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Nine photographers from 8 countries, having different cultural backgrounds and professional backgrounds, were in face of a variety of photographic themes within seven days. We challenged the limits of our strength and the time; we tried our best to find different perspectives to express what we experienced. However, all of these efforts are not for the final championship, but for the love of photography.Even though it has been a month to see off everybody in Bali, I still cherish the moment when we handed in the photos and shared the stories together. It feels like all of us are good friends known each other for years. With all these fantastic guys around, I can even feel the potential energy being encouraged and inspired day by dayJ It can be considered as the additional bonus besides the contest. After coming back from Bali, many friends asked me about the greatest feeling of the trip. I think it should be an open mind. Take photography and me for example, two years ago I started using a digital camera to record the small moments of ordinary life and have been sharing the photos as the amateur recorder. I always believe that people who are equipped with SLR are truly professional. When I was invited by ClubMed, I was so surprised. When talked this with the players and the organizers, they told me that with such a high popularity of cameras, everyone is a photographer. The photographic perspectives are unique for everyone. It is not related to the advantages of equipments or the high photography techniques. It is the free heart that matters much in photography. Haha, I have been talking so much… if you are patient enough to read them all, now pick up your camera and be your own photographer!! Maybe it is you who will attend the next photo contest organized by Eyeka!
Sherwyn Lui with Alex Olmedo, CEO and Co-founder of Eyeka Asia PacificSo came the day I registered with Eyeka (yes this is my first Eyeka submission!). I sat down in front of the computer and downloaded the resources provided. I exorbitantly (haha) increased the volume of my speakers and leaned back in my chair to listen to the upbeat track provided. There I sat, with the track on loop, for close to an hour as the inspiration poured into my brain and awakened the dormant cells of creativity. I started by doing a storyboard, designing the characters, and deciding on the art direction. (I believe it is called concept art) I dwelled on the tagline - "Impossible is Possible", and let the expression flow into my pencil. Although to the layman it pretty much looks like random spirals and circles, in my head my plan was set. I decided that no one story would illustrate the tagline enough, and decided to do four. So came the big problem with four stories and a 30 second limit. Hooray for upbeat music! It solved that problem. So I got a bunch of stories going really fast. So what stories should I go for? I spent the better part of the time usually spent rolling about in bed wishing I could fall asleep with a snap of the fingers thinking about life. What do people want? I thought. Work Hard. Came the first thought. Play Hard. Came next. Overcome your Fear. And of course LOVE. and PEACE. And MONEY. And DESTROYING YOUR ENEMIES. And BECOME IMMORTAL. And then I fell asleep with that many ideas in my head. So I came to be lying on the floor telling myself to stop procrastinating (this, after about a month of lazing around and 'brainstorming'), kicking myself into action. The following includes much designer jargon: PHOTOSHOP, ILLUSTRATOR, AFTER EFFECTS. That is pretty much all I used to produce this work. After 2 weeks of a few hours a day or less of timelining and position and curve editors and camera positions and more timelining, it was done! I was proud. And it was submitted. I really never expected to win. Because if I did I would have been telling all my friends about it. But after quite a few previous competitions of telling all my friends about it and not getting anywhere, I got totally embarrassed. So this was quite a shocker. And quite an ego builder. I can be very subceptible to ego inflations.
During the award ceremony at SPH news center, with the judges and representatives from SPH, Coca Cola, MEC and Eyeka.So here we are at the end. I won. I'm absolutely thrilled. Time to drink more Coke Zero (did you know it has NO CALORIES? zomg.) And thanks to everyone for their support. What am I going to do with $10,000? Same thing everyone does with $10,000. Spend it! - Sherwyn Lui