Pinoy lensman honored in prestigious int'l photography awards
A Filipino photographer has been honored for his underwater photo showing the schooling behavior of the Bigeye trevally fish residing in a marine protected area off Palawan province.
Danny Ocampo's "Fish Tornado" has been included in the top 50 in the world in the Open Wildlife category of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.
"This recognition given to me by the Sony World Photography Awards hopefully will give me more opportunities to share my underwater images and promote my advocacy for responsible and ethical underwater photography," Ocampo said.
The Marikina City-based environmentalist is recognised as a commended photographer alongside the shortlisted photographers of the Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus competitions.
"Fish Tornado," taken in Dimakya Island in Busuanga, Palawan, was one of the 227,000 images from 183 countries that were submitted to the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.
The photo will be shown alongside the awards' other commended plus the shortlisted and winning images at the Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition in London from April 21 to May 7.
Aside from being an underwater photographer and an environmentalist, Ocampo is also an animal lover and an ocean lover, and has been working for environmental non-government organizations since high school on various issues. He is also an advocate of ethical and responsible tourism, diving and underwater photography.
"I don’t usually have time to join photography competitions and I choose those that factor in responsible and ethical practices, especially for diving and underwater photography wherein manipulation has become the norm most of the times," he said.
The Sony World Photography Awards, considered as the world's largest photography competition, is marking its 10th anniversary in 2017. —KBK, GMA News