Coral Triangle Initiative - Southeast Asia Books Launched!

Today, I'm excited to unveil the project that I'm most proud to have been a part of this year: a set of publications showcasing the work, the people, and the success of the Coral Triangle InitiativeCTI-Southeast Asia (CTI-SEA) project. Funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in partnership with Global Environment Facility (GEF), the CTI-SEA project was a five-year effort that successfully sought out and implemented initiatives that helped coastal communities deal with climate change. These included mangrove forest restoration, seaweed farming, climate-resilient rice planting, and the development of the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) scheme.

I traveled to the beautiful cities of Taytay, Palawan, and Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur to photograph and document the projects, both above and below water. I was fortunate to have met and worked with amazing people who are committed to the conservation and management of our marine ecosystem. Most inspiring were the kids—high school students who carry out their own projects with the guidance of the team.

Conservation photography is what I love doing, and I'm extremely blessed to have these materials as my first commissioned project. Sadly, I wasn't able to visit the Turtle Islands as planned due to security issues, but that would be a case of having my cake and eating it, too. :p

HECS Scuba Suit Catalog

HECS Semi-Dry Scuba Suit Catalog 1/2: Last month I shot Lee Goldman for HECS Aquatics' new semi-dry scuba suit catalog. As an ambassador for the brand I was given one of the first suits to come off the production line and was also given the chance to shoot it for the online catalog.

Made from Yamamoto #45 Neoprene, it's a premium suit made from the best possible materials. Like their spearsuits, the scuba suit lined with patented HECS stealthscreen technology that limits the electromagnetic impulses generated by our bodies, allowing the wearer to #getcloser to marine life. Click here for more info on the suit. 

The 3mm, 5mm, and 7mm versions will be available locally in Manila at Squires Bingham Sports.

22 Degrees Ambassador

Represent! I'm delighted to announce that I'm now part of the 22degrees gang! I may sound like a broken record, but these neoprene ocean jackets go with me whenever I'm out on a trip or assignment. Their indiegogo campaign for the new eco line is now fully funded and listed as in demand. Checkout the page for caps and other merchandise: 

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Current line of jackets are available at Squires Bingham Sports.

Check out their awesome brand video:

Noel Guevara, Philippines, commended at the world’s largest photography competition -  2017 Sony World Photography Awards

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
press@worldphoto.org / +44 (0) 20 7886 3043 / 3049

 

Three nods at the 2016 One Eyeland Photography Awards

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:

New ambassador for HECS Aquatic.

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/

DivePhotoGuide: Photographer of the Week

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)

School of Scads and Diver, Club Paradise House Reef, Coron, Palawan

School of Scads and Diver, Club Paradise House Reef, Coron, Palawan

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 YoroPenn DlsSteve De Neef, and Bo Mancao for those seemingly token tips that went a long way. To David ChoyEileen 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.

Thanks to Lia Barrett for the lovely write-up and Ian Bongso-Seldrup for the feature. Cheers guys.

Check out the article here.

Finalist, NatGeo Your Shot Daily Dozen (Sept 3, 2016)

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.

DRT Show Philippines

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

Asia Dive Conference Talk (July 29, 2017)

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!

TravelNow Magazine Feature: Palau (May 2016 Issue)

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.

Untitled Shark Book Project

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

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Finalist, NatGeo Your Shot Daily Dozen (Feb 12, 2016)

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.
 

The 2015 Director Show Reel is up!


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.