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National Geographic Channel and Canon announce winners of Explore To Inspire Photo Contest

A few months ago, National Geographic Channel and Canon launched an Asia wide Explore To Inspire Photo Contest and after more than 16,200 entries received for the Explore To Inspire Photo Contest, Kazi Riasat Alve (from Bangladesh) has been announced as the winner.

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First prize – “Playing in the muddy field” by Kazi Riasat Alve (Bangladesh)

Held in celebration of National Geographic’s 125th anniversary, the two-month-long contest in late 2013 was open to all aspiring young photographers, aged 18 and above, residing in 13 countries – Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand or Vietnam.

First prizewinner, Kazi Riasat Alve (Bangladesh) won judges over with an inspiring perspective of a young boy lying on his back in a muddy field, lifting one’s spirit with the quiet calm confidence of a smile, against all odds. Taken with a Canon EOS Kiss X3 and Canon 18-55mm, f/3.5-5.6 lens, Kazi captured the winning shot at Dhaka, in a school field where underprivileged children plays after school.

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From left: First runner-up “Going home” by Asep Teguh Kantyana (Indonesia) and second runner-up “Journey to the past” by Marco Tjokrosantoso (Indonesia)

Asep Teguh Kantyana and Marco Tjokrosantoso, both from Indonesia, were awarded first and second runners-up respectively. They will receive a Canon EOS 6D (body) and a Canon EOS 70D (body). The top three photographs from the contest will also be featured in the March 2014 copy of National Geographic’s Asia Edition.

A summary of the winners and prizes as follows:

1st Place

Kazi Riasat Alve (Bangladesh)

– Canon EOS 5D Mark III (Body)

– Trip to National Geographic Weekend Photography Workshop in San Francisco

– Winning photo published in National Geographic magazine

1st Runner-up

Asep Teguh Kantyana (Indonesia)

– Canon EOS 6D (Body)

– Winning photo published in National Geographic magazine

2nd Runner-up 

Marco Tjokrosantoso (Indonesia)

– Canon EOS 70D (Body)

– Winning photo published in National Geographic

* Information and details Courtesy of National Geographic Channel, Canon Singapore and Full Circle PR * 

National Geographic Celebrates 125th Anniversary with Canon

National Geographic is celebrating their 125th Anniversary. In celebration of their 125th Anniversary, National Geographic Channel and Canon are working closely together on initiatives in the month of November to bring to life some of National Geographic Channel most exceptional content collected over the years. I went down to Vivo City on the 1st November 2013 and visited National Geographic 125th Anniversary Photo Exhibition in the evening and I had a fun time admiring the great works and collection of National Geographic over the years.

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Award winning photographer, Cory Richards, was in Singapore to open the exhibition, said, “Photographing for National Geographic is truly a phenomenal experience. It is a challenge every day, but a challenge I embrace wholeheartedly. It’s an honour to be featured in this exhibition and I am grateful for the support from both National Geographic and Canon in my explorations.”

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Here’s a quick snapshot of National Geographic 125th Anniversary Photo Exhibition details

1-3 November 2013
A Photo exhibition will be held in conjunction with Canon at VivoCity.
  • Photos from National Geographic’s rich archive, consisting of pictures taken by renowned photographers such as Thomas Abercrombie, Michael Nichols, Steve Winter, Tim Laman, Cory Richards
  • Best shots from the EOS Young Photographer Awards held earlier this year
3 & 10 November 2013
National Geographic Channel will be airing two one-hour specials commissioned by Canon during the EOS Amazing Photo Hour.
  • 125th Photos that Amaze Us – follows some of the most brilliant photojournalists who risk almost everything to discover the world for us
  • The Killer Shot: Lost Eden with Tim Laman – National Geographic’s most famous photographer, embark on a journey to the frontier of the Pacific – Australia’s Cape York Peninsula and the adjacent areas of Southern New Guinea across the Torres Strait.

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The photo exhibition is definitely worth visiting, especially if you are National Geographic fan and an enthusiast photographer. The photos and stories by National Geographic over her history of 125 years definitely impacted millions of people around the world and still continuing today. My photography style is largely influenced by National Geographic when I first started learning about photography and reading the great works by the National Geographic photojournalists.

