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VIP Speakers In Malaysia

Welcome to attending our VIP Seminar Programs during DRT Show Malaysia 2-4 Feb 2018.

Mr. Ken Thongpila, Australia/Thailand
Photographer/Founder of Underwater Macro Photographer (UWMP) Facebook Group

Ken Thongpila is an Australian-Thai, living and working in Sydney. He is an award-winning photographer and a Photo Journalist who has been featured in diving magazines and websites. He also judges local and international photo competitions and shootouts. He is regularly invited to give presentations at diving and travel expos in Asia. Ken has been scuba diving and taking photographs underwater as his hobby since 2003. His passion is macro photography and his favorite critter is the Nudibranch. In September 2011 he created the Underwater Macro Photographers (UWMP) Facebook Group, which quickly became popular with the underwater photography community and has more than 41,500 members from all over the world. The group shares information, ideas and tips on how to take better macro photos.
Mr. Tim Ho, Malaysia

Tim left the city in 2009 to become a full time dive instructor, today he sees himself as just "full time diver". If he's not teaching dive courses, he's working as a videographer on a liveaboard. If he's not making videos he's taking photos and writing articles for magazines. Tim's working adventures have based him across Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia over the past years while he is currently set to spend the coming year in the Philippines.
Mr. Patrick Ong, Malaysia

Certified to dive since 1997, his fascination with the ocean continues. In 2008, he began committing to underwater photography, like a love affair with the sea. ‘Passion’ is the word that has kept him going in this sport for 17 years.He is a strong influencer, leading the rest of the people who knew him to become divers as well besides spreading his knowledge on marine environment and conservation to many others around him.
Mr. Yoshi Hirata, Japan
Photographer/Judge of UWPC

A marine biologist and accomplished underwater photographer, Yoshi Hirata began his passion for diving when he was researching the rich marine resources of Sipadan and Mabul back in 1993 as a marine consultant. During the course of his work, he expressed his love for the sea by featuring thousands of amazing photos of Mabul in various magazine titles such as Oraga Umi.
Mr. Irwin Ang, Malaysia

Irwin started scuba diving in 2011 and developed an interest in Underwater Photography few months later, Irwin always feels the ocean is an amazing place, which we have a very beautiful blue planet, there is nothing to stop Irwin from taking photos, recently Irwin have been diving as a part-time assistant scuba diving instructor and a guide to Underwater Photography. Irwin's is an award winning local/international underwater photographer and has been shortlisted at many professional online underwater photography webpage.
Mr. Ivan Manzanares, Philippines
Photographer/Diving professional

Ivan Manzanares is a PADI Digital Underwater Photography Instructor and Philippines Department of Tourism's Compact Camera Photographer of the Year 2015. His photos have been published in both local and international publications. A career spanning over a decade, Ivan is one of today's most sought after dive guides in Anilao, having worked with many of the industry's top names and having been a part in developing some of the new generation's underwater champions. His comprehention of camera systems big, medium and small topped with his years of macro and muck dives, he has carved a reputation amongst enthusiasts worldwide as being one of the few "must dive with dive guides" today.
Ms. Vania Kam, Hong Kong

Vania is an award-winning photographer who was fascinated and mesmerized by the beauty of the underwater world when her parents took her to Guam where she did her first DSD at the age of 14. She is a barrister-at-law by profession and enjoys photography since she was a teenager. Vania became a certified open water diver in the end of 2009 and has been shooting underwater photos ever since in her spare time. Her hard work and dedication gained her 31 local and international photographic awards and her photos are published and exhibited worldwide such as the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice exhibition displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.
Mr. Parnupong Norasethkamol (Nu),Thailand
Underwater Videographer

Nu was born and grew up in Bangkok,Thailand. He studied architectural design and started his first dive in Phuket after he had graduated from university. Nu is an avid Thai diver who has a strong passion in the marvelous diving locations in Asia and around the world. He works full-time as a U/W videographer on many liveaboards that operate in best Asia’s dive destinations such as Komodo,Raja Ampat,Andaman sea,Palau ,etc. His underwater skills lead him to get awards in prominent world-class photo competitions. Now he works full-time on liveaboard in Indonesia. He is enjoyed with exploring the diverse reef in Indonesia. He loves to share his work to inspired people for saving our Ocean. Our Ocean, Our Responsibility.
Mr. Alex Tyrrell, UK

