Multi-awarded and internationally acclaimed Filipino photographer Jophel Ybiosa has concluded 2020 with a big bang after receiving numerous accolades for his excellence in the field of photography.
Initially worked as a cruise ship photographer then eventually promoted as a master photographer, the world-class Filipino artist’s job includes portrait and events photography, processing photos, selling finished products, and providing excellent customer service to guests. “As a master, the task is to manage a premium studio onboard plus providing a unique photographic experience,” he added.
Before joining his current company, he previously worked as a photographer and videographer under the production house of a Filipino celebrity Robin Padilla. Ybiosa is also part of immersion programs and charity works mostly in Mindanao organized by the celebrity.
He also established the Team Juan Makasining, an arts and advocacy organization that aims to promote Philippine arts and culture through creative and meaningful works. The organization, in 2017, was hailed as Asia-Pacific Excellence Awardee for Outstanding Arts and Advocacy Organization.
As an artist, his primary purpose is to share with the world the positive images, inherent beauty, cultural identity, and meaningful story of the Philippines.
Some of his historical achievements include being the first Filipino to win the first prize in Chromatic Photography Awards; the first Filipino to win a Gold Award in New York Photo Fair; the first Filipino to win first place in Neutral Density Photography Awards; the first Filipino to win first place in the Events and Photography Competition of the Societies of International School and Event Photographers; the first Filipino to win Events Photographer of the year and included in the Best of Show Exhibition of Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA).
Before 2020 concluded, on December 14, the multi-awarded photographer became the very first Filipino to win Gold Awards from the Budapest International Foto Awards.
Through his snaps, he consistently represents the Philippines in various global international competitions and exhibitions with the goal of bringing honor to the country and contribute and putting it on the global map of photography.
Ybiosa is a nine-time National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Ani ng Dangal Awardee for Visual Arts.
“Photography is my passion that’s why I really love this job. Aside from traveling to various countries, the essential part of this job is the fulfillment of making someone happy through photography,” Ybiosa added.
Capturing the essence of different cultures, the beauty of places, and stories of people bring happiness to him.
Regardless of bringing pride to the Philippines, as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), he also feels homesick, cultural differences, and work and financial problems. “I also endured those challenges in the beginning and I conquered through faith and perseverance and also with the help of my family, friends, and co-workers during trying times,” he said.
Amid uncertainties, the photographer said that it is always better to look at the brighter side of life and have faith in God.
“Keep on learning and cultivate skills to conquer the challenging demands of an international career. Focus on the goal, have courage and determination, and take risks to succeed,” he added.
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