It’s the weekend and do make a trip down to Vivo City and visit National Geographic 125th Anniversary Photo Exhibition!

* Information Courtesy of National Geographic Channel, Canon Singapore, Ogilvy Public Relations and Full Circle PR *

National Geographic Channel And Canon Launch Asia-Wide EXPLORE TO INSPIRE Photo Contest

National Geographic Channel and Canon launched the Explore To Inspire Photo Contest on 1st October 2013, an Asia-wide search for Asia’s top photographers.

Held in celebration of National Geographic’s 125th anniversary, the two-month-long contest is open to all aspiring young photographers, aged 18 and above, residing in Singapore, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand or Vietnam.To enter the competition, participants are required to submit an original photograph(s) that must showcase what inspires the participants to explore. Each entry must also be accompanied by a description or an explanation (not exceeding 300 characters) of why the image inspires the participant to explore. All entries are to be submitted via the website www.exploretoinspire.com.

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The winning photographer will be presented with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III (body), and an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the prestigious National Geographic Weekend Photography Workshop in San Francisco where they will hone their photography skills with one of the renowned National Geographic photographers from the United States. In addition, the first and second runners-up will receive a Canon EOS 6D (body) and a Canon EOS 70D (body) respectively. Reflecting both National Geographic and Canon’s objective of nurturing the photographic talent in everyone, these prizes have been carefully selected to provide budding photographers with top-end photography tools aimed at further developing both their interest and skills.

A panel of experts from both National Geographic Channel and Canon will determine the winners. The top three photographs from the contest will also be featured in the March 2014 copy of National Geographic’s Asia Edition.

“There is growing interest in photography in South and Southeast Asia and this contest is a great platform for all budding photographers to showcase their work. In line with Canon’s aim to promote the Photography Culture in the Southeast Asia region, we are pleased to work with National Geographic Channel to offer such great opportunities for the winners to further develop their love of photography,” said Mr Hideaki Nishimura, Senior Director & General Manager, Regional ICP Sales and Marketing Division, Canon Singapore Pte Ltd.

“The theme of exploration is synonymous with the National Geographic Channel and viewers are continuously inspired by our award-winning documentaries of some of the most outstanding landscapes in the world. We are delighted to once again partner Canon in the quest to find truly inspired images from photography enthusiasts,” said Mr Simeon Dawes, Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales & Partnerships Pan Regional at FOX One Stop Media.

The contest runs from 1 October to 30 November 2013.  Contest details can be found on: www.exploretoinspire.com

A summary of the awards and prizes as follows:

1st Place
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III (Body)
  • Trip to National Geographic Weekend Photography Workshop in San Francisco, US
  • Winning photo published in National Geographic magazine
1st Runner-up
  • Canon EOS 6D (Body)
  • Winning photo published in National Geographic magazine
2nd Runner-up
  • Canon EOS 70D (Body)
  • Winning photo published in National Geographic

* Information and details Courtesy of National Geographic Channel and Full Circle PR *

EOS Young Photographer Award 2013

The National Geographic Channel and Canon Singapore EOS Young Photographer Award 2013 contest was recently concluded with great success and they received more than 27,000 entries from around Asia with 3,565 Singaporeans among those vying for the grand prize: An all-expenses paid National Geographic Photography Workshop in the US, plus a Canon EOS 60D DSLR camera with EF-S18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS II Lens. Themed “A Celebration of Colour”, the EOS Young Photographer Award 2013 was open to aspiring photographers aged 13 to 25, and jointly organised by National Geographic Channel and Canon Singapore Pte Ltd.

This was something that I supported and shared in a post with my friends and readers earlier in the year, attended Joe Riis Photography Seminar, who was in Singapore to share about the EOS Young Photographer Awards and impart his knowledge and wisdom in photography. The photography seminar by Joe Riis was a highlight with many students at the auditorium listening attentively to his sharing and I learned too as well from attending the photography seminar!

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EOS Young Photographer Award 2013 Winner: “My Full Colourful Smile” by Hanggi Tyo

Looking through the EOS Young Photographer Award 2013 winning entries, they were pretty impressive and of high standards! From all the entries submitted,  Hanggi Tyo, 21, from Indonesia emerged as the champion, walking away with the coveted first prize, with her entry, “My Full Colourful Smile”, a photograph taken at the Jember Fashion Carnival Show in Jakarta in December last year. Tyo’s shot, which depicts a smiling young woman clad in a vibrantly colourful costume, garnered much praise from the judging panel, which included National Geographic photographer, Gabby Salazar.