Alex Tyrrell is a professional underwater photographer based in Thailand, where he operates Dive4Photos, a dedicated underwater photography training facility. He is a freelance photo journalist writing articles and providing images for numerous dive magazines. He also runs regular photo workshops and tours to destinations around Asia.
Mr. Eric Goh, Malaysia

A Malaysian has been a water sport lover and an avid photographer all his life. He is an entrepreneur with a Law Degree from London. He competed in swimming and canoeing during his college days in Singapore and it was during that time (1989), he was introduced to scuba diving. Like most underwater photographers during his days, he started off with a Nikonos V 35mm film camera in 2000 before he forayed into the digital underwater photography. Eric’s underwater images have graced international magazines, his personal themed hotel room and billboards around Malaysia including one at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport highway.
Ms. Ipah Uid, Malaysia

Ipah Uid became an underwater photographer after she left the Airlines in early 2000. A mother of six kids and a full time PADI Instructor she also owns her Dive center called UrbanIsland Divers in Pulau perhentian Malaysia. Her passion of the sea started when she overcame her fear of water .. Wanting to learn more about photography she came up with her own sense of style pushing the limits to all compact camera and showing the best way to get amazing shots. Sharing knowledge about underwater photography is her main objective nowadays teaching new divers to appreciate life in the ocean to a whole new level.
Mr. A.B. Lee, Malaysia
Marine Conservationist/Underwater Photographer

AB Lee is no stranger to many Malaysian and International divers. He is a passionate advocator for marine conservation, and a committed underwater photographer. Highly respected for his originality and innovativeness, AB constantly manages to produce some of the most impressive images of Malaysian waters and its stunning marine life. His illustrious works have earned him multiple awards and he continues to add to his vast collections of spectacular images. AB Lee’s highly popular underwater photography workshops for the past 16 years and marine conservation programs have been instrumental in making divers and non-divers more conscious of our local marine treasures and the need to preserve this fragile environment for our future generations.
Mr. Kenji Cheow, Malaysia
Underwater Photographer/Dive Master

Known as the "Crazy Malaysian" among his friends and started diving in the Philippines since 2011. He got certified as a PADI Dive master in 2015 but has based himself on a quiet beach called Juara on the east side of Tioman Island, Malaysia since 2014. Partnering with the Amigo Dive Center, he has explored and discovered new dive sites with his fellow colleagues due to their passion in underwater macro critters and underwater macro photography.
Mr. Mohan Thanabalan, Malaysia
Owner of Scubaholics Anonymous

He started diving since 2004, got hooked to diving and pursued to be a dive professional in 2007. His passion for underwater photography took place not long after and he has never dived without his underwater camera. In 2009 he decided to open a scuba retail store and is now distributor for some of the world's top 10 brands of underwater photography equipment which includes Isotta, Hugyfot, BubbleScuba and many more.
Mr. Pipat Cat Kosumlaksamee, Thailand
Underwater Photographer

Born and raised in Bangkok. He has won several awards and has been involved in diving for over 25 years. His work is the result of diving journey to exotic locations which takes him to many exciting places around the world. He strives to capture the underwater realm in a way that will help create an awareness of the fragile marine environment….. thus began a love affair with photography. From 2015-2017 he became one of the judges of UWMP and Underwater competition events in Bangkok.
Mrs. Beth Barklage Watson, USA

Photography and scuba diving are Beth’s passions. Adoring the ocean and everything it has to offer, she focuses on capturing images that are unique, creative and thought-provoking. Through her imagery she strives to illustrate the beauty and wonders of the sea, hoping it will inspire others to conserve and preserve our ocean environment. Fascinated by it all, she enjoys the challenges of photographing wide-angle reefs and wrecks, as well as the tiniest animals in the sea. Beth is an international multi-award winning photographer. Her images have been published in books, magazines, newspapers, brochures, websites and have been selected for juried art exhibitions. Visit www.bethwatsonimages.com for more information.
Ms. Marese Secades, Philippines
AIDA 4 Freediver/Freediving Coach

