JUST IN: OFW seafarer Jophel Ybiosa wins Asian Geographic photo tilt

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Jophel Ybiosa is a multi-awarded photographer. Photo of Jophel Ybiosa on board his cruise ship.

Overseas Filipino Worker Jophel Botero Ybiosa won the Asian Geographic Magazine (AsianGeo) Images of Asia (IOA) Monthly Competition 2020 for Wildlife Photography.

The cruise ship photographer was declared the May 2020 winner of the AsianGeo contest.

Ybiosa shared with Good News Pilipinas that his winning photograph of a long-tail macaque monkey known to be native to Southeast Asia was filmed during the Sapphire Princess crew’s shore excursion in the Batu Caves of Malaysia.

The monthly win makes Ybiosa a nominee for Wildlife Photographer of the Year of Asian Geographic, along with the annual Images of Asia competition.

Jophel Ybiosa’s win makes him a nominee for the Asian Geographic Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Photo from Jophel Ybiosa on Asia Geographic.

Ybiosa found out about his winning photograph on Sunday, May 3rd, while under quarantine on the port of Manila after arriving from Singapore. He and his crew tested negative for COVID-19 but are still awaiting another confirmatory test before being allowed to disembark on May 11.

The multi-awarded Polytechnic University of the Philippines alumnus is the first Filipino to win 1st prize in the Chromatic Awards and was recently awarded for his “Mud People” photograph of the Nueva Ecija festival.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Jophel Ybiosa for winning the Asian Geographic Images of Asia Monthly Competition!

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