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First Runner Up: “Happy in Red” by Chan Zhi Ying

First runner up was Malaysian Chan Zhi Ying, 22, who walked away with a Canon EOS 650D with EF-S18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS II Lens for her submission entitled “Happy in Red”. The photograph depicts a child splashing in a tub of water while having her bath, conveying a feeling of unbridled happiness and carefree delight.

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Second Runner Up: “Paju Jawi From Ranah Minang” by Geovani Orlando 

Twenty-one-year-old Geovani Orlando from Indonesia also impressed the judges with his photo submission, “Paju Jawi From Ranah Minang”, earning him the title of second runner up and a Canon EOS 1100D with EF-S18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS II Lens.

In addition to the three main prizes, the contest also awarded bi-weekly winners for the colour themed Voter’s Choice Award, held between April 9 to June 3, with an 8GB EOS Memory Drive and National Geographic Channel X Morn Creations Limited Version Shark Backpack each. Meanwhile, the Grand Voter’s Choice, which was tracked from the beginning of the campaign, was awarded to Saidkhsan from Indonesia. He took home an EOS Camera Bag and National Geographic Photo Book for his submission entitled “Love Story”, depicting two entwined butterflies on a vine. Other noteworthy entries highlighted by the judges were “Panorama de Shah Mosque” by Shaharyar Hyder, “The Longest Sock” by Firman Maulana, and “Three Yellow Guards” by Danniel Partogi.

Following the overwhelming response and success of this inaugural event, both organisers are now looking forward to kicking-off another photo contest in October 2013. More details will be released nearer the launch date.

Do vist and drop EOS Young Photographer website here and check out the photographs!

* Information and Photographs Courtesy of National Geographic Channel, Canon Singapore and TPR Singapore *

Capitaland-National Geographic Channel Exclusive Photography Seminar 2013

In conjunction with the fourth edition of the Capitaland-National Geographic Channel Photography Competition 2013, the organisers invited renowned Mr. Michael Yamashita (one of the judges for the competition), a world famous photojournalist with National Geographic for over 30 years down to Singapore for an exclusive Photography Seminar on 16th August 2013. Mr. Michael Yamashita went down to the Capitaland-National Geographic Channel Photography Exhibition at ION Orchard in the afternoon to declare the opening of the photography exhibition and giving out the prizes to the winners of the Capitaland-National Geographic Channel Photography Competition.

Mr. Michael Yamashita was one of my earliest influences in my photography journey from the time I first started playing with my Dad’s Pentax ME Super SLR to Nikon F401X, followed by compact cameras (film and digital), Canon 300D, Canon 30D before moving towards my Canon 1Dmark III setup today. This was attributed to my National Geographic magazines subscription, my very first photography book/magazines and my entry into an unforgettable photography journey spanning over 25years (there were a number of years that I deviated away from photography). The other National Geographic photojournalist that had just an impactful and great influence in learning photography was Steve McCurry. If I recalled many years ago, his Marco Polo photography works were the series that made me looked up upon Mr. Michael Yamashita.

When Mr. Yamashita started off his photography seminar, he asked the audience, how many of us were interested in photography and pursuing photography to greater heights such as turning professional or shooting for National Geographic Magazine? Mr. Yamashita shared that he was once like us sitting in the audience, somebody who loved pressing the shutter and taking photographs.  Mr. Yamashita’s photojournalist journey into National Geographic and shooting for over 30 years; is an inspiration to us photographers, photojournalists and he encouraged us to pursue our dreams and that it is possible! His words and encouragement resonate with me, for I once dreamt of becoming a photojournalist with National Geographic when I was young!

Mr. Yamashita didn’t need to use power-point slides to show photography tips and knowledge. The photographs that he showed and shared with the audience, along with his words, knowledge and experiences over his 30 years of photography shooting, were all about him sharing his tips, visions, views and how he went about capturing photographs as a photojournalist. I was so captivated and engrossed over his photographs and listening to Mr. Yamashita’s sharing that I didn’t really take down much of his sharing/talking. In a nutshell, Mr. Yamashita was telling many different stories through his photographs and experiences, the class of a world famous photojournalist.  This is very inspiring and encouraging for me, an aspiring photojournalist that seeks to tell stories with my photographs!

