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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Stella Kalaw's Family Spaces

Family Spaces
Stella Kalaw
January 8 - February 7, 2009
Opening reception on January 8, Thursday, 6pm

Silverlens Gallery welcomes 2009 with a photography show by United States based artist Stella Kalaw. Over the last fifty years, the Filipino diaspora has altered the landscape of families and the relationships that bind. Kalaw, having left the Philippines over ten years ago, returns to show Family Spaces, a series of photographs of her immediate family members' homes all over the world. Continents apart, each home is a glimpse of interconnectedness through objects of the everyday Filipino. Worn tsinelas on a stair landing, a tabo floating in a balde, the Sacred Heart of Jesus--all markers of Pinoy identity, they are umbilical cords to the familiar. The color photographs present cultural identity through markers that belong to one extended family, but stand in for any Filipino family anywhere in the world.

Stella Kalaw (b. 1969 in Manila) graduated with a degree in Professional Photography from the Brooks Institute of Photography in California, under a Fuji Scholarship and worked as an intern in Irving Penn’s Studio in New York City shortly after. Kalaw has been part of group shows in Washington, New York, California and at the Ayala Museum in Manila. Her works have garnered awards such as a Honorable Mention in the Polaroid International Awards and the Gold Prize in American Photo Magazine’s New Views Awards.

Family Spaces by Stella Kalaw opens at 6pm on January 8, Thursday and runs until February 7, 2009. There will be an Artist Talk by Stella Kalaw on January 10, Saturday, from 3-5pm. Family Spaces will be shown along with Library Bookworks by Renato Orara at SLab (Silverlens Lab).

Silverlens Gallery is at 2/F YMC Bldg. II, 2320 Pasong Tamo Ext., Makati, 816-0044, 0905-2650873, manage@silverlensphoto.com. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am–7pm and Saturdays 1–6pm. www.silverlensphoto.com.

Image:
Stella Kalaw
First Lamp at Somerville, 2007

Monday, December 8, 2008

Practical Guide to Travel Photography

Camera Club of the Philippines' Practical Guide to Travel Photography
Instructor:  Tilak Hettige
December 10, 2008

SENSE I: Silverlens Gallery Photography Workshops (Jan-Feb 09)

SENSE I: Silverlens Gallery Photography Workshops
January-February 2009

See details here

Photo: Isa Lorenzo

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Silverlens Foundation 2008 Grantees Exhibition

Silverlens Foundation 2008 Grantees Exhibition
November 20 - December 20, 2008
Opening reception: November 20 (Thursday), 6pm

The 2008 Annual Silverlens Foundation Grantees Exhibition opens on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6pm. The show runs until Dec. 20. The photographs shown in this year’s Exhibition will be part of the Silverlens Foundation Collection. Founded in 2006, SLF has been accepting applications from photographers and artists working with photography relevant to the Philippines. The SLF IS the first permanent collection of photography in the Philippines. For more information, visit Silverlens
 
2008 SILVERLENS FOUNDATION Grantees:

Completion Grantee 

Acquisition Grantees 
Lena Cobangbang - Overland
Conrado Velasco - Pixel Towers 

Asian Cultural Council-SLF Fellowship Grantee 

Gina Osterloh will be giving an Artist Talk on Nov. 22, Saturday, from 3-5pm.

Silverlens will also be hosting a Talk on Grants on November 29, Saturday, from 3-5pm with speakers from various local and international cultural institutions on hand to talk about available grants for artists.
 
Images (L-R): Gina Osterloh, Shooting Blanks, 2008; Lena Cobangbang, Overland, 2008; Conrado Velasco, Pixel Towers, 2007

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Coalescence – Science and Art: Photographs by Dr. Gil Jacinto

Coalescence – Science and Art
Photographs by Dr. Gil Jacinto
13 November 2008 – 16 January 2009
The Edge Gallery
G/F, UP Vargas Museum

The UP Jorge B. Vargas Museum will open Coalescence – Science and Art on 13 November 2008, Thursday, 6:00 PM at the Edge Gallery, a photo exhibition by Dr. Gil Jacinto, Professor of Marine Science at the University of the Philippines – Diliman.

Coalescence, defined as a fusion that arises from the combination of distinct elements, is the term that Dr. Gil Jacinto associates himself. A chemical oceanographer and a photographer, the boundary between these two facets of his life disappears when he embarks on his work and travels. He takes and creates photographs as a hobby, a source of rejuvenation and inspiration, and as a venue for imagining and creating new perspectives of the world as he sees it.

