Skylum’s newest team member positions the award-winning software company for expansive growth in the Asian market, with a focus on partnerships, distribution, and building a local photo community around Skylum’s software lineup.
July 3, 2018 — Bellevue, WA — Skylum Software, creator of the award-winning Luminar and Aurora HDR photo software, is excited to bring on Evgeny Tchebotarev, founder of 500px, as VP of Growth in Asia.
“I have always been inspired by what Evgeny has done for the community. He has created the most innovative and user-friendly social platform for photographers. I believe that as a part of the Skylum team, Evgeny can do even more for creators around the globe. We have revolutionary plans, and it’s an honor to have such team players on board,” says Alex Tsepko, CEO of Skylum.
Originally from Moscow, Tchebotarev founded 500px in 2004 as a community for photographers to share their work and experiences online. Over the next 14 years, the 500px community grew to more than 13 million photographers before it was acquired by Visual China Group (VCG) in 2018. Since Tchebotarev’s departure from 500px, he’s spent most of his time in Asia, working with companies to build and market their products.
With his knowledge and insights gained from his 14 years at the helm of 500px — as well as his time as a product management consultant in the Asia-Pacific market — Tchebotarev will be responsible for establishing Skylum’s presence and fostering partnerships in the Asia region to further build a strong photography community in an effort to bring innovative photo-editing applications to more people.
Already, Skylum software is used by hundreds of thousands of photographers across Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and beyond, with new photographers joining every day — but there’s still progress to be made.
Evgeny will take his knowledge of photography, product development, and the Asia-Pacific market to expand Skylum’s presence, both online and on the street, by organizing events including photo walks, community meetups, and contests across the region. Skylum’s award-winning tools are known and loved by hundreds of thousands of photographers around the world and Tchebotarev is committed to champion photographers’ needs in this fast-moving market.
“What’s important to me, is Skylum’s complete dedication to building great software, and providing exceptional value to photographers, all while building a real community of passionate photographers. This strongly resonates with my personal and professional ambitions and being able to do so in a highly competitive, fast paced, and unique market, such as Asia, is an additional challenge that I’m excited to take head on” — Evgeny Tchebotarev.
In early 2004, before Facebook and Flickr, Evgeny has created a community for photographers to meet online and share their photos, 500px. Over next 14 years 500px grew into a global photo community with 13 million photographers, and in 2018 it was acquired by VCG. Originally from Moscow, Evgeny has a BA in Commerce and Finance from Ryerson University. Evgeny is an active photographer and has been honored to judge many world class photo contests, including Red Bull Illume, Photo Life, and Sony World Photography Awards. Recently Evgeny has been consulting companies in Asia on helping companies build product management expertise.
About Skylum Software
Skylum Software (formerly Macphun) is a Washington-based photo software developer with the mission to make complex photo editing simple and user-friendly. Thanks to its innovative approach and high-end proprietary technologies, Skylum products have won dozens of various awards, including “Best of the Year” awards by Apple for six straight years. Luminar was honored with the “Best Imaging Software 2017” award by TIPA and “Best Software Plugin” in October 2017 by the Lucie Technical Awards. Aurora HDR was selected as the “Best Mac App of 2017” by Apple.
To learn more about Skylum, please visit http://skylum.com/.