Tagaytay Photo Safari: Seeing Things in a Different Way

Tagaytay Photo Safari: Seeing Things in a Different Way

Last May 10, 2014 was a busy day for photographers as a lot of photography events coincided that day. It was actually also the day of the WhenInManila.com induction. Despite being a WIM contributor, though, I chose to attend the Tagaytay Photo Safari: the Photographer’s Dream Weekend instead – a one-day lecture and on-the-spot photo contest hosted by View Park Hotel in Tagaytay,and co-sponsored by iMag Photography Magazine and Canon Philippines, in partnership with the Tagaytay City Tourism Council. 

Tagaytay Photo Safari

Tagaytay Photo Safari

Tagaytay Photo Safari (4)

Tagaytay Photo Safari (6)

A total of 50 amateurs, enthusiasts, and professional photographers were given the chance to participate and attend a free seminar on travel photography from Canon ambassador and international photographer, Per-Andre Hoffman. As an international travel and commercial photographer, Hoffman has already done on a number of assignments for National Geographic and his works have already been published in top magazines, including Time, Life, Vogue, and Newsweek.

He said that Filipinos must learn to love and capture the scenic landscapes of the country, especially because he thinks that the Philippines has the best cloud formations in the world! 

Tagaytay Photo Safari group hug

Tagaytay Photo Safari group hug

Tagaytay Photo Safari

Seminar venue: View Park Hotel’s function hall

Tagaytay Photo Safari

Registration and checking of memory cards

Hoffman’s best advice to photographers are to learn how to understand and appreciate light, capture dynamic and lively scenes, and to see things in a different way. So, after the lecture, the participants were given 5 hours to go around the City of Tagaytay to capture what something that showcases the character of the city “in a different way.”

Tagaytay Photo Safari

Canon ambassador and International photographer, Per-Andre Hoffman giving a lecture on travel photography

Tagaytay Photo Safari

Participants listen closely to Per-Andre Hoffman’s lecture

For the contest, there were a bunch of cool sponsored prizes up for grabs. The winners went home with Canon digital cameras and Canon Pixma printers, Manfrotto tripods and monopods, overnight accommodations and gift certificates from View Park Hotel, and full-page publishing in the next issue of iMag Photography Magazine.

Tagaytay Photo Safari

Participants take a break while others submit their contest entries. Each participant is only allowed to submit one entry.

Tagaytay Photo Safari

Participants viewing the entries. Printing was sponsored by Canon Philippines.

At the end of the day, 3 top photographers (and a few more special prize winners) emerged victorious as their photo entries wowed the judges’ eyes. First place winner was Mr. Leslie Chua, placing second was Mr. Raniel Jose Castaneda, and Mr. Haneval Ramos got third place.

Tagaytay Photo Safari

The judges and sponsors award the prizes to the winners

Tagaytay Photo Safari

Top winner: Mr. Leslie Chua bags the first place with his photo of a girl inside a banana store

For more tips and tricks on photography, you may subscribe or grab a copy of iMag Photography Magazine from your nearest bookstores. And when you are in Tagaytay and looking for accommodations, you may want to check out the relaxing ambiance of View Park Hotel, which is located just across Picnic Grove: View Park Hotel Tagaytay: Rest and Relax in Comfort and Serenity

Tagaytay Photo Safari: Seeing Things in a Different Way






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