Awesome stuff! My reef shot of Verde Island graces the luggage covers of Dive Philippines / Department of Tourism - Philippines! A number of people have asked if these are for sale, but unfortunately these covers are currently just being given away for free during international trade shows where our tourism department sets up booths.
Note: I am one of six commended photographers from the Philippines.
The judges of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards today honour the work of Filipino photographer Noel Guevara, whose image “Sabrina” is commended as top 50 in the world in the awards’ Open Portrait category.
Over 227,000 images from 183 countries were submitted to the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards. Noel, who is based in Manila, is recognised as a commended photographer alongside the shortlisted photographers of the Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus competitions, all of which are also announced today.
In the Open competition, judges were looking for the best single images across ten categories, representing the finest contemporary photography today.
Noel Guevara is an award-winning director and photographer from the Philippines. Noel started out as an underwater wildlife photographer, and only shifted to portrait and commercial photography this year. “Sabrina” is his first portrait work, in which he wanted a classic, high-fashion look that is reminiscent of old Japanese photographs in an effort to give homage to his subject’s heritage.
Noel notes: “This is an incredible honor. Being recognized by the Sony World Photography Awards is one thing—being recognized for your first work in a new genre (portraiture) is something else entirely. I am excited for what this commendation will bring for me and I can’t wait to see my work exhibited in London”
The category winners for the Open competition will be announced March 28, and the overall Open Photographer of the Year title revealed April 20 at an awards ceremony in London. Prizes include the latest Sony digital imagery equipment, and a $5,000 cash prize.
As a commended photographer, Noel’s image will be shown alongside the awards’ other commended plus the shortlisted and winning images at the Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition in London from April 21-May 7. The commended image will also be given a global audience as it is published on the World Photography Organisation website.
Sony World Photography Awards
Produced by the World Photography Organisation, 2017 sees the 10th anniversary of the Sony World Photography Awards and a decade-long partnership with its headline sponsor, Sony.
Each year the awards recognize and reward the very best contemporary photography captured over the last year entered into any of the awards’ four competitions - Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus. With 49 nationalities represented, the 2017 shortlists reinforce the awards’ international appeal and unique ability to present the greatest images taken by photographers from all corners of the world on a truly global scale.
Each of the four competitions are judged anonymously by internationally acclaimed industry professionals, carefully selected by the World Photography Organisation. For full list of 2017 judges, please click here.
Commended and shortlisted images from across all competitions are available for publication at www.worldphoto.org/press
For further information please contact:
Press Department, World Photography Organisation
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What a great start to my year! Three of my entries got recognized at the recently-concluded 2016. One Eyeland Photography Awards. First my wedding, and now this. Looks like my 2017 is off to a great start. Here are the winning images:
I am excited to announce that I'm the newest ambassador of HECS Aquatic stealthscreen wetsuits. HECS wetsuits are specially engineered to limit electromagnetic impulses emitted by our bodies, allowing me to get closer to marine life that detect and react to these faint impulses for feeding or defense. My HECS suit will play a critical role as I work on my #sharkbook, wherein I photograph sharks and rays of the Philippines in the wild without bait, and their relationship with different communities. I started this challenging project last year and will probably see a few more years before completion.
I used a HECS suit in my 2016 Tubbataha trip with amazing results, and I can't wait to use this new suit for this coming season.
HECS Aquatic Stealthscreen wetsuits will soon be available exclusively in Squires Bingham Sports. HECS wetsuits are available in 1.5mm skin, 3mm, and 5mm thickness. Check out the full HECS line at https://www.hecsaquatic.com/
When I first started with underwater photography (and diving) two and a half years ago, DivePhotoGuide - Underwater Photography & Video(www.divephotoguide.com) was my main resource for tips, tutorials, and product reviews. The site was so integral to my learning that I remember taking photos of settings in articles and transferring them to my Canon G16 so I could easily refer to them underwater (ingenious). Fast forward to today and I find myself featured as their Photographer of the Week. I can't express how thrilled, humbled, and honored I am. Full circle? Probably. But the learning never stops (I still refer to the site)
This means a lot to me, and if DPG was my manual of sorts, all the mentorship I got became the actual training. Thanks to maestro Scott Gutsy Tuason for making me his unofficial sorcerer's apprentice. Cheers to fellow photographers Ram Yoro, Penn Dls, Steve De Neef, and Bo Mancao for those seemingly token tips that went a long way. To David Choy, Eileen Rodriguez Choy, and Yvette Lee for hosting me on their liveaboards. To Christopher Ng who gave me the opportunity to dive and take me through marine conservation 101. And of course to Pam Soriano, my dive buddy and safety diver who would go all the way down to 50+ meters with me as I take photos of dozens of gray reef sharks in Peleilu, Palau.
Yesterday, September 2, 2016, my photo of Jacks against a wall in Balicasag was selected by Nat Geo photo editors as a favorite and was included in National Geographic Your Shot's Daily Dozen! This is the second time this year that my photo was selected (first was the wolf snappers back in Feb), and I feel extremely lucky to have gotten this honor. The wining photo gets featured on Nat Geo Your Shot's Instagram and gets printed in the next issue of National Geographic magazine. Unfortunately, I found out about the selection late and wasn't able to rally enough votes from friends, family, and associates in time for the 12nn cutoff the next day. Still, I am very grateful for having been selected--and for the second time in a year at that.
The latest issue of Scuba Diving magazine (photo issue) is out, featuring my photo that got in on one of the seven honorable mention slots. Seeing all the winning photos is inspiring, and seeing mine amongst them is humbling. I shot this photo in Triggerfish city, Tubbataha last June 2015 aboard the PALAUSPORT. Thanks Scott Gutsy Tuason and David Choy.
