Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Exploring Misamis Oriental on the 10th Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk

This year, Cagayan de Oro located in the Northern part of Mindanao, Philippines will once again join the world's most anticipated global and social photography event, the 10th Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk happening on October 07, 2017 together with thousands of cities all over the world. The Cagayan de Oro-Northern Mindanao Leg will be led by me. I also happened to be the Official Photo Walk Leader last 2015, and 2016 editions. Additionally, the Cagayan de Oro Northern Mindanao Leg is in cooperation with the Province of Misamis Oriental, Explore MisOr, and the Camera Club of Cagayan de Oro. 

Now on its 10th year which was started by the American Photographer, Designer, and Author himself Scott Kelby, the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk has grown immensely in size and popularity since the inaugural walk in 2007. Last year, over 196 countries, and 4,416 cities with a total of approximately 25,000 photographers participated the 9th Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk exploring the corners of the world through photography and social community. In Cagayan de Oro-Northern Mindanao Leg, there were 58 hobbyists, students, and professionals who converged the annual event.

In this particular Leg, the Photo Walk aims to promote Cagayan de Oro City and explore some parts of the Province of Misamis Oriental from heritage to tourism, the people's daily activity, infrastructure to growth, culture and the arts, wherein the viewers will have a bigger view of the endless possibilities of fun to experience. This will also give the participants an opportunity to actively engage in social events promoting the quality of life. Assembly time will be at the Provincial Capitol Grounds from 06:00 in the morning. The group then will be welcomed by the Governor himself Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano before the photowalk officially starts at 7 in the morning on the said date.

By 3 in the afternoon, the photowalkers will be joining the exclusive Photography Lecture and Seminar at the Apple Tree Resort and Hotel (The Premier Resort Hotel in Metro Cagayan de Oro) conducted by renowned Photographers in the Region. Then, a special photo session will follow after the talks with the special participation of Cagayan de Oro Talent Center (CDOTC) headed by Mr Gabby Bacarro.

* STREET PHOTOGRAPHY (Life on Street)
   - SPEAKER: Gian James Maagad
           - Street Photographer
           - Member: Litratista sa DAAN
           - Influencer: Fujifilm Philippines
           - Member: Cagayan de Oro Camera Club

* UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY (Beneath the Waves)
   - SPEAKER: Fra-and Quimpo
           - Marine Biologist
           - PADI Dive Instructor
           - 3x Dive Resort and Travel Expo Philippines 100 Best Underwater 
             Photographers of the Philippines.
           - Sea Turtle Specialist

* BIRD WATCHING/PHOTOGRAPHY (Above the Sky)
   - SPEAKER: Marlon Lapuz
           - 28 Years as Photo-hobbyist, started 1989 using SLR-analog Nikon 
             system.
           - Member: Oro Photographic Society (OPS) 1990-1998.
           - Founding Member: Kagayhaan Kamera Klub (K3) 2000-2005.
           - Org Member: Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines, Inc. (WBPP)
             2016- present.
           - Founding Member and President (Incumbent): Mindanao Avian 
             Photographic Society (MAPS) 2016-present.
           - Photo Walker Leader: 5th and 6th Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 
             2012-2013.

Aside of the Photowalk, registered participants of the Cagayan de Oro-Northern Mindanao Leg led by me, will automatically join the Local Photography competition, and have the chance to win exciting prizes from the sponsors. The theme for the local photography competition will be announced during the photowalk. Additionally, each participants will have the opportunity to showcase there submitted photos to photo exhibits at the Centrio Mall- Ayala, and Gaisano City Mall.

POSSIBLE ITINERARY:
06:00am- Assembly, registration for walk-in, and briefing
             - Meeting Place (Provincial Capitol Grounds)
06:20am- Welcome Address by Governor Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano 
               (Misamis Oriental Governor)
07:00am- Group Photo with the Governor
             - Photowalk will officially start (Starting point at Provincial Capitol)
             - Paseo del Mar (Velez Street), Plaza Divisoria, Gaston Park, 
               City Museum (Water Tower), St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral, 
               Cogon Market, Osmena Street.
11:30am- Lunch at Centrio Mall, Ayala (On your own)
12:30pm- Bound to Jasaan or El Salvador City
02:30pm- Bound to Apple Tree Resort and Hotel
03:00pm- Lecture, and Seminar
                - Street Photography by Gian James Maagad
                - Underwater Photography by Fra-and Quimpo
                - Bird Watching/Photography by Marlon Lapuz
06:00pm- Skim-boarding Photo session (Shore-breakers), and 
               Portrait photo session (CDO Talent Center)
07:00pm- The Photowalk will officially end

* The itinerary is subject to change depending on weather condition, and other events that may arise.

Registered photographers joining the CDO-Northern Mindanao Leg photowalk are requested to bring the following:
-Digital Single Lens Reflex/Translucent cameras, and/or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens cameras
-Point-and-Shoot camera owners are also welcome to join
-A good tripod
-Extra shirt
-Bottled water
-Pocket money

In addition to the event, photo walkers will be able to upload their favorite picture to the popular Global Photo Walk contest for a chance to win a 1-year membership to www.kelbyone.com, a DSLR, gift cards, apps, camera bags and more. We will also name a Grand Prize winner and 10 finalists to be selected by Scott Kelby himself!

The event is free, but pre-registration is required and is limited to 50 participants only. Register at:


Additionally, participants can connect socially before, during and after the event using the hashtag #WWPW2017 hash tag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

About KelbyOne: Formerly The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and KelbyTraining.com, KelbyOne is the leading resource for online creative education worldwide. For more information, please visit www.kelbyone.com.

About Clement Dampal II: A Self-taught Diversified Lensman based in Cagayan de Oro, Northern Mindanao, Philippines who owns the travel site: www.bestspotsph.com. Founder of the Camera Club of Cagayan de Oro, and Co-founded the Mindanao Avian Photographic Society. Clement is a 3rd-time Photo Walk Leader of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk and also the City Ambassador for the 24 Hour Project- A worldwide documentary project for 2 years consecutive. Clement was featured at Manila Bulletin's Picture Perfect Photographer of the Week, Finalist of Urbanlife's Photographer of the Year (2016), and ACADEO's (About Cagayan de Oro) Photographer of the Year (2016).

The Cagayan de Oro Northern Mindanao Leg is brought to you by:

In Cooperation with: Province of Misamis Oriental, Explore MisOr, Camera Club of Cagayan de Oro.
Event partners: Apple Tree Resort and Hotel, Centrio Mall- Ayala.
Major Sponsors: Project LupadClement Dampal Photography, Modtrade, Gaisano City Mall.
Minor Sponsors: Jeep See Tours and Events, Colours Digital Foto, Carl's Buy and Sell, E-Shop Camera Accessories and Equipment, Canon Digital Hub, Tamron, Lowepro, Benro.

Also brought to you by the following: Tanduay, Dunkin Donuts, Pizzarella CDO, Trio AwardHaus and Printing Services, Photoline, Pag-asa Pawnshop, Sovereign Skatepark.

In partnership with these following media: Business Week Mindanao, Mindanao Daily News, Best Spots PHMimai Scribbles CDOCDO DevAround CDOEats Good To Be in CDO, Easy Rock 96.9 FM Station, The Explorer's Channel, and Cagayan de Oro Times.

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