YOPHO is a group started in the Nikon thread of digital photographers Philippines with the title "Nikon users below 25". It has now evolved to include non-nikon users and with the age limit extended to twenties and below.This is the next generation of digital photographers in the making. Taken from the words of Franz Lopez, one of the admins, "Its not just a plain hobby. for Money? for Fame? its more than that. it's for Passion."
With initially a few members, they had their first EB and photowalk on May 16, 2009 in Intramuros Manila attended by Aina Rosales, Andie Madamba, Bea Litao, Bruce Angeles, GJ Labasug, Jerome Cruz, Mae Navarro, Nico Servando, Rennell Salumbreand and Yem Castro.
showing GJ in extreme left...one of the admins
The average age of it's members is 23. You even see 19 year-olds across the spectrum. All photo enthusiasts and very passionate about it. Some are now slowly making names in the field. One year on, more than a hundred people have signed up to join.Although some are no longer active and the final membership list is still in the process of refinement, this means countless EB's and photowalks.
courtesy of Franz Lopez
And just to prove how serious this group is, they even organized the first ever tournament type photography event in the world as a prototype for the upcoming first ever Summer Photocamp in the country. This only a few months after their first year anniversary. It's learning while enjoying at it's best.
the awards night of extreme photo challenge @Astoria Plaza last June
be sure to watch this~~I joined more than a month ago and was actually surprised to be the oldest in the bunch. I don't wanna care much about the age factor even if it is often the subject of jokes in our endless skype group chats. All I know is that I am enjoying the process of learning photography and that this group is just perfect for that cause.The members are fun to be with and you really learn a lot from them. They are very warm, and as long as you are enthusiastic to learn, you will be utmost welcome to join.
group photo in front of Binondo Church--by Franz Lopez
After signing up, it takes 2 photowalks/EB's before you could be put on probationary status after which you will be an official member. Last Saturday was my 2nd. It was the send off party of EUGENE, one of the members, who will be moving to the US.
pizza party @ yellowcab MOA
during the Phil Motor show, WTC Pasy August 21, 2010
If you are interested to join, follow us in facebook or you can sign up in DPP and join our forum.Be sure to leave your details. There, you can learn some of the tricks of dslr use and join the discussion.
check our links: http://yopho.multiply.com/