I'm stoked that my photo/s will be featured in this year's Annual DRT (Dive Resort Travel) Expo in Manila, Philippines. Visitors are invited to vote for their favorite entry, and the winner gets a Shearwater Perdix tech dive computer. See you there and vote for my photos! Haha
I'm here in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as a speaker in the Asia Dive Conference. My topics are 1) Shooting Big Animals & Sharks with no bait, and 2) Blackwater photography. My talk will befrom 10:30am to 11:25am at the Sabah room, Level 3, Putra World Trade Center, Kuala Lumpur. Hope to see you there!
It's out! My latest article was just released on TravelNow magazine featuring my Palau trip last January onboard the MV PALAUSPORT. Their May 2016 Oceania issue features Australia, New Zealand, Guam, Palau, Hawaii, plus other destinations in Micronesia. I'm delighted to see my National Geographic YourShot contender photo of the Wolf Snappers in the German Channel, Ngemelis Island as the main article photo. This is my third collaboration with, and my second article for, the superb magazine.
Today I made the first (albeit small) step towards realizing an ambitious personal project that I've been cultivating in my head for the past few months.
A first for me, this photo book will be about one of the most beautiful subgroup in the Philippine seas that I hold very close to my heart. This project will span many years, many miles, and a ridiculous amount of dives, but as they say, every journey begins with one step.
Nevermind that I have only been diving for two years. Nevermind that it will be a challenge to find funding and organizations willing to let me piggyback on their projects. Nevermind that the chances of great encounters dwindle as every day passes. I cling to the dream that somehow, this project and the process involved in creating it, will have at least a small, positive impact on the plight of these magnificent creatures.
I confidently mark this day in an effort to have a Point "A" that I can look back to as I head for Point "B" (and to make the project a little more real). Here we go! #thesharkbookproject
Look at what came in the mail today! Hard copies of my Thresher Shark feature on @cathaypacific 's discovery magazine! Thanks Mike Pickles for sending these over.
I'm not exacly a big contributor in the National Geographic's Your Shot community, with only a dozen photos up on my profile and barely any trace of interactions with other members. So imagine my surprise when my photo made it to the Daily Dozen for Feb. 12, 2016! The photo was of the wolf snappers feeding on plankton which I took during my Palau trip last January.
I decided to take advantage of this rare opportunity and asked my friends to vote for it (the photo with the most votes gets posted on yourshot's instagram page). Unfortunately, I didn't make it, which is fine because there are far better photos chosen for that day. Nevertheless, the photo earned more than 440 "likes" and was shared in social media. I was even so happy that it made the front page of the yourshot website.
My second article on TravelNow magazine is out! This is the first time I shot and wrote for a publication. Grab a copy and read up on my recent trip to Apo Reef and Coron aboard the Discovery Fleet while on assignment for TravelNow. Grab a copy at your favorite newsstands or download on Appstore or Google Play via the Travel Now App! Cheers!
LATE POST: It's out! TravelNow's November-December issue features 6 pages of my photos from my recent Tubbataha trip with Squires Bingham Sports on board the PALAUSPORT. This is the first time that my photos have been published. Grab a copy at your favorite newsstands or download on Appstore or Google Play via the Travel Now App! Cheers!
After two years, I finally got to sit down and prepare a new director’s show reel. The objective this time around was to make it as short as possible, and master editor Maui Mauricio was able to make a heavy-hitting edit that runs for just a minute and fifteen seconds. Going through the projects again made me remember all the hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm that the teams put in, and this made me nostalgic all of a sudden.
I’d like to thank all the clients, creatives, accounts, producers, directors of photography, cameramen, assistant directors, casters, talents, location managers, production designers, art directors, production managers, sound teams, hair stylists, make-up artists, editors, post artists, and sound designers who made these projects possible and who helped execute my vision.
And just like before—Dad, this is for you.
The universe continues to conspire! I just received my first underwater photography assignment- a trip to Apo Reef and Coron for TravelNow magazine aboard the Discovery Fleet with Yvette Lee. I can't put into words how excited I am for this. Thanks Marbee Shing Go for the nod and Albert Labrador and Maia Melencio for recommending me. October 10 can't come soon enough.
A few weeks back, AA Yaptinchay of Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines contacted me with an interesting request: send over photos of divers practicing proper etiquette while observing marine wildlife. He explained that these will be used in an online campaign detailing how to behave around sharks, turtles, rays, and other pelagics.
As a big supporter of the organization, I immediately went through my library for photos that fit the requirement and sent them over.
So far, these have come out on Facebook:
I'm very particular about how divers (and everyone else for that matter) interact with marine wildlife ("don't touch, feed, or disturb" is usually my quick tip to friends and family), and I believe that this campaign is very important. Education is the key tool in marine conservation, and presenting facts and procedures in this well-designed and well-written visual aid on Facebook is very efficient strategy.
Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines is a non-stock, non-profit organization in the Philippines that started out as a Facebook page in 2009. It continues to be a crowd-sourced online watchdog that keeps everyone abreast about the welfare of our marine wildlife. It has also become a go-to for information and help line for marine life in distress.
Visit and like their Facebook page here.
Well I finally did it. After months of dragging my feet, I sat down and finished my online portfolio website. I've been wanting to put this up for years but I always felt that I didn't have enough work or experience to actually deserve one. Now that I'm doing freelance directing/photography work however, I had to make one out of necessity.
This website showcases videos I worked on as director and underwater photos I took on my dive trips. I'm hoping to add a "projects & assignments" section later on, where I could log assignments related to marine/wildlife conservation, behind-the-scenes of video shoots, or detail personal projects.
Help yourself and browse through the galleries and play through the videos.
Thank you for visiting!