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PhotoWorld Asia 2014, the longest running photography trade show and convention in the Philippines, will open from January 30 to February 4 at the Glorietta Ayala Malls in Makati for the trade exhibits, and at the at the Asian Institute of Management for the international photographers conference. The PhotoWorld Asia trade show and convention has been held through the years under the aegis of the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation.

FPPF President Pablo N. Beltran said this will be the 27th edition of the photo trade show and convention which the Federation started in 1987 and has been holding non-stop since then. Major camera brands and other photography gear suppliers will showcase their latest products and offer big discounts during the trade show, while master photographers will share their experience and expertise during the photographers’ conference. Beltran said America’s famous wedding photographer Denis Reggie will head the list of speakers for the 2014 convention.

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Denis Reggie

Denis Reggie is widely regarded as the top wedding photographer in the world and has been described as the finest wedding photographer of his generation. He single-handedly transformed the look of staid bridal imagery into the truly natural, editorial style he termed wedding photojournalism. The industry has never been the same, his influence is legend. A series of his wedding photographs requested by the Smithsonian Institute are part of the permanent collection at the National Museum of American History.

The American Photo magazine cover story “The Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World” listed Denis Reggie first among them. For a series entitled “The world’s greatest wedding photographers” a BBC film crew travelled from the U.K. to Reggie’s home base in Atlanta to produce a 22 minute documentary devoted to him and his celebrated photography approach. His distinctive, spontaneous images have been featured on the cover of LIFE magazine, and named in “Photographs of the Year” by People, LIFE, Time, and Newsweek among other publications. Reggie is a Canon Explorer of Light.

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Photo: Jonathan Baldonado

Mark Nicdao is one of the country’s hottest celebrity photographers today. At 33, Mark is at a very exciting phase of his career, the stuff of dreams for many a young photographer: shooting celebrities, jetting to Paris, New York and many other big cities in the world, and earning big bucks for doing what he loves most.

Mark has photographed most, if not all, celebrities who matter including Anne Curtis, Angel Locsin, Marian Rivera, KC Concepcion, Nora Aunor, Isabelle Daza, Vilma Santos, Lucy Torres and Richard Gomez, Kris Aquino, Georgina Wilson, Solenn Heussaff, Iza Calzado, and Liz Uy; too many in fact, to list. His celebrity photos grace humungous billboards in the Philippines and routinely make it to the cover of many magazines. He is currently in contract to shoot for Rogue Magazine.

But it was not always a bed of roses for Mark Nicdao. He struggled to support himself through fine arts school at UP Diliman but dropped out with just one more year to go before graduation because he had to earn a living doing odd jobs. Then at 23, he started out as production assistant with a clerk’s salary to a commercial studio where his talent was first discovered. His passion for photography very quickly catapulted him to fame and fortune.

Mark Nicdao now shoots for the country’s top celebrity magazines. His clients include the biggest names in the advertising industry today.

At PhotoWorld Asia 2014, Mark will not only share his travails as a struggling young man and how he overcame them, but also his winning techniques and style that made him one of the hottest photographers of today.

Nayon Camera Club’s Orlando ‘Boyet’ Guevarra is Chairman of PhotoWorld Asia 2014. As chairman, Guevarra wil oversee the preparations and activities of the photographers convention and trade show. Theme for PWAsia 2014 is “Postcard Perfect Philippines”.

Other speakers lined up for the convention are Manila tourism official Carlos Celdran, John Gemperle a.k.a. Papa Jack of 90.7 Love Radio, landscape photographer Edwin Martinez of Chasing Light, Malaysian photographer Min Ho, bird photography masters Ven Rojas, Alain Pascua, and Rey Sta. Ana, body painting artist Eric Cabales, and film director Raymond Red.

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The international photographers’ convention will be held Jan 31-Feb 3, 2014 at the AIM Convention Center Manila (ACCM) in Trassiera cor. Benavidez Sts., Makati City. Outside of the convention, a photo shoot with glamorous models will be conducted Feb 4 during the hands-on workshop at Fernwood QC with Denis Reggie, Min Ho, and Eric Cabales.

You may sign up for PhotoWorld Asia 2014 with the form below.


PhotoWorld Asia 2014

Schedule of Activities Jan 30-Feb 4, 2014

Date Time Speaker Topic Venue
Jan 30 Thu 6:00 pm Opening Ceremonies – *Trade Show & Photo Exhibit Glorietta Activity Center
Jan 31 Fri 8:00-9:00am Registration/Opening Program ACCM
  9:30am -12:00nn Carlos Celdran Photography & Tourism ACCM
  1:30-3:00pm John “Papa Jack” Gemperle The Joy & Trouble of Photography ACCM
  3:15-6:00pm Edwin Martinez BEYOND THE LAND: Enduring Landscape & Night Photography ACCM
Feb 1 Sat 8:00-9:00am Group Picture AIM Zen Garden
  9:30am-12:00nn Raymond Red Visual Arts from Photography to Cinema ACCM
  1:30-6:00pm Ong Min Ho Asian Weddings ACCM
Feb 2 Sun 8:00am-4:00pm Denis Reggie Explorer of Light ACCM
  6:00-9:00pm Photographers Night ACCM
Feb 3 Mon 8:00-10:30am Ven Rojas
Alain Pascua
Rey Sta. Ana
Philippine Wild Bird Photography ACCM
Mark Nicdao Fashion Photography ACCM
  3:15-6:00pm Eric Cabales Luminous Body Painting ACCM
Feb 4 Tue 8:00am-3:00pm Denis Reggie
Ong Min Ho
Eric Cabales
Hands-on Workshop Fernwood QC


*Trade & Photo exhibit at Glorietta – January 30 to February 4, 2014 (mall hours)

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