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Creative Asia Awards 2012 has finally announced its result. Not a bad result, am pretty happy I must say especially with my non wedding related submissions. Out of my seven submissions, six were awarded Bronze and another one is a Silver. What delighted me most is the best two highest scores came from Street and Travel category, which is non to wedding. They have just entered the final 25 images of the competition which winners will be selected on 18th July. This is a great pay out for I am one who loves traveling.
Anyway, this is one great competition to be judged by different professionals that will serve as learning curve. It is very much different from WPPI, for non of them has higher standard than each other. But from the experience gathered, to earn a Silver or high Bronze is certainly a challenging task, not mentioning a Gold award is even greater.
End of day, my ultimate interest is to capture photographs that involve people, not just weddings. I wish to see my photos captured in the most natural way, journalistic that tell stories. Street and travel photography is something I wish to enhance further, for I love traveling which will prepare me to be one. In short, yes, I expect to travel more!
I am delighted to share with you the two pictures that made my day:
Shot this with my 4-year old Nikon D300 in 2011. Mounted with my most trusted travel lens, Nikon 18-200 and this image was captured at the Buntal fishing village, Kuching while a group of photography friends hung out together for sunrise. It was a split seconds to nail this image when a fisherman walked pass the boat on the shallow beach.
This image was one point short to earn a Silver. Urggghhh…
I could remember this image very clearly. It was shot through a bus window in Hokkaido, 2009 with Nikon D300 + Nikon 18-200 when I saw this man walking alone towards our opposite side in an unidentified park that was covered by snow. When I noticed this, bus was about to continue its journey at the traffic light. It happened in a split second, actually quicker than I expected. I named this image “Lone Ranger”.
Above: Shot with Nikon D300 on a all time MOST CONVENIENT lens, Nikon 18-200mm travel lens. Hunting for sunrise, this was captured last year during an outing with some of my photography buddies at the Buntal Fishing Village, 40 minutes drive from Kuching city.
I always thought this image is a good image. I don’t usually credit myself for a picture but this is one rare occasion where I think this image should be credited. When I failed to impress the judges in last year’s WPPI first half competition, I was disappointed. It was totally clueless for me and had no idea why this image didn’t work.
When come to the annual WPPI 16×20 Award Of Excellence Print Competition 2012, I took a stand and just gave it a try again. Print competition works differently. I needed to get my images printed, get them mounted professionally and courier to the USA to be judged. Each participation in such competition did not come cheap. Other than the submission fees, the courier charges, I couldn’t recall how many prints had I fail to get one to be printed perfectly and correctly. (Yes, we print over and over in oder to ensure we get the best result)
This time, is a boost. An image that earn my favoritism finally get rewarded. Despite it wasn’t a First, Second of Third place award, but to me, a recognition of our hard work and creativity with a simple Accolade of Excellence is more than enough. 85 points seem not too bad though.
Here is another wedding photo that earn Accolade Of Excellence in the same competition, captured in Vincent and Evonne’s wedding on 19 November, Kuala Lumpur.
It was just in time to receive the latest result from International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP) competition before I departed for Vietnam a few days ago. To me, joining a competition is to see where my level is in the standard of world’s wedding photography industry. ISPWP has pretty high standard of judging criteria for the competition, and having these recognitions of my hard work is just too encouraging.
After the first attempt in ISPWP’s competition with a score of 4th Place in Bride Portrait category, I am honor to have a 2nd Place in Framing The Subject category as well as 8th Place in All About Light category. Both images are shown as below:
This 2nd Place image was created early this year, on the 15th of January while celebrating Jon and Isabelle’s wedding in Kuching. I had this idea of doing some wedding portraiture at the multi storey car park in the same office building at my gallery. Jon and Isabelle did not have their pre wedding session, and to have their portraits taken at this unusual location is something very daring, or I’d say a breakthrough for the bride and groom. I am certainly glad they took risk to trust me. This image is specially dedicated to them.
Yutaka and Ai, our Japanese couple who flew all over from Tokyo and had us to do their wedding portraiture, had this imaged nailed at Karabrunei Resort. I remember it was a rainy afternoon and we had to continue shooting in last December. We chose this staircase and started to play with lights. I had Kester, my good friend who assisted me that day to hold a flash light pointing at the couple and had my imaged nailed via Radiopopper. The rim light on the couple was created to separate them from the dark background while the shadow on the left was created via staircase railing . Since then, I am addicted even more to light, especially with Radiopopper.