Marese Secades is an ocean lover, AIDA 4 Freediver, content creator and founder of Apnea Philippines where she teaches introduction classes and promotes safe and responsible Freediving.
Ms. Lilian Koh, Singapore

Lilian Koh started diving in 2000 after a close encounter while snorkeling with manta rays. She continued to explore the wonders of the ocean after her certification and her passion for scuba diving deepened when she took up underwater photography. Lilian feels that the Ocean reveals its secrets, a little at a time, constantly luring you back, wanting more. She is fascinated by small critters, hence her love for macro photography. She manages to let them shine through in her photographs and gradually attracts a following on social media. For more information visit www.facebook.com/liliankohphotography
Ms. Violet Ting, Malaysia/Taiwan
Underwater Photographer

Violet, in May 2015, joined “SNUPS” competition organized by the Philippines. One of the criteria during this competition was a zero editing shootout. She was awarded 1st place in Nudibranch portrait, 1st place in Macro and the Silver prize Photographer of the year. She then became the first Asian female for the #25 cover story of Europe online magazine Scubashooter and the interviewee of Malaysia China Post. For her, capturing moods and moments is a beautiful thing. Underwater photography is about feeling the mood of any given subject and transforming that moment into a visual art that connects with the viewers. This is her way in expressing visual photography.
Mr. Jerome Kim, Korea

Born and raised in Korea, Jerome Kim has been based in the Philippines for the last 18 years. He considers Anilao as his favorite dive spot in the whole Coral Triangle because of the great macro opportunities. Jerome is professional architect and considers underwater photography as just a hobby but he enjoys it immensely. He is able to translate his skills as an architect into designing the perfect shots underwater. He likes macro photography and taking photos of small critters especially in the Philippines waters. Jerome Kim is multi-award winning photographer in local and international competitions and his works are regularly introduced in many dive magazines and newspapers.
Ms. Allia Rosedy, Malaysia
Marine biologist/Science Officer at TRACC

Having just completed her MSc degree majoring in Marine Biology & Ecology at James Cook University in Australia, Allia decided to enroll herself in a science internship at the Tropical Research and Conservation Centre (TRACC). Three months later, she was offered a position there as a Science Officer and worked alongside people from different cultures and backgrounds, all of them passionate advocates for the ocean. As an avid diver and biologist, working at TRACC has solidified her love for the marine life, as well as having developed a crazy impulse to find out the nitty-gritty of how nature works and sharing these knowledge to others.
Mr. Alvin Chelliah, Malaysia
Marine Scientist/Conservationist

Alvin Chelliah has been diving since he was in high school. He pursued a degree in Marine Science from University Malaysia Sabah and a Master’s Degree in the same field from the National University of Malaysia. He has been working with Reef Check Malaysia for the past seven years, managing and leading annual surveys around the country as well conducting Reef Check Eco-Diver courses for Department of Marine Parks Malaysia, Sabah Parks, Dive Professionals and volunteers. He is currently based in Tioman Island heading Reef Check Malaysia’s 5 year program (Cintai Tioman) to increase the social and ecological resilience of the island.

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  • The ONLY Diving Expo in Asia Pacific supported by AUF (Asian Underwater Federation).
  • The ONLY Diving Expo in Asia Pacific supported by General Administration of Sport of China (HR Resources Development Center), China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Guangdong Vocational Institute of Sport, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT), Tourism Promotions Board Philippines (TPBP), Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), Okinawa Prefecture Government, Okinawa Convention & Visitor Bureau (OCVB), Japan Recreational Diving Association (JRDA), Japan Wetsuits Manufacturers Association (JWMA), Japan Scuba Association (JSA).
  • The ONLY Diving Expo in Asia Pacific supported by PADI, NAUI, SSI, TDISDI, UTD, RAID, DIWA, CMAS, PSAI, DAN, IANTD, ANDI, IRD.
  • The ONLY Diving Expo supported by Hong Kong Underwater Association (HKUA), China Underwater Association (CUA) and Macau Underwater Club (MUC).
  • DRT Show is the ONLY Diving and Resort Expo in Asia Pacific supported by more than 30 media partners worldwide.
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