- VIP Helicopter Mechanic, Global Aerospace Logistic LLC, Abu Dhabi
- Hometown: Simara Island, Romblon, Philippines
Despite his stature as a multi-awarded photographer based in Abu Dhabi, Emmanuel “Manny” Fajutag works as VIP Helicopter Mechanic for a living.This native of Simara Island in Romblon has gone far.
Ani ng Dangal
He was chosen as one of the Ani ng Dangal awardee by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) for achieving the highest levels of artistic excellence in visual arts and bringing honor to the country. The award was presented by NCCA Chairman Prof. Felipe M. De Leon Jr.
The Ani ng Dangal or “Harvest of Honors” is an annual affair in the Philippines celebrated as a highlight and concluding rite of the Philippine Arts Festival. With this award, Manny joined the ranks of former recipients Nora Aunor, Sarah Geronimo, Jericho Rosales and Lea Salonga.
The Ani ng Dangal is given to a natural-born Filipino artist or group that has reaped top honors in international events. Its coverage includes the seven art disciplines: Architecture and Allied Arts, Cinema, Dance, Dramatic Arts, Literary Arts, Music and Visual Arts.
Married to the former Juvy Anne Roco with three children, this photographer finished in 1994 his Aircraft Maintenance Engineering at Philippine State College of Aeronautics at Fernando Air Base Lipa City.
In 1998, he joined the Philippines Air Force. He was assigned as Flight Crew and Mechanic at 20th Attack Squadron at Sangley Point in Cavite. After ten years, he decided to leave the military service with the rank of Sergeant.
In 2009, he bought his first camera – a point and shoot Olympus. “That time, I begun to research by reading photography books, video tutorials.” When he moved to Abu Dhabi, he attended several photography workshop conducted by Ryan Schembri, Lito Sy, Parc Cruz and Edwin S. Loyola.
“I want to create some stories of people because Photography helps inform, testify and explain to the world we live in. For me, photography is a passion and a gift from God, and also the way of expressing the life of others.”
He uses Nikon D4(primary camera),Nikon D300s, Nikon 24-70mm f2.8, Nikon 70-200mm f2.8, Nikon 85mm f1.8, nNikon 10mm fish eye f2.8, Nikon 105mm micro, Sigma 12-24 , Sigma 50-500mm, LEE filters ,SB 700 speedlight, phottix odin , SONY A99 w/ 24-70mm f2.8, Monfrotto 055CX3 tripod.
My specialization is focused on human interest, architecture, still life and macro shots. He’s at ease with freestyle, “because I want to be more flexible to all kinds of shots.”
What ignites his senses are the works and photography of Steve Mc Curry and Karl Taylor. In the future, he plans to establish his own photography studio and wedding photography.
Sony World Photography
Manny won in the Open Travel category of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards. He competed with the nine other open category winners for the Sony World Photography Awards Open Photographer of the Year title. The overall winner was announced at a gala ceremony in London and received US$5,000.
The World Photography Organization announced this year’s contest received over 54,000 entries in 10 categories. Representing the best single images in the competition’s ten categories, the winning images span countries as far apart as Chile to Vietnam and capture a range of subjects from the moment before a couple get married to the Mangystau night sky in Kazakhstan, and the ‘Fung Shun’ fire dragon dance in Southern China.
He took the image while on vacation at Sibuyan Island last year. Titled “Rush Hour”, Manny made the shot from a passenger jeep. He said the image in essence captures the fading sunlight in the backdrop of a dusty, bumpy road typical of a remote island. It is further accentuated by the coastline and the gentle mountain range in the background.
Fajutag’s winning image along with other winners was on display at the Winner’s Exhibition in the famous Somerset House in London for the period April 26-May 12, 2013. It was also included in the 2013 edition of the annual Sony World Photography Awards book.