A photo of a mangrove tree off a beach in Cebu and shot by photographer Mark ‘Macky’ Kevin Badayos has been chosen by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to be part of its photo exhibit at the Thailand National Science Museum, Bangkok.
The talented freelance photographer who hails from Minglanilla, Cebu got the word from UNESCO that his breath-taking shot titled ‘PAGATPAT’ was picked for the exhibit through a letter sent to him on October 26, 2020.
The photo showcased a lone mangrove tree in the middle of a calm ocean and a blue sky backdrop shot using a DSLR camera at Calajo-an Beach, Minglanilla, Cebu just near the Filipino photographer’s house.
The photo ‘PAGATPAT’ which means a hardwood tree growing in mangrove swamps perfectly fits the UNESCO exhibit’s theme that highlights the importance of wetland landscapes, Biosphere Reserves, Natural Heritage Sites, and Global Geoparks.
The internationally recognized photo was taken on a beautiful day of June 20, a few minutes after sunrise.
Badayos shared with Good News Pilipinas in an interview about the unexpected invitation from UNESCO.
“Na overwhelmed talaga ako kasi i did not expect talaga na isasali pala yung photo sa exhibit sa Thailand. Laking gulat ko talaga nag send na sila nga letter na hingin ng permission ko na i-sasali yung photo ko sa exhibit,” said Badayos.
(I was overwhelmed because I didn’t really expect that they will choose my photo to be exhibited in Thailand. I was surprised that they sent me a letter requesting permission regarding my participation.)
Asked for any advice to aspiring photographers, Badayos shared how he started his photography career.
“I started my photography career using mobile phone then later on nag upgrade into DSLR. Advice ko lang talaga, maximize yung usage ng camera phone or ng DSLR unit, shoot to inspire talaga join mga online workshops and seminars,” Badayos advised.
(… My advice is, maximize the usage of the phone camera or DSLR unit…)
The schedule for the UNESCO Thailand exhibit is yet to be announced although Badayos said the plan is for the show to be set up before the year ends.
Macky is a Civil Engineer by profession but a photographer by heart who captures “moments that inspire people to appreciate the creation of God.”
The ‘PAGATPAT’ photographer was also a finalist in an international competition last July titled “HUAWEI NEXT IMAGE 2020.’
You can know more about Macky and his beautiful shots here.
Cebu has been listed among Asia’s Top Islands in the 2020 Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards.
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan is also showcased in a UNESCO photo exhibit in Paris.
SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Cebuano Macky Badayos for his mangrove tree photo that was chosen to be part of the UNESCO Thailand exhibit.
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