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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.


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.


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 **

Photography Tips to Great Shots – TODAY Paper 17th July

The TODAY Paper, a compact newspaper in Singapore, highly popular with its interesting contents and reports, had a feature report in its Tech page on 17th July 2009, page B7, whereby Trevor Tan, a TODAY photojournalist, traveled to Bali to learn from Magnum Photos’ legendary photographer Abbas.

I read with great interest on the report, do drop by the link here if you like to read the full version of it ! The topic was “Seeing the light” and from the article, there were some great photography tips shared in the report.

Abbas tips from the report were

– “If you know what you are shooting, you don’t need to shoot that much”

– “Taking photographs is easy, but presenting and sequencing them is not”

There were 5 Tips to Great Shots From Abbas

(1) Know what you want to shoot

(2) Be mindful of the placement of the subject

(3) Be patient and wait for the right moment

(4) Walk around to explore new angles

(5) Avoid clutter – less is more

Source : TODAY Paper, 17th July 2009, Page B7

Over the past few days, it was enlightening to learn tips from 2 great photographers, from The Unguarded Moment and TODAY article on “Seeing the Light”. With my sharing here with fellow photography enthusiasts, freelance photographers, photojournalists and photography fans, I hope this would help you to improve and widen your scope and field of photography !