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Joe Riis Photography Seminar

Joe Riis, a National Geographic Photographer, was recently in Singapore to share his knowledge and experiences in an exclusive seminar, as well as conducting photography workshops too. I wasn’t able to attend his photography workshops due to work commitments, however I was blessed that I was able to attend his exclusive photography seminar. Joe is an amazing National Geographic Photographer, very inspiring and I loved this photography works and passion. Joe is in Singapore to share about the EOS Young Photographers Award by National Geographic Channel and Canon. For further details, you can check out my earlier post here on EOS Young Photographers Award.

What’s the EOS Young Photographers Award about? Here’s a short summary

“The heart of this inaugural region-wide EOS Young Photographer Awards initiative between Canon and the National Geographic Channel is to inspire youths across Asia to take an active interest in the creative arts and know more about the science of photography. Through this contest, both organizations hope to encourage the young generation to discover and pursue their passion in photography. In addition to the Young Photographer Awards competition, there will also be a seminar given by Joe Riis, an esteemed photographer from the National Geographic who will be sharing his photography experiences and provide some tips for photography enthusiasts.”

For more information on the EOS Young Photographer Awards, please visit www.celebrationofcolour.com.

The photography seminar was held at LASALLE College of the Arts and it was a great turnout by the young aspiring photographers and the older ones as well. Joe’s sharing was awesome and inspiring, we can sensed and see his passion for photography, wildlife conservation and projects, from his photographs, National Geographic assignments and travels to many different parts of the world. Joe shared his various assignments and how he made a difference, an impact that helped the wildlife, in protection and conservation.

One of his sharing was the Pronghorn Migration, that struck me a lot. Do check out his photos of the Pronghorn Migration here on his website, Joe showed the world how his research, observation, photography and education helped the Pronghorn Migration by getting an animal overpass built for the Pronghorn antelopes thus reducing fatalities. Here’s the news on National Geographic titled “Animal Overpass helps Pronghorn Survives A Dangerous Migration“. From Joe’s sharing of the Pronghorn Migration, it took him a few years to observe, photograph, share and present his findings, thus getting the local authorities to build an animal overpass for the Pronghorn antelopes.

As Joe shared more of his photography adventures, it was really amazing. Joe is an inspiration for all photographers and especially for the younger photographers. His passion, determination and how he approached his photography was very interesting, unique and useful for budding young photographers. Joe uses a landscape view approach to capture images of the wildlife and the relationship with the environment. It’s a beautiful combination of great wildlife photographs together with great landscape photography. Joe moved away from the telephoto style of capturing wildlife photography and his wide angle landscape capture of wildlife animals with the beautiful landscape is simply amazing and inspiring. You have to visit his websites to view his beautiful photography works. Joe shared some photography tips for the attendees at the seminar too!

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If you’d like to find out more about Joe Riis, please visit the following websites/links

 http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/bios/joe-riis/

– Follow Joe Riis on Twitter: Joe Riis

Joe Riis website

After the seminar, I had a short gathering session with Joe Riis, courtesy of National Geographic Channel and Tactic PR. There were a few of us and we had a short up close and personal session with Joe Riis. That was where I got to know more about his perspective on using the wide angle landscape view to capture both wildlife animals and the environment.

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Photo Courtesy of Jerome Lim 

It was a really wonderful and awesome experience to listen from a inspiring and very talented National Geographic Photographer. Since I am a fan of National Geographic and my photography journey was heavily influenced/shaped by National Geographic, I am sure Joe Riis will be an excellent role model and inspiration for the Young EOS Photographers Awards. If you are a Young budding photographers within the ages of 13 to 25 years, do check out EOS Young Photographer Awards, please visit www.celebrationofcolour.com and Go For It!

