has heard stories about counterfeit electronics, such as batteries, causing permanent damage to the user’s camera.  In some cases, even setting the camera on fire.  With that inspiration in tow and only 72 hours before the contest deadline, Anthony knew what he wanted to portray in his now, award-winning video entry.

Additionally, prizes were awarded to the first runner-up, Josh Gulden and second runner-up, Skyeler O’Brien.

To view all the winning videos, please visit: and to learn more about safety and counterfeits, visit:

For additional information about the “Stop Fakes” video contest and to speak with a Canon representative.

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