Judging Air Asia’s Travel Photographer Competition


I had the opportunity over the past couple of months to mentor and coach the participants of the Air Asia Travel Photographer 2016 competition. This was a great opportunity for me to connect with some younger photographers who are just starting with their journey into photography. Seeing the enthusiasm and vision that many of the participants brought to the table was a wonderful thing. I think it’s important to sometimes step back from our own work to observe and see how others approach things. Being around the 6 participants in Macau somehow allowed me to do that. Hanging with the other two judges, Nachi Ugarte and Wawi Navarroza was also a highlight. I don’t spend enough time with likeminded people in the same field and it was a refreshing change for me.

The whole crew (participants, AirAsia staff, judges and the video production team) in Macau. 

The top three with grand prize winner, Kimberly Pauig.  

There was something like 500 or more entries and we selected the top 6 to travel to Macau with us. There we helped coach them while they competed in different challenges. All 6 participants had strong qualities and picking the top three was difficult but ultimately a unanimous decision was made among us judges. A special thank you to David Viray of Philippines Air Asia for all his work with the competition and accommodating us all. Also to Tracy Abad for hosting this event. This is the second year they have held the competition and I’m sure it will be open again next year.

Tagged: airasia, asia, philippines, photo contest, photography, photography coach, photography judge, travel photography, video,
Posted on: Sep 28, 2016