Since I didn’t take down any notes, I have to base on my memories of Mr. Yamashita’s sharing, the photographs that he showed to the audience, along with the interesting and mesmerizing stories that he shared with us. For the following paragraph, I will write it down in point form to recall as many memories/tips/views/perspectives that he shared (a test of my photographer’s memory)

–       Aerial View

–       He shoot only in colours

–       Doing research into the project by reading and researching as many books and not looking at photographs by other photographers

–       Using Flash ~ Fill Flash

–       Lens setup 16-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm

–       Elements to show the vastness of the landscape

–       Elements to make the photograph stands out e.g. colour

–       Students in his class were told to put everything Auto mode, reason was to make the students practice composition, framing, visualizing and capturing the moment (not missing the moment)

–       Turn off the preview button

–       Light, Colour, Composition

–       Waiting for the moment (a person walking into the landscape frame)

–       Frame Within a Frame

–       Waiting and observing

–       Getting up close for portraits

–       Mid Day shoot with CPL

–       Using a telephoto lens to capture landscapes

–       Foregrounds in landscape

–       Shoot RAW + JPEG

–       A story behind every photograph that can be translated across to the viewer/reader

During the Q&A session, there was an interesting question posed to Mr. Yamashita, on post processing.  He has a digital workflow and he doesn’t do Photoshop, his philosophy is What You See Is What You Get, you can’t change the reality.  Another question posed was what would be 3 tips that Mr. Yamashita can give to the audience that will help them in their photography.

His 3 golden tips

–       Look at good photography (role models and good photographs, observe and learn from them)

–       Keep shooting and shooting

–       You are your own editor, develop from your own experience, find your own vision and develop you own photography style

There is also an interview conducted by the TODAY Paper with Mr. Yamashita and do check out the link here for the article! It’s a great insight into the thoughts and views of the renowned photojournalist Mr. Yamashita. http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/national-geographics-michael-yamashita-search-serendipitous-moments

There were no photographs taken during Mr. Michael Yamashita’s photography seminar, just my memories/listening written down into words. While I can’t remember everything, I hoped that I managed to remember most of the contents that were shared by a master photojournalist, wrote it down here and shared with friends and followers, who loved photography and photojournalism, just like me.

CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition

The fourth edition of CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition  winners were announced with this afternoon on the 16th August 2013. The regional CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition (Competition) from a record of over 3,000 submissions received from photography enthusiasts across the Asia Pacific including Australia, Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Organised by CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand) and National Geographic Channel, the highly-acclaimed Competition has seen increasing popularity and year-on-year increases in submissions from photography enthusiasts across the region. The Competition introduced a duo-themed feature – “Best Building Moment” and “Best People Moment” for the first time this year.

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The prize presentation took place in conjunction with the opening ceremony of the “Building People” Photography Exhibition. The Exhibition will be held at ION Orchard  (B4, ION Station) from 7pm on 16 August to 20 August. Open to the public, the Exhibition will be a showcase of close to 400 entries including the winning entries and a selection of other entries from the Competition. Each photograph will capture the symbiotic interaction between people and CapitaLand properties as well as the best characteristics of CapitaLand’s homes, offices, shopping malls, serviced residences and mixed developments. The entries can also be viewed online at http://www.capitaland.com/inside/gallery/building-people-photo-competition-2013.

This year’s winner is Ray Ang, a Singaporean, with his winning photo titled, “Clarke Quay”, won the judges over with his well-executed photographic expression of pure delight of a child playing with a bubble-spray gun, with an iridescent soap bubble framing the Clarke Quay signage sitting atop a beautiful row of shophouses.

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Participants of the Competition attended an exclusive “Building People” Photography Seminar conducted by Mr Yamashita this morning. At the seminar, the National Geographic icon provided an overview of the competitive world of photojournalism and shared tips on how to excel as a photographer through photography angles, camera features and many examples of his thought processes. Drawing from his vast experience as a National Geographic photographer, Mr Yamashita also used examples from his portfolio to demonstrate how National Geographic photographers never seem to miss the moment by repeatedly capturing unique photographs that are able to tell stories in various perspectives.

