About Me

Hi! I am Nino Jim Bacalso, a Marine Engineer based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates with a burning passion for skateboarding, architecture, documentary and street photography. I am the owner and Curator at Rolling Thunder Collective. I was born on 6th August 1984 in Cebu, Philippines. I started myis passion for photography when I got his first DSLR camera back in 2009. Since then I ventured into various formats, camera brands and lenses. My photographic inspiration comes from the interplay between humans and their surroundings. My type of street photography seeks to isolate the human element and direct focus towards it, using the cityscape as a stark material contrast. I bring this documentary street photography style to some of my his freelance part time photography work, where I function as a documentary wedding photographer, skateboarding photographer and event photographer. Using only available natural light, and using a candid approach, I seeks to document true life as it happens on the streets without interfering or intervening. Photographing mostly using high contrast black and white, he seeks to eliminate colors as a distraction to the subject and scenery, trying to bring story and emotion to the viewer.

Achievements and Awards

International Photography Awards 2017 (New York)

Two Honorable Mention Awards under the categories – Editorial: Sports and Sports: Extreme Sports - for the winning entry: Rolling Thunder

International Photography Awards 2016 (New York)

1st Place Winner at the International Photography Awards 2016 (New York) for Deeper Perspective Category (Non Professional) –for the winning entry: Wet and Wild

International Photography Awards 2016 (New York)

International Photography Awards 2016 (New York) – Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year (Non Professional) – for the winning entry: Wet and Wild

Lucie Awards 2016 in New York

Finalist / Nominee for the IPA Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year Award – entry: Wet and Wild

Tokyo International Foto Awards 2016

Won an Honorable Mention award for my Wet & Wild entry for photo essay category and my Patterns of Street Skateboarding entry for fine art category

Canon Photo Marathon Singapore 2016

2nd Place Winner

Featured in Sunstar News Paper Philippines

Tokyo International Foto Awards 2016

Won an Honorable Mention award for my Wet & Wild entry for photo essay category and my Patterns of Street Skateboarding entry for fine art category

Annual Best of Photography Contest 2016 (California)

Finalist for the Annual Best of Photography Contest 2016 (California) sponsored by Photographers Forum Magazine, Sigma, University of Texas, Brooks Institute and Rochester Institute of Technology

Singapore Heritage Photography Contest 2016

Finalist

Singapore Lights Camera Action Photography Contest 2016

1st Runner Up

Transworld Skateboarding Magazine Japan

Skate Photos of Professional Japanese Skateboarder Mirei Tsuchida that I’ve taken was published on the October issue of Transworld Skateboarding Magazine Japan

The Mirage Collective

The Mirage Collective – International Photo Exhibit held in Siem Reap, Cambodia on December 2016

Be The One Photography Contest 2012, Singapore

Grand Winner

Euro Nav Magazine, Belgium issue February 2017

Euro Nav Magazine, Belgium issue February 2017 – Photos of tanker vessel Maria was featured (2 pages)

Voyage

Voyage – 2nd International Photo Exhibit held in Bangkok, Thailand on August 2017

Tokyo International Foto Awards 2017

Tokyo International Foto Awards 2017 – Received Bronze award for my two winning piece: 1.) Rolling Thunder (editorial sports category) and 2.) Marine & Offshore (architecture category)

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