The “AirAsia Travel Photographer 2015 powered by Nikon” search is on!

AirAsia Travel Photographer 2015

AirAsia Travel Photographer 2015

Four Filipino contenders.

Four multi-awarded photographers.

Four Asian destinations.

Who will be the first “AirAsia Travel Photographer 2015” powered by Nikon?

AirAsia Travel Photographer 2015

AirAsia and Nikon just launched the first ever “Best Travel Photographer” search called the AirAsia Travel Photographer 2015. This photo contest is jointly organized by AirAsia and ThinkDharma Inc. (exclusive distributor of Nikon Digital Cameras) in partnership with AirAsia’s global loyalty programme, BIG which will award the winner with over 200,000 BIG Points or its equivalent free flights to any of AirAsia Group’s 100 destinations.

During the AirAsia Travel Photographer 2015 contest, 4 pre-selected contenders will be assisted by 4 multi-awarded photographers from the Philippines and Malaysia as their personal coach. They are Nikon Pros George Tapan, Raymond Cruz, Parc Cruz and AirAsia’s resident photojournalist Adam Lee.

Starting on July 21, the contenders and coaches of the AirAsia Travel Photographer 2015 search will fly to their respective destinations, namely Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to capture their best entries across a range of categories which include landscape, food, portrait, architecture and travel.

Who are competing in the AirAsia Travel Photographer 2015 powered by Nikon search?

Let us get to know the contenders and coaches for the 1st ever “AirAsia Travel Photographer 2015” powered by Nikon…

1. Coach: Adam Lee
Address: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
An award-winning portrait and travel photographer based out of Asia. Adam goes on assignment covering travel destinations in Asia and has photographed personalities like Amber Chia, Richard Branson and Tony Fernandes to name a few.

As the resident photographer at AirAsia, he contributes a large portion of his work to Travel 3Sixty, the airline’s in-flight magazine and dedicates the rest to marketing and communications, social media and brand. He has won 3 silver awards and 2 honorable mentions for his work in the Prix de la Photographie Paris PX3 2014 Competition and awarded the 27th ASEANTA Award of Excellence for Best Asean Tourism Photo 2013.

Contender: Marie Velvet Lagman-Macasaet
Company: VXI Global Solutions
Position: Executive Assistant to the SVP & Country Manager

A 36-year old aspiring runner, juggling a BPO career and a mommy to an adorable 5 year old boy. Lover of nature and the great outdoors, she enjoys hiking, trekking and scuba diving although she has yet to find an activity that beats “Mommy-and-Paco time”.

2. Coach: George Tapan

Address: Muntinlupa City
George Tapan is a travel photographer specializing in taking images of people and landscapes. A self-taught photographer, Tapan served as director of photography of Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay Magazine for 8 years.

In 1999, he won the ASEAN Tourism Association Award. In 1999 and 2011 he received the gold prize for Pacific Asia Tourism Association. He also won first place in National Geographic Photo Contest 2011’s Places category for his entry “Into The Green Zone”.

Contender: Sarah Garcia
Company: Lancaster Hotels Land and Properties, Inc.
Position: Front Office Agent

She is currently engaged in the business of hotel and hospitality full time. She loves to eat, loves everything extraordinary and the arts.

3. Coach: Philip Anthonie Cruz

Address: Cainta Rizal
Having no technical training in photography proved to be of no hindrance to Parc Cruz, who started learning the craft as a hobby back in 2005. Honing his skills took a lot of trial and error.

Known for his niche – portraits and cinematic shots, his photos carry a distinctive and recognizable style, which has inspired other hobbyists to perfect. These days, he’s sharing what he knows through series of workshops conducted with his team of photo hobbyists.

Parc is also a privileged part of Nikon’s pool of endorsers and has since traveled around the Philippines and abroad, imparting and encouraging other photo hobbyists to develop their creativity through visual images.

Paul Vincent Delfin

Company: Rustan Coffee Corporation
Position: Barista

A full time barista who loves art, indie music, football and loves to take long trips. Paul prefers to visit rural area where it’s rich in culture and a lot of authentic food. He is very eager to learn photography because he finds it as a form of art.

4. Coach:

Christian Raymond Cruz
Address: Antipolo City
Raymond is a graphic designer and one of the pioneers of landscape photography in the Philippines.

A self-taught photographer and spent the last seven years persistently pursuing a lot of time as a photographer, traveling the archipelago and some parts of the world to capture the best scenery that nature has to offer under calm, stormy, dramatic and just plain conditions. More recently, spend much time these days sharing knowledge and experience under Redefining Vision Landscape Photography Workshops and Photography Tours.

Antonio Nepomuceno III

Company: Toyota Taytay Rizal
Position: Marketing Professional

A car enthusiast, fun and adventurous guy dedicated to his work as a marketing professional for an automotive company. Outgoing and loves dealing with people which is very useful considering his job.

During the AirAsia Travel Photographer 2015 contest, you can vote for your favorite entry via starting on August 20. As a lucky voter, you might just win for yourselves a Nikon camera and AirAsia BIG Points!

AirAsia Travel Photographer 2015

During the launch of the AirAsia Travel Photographer 2015 powered by Nikon search – AirAsia Philippines Chairperson Maan Hontiveros with Strategic Partnership Head Jenny  Au, Senior Marketing Manager Caroline Wong of AirAsia BIG, Head of Business Unit Poalo Salazar of ThinkDarma Inc., Nikon coaches, contenders and AirAsia Philippines Cabin Crew.

Stay updated with AirAsia Travel Photography contest by using #IAmAirAsiaTravelPhotographer and get the latest updates via Twitter: @AirAsiaPH and


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