International award winning travel and lifestyle photographer, and sour candy connoisseur Anjo Miranda doesn’t just take photos, he freezes perfect moments to share with the world. His photography inspires thousands of people to promenade our planet, sharing his enthusiasm in celebrating our wonderful world. Anjo was not only one of AirAsia’s #SnapandWin Top 12 Finalists, but won Sony Mobile Photography #PremiumAustralia, as well as countless other accolades.
His baffling photography skills have taken him around the world, all around Asia, America and Africa, most recently Hawaii. In Hawaii he experienced some fearsome flooding and storms as infamous Kilauea volcano erupted – but that didn’t stop him from managing to capture the softer side of Hawaii even through the turmoil.
他独特的摄影技巧让他走遍全球，遍及亚洲，美洲和非洲，最近刚去过夏威夷。在夏威夷，由于著名的基拉韦厄火山爆发，他经历了一些可怕的洪水和风暴 – 但这并没有阻止他设法捕捉夏威夷的柔和一面，即使在动荡中也是如此。
Places Anjo has travelled to: Hong Kong, Macau, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Mauritius and recently USA.
Travel tip: Always bring your camera! Take lots of photos and videos but don’t forget to just enjoy the moment. Try to visit the local markets as well to get a feel of the local vibe.
Anjo’s ultimate, dream trip: I’ve always wanted to go to USA’s big cities like New York, Boston, San Francisco and LA. Growing up in a heavily Americanised nation, the Philippines, I grew up admiring American history, sights, culture and food.
What came first, the travel or the photography? Was becoming a travel photographer your plan, or did it you fall into it?
I’ve always enjoyed design, arts and photography as a kid. Although I’ve only really gotten into Photography when I was able to afford a very good camera phone, my good old iPhone 4. The perks of having it as well was connecting with the creative community who share the same passion. This actually inspired me to learn more and to travel more.
How would you describe the work you do?
I mostly do Travel, Portrait and Lifestyle photography. This includes taking photos of the cool stuff I use, the pretty food I find, and of course sharing my travel adventures to everyone. I also enjoy taking portraits of people in different environments and I find joy in incorporating nature to the portraits I do.
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How do you think social media has changed travel? How do you think Instagram has changed the face of travel photography? How has it impacted your career?
Social Media has been very influential to travel. As Instagram is one of the best visual online platform, it has become so easy to get inspiration to travel. You can pretty much check it anytime and anywhere and learn something about a place. I also love the social aspect of it as you can connect to other travellers or photographers to learn more about the place or even techniques in photography.
I am fortunate enough to be able to work with different brands and organisations through this platform. I have been able to travel for free and earn a little bit more though travel and photography and it’s just amazing because it doesn’t even feel like work when you’re passionate about something.
As a renowned travel photographer, what do you think is the most exciting part about traveling and photography?
I get the most satisfaction in sharing my travels. Photography is a great platform to express all the excitement I feel about travelling. Creators express themselves with how they edit and set a certain tone to their images and this whole process is something I truly enjoy. It’s also getting to interact with the community who gets motivated by my photos.
Photography equipment can be heavy – when you travel, what equipment is essential? What advice do you have for packing for your travel photography adventures?
摄影设备可能很重 – 在旅行时，什么设备是必不可少的？你为旅行摄影工具有什么建议？
At the end of the day, you have to make sure that you still get to enjoy your travels and not be bogged down with all the equipment you have to bring. On my recent trip to Hawaii, I brought with me three heavy lenses and my DSLR but I ended up just using my phone most of the time and I still managed to get really good photos. It also really depends on your style of photography. For travelling, if you really want to bring your DSLR, make sure you bring with you a wide angle lens to capture more of the landscape (eg. 16-35mm lens). There are even wide angle lenses you can get for your smartphones. I got the Moment wide-angle lens for my recent trip for my current smartphone.
What are your personal favourite travel photos you’ve taken? What’s your favorite travel photography destination? Why?
My photos from South Africa. It’s a dream for most people to be able to go to a safari adventure and that’s something I was able to accomplish in 2017. Being there with nature was absolutely life-changing and it’s definitely something I’ll never forget.
How do you approach travel? Is it something you prefer planning for, or going on the fly?
Travelling is expensive no doubt. It’s definitely something I have to save for. Booking in months in advance will definitely save you a lot of money may it be flights or accommodations. I do my own itinerary which helps out with the budget, instead of going with a package. Also, travelling with someone will make it a bit easier to plan out things.
What do you think makes for a good travel photograph and what tips would you offer to amateur travel photographers trying to improve their photography skills?
First thing to do is find your style. You can easily get inspiration from social media like pinterest, flickr, smugmug and of course Instagram. Go out there and shoot as much as you can. Find things that you enjoy capturing and develop your own style of editing.
You do not need an expensive camera to take amazing photos. Most Instagram superstars started their photography with their smartphones!
Never stop learning. As with most things, it’s always good to improve on your craft and learn more techniques. Learn the basics of composition as this will help you build up your individual style too. YouTube is a great resource to learn techniques. I still watch different tutorials regularly from some great photographers around the globe. Best of all, it’s free!
