Yusuf Hashim (aka Digitalartist)
Yusuf Hashim also known as Digitalartist, teaches photography and post processing at Malaysia’s Open University, and is an Administrator of PhotoMalaysia.com. He has written dozens of articles for photography magazines and photography forums, and also several photography books, which are published and printed on demand on line at www.blurb.com. He’s also Editor of TheThirdEye eMagazine, published online at http://issuu.com/thethirdeye/docs/the_third_eye_vol1. Over the last ten years, as a photographer for 4x4worldexplorer.com, which organizes 4×4 driving and motorcycling expeditions throughout the world, Yusuf has traveled and shot pictures in more than 90 countries around the world. Some of his work can be viewed at www.digitalartist.com.my. Yusuf can be contacted at email@example.com
Maxby Chan is an Administrator of PhotoMalaysia.com and PhotoSafari.com.my. Apart from teaching and writing photography articles, Maxby regularly gives talks, reviews photography equipment, and conducts street shooting walkabouts. He has been regularly contributing travel articles specifically for photographers to DigitalSLR magazine and Aperture magazine.
In advancing his childhood dream as a travel photographer, he has organised more than sixty specialised photo trips for members and photo enthusiasts to various parts of the world under photosafari. Some of the places include Tibet, China, Ethiopia, Iceland, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Kashmir, India, Bhutan, and Cuba.
He has also organised more than nine public photography exhibitions. “Guerrilla Photography Exhibition” was his latest brainchild. Since its inception in 2012, Guerrilla Photography Exhibition has held its fifth exhibition to-date. The idea of a freestyle photography exhibition without curators have caught on and aspiring photographers have discovered on this platform.
In May 2015, Maxby responded to the call for help after the 7.8 Richter scale earthquake hit Nepal. He organised a self-help aid group called “Adopt-a-Village” to help villagers recovered from this natural calamity. Many well-wishers and friends have donated generously to this project. He has personally made a few trips to Laprak Village, (a village that was at the epicenter of the earthquake) to assess the situation and provide aid. So far, a volunteer guesthouse has been completed and he is currently working on the construction of a Community School and a Mini Hydro Electricity projects. The mini-hydroelectric project will be able to supply to the 1,000+ households there
He has been selfless in committing his time to promote and improve photography standards for more than 80,000+ members of PhotoMalaysia.com and PhotoSafari.com.my.
Yusuf and Maxby conduct regular Photosafari Experiences nicknamed PMPE ( PhotoMalaysia PhotoSafari Experience), a photography program consisting of 2 days of classroom lectures, followed by 5 to 21 days of hands-on photography experience in exotic locations overseas, for more than five years. The objective is to bring beginners in photography up to speed, and intermediate shooters to excellence. These overseas photosafari trips to exotic locations have been very popular among amateur and advanced photographers, probably because they are photography excursions organized by photographers for photographers.
Of late, photosafari.com.my has been organising photosafari trips to more exotic locations like Ethiopia, Old Silk Road, Road Trip to Lhasa, Bhutan, Iceland, Greenland, DPRK and Cuba. In 2015, PhotoSafari is going to Iceland, Morocco, North Korea, Greenland, Patagonia and Mustang.
To date, nearly 60 PhotoSafaris have been organized, benefiting close to a thousand participants, with around 35% of attendees being repeat attendees, testimony to their claim that Each PhotoSafari Experience is Different. Every PhotoSafari sees participation by both local and foreign photographers. Photosafari.com.my can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org