National Geographic Channel and Canon Launch the EOS Young Photographer Awards

National Geographic Channel and Canon Singapore Pte Ltd announced that they had launched the EOS Young Photographer Awards contest in Singapore. When I received the press release, I was happy and excited that there were such wonderful initiatives and platforms for young aspiring young photographers to learn and discover more about photography and getting them to pursue their love and passion for photography. Looking back in time through my photography learning journey over the past 25+ years, I wished there was something similar for me to learn and  pursue my photography passion, along with my one of my biggest photography influence, National Geographic. Joe Riis, an esteemed photographer from National Geographic is coming to Singapore and he’s conducting an Exclusive Photography Seminar, do check out my post for more details! Joe will be sharing his photography experiences and provide tips too!

Being a supporter of life long constant learning and improvement in whatever you do, in your work, leisure or studies. We must always upgrade ourselves and improve, this is a personal philosophy that I apply to my photography too. There is always something to learn and improve in my photography skills and knowledge. While I am not able to participate in the EOS Young Photographer Awards due to over the age limit stipulated, I am going to encourage my juniors whom some I mentored and shared my photography experiences and skills with, to go ahead and participate in the EOS Young Photographer Awards.

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What’s the EOS Young Photographer Awards all about ? Here’s the story behind it –

This coveted award will be presented to the photographer with the best photograph submitted to the region-wide contest, along with a grand prize that include a Canon EOS 60D DSLR camera with an 18-55mm IS II lens and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a National Geographic Photography Expedition where the winner will travel together with a National Geographic Photographer  as an active participant on the trail, with countless opportunities to be surrounded by natural, cultural and social wonders which can be captured in photographs.

The heart of this inaugural region-wide EOS Young Photographer Awards initiative between Canon and the National Geographic Channel is to inspire youths across Asia to take an active interest in the creative arts and know more about the science of photography. Through this contest, both organizations hope to encourage the young generation to discover and pursue their passion in photography. In addition to the Young Photographer Awards competition, there will also be a seminar given by Joe Riis, an esteemed photographer from the National Geographic who will be sharing his photography experiences and provide some tips for photography enthusiasts.

The contest calls all aspiring young shutterbugs between the ages of 13 and 25 in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia to submit their best photographs under the theme of “A Celebration of Colour.”  In addition to the grand prize, the 1st and 2nd runner-up prizes are also extremely attractive.  They include a Canon EOS 650D digital SLR camera with an 18-55mm IS II lens for the 1st runner-up and a Canon EOS 1100D digital SLR camera with an 18-55mm IS II lens for the 2nd runner-up – top of the line tools to help aspiring photographers develop their skills and bring them a step closer to realising their dreams as a professional photographer.

The winner of the top three prizes will be determined by a panel of experts from both Canon and the National Geographic Channel. In addition to the main contest, there will also be an award based on peer-judging. From 9 April 2013 to 3 June 2013, there will be a special colour theme posted on the CanonYPA website (www.celebrationofcolour.com) every two weeks. Contestants who submit a creative photograph based on that colour will be eligible to win a prize which will be determined by the number of ‘likes’ the photographer garnered. At the close of the contest, the entry with the most ‘likes’ overall, regardless of colour, will win the Voter’s Choice Award.

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The Canon EOS Young Photographer Awards is open from 28 March to 3 June 2013. Participants may upload their entries to www.celebrationofcolour.com  and visit the website for more details on the contest.

A summary of the awards and prizes as follows:

1st Place – Young Photographer’s Award
  • Canon EOS 60D DSLR camera with an 18-55mm IS II lens
  • National Geographic Photography Expedition in the US

 

1st Runner Up  – Young Photographer’s Award
  • Canon EOS 650D DSLR camera with an 18-55mm IS II lens
2nd Runner Up – Young Photographer’s Award
  • Canon EOS 1100D DSLR camera with an 18-55mm IS II lens
Voters’ Choice Award
  • Canon EOS camera bag
  • National Geographic Channel photo book
Bi-weekly Voters’ Choice Award (Colour theme)(4x winners in total)
  • Canon EOS Thumb drive
  • National Geographic backpack

To all the young photographers out there, here is a wonderful golden opportunity to learn, improve and challenge yourself in your photography learning journey ahead. Go For It! Just Do It!

** Information and photographs courtesy of Tactic PR **