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I attended the “Building People” Photography Seminar this morning, listened attentively to Mr Michael Yamashita, one of my inspirations in my photography journey. He’s a photojournalist that I admired greatly and he had a big influence on my photography since the day I started reading National Geographic Magazine. It was very enlightening and enriching, I will share my experiences from attending Mr Yamashita photography seminar in another post. While I wasn’t able to attend the opening ceremony of the “Building People” Photography Exhibition and Prize Presentation in the afternoon, I went there after my work in the evening and enjoyed viewing the various photographs that were on display at “Building People” Photography Seminar. It was great to see fellow photographer friends winning some  of the prizes! Congratulations to them!

Do drop by and check out “Building People” Photography Exhibition! Here are some useful information and links!

Venue: ION Orchard B4 ION Station, 2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801

Dates: 16th to 20th August 2013

Time: 10am to 10pm Daily

Website: Capitaland-National Geographic Channel Photography Competition

** Information and details courtesy of Capitland and National Geographic Channel **

CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition

The fourth edition of CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition is back again! For the competition this year, there is a duo-theme feature – “Best Building Moment” and “Best People Moment”. The “Best Building Moment” theme calls for creative interpretations of CapitaLand’s properties, which effectively capture the best characteristics of its homes, offices, shopping malls, serviced residences and mixed developments while the theme “Best People Moment” further challenges participants to capture memorable moments of human connections or experiences within any of CapitaLand’s properties such as daily interactions, romantic escapism, joyful celebrations and intimate embraces.

 This highly acclaimed photography competition attracts participants from overseas, with an overwhelming 2000 entries in 2011 from Asia Pacific countries including Australia, Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The judging panel will comprise of National Geographic photographer Mr Michael Yamashita and executives from the NationalGeographic Channel and CapitaLand, will evaluate all entries based on novelty, artistic direction, depth of judgement and the creative interpretation of the themes, “Best Building Moment” and “Best People Moment”. The judges will also be looking out for innovative portrayals of the synergetic interactions between CapitaLand buildings and People.

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CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition 2012

1st Prize and Voters’ Choice Winner

Photo by Teo Kiat Choon

Building Name: Raffles City Singapore

There is a special opportunity for the overall winner to participate in an exclusive overseasNational Geographic assignment under the mentorship of renowned National Geographic photographer, Mr Michael Yamashita!! This is indeed something very special and many photographers will aspire that can look forward to!! Mr Michael Yamashita is a very famous, highly respected and well-known photographer in the world and any photographer that can go under Mr Michael Yamashita’s mentoring will benefit greatly!

Participants of the Competition will enjoy an exclusive invitation to attend the CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Seminar conducted by Mr Michael Yamashita to be held in August this year. With 30 years of experience behind him, he will share his wealth of knowledge in photography. In addition, there will also be an opportunity for participants to showcase their photographic creativity in an upcoming CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Exhibition in August 2013.

The Competition is open to the public from 16 April to 9 June 2013 (please refer to Annex B for the Competition details). Participants simply need to submit an original photograph with a caption to the Competition website (www.capitaland.com/ngcphoto).

For more information, please visit www.capitaland.com/ngcphoto.

Here all the key details and information of the CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition 2012!

Important dates:

Submission period:

16 April – 9 June 2013 (both dates inclusive, dates are subject to change)

Public Voting period:

July 2013 (final dates to be confirmed closer to date)

Exclusive CapitaLand-NGC Photography Seminar by Michael Yamashita:

16 August 2013 (final date to be confirmed closer to date)

Exclusive Photo Trail with Michael Yamashita in Singapore (for winners only):

17 August 2013 (final date to be confirmed closer to date)

Prizes:

