The Pinoy Photography Organization recently held its 6th Anniversary event entitled “Framed Perspectives” last Saturday 5th November at the SM City North EDSA.
Almost 600 PiPho online forum members (known as “PiPhols”) had signed up for this year’s event, and there was a big crowd in attendance on the day itself. It was a day of learning, goodies and an opportunity to meet old photography and make new ones.
There was an entrance fee of P299, which was inclusive of goodie bag, snacks, booth services and entry to the raffle. The goodies included the Participant’s ID, an ID lanyard from Canon, this year’s event shirt and brochures. These were all given in a canvas bag provided by Canon.
The sponsors also set up booths at the event. Canon had their product display as well as free on-the-spot printing on their Pixma printers as well as free camera and lens cleaning. Benro had a display of their products. Snacks were provided by KFC and every participant got a set of KFC Funshots and a drink. The Pinoy Photography Organization also exhibited some of its members’s photos in prints using Canon Pixma printers and on LCD TVs provided by Samsung.
Forum members KNJO and Jeric were the emcees of the event, and opened it with the presentation of this year’s PiPho.org officers, lead by 2011 President Aids Tecson (Crispyparty in the forums). Veteran members of the organization including founder Regie Fernando (Tekgik in the forums) were also in attendance. An AVP of the Org’s activities this past year was also shown on-screen.
This year’s speakers were professional photographers: John Chua, Maricris Fabi Carlos, Jay Jallorina, Wig Tysmans and Per-Andre Hoffman.
Philippine photography legend and Canon Brand Ambassador John Chua of Adphoto started off by speaking about his advocacy, Photography With a Difference (PWD) which seeks to create awareness for the special needs of People With Disabilities (PWDs) through photography workshops and exhibits to be conducted nationwide. These people with disabilities are taught how to express themselves through photography and their bonding moments with their respective families are captured in photos. Mr. Chua talked about the fulfillment and encouraged photographers to join the cause. Many PiPho members are already involved with PWDs and it is hoped that more photographers will take this up.
Multiple awards-winning photographer and founder of the Amorsoloesque photography workshop Maricris Fabi Carlos took the stage next, and talked about how she got started in photography and about finding beauty in our everyday life in the Philippines. Her works were shown on-screen, and reminiscent of Philippine National Artist Fernando Amorsolo’s paintings about Filipino life, whom her workshop is named after.
Expert landscape photographer, Chasing Light landscape photography workshop co-founder and Canon Brand Ambassador Jay Jallorina talked about his chosen field and encouraged the audience to re-envision scenes and shooting situations that other photographers have already shot. He said that we should embrace the opportunities and new techniques that digital technology now offer to help us develop this eye for seeing things in a new way.
Veteran commercial photographer Wig Tysman told us about how he got started in photography during the film days, and that his original aim in accepting paid shoots was to earn enough money to buy more photography gear. His works were shown on screen and featured glamour and editorial shots over the years.
Last, but definitely not the least, world-traveling photographer and Canon Ambassador Per-Andre Hoffman took the stage and regaled us with stories on how he took his amazing collection of photographs. He asked the audience not to rely too much on photoshop and emphasized his points by showing shots that he had taken using film. He also said that he is now based in the Philippines because we had a beautiful country. His slideshow of pictures and behind-the-scenes insights certainly capped off the successful event.
Throughout the program, raffle prizes were being given away, and these included Canon Pixma printers, Benro camera bags, Benro tripods, copies of i-Mag Photography magazines, Canon accessories, gift certificates and more. A lucky participant also won a Canon Ixus camera given by Lightroom Corp.
There was no model shoot activity during this event, but the very informative talks by the professional speakers made up for this. The organizers also promised that there will be a PiPho photoshoot before the year ends. All-in-all it was day well-spent for.
Congratulations once again to the Pinoy Photography Organization for a successful activity, see you next year!
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