Thursday, October 27, 2011

World Class Photographers in the Philippines

Pinatunayan na naman ng mga Pilipino sa buong mundo na may ibubuga tayo. Ngayong taon ay isang Pilipino din ang nanalo sa Photo Contest ng National Geographic.

Pilipinas - [Politicians(corrupt)+ Tamad na Pilipino] = Maunlad na Pilipinas

Pinoy from Surigao wins Photo Walk grand prize


A 32-year-old educator from Surigao del Norte, Jaime Cesar Tibe, was named as the grand prize winner of the 2011 Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk.

Tibe's winning photo — showing a naked boy leaping into the water with his arms outstretched— stood out among nearly a thousand entries from various Photo Walk locations around the world.

The Worldwide Photo Walk was started by Kelby, an American photographer and post-processing trainer who heads the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP).

In the announcement he made on his blog Friday, Kelby lauded the shot's "sense of balance" and said it "makes me smile."

"As soon as I saw it, I smiled, and I'm still smiling," the award-winning photographer wrote. "Just looks like a beautiful summer's day, and a wonderful scene along the walk route... Great capture, moment, emotion, processing, and composition."

According to its website, a Photo Walk “is a social photography event where photographers get together in any public area to walk around, shoot photos, and generally have fun with other photographers."

Tibe, a first-time participant at the Worldwide level, will receive a number of technology-savvy prizes which include:
  • a collection of books authored by Kelby;
  • a 32-gigabyte iPad;
  • a one-year membership at the NAPP; and
  • a one-year subscription to Kelby Training.

    Aside from the grand prize, Kelby also named 10 honorable mentions. A People’s Choice award will also be given to the photo with the most number of online votes.


    In an e-mail to GMA News Online, Tibe admitted that he "was overwhelmed" to have won the photography contest because he is only a hobbyist.

    A dean at the Northeastern Mindanao Colleges in Surigao City, Tibe shared that he has only been into photography for more than a year who only bought his own camera two months ago.

    Before getting his own gadget, he said he borrowed from his photographer friends, who influenced him to dip into the craft as well.

    “Pahiram hiram lang ako noon. I started last year sa hobby na ito, and I know marami pa akong bigas na kakainin. [I’m] still in the process para maging professional photographer," he said.

    "I can't believe na nanalo ako. Imagine out of 20,000 walkers, ako ang napiling grand prize winner," he wrote.

    Tibe, a member of the Surigao Photo Club, said he was among the 40 photography enthusiasts who joined the Walk in Surigao City last October 2.

    He shared that his entry was taken by the end of the two-kilometer walk at the Surigao City Blvd., when a group of young boys on the rooftop of a waiting shed called his attention.

    “Pagkadaan ko, sabi ng isang bata, ‘Uncle, magtapon ka ng limang piso sa dagat, kukunin namin.’ Doon nag-start ang composition ko. Every time my girlfriend [would] throw [a] five-peso [coin] sa dagat, tumatalon sila [para kunin ‘yun]," he told GMA News Online.

    Tibe decided to use his photo of the second coin diver, which he believed was his winning shot out of 195 captures that day.

    Two Filipinos have previously made the Honorable Mentions list—Minella Rivera of Malolos, Bulacan in 2009 and Ronald Suello of Cebu City in 2008.

    For this year, two other Filipinos made the list that Kelby made for entries that did not make the winning cut:
  • Victor Kintanar of Cebu City for “Best Shot That Gets Better Once You Spot The Subject"; and
  • RJ Palad of Manila for “Best Shot That Tells a Story".

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