As the riveting live judging of Images of Asia 2017 drew to a close, divers started to pack the Orchid Room of Peninsula Excelsior Hotel. With food and drinks in hand, the crowd of over 200 gathered to hear the exciting and insightful presentations of our speakers – Jose Jeluand, Manuel Librodo, Indra Swari, and Mawi Rahim.

Professional photographer, Jose Jeuland, kicked off the night with an intriguing presentation on his photographic journey. Known for his signature portraits, Jeuland shared some of his most captivating projects, such as Longevity Okinawa, Vedda, and Hill Tribe. He also shared his experience of working with the Haenyo divers from Jeju, where he managed to capture the raw moments of the female divers.

Next, we had popular photographer, Manuel Librodo, grace the stage with his stories of working with models during his career. The audience was wowed by his commitment to capture his models at different stages in life. The visual composition of his stunning images left the audience amazed at his talent and skill.

The night took an interesting turn as Indra Swari took over the stage – a passionate underwater photographer who has found her love in macro photography. She shared her vast knowledge and experience with the audience, passing on tips and tricks to how she achieved certain shots. Her love for coral reefs and the importance of protecting them was also well-elaborated in her presentation.

To close the array of presentations, Mawi Rahim entertained the audience with his humourous comments and tasteful jokes. He shared on the importance of framing in underwater photography, using the surrounding marine life to create angles and borders in his images.

With the end of the presentations, it was time for the highly anticipated Grand Draw. Buoyancy control devices, dive computers, and resort stays were given out, but the grand prize of the night was a 4-night full board accommodation + seven dives at Komodo Dive Resort, worth SGD1,700. Congratulations to all our lucky winners!

We would like to thanks our sponsors, speakers and guests for their support. See you all at the next divers’ party!

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