ASIAN Geographic Images of Asia Photography Competition
POST-EVENT repo rt December 2017 saw over 200 photographers and ASIAN Geographic supporters gather to celebrate the beauty and diversity of Asia in pictures
The night began with a 200-strong crowd of photography enthusiasts at the pre-event exhibition of finalist photos outside the ballroom of the exquisite Peninsula Excelsior Hotel in Singapore. In addition to goodie bags and the latest issues of ASIAN Geographic and Asian Diver for every participant, early birds also received a copy of Loving Sharks, a stunning photo book of shark pictures published by Asian Geographic Magazines.
As the competition kicked off, every seat in the house was filled thanks to a tremendous turnout from friends, supporters and sponsors. Guests had the opportunity to rub shoulders with esteemed figures in the international photography circle and mingle with likeminded photography enthusiasts. As they tucked into a delectable spread of dim sum and artisanal desserts served by the hotel’s attentive staff, the live judging began.
ASIAN Geographic publisher John Thet joined this year’s judging panel, comprising acclaimed international photographers José Jeuland, David Tay, Triston Yeo, and Manuel Librodo, who have held their own exhibitions, are members of some of the most prestigious photography societies worldwide, and have won numerous photography awards.
During the live judging, the panel was presented with the top five entries in each category, namely Portrait, Street, Wildlife, Environmental, Architecture/landscape, and Youth. The judges had a few seconds to view each photograph, and then immediately presented their individual scorecards to the crowd and explained their scores.
Scores fell within a narrow range when the judges were in agreement, but the few times that the judges’ opinions were at odds often ended in hilarity.
Each winner won USD1,000, while the Youth Photographer of the Year walked away with a Canon EOS M10 camera with a kit lens. All the prizes were generously sponsored by our main sponsor, Canon Singapore.
The end of the competition heralded the start of the Singapore Divers’ Party, which saw guest speakers giving presentations about photography and marine conservation. Jeuland shared some of his most captivating projects, such as Longevity Okinawa, Vedda, and Hill Tribe, while Librodo spoke about capturing his models at different stages in their lives. Underwater photographers Indra Swari and Mawi Rahim also gave talks, sharing their love of macro photography and the importance of compelling composition, as well as responsible diving practices.
Guests who came for the Images of Asia photography competition were also thrilled to join in the Diver’s Party lucky draw, with USD4,800 worth of prizes.
Congratulations to the winners of the ASIAN Geographic Images of Asia photography competition! Fans who wish to take part in next year’s competition, stay tuned for ASIAN Geographic Images of Asia 2018! above A member of the public views the finalist photos on display
Judge Manuel Librodo gives the audience tips on improving photo composition
bottom left The audience listens intently as the judges explain their scores
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The ASIAN Geographic Hot Soup Challenge is a competitive quiz that tests students on their general knowledge about Asia. We continue this rich tradition on July 7, 2018, and this year, we will be opening entries to members of the public! Enter the 7th ASIAN Geographic Hot Soup Challenge for a chance to be a champion! The contest is broken down into four different categories: • Juniors (ages 7–12) to form teams of four • Secondary (ages 12–16) to form teams
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