Alain Pascua
 
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Alain Pascua

alaindelpascua@gmail.com, +639989875337, +639175103498

Alain Pascua’s love affair with wild bird photography all began in Candaba Swamp in Candaba, Pampanga where he was mesmerized with the presence of thousands of congregating migratory birds way back in 2005. He then led his non-government organization KAAKBAY Citizens Development Initiatives in undertaking an environment and wildlife conservation program in partnership with the local government.

Two years later, Pascua enlisted with the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, whose club president and other birdwatchers showed him avian wonders beyond his expectations. Inspired by the stunning photos of his fellow birders and moved by the need at that time to produce original photographs for information materials, he took up bird photography in 2008 and became passionate about it.

This passion, which poses seemingly insurmountable challenges and a sort of unique peace and fulfillment when stunning photographs are created, drove Pascua to a different level, making him, in the process, an advocate of the environment through his photos. Now, this hobby has paved the way to his continuous devotion for nature that brought him to greater heights.

He is one of the founding-administrators of the Wild Birds of the Philippine Page, the only multi-photographer gallery of Philippine wild birds in Facebook. He also co-founded the Philippine Bird Photography Tours and Workshops, a professional outfit that teaches bird photography and offers bird photography tours, and the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines, the largest assembly of Filipino bird photographers whose members are worldwide. These avenues became Pascua’s platforms in presenting to the Filipinos and the world the avian treasures of the Philippines, hoping that through powerful images, the people would be moved towards their conservation.

Alain Pascua’s photos of wild birds have graced numerous publications and materials, including being featured as a banner photo in the frontpage of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the country’s number one newspaper, as a feature in the country’s leading photography magazine, Digital Photographer Philippine, and as a special feature in Mabuhay Magazine of Philippine Airlines. He also had his photos included in the exhibit at the National Museum entitled “Birds and Climate Change.” Recently, his photos are featured in the newly published books Owls of the World, A Photographic Guide by Heimo Mikkola, and in Woodpeckers of the World, A Complete Guide by Gerald Gordan. His photos also graced the banner masthead and the bird section of the EDGE of Existence website of the Zoological Society of London, the only global conservation initiative to focus specifically on threatened species that represent a significant amount of unique evolutionary history. He also won second place in the 1st Bird as Art International Bird Photography Competition organized by Art Morris, widely recognized as the world’s premier bird photographer. One of Pascua’s photos garnered almost a million points making it the number one photos of 2013 at pixoto.com, a global online photography community and competition.

He is also part of the global team of wildlife authors and photographers of Focusing on Wildlife website at www.focusingonwildlife.com whose mission is to promote wildlife conservation by changing attitudes towards nature and helping people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. He is one of the Species Champions in the said website.

Pascua is a regular bird, nature and conservation photography workshop lecturer and photo contributor of the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources. He was one of the lecturers on Philippine Wild Bird Photography at the Canon PhotoMarathon 2013 National Leg, the biggest event of Canon Marketing Philippines, at PhotoWorld Asia2014, the biggest and longest running photography trade show and convention in the Philippines of the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF), and at the 19th Graphic Expo 2014, the country’s premier trade show and market place for creative imaging, publishing and printing professionals, organized by Fiera de Manila, Inc. (FMI).

At the first commercial and benefit exhibit of bird photographs in the Philippines held at Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea Fine Art Gallery at Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center in Makati City last March to April 2013, Pascua sold the most number of photographs topgrossed with P330,000.00 worth of sales from a total exhibit sale of almost one million pesos. Part of the proceeds of the exhibit went to the Conservation Fund of the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines (WBPP), Inc., particularly for the development of bird preserves in Capayas Creek in Coron, Palawan and in Bangkong Kahoy Valley in Dolores, Quezon. Since then, his bird images attract most viewers and have become best sellers in subsequent exhibits.

His bird images may be viewed at http://www.alainpascua.com, and at https://www.facebook.com/alainpascuaphotography.

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