Finally, connect and collaborate with other creators. Not only will this be a great resource of learning and getting to practice photography, it is also a great way to get your name out there. I’ve been active on local Instagram community meetups (aka Instameets) both here in Melbourne and in Manila and I’ve met really good friends through the meet-ups as well.
To shellebrate 26 May World Turtle Day we are exploring our top 3 beloved divings spots in the Philippines. The Philippines is home to many of our terrific testudines and their beautiful aquatic abodes, with splendid initiatives to help conserve our marine mates too. Whether you’re a Dive Master or just want to dip your toes in, the Philippines is the perfect place to do it.
Although there are hundreds of incredible diving spots in the Philippines, we’re focusing on more sustainable and eco-friendly locations where you can enjoy yourself without having to worry about damaging any marine marvels. Some fantastic conservation projects we recommend getting involved or looking into are PADI’s Project Aware, WWF’s Coral Triangle, Marine Wildlife Watch the Philippines, People and the Sea, and Sierra Madre’s Aware Sea Turtle Distinctive Speciality (for the more experienced divers among us).
Within the diverse UNESCO world heritage Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park live an abundance of whales, dolphins, sharks, over 500 species of fish and of course, turtles! Regarded as a global centre of marine biodiversity, the Palawan located nature park stretches over nearly 100,000 hectares reaching depths of up to 100m. Spread across it’s pristine coral reefs are 17 official diving sports surrounding 3 islands.
Liveaboards (where you live in a boat to dive) are available to access the nature park, partnering with the Tabbataha Management Office (TMO) to promote sustainability and conservation. It’s important to note that The TMO does not operate commercial trips to the Park; the liveaboard have the required permits to operate. Staying in Puerto Princesa City you may also be able to locate accredited day trips to the Reefs Natural Park, as the reefs are only 150km southeast of the city.
Liveaboards（住在船上去潜水）与Tabbataha管理办公室（TMO）一起合作推广可持续发展和保护，你可以通过坐船进入自然公园。重要的是要注意，TMO不运营公园的商业旅行;船上有操作所需的许可证。入住Puerto Princesa City，您也可以找到经过认证的珊瑚礁自然公园一日游，因为珊瑚礁仅在城市东南部150公里处。
Turtle point dive site is located on the eastern side of Balicasag Island, Bohol. It features underwater caves about 60 to 75 meters down, in which a variety of turtles have made their lairs. Turtle Point was unsubtly named due to the fact that the place is a haven for turtles. Balicasag Island is a flat island 4 kms southwest of what is known as Panglao Reef. The whole of Island can be toured in a day, but to properly absorb the serenity the island has to offer we recommend spending more time there. The Island is fringed by a reef which is filled with countless schools of fish, coral and naturally, sea turtles.
Balicasag Island is one of many islands within the region of Panglao Island, and many explorers enjoy island hopping between them. Staying on Panglao Island and finding authorised tour companies to dive into the beauty of Balicasag Island is the best way to do it.
Not to be confused with Apo Reef, Apo Island is located off of Dauin, 25km south of Dumaguete City. The island is home to around 1000 residents and offers truly world-class diving. Due to this, electricity only runs from 6am-9pm so the island can retain it’s sanctity. It also has an abundance of interesting marine life, including marvellous marine turtles. Apo Island is one of the first protected marine sanctuaries, as the island’s leaders introduced conservation guidelines aimed to defend illegal and highly destructive fishing practices. The Philippine Tourism Board has named Apo Island as a “Top 100 Gem”.
Locally referred to as “the Washing Machine”, Coconut dive spot equally as thrilling as it is beautiful. Schools of fish often form bait balls, where they instinctually form tight formations together as a defence mechanism. Witnessing this is a once in a life time opportunity and not to be missed if possible.
Writing this up has tortoise so much, now we’re feeling inspired to go diving and help protect our turtle friends!
When people picture the Philippines, it is usually the powdery white sands of island paradises Boracay or Palawan that come to mind. In fact, many see its sprawling capital of Manila as merely a stopover. Sure, to the incurious traveller Manila is simply a concrete jungle, a network of crowded roads connecting skyscrapers and shanty towns alike. But give it the attention it deserves and Manila opens up to reveal a developing city of excitement and leisure; one that truly deserves your full attention.
Christmas is just a western thing isn’t it? Well, not entirely. If you find yourself not wanting to succumb to hosting a dinner for 500, and wanting to escape any family arguments that may just escalate over who has control over the TV remote, you could always fly over to Asia for a different kind of Christmas. Right?!
Asia currently has the highest proportion of Buddhists, however, there are still millions of Christians home to Asia, as well as the East being more and more open to adopting western practices and celebrations. Whether it’s just for commercial capital or a serious sequence of morning mass, we’ve looked into how Christmas is celebrated across Asia:
Summer may be over in the Northern Hemisphere, but we’re already dreaming of winter sun, with only one destination on our minds; Boracay Island, Philippines. Picture stretches of postcard-perfect, white sand beaches, with the ideal combination of seclusion vs plenty to do.
Our insider experts narrow down five reasons why Boracay Island should be on your minds too. Compared to what could be it’s tourist-friendly, popular equivalent of Phuket, a large island just off Thailand’s southwest coast, it comes up top in every level.