It was a bustling day at the festival centre yesterday, with portfolio reviews and the traveling edition of Invisible Photographers Asia’s (IPA) Photobooks Showcase in full swing.

We had Adil Hasan speak about his photobook “When Abba Was Ill” in an intimate session with festival participants, as well as another presentation by Photobook Club Jakarta’s Ridzki Noviansyah on the photobook trends in Indonesia.

Later in the evening, we headed to the Royal Gardens where Patrick Brown’s Trading to Extinction’ opening reception was held. The exhibition, which will run between 29 November – 26 December 2014, is proudly sponsored by Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa.

The opening reception was supported by Wildlife Alliance, which has graciously sponsored the exhibition’s opening. The venue’s ambience was enhanced by tea-light candles and guests were given headlights to view Patrick’s photographs under the dimming skies.

Nick Marx, Director of Wildlife Rescue and Care at Wildlife Alliance – an organization involved in the direct protection of forests and wildlife in the Southeast Asian tropical belt – was also present at the opening.

He said everyone could help in some way to fight illegal wildlife trade. “Purchasing wildlife for whatever reason merely drives the trade and ensures that it will continue. Do not forget – when the buying stops the killing can too,” Marx said. Wildlife Alliance has set up a 24 hour nationwide wildlife rescue hotline number in Cambodia 012-500-094 to help combat the illegal wildlife trade.

Following the opening reception, it was time for our first ever themed projection evening ‘The Impact Project’ at the FCC Angkor. The evening slideshow projection featured stories about individuals, groups, or small organisations working to make a positive impact on social and environmental issues.

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