Gold and Silver for Canvasing the World with Sean Diediker in the 41st Annual Telly Awards

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Canvasing The World With Sean Diediker has been awarded two Telly Awards in 2020.

Canvasing The World With Sean Diediker has been awarded Gold for Best Directing in Television and also Silver for Cinematography in Television for the Canvasing Southern Costa Rica episode in the 41st Annual Telly Awards.

Canvasing The World takes viewers on adventures to explore creativity, experience the people, and reveal the places that spark the inspiration for Sean Diediker’s original paintings. Each half-hour episode concludes with an original painting that evolves from that particular destination.

Every episode a place, every episode a painting.

The series highlights the evolution of Diediker’s creative process in an approach that is compelling, stimulating, and engaging. “I decided many years ago that while I absolutely love painting I wasn't going to spend my life in the studio. I believe the charge for any creative is to go out and taste the world as hard as they can. I am honored that I can collect these stories into a creative sphere that hopefully crafts a modest window into their humanity that can be shared with others,” said Sean Diediker, Host and Director.

“Filmmaking and traveling are two of my greatest joys. Exploring the world with the goal of sharing our experiences with a worldwide audience is a dream come true. As a veteran filmmaker, I have worn every hat in the production process, however, cinematography was my first passion. Winning a Silver Telly for cinematography is pretty cool – for real,” stated Bruce Royer, Producer and Cinematographer.

While the television industry is rapidly changing, viewers are seeking out holistic storytelling and a connection to art. “Our theme for this season, Telly Award Winners Tell Great Stories is a true reflection of the diversity of stories the community is skillfully able to tell. Now, more than ever, do we need to celebrate them and those that bring global stories to our attention. This award is a tribute to the talent and vision of these creators,” declared Sabrina Dridje, Managing Director of the Telly Awards.

The Telly Awards received over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, all reflective of the multiscreen industry.

“Canvasing The World is one of the few programs I have seen in 2020 that truly created something new both in the focus of the content, and with the visual look and design of the production,” said Thomas Davison, Director Business Development, Grants and International Sales, American Public Television and APT Worldwide.

Diediker, Royer, and the team at Canvasing The World are currently working on Season 2 episodes for release in 2021, distributed by American Public Television to PBS across North America.

The full list of the 41st Annual Telly Awards winners can be found at

For questions regarding Canvasing The World, contact: Bruce Royer, Producer, Canvasing The World, L.L.C.

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