1st Prize Winner

o   A 3D2N trip to a city in China* for an overseas National Geographic assignment under the mentorship of Mike Yamashita

o   CapitaVouchers worth SGD2,000

o   Two consecutive nights’ stay in an Ascott serviced residence in Asia Pacific*

o   Sony α99 camera and Carl Zeiss 24-70mm F2.8 lens worth SGD6,998

2nd Prize Winner

o   CapitaVouchers worth SGD1,200

o   Two consecutive nights’ stay in an Ascott serviced residence in Asia Pacific*

o   Sony NEX-6 camera worth SGD1,699

3rd Prize Winner

o   CapitaVouchers worth SGD800

o   Two consecutive nights’ stay in an Ascott serviced residence in Asia Pacific*

o   Sony α58 camera worth SGD749

Voters’ Choice Winner

(Photo entry with the most number of public votes will emerge as Voters’ Choice Winner)

o   CapitaVouchers worth SGD500

o   Two consecutive nights’ stay in an Ascott serviced residence in Asia Pacific*

Best CapitaMall Photo Special Prize

(Chosen from the Top 3 winning photos and Voters’ Choice Winner)

o   Photo entry that captures the best of shoppers engaging in activities within CapitaMalls will stand a chance to vie for the “Best CapitaMall Photo” special prize

  • CapitaVouchers worth SGD500 

All four winners will also join National Geographic Photographer Michael Yamashita on an exclusive CapitaLand photography trail in Singapore

*Terms and conditions apply. Please visit www.capitaland.com/ngcphoto for more information.

Photographers, take out your camera and start snapping away, go for it in the CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition !! 

** Information and details courtesy of CapitaLand, National Geographic and Tactic PR ** 

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 **

Exclusive Photography Seminar By National Geographic Photographer Joe Riis!

In my journey of photography, over a period of 20+ years since I held my first Pentax ME Super SLR film camera and starting to “fire away” by pressing the shutter and wasting precious film when I was just a young boy with no knowledge about photography. I never looked back since and today, I am enjoying my photography a lot and getting more excited with a personal growth in discovering my calling in personal projects e.g. heritage, documentation, conservation, preservation and photojournalism.

One personal philosophy on personal development and growth is life long learning, regardless of whether it is in work, studies or leisure. There is always something new to learn everyday. I grew up along with National Geographic and I am a great fan of their magazines, stories and their beautiful photographs. They had a huge influence on me and my photography, inspiring me and always learning from the master photographers of National Geographic through their photography guide books and National Geographic Magazine. When I received news of an exclusive photography seminar by National Geographic Photographer Joe Riis, I had to share this wonderful news with all my readers here, especially the photography enthusiasts. This is a wonderful and awesome opportunity to learn from a master in photography! Here are the details of the exclusive photography seminar –

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Photograph by Joe Riis

Look forward to an informative seminar with Joe Riis, an award-winning photojournalist with National Geographic. Among his many achievements, Joe has won an Emmy in 2011 for his pronghorn cinematography, which was featured in the National Geographic Channel’s Great Migration series. National Geographic Channel, in partnership with Canon, invites you to experience the world’s breathtaking wildlife through the eyes of Joe Riis!

Most importantly, both the seminar and the workshop are free! However, only the first 200 registrants will get to be a part of this exclusive seminar, and out of these 20040 lucky seminar participants will get a chance to participate in a private Photography workshop conducted by Joe at the Singapore Zoo! Get up close with Joe as he shares with photographers his experiences, tips and photography techniques in capturing wildlife.

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to learn from an esteemed wildlife photojournalist this April!

The details of the event are as follows:

Seminar

Date: 7 April 2013, Sunday

Time: 10am – 12 pm

Venue: LASALLE College of the Arts

                The Singapore Airlines Theatre (Basement 1)

                1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940

Workshop

Date: 5 April 2013, Friday

Time: [Session 1] 9am – 12pm OR [Session 2] 3pm-6pm

Venue: Singapore Zoological Gardens

                80 Mandai Lake Road

                Singapore 729826

How to sign up for workshops and seminar:
1. Download the registration form from the link provided (http://we.tl/23CIRniWef)
2. Send the completed form to register@thisisanagram.com

The first 200 registrants will receive a confirmation email with the details of the event. To qualify for the selection for the private workshop, simply indicate your interest in your registration form by ticking your preferred workshop session. Successful applicants for the workshop will be notified by 3 April 2013.

If you’d like to find out more about Joe Riis, please visit the following website: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/bios/joe-riis/

 ** Information and photograph courtesy of Joe Riis and SPRG **