In this age of wired world and interconnectivity, it is but imperative for photographers, young and old alike, to share their work to broader online audience as well as to appreciate each other’s creative outputs. To boost one’s followers and number of views or clicks, using the right “hashtags” is similar as using the right exposure to capture the best photo. This holds true to many popular photography sites as they even look to hashtags in choosing what images to share to increase social media reach and find photos of the same niche and interest.
This is the focus of PhotoWorld Asia (PWA) 2019 which will happen on January 31 to February 5, 2019 with the theme, “#Photography.” According to PWA 2019 chairman, Toto Celzo, this year’s theme is timely as photography has evolved and will continue to advance with the changing times.
“It is about identifying photography and rediscovering a renewed interest in the art in the new millennium,” shares Toto. “#Photography is an identification of like-minded individuals who love photography. This why we include important topics in the photographers’ conference, to be held at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati, like Social Media Publishing and Mobile Photography to give our participants some updates for them to be equipped with the necessary information in this digital and social media era,” he adds.
Organized by the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF) —with the able leadership of its president, Pablito Beltran and chairman, Eduviges Huang—PWA 2019 will showcase the latest products and services at discounted prices offered by the participating photography suppliers and camera makers.
PWA 2019 also highlights women’s creativity and expertise at this year’s conference with all-women speakers. “We would like to give credit to powerful, intelligent, and creative women photographers who may be underrepresented. We would also let the world know who and how good they are,” Toto explains.
Angeli Jane Blanco is not only a versatile public speaker but also an experienced lady in various areas of video production, advertising, marketing, public relations, news, and social media management. She served as the section chief of the Multimedia Division of the Department of Education (DepEd), supervising a team composed of photographers, videographers, graphic artists, animators, and video editors. She also excels in photography, creative writing in English, HTML, public speaking, and transformational leadership. She wrote press releases, statements, official announcements, and the secretary’s speeches on crucial matters. Likewise, she is a news analyst and a digital marketing consultant (AP), a creative supervisor, and a freelance production staff. (Topic: Social Media Publishing)
Joan S. Bondoc is a graduate of the University of the Philippines major in Creative Writing. She shares her knowledge in photojournalism based on her rich experiences: staff and correspondent photographer, Philippine Daily Inquirer (1980-1993); news photographer, Philippine Daily Globe (1980-1993); photo editor, Philippine Journalism Review; photo editor, Buhay Pinoy, Hongkong, 1991-1003; and coordinator, Towards Bejing, 1995. She is also a recipient of various awards: First Prize, Universal Declaration on Hunan Rights, 2008; Best Photo, Press Photographers of the Philippines, l992, 1997; First Prize, Democracy through Your Eyes; Best in Photojournalism Group Award, Catholic Mass Media Awards 1990; UP Writers Workshop Fellow, 1997. (Topic: Photojournalism) .
Marian Peachy Hernando is not only a prolific underwater photographer but also a businesswoman, licensed broker, martial arts instructor, portrait photographer. She has exhibited her photos and videos here and abroad including Jakarta, Indonesia. Business companies have used her pictures for advertising purposes. She manages an island resort at the northern most part of Luzon. She also enjoys shooting landscapes, portraits, infrared photography, and drone photography. (Topic: Underwater Photography)
Jaja Samaniego, a part-time professor at the De La Salle University, will share many truths in photography which participants will surely benefit. Her pictures are often featured in local and international magazines. Her photographic art shows how consistent and dedicated she is to her craft. For eight years now, she has focused her photography on portraiture and wedding captured in its natural and immaculate setting. (Topic: 8 Truths I Learned from Life and Photography)
Shaira Luna has published her first book titled Playing Long after Us featuring her highly prolific folio in photography. A self-taught photographer, she excels in fashion and advertisting photography. Most of her pictures were used as illustrations for billboards of branded commercial products and covers of national magazines. She has also taken portraits of celebrities and famous personalities in the country. She is also interested in history, pop culture, music, cinematography, and fashion. (Topic: Fashion and Advertising)
Rachel Lobangco is used to a favorite model of well-known photographer Jun de Leon and she admitted that Jun had somehow stirred her initial interest in photography. Then Ruel Tafalla and Peachy Hernando trained her in their Lensmate studio. Rachel now manages her family business together with its Wedding Destination in Tagaytay. She is also the vice president of Elvie Pineda Skin Care. A UST Fine Arts graduate, she also took up interior design at PSID. Although she has not taken any formal lesson in photography, she manages her Legs Eye View Studio at her penthouse. (Topic: Concept Photography)
RC Sustiguer graduated from Miriam College with the degree of Bachelor of Arts and she is now finishing her Master of Arts in Communication at the Ateneo de Manila University. In 2010-2012, she was the vice president for marketing and development of the Green Valley College and a lead convener of One Young Mindanao Advocacy since 2010. She gave personality training among pre-school and adult individuals and organizations stressing on confidence building and values formation. Among the international conferences and workshops she attended were John Maxwell International Certification (IMC) Program (Orlando, Florida, USA, March 2017); Deutsch, A1, Speakers Language Institute (Berlin, Germany); John Robert Powers Communication Training (Malaysia); Asean Young Communication Training (Singapore). (Topic: Your Personal Brand as a Photographer)
Vivian Marasigan Valdez is an accountancy graduate from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. She worked as an accounting staff, accountant, and an auditor for companies like Waltermart, Robinson’s Handyman, and Jollibee for almost 13 years. Later, she worked as administrative assistant at the Mayor’s Office of General Trias, Cavite for 10 years. She is presently a freelance photographer, events coordinator, mobile phone workshop facilitator in schools and companies. (Topic: Mobile Phone Photography)
Hannah Reyes Morales is a multi-awarded and well-accomplished photographer of Sony Philippines, Inc. Her latest work on Filipino Diaspora was published in the National Geographic Magazine in December. Among her various accomplishments were: British Journal of Photography Ones to Watch (2018); PDN’s 30 (2018); IWMF Reporting Fellowship (2018); 6×6 Program, World Press Photo (2017); Chris Hondros Memorial Award (2017); National Geographic Explorer Leadership and Development Program (2017); SOPA Award for Excellence in Digital Reporting for Reporting on Human Trafficking at Sea, The Filipino Outlaw Ocean New York Times (2016).
Andrea Isabella Genota is a director, a writer, and photographer. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran – Calamba and graduated cum laude in 2017. During her college days, she directed and organized some of the biggest events and photo exhibit in their campus. She is also a contributing photographer and writer for EXPLORE Philippines Magazine. Aside from her published works to the magazine, she also captured the issue 18 magazine cover, “Southern Sensations” with Jake Cuenca as cover. She is currently employed as a marketing officer in Big Picture Asia. (Topic: Natural Light Portraiture)
Lisa Watson is an expert business and marketing specialist with over 25 years of agency, technology, and consulting experience. She represents the data-driven and interactive marketing industries in several Singapore Government Councils including the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore. She spent more than 16 years in advertising and data-driven marketing agencies such as Leo Burnett, Young & Rubicam, Wunderman, and OgilvyOne working with clients in many industries including Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, American Express, Apple, AT&T, BMW, HP, Mercedes Benz, MasterCard, Nestle, Philips, SingTel, Standard Chartered Bank, and The Economist. She graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin with an honors degree in Mathematics.
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