This collection of photographs by Dr. Jacinto delves into the world of art through his use of prosumer digital cameras and an entry-level digital SLR. The images reflect not only science in art or art in science, but science and art – the disappearance of boundaries. The captivating colors of sunsets and sunrises, real and figurative reflections, the haunting face of an 88-year old woman camouflaged by the bark of a sampaloc tree, and the beauty of a backlit flower of a common bush all manifest the union of the scientific discipline and the aesthetics.

Coalescence will run until 16 January 2009. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For more details, please contact the UP Vargas Museum at 928-1927 (Direct line), 981-8500 local 4024 (UP Trunkline), 928-1925 (Fax) or (0929) 8567909 (Mobile). You can also send your inquiries via e-mail to vargasmuseum@gmail.com.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Geraldine Javier and At Maculangan: Green Comes Out Of Blue But Is Richer Than Blue

Geraldine Javier and At Maculangan: Green Comes Out Of Blue But Is Richer Than Blue
12 Nov – 29 Nov 2008
Valentine Willie Fine Art
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Valentine Willie Fine Art is delighted to present "Green Comes Out Of Blue But Is Richer Than Blue" a unique exhibition by Geraldine Javier and At Maculangan that stages a dialogue between photography and painting. The advent of photography, in mid-19th century, has not only usurped painterly concerns with truthful representation but has also introduced different optical perspectives, which in turn, allow painters to revise and invent new visual language. Similarly, early art photography was deeply indebted to the pictorial aesthetic of traditional painting. This exhibition affirms and extends upon a tradition of exchange and cross-influence. It looks at how our contemporary experience is translated into painting by Geraldine Javier and photography by At Maculangan. Both their works evince a keen insight into the cultural forces that shape the social experiences of Filipinos today. Yet, it is by positioning them together in a space that calls them into conversation with each other that issues and topics ranging from artistic representation to cultural aesthetic are fore-grounded. "Green Comes Out Of Blue But Is Richer Than Blue" is an exceptional exhibition that will enhance and enrich our understanding of both the conflicting and shared aesthetic sensibilities in painting and photograph.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Epson PRO Exhibit


EPSON PRO EXHIBIT
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 6PM
Alliance Total Gallery, 209 Nicanor Garcia St.,  Bel-Air II, Makati City  

Eight of the country’s renowned artists exhibit their work at the EPSON PRO launch at Alliance Total Gallery 

Epson, a world leader in digital imaging and printing solutions, presents the “Epson PRO”, eight of the country’s premiere photographers and graphic designers who represent the finest the industry has to offer.
 
The Epson PRO is comprised of National Artist BenCab, renowned photographers Bien Bautista, George Tapan, Jun de Leon, Quincy Castillo, Ryan Agoncillo and exceptional graphic designers Drew Europeo and Robert Alejandro. Their works will be presented to the public via a selling exhibit in partnership with Alliance Francaise de Manille. The opening will be on Wednesday, October 29 and will run until November 4 at the Alliance Total Gallery located at 209 N. Garcia St., Bel-Air 2, Makati City. 

Epson, Photographs and Graphic Art: Partnership of Art and Technology 

The art works represent the country’s best as envisioned by this group of photographers and graphic designers--- images that are meant to move its captured audiences towards visual and emotional fulfillment while provoking and inspiring human sentiment with its timeless appeal.  

National Artist for Visual Arts BenCab will be showcasing "Concealed and Revealed I” and “Concealed and Revealed II”, two mixed pieces that display the contrast between the draped figure and the nude. 

Distinguished graphic designer Drew Europeo, who is a co-founder of Philweavers, a National organization of Web designers and developers illustrate her contribution to the Epson PRO Exhibit. “Beyond the Static Space is a series about random things that were gathered to form certain shapes, flow and texture. Even if the pieces are just static, there’s something about it that will make you see that there are a lot of movements going on. It’s initially chaotic but somehow your eyes will lead you to a harmonic order. The colors give the mood, but the piece as a whole, provokes a palate of emotions.”  

She adds, “Given the concept behind the series, I would say everything is indefinite. I work thru my emotions, so whatever the piece will lead me that’s how the flow of the artwork will be. Each lines, shapes and colors were dictated by random feelings while I’m zoning in to a certain space. With some music, atmosphere and visuals that surrounds me, those were definitely a huge influence to my work.”  

Master photographer Quincy Castillo will be showcasing “Permeate” and “White Dragon”. “Permeate” is an abstract image printed and manipulated by hand with watercolor, brought back to the digital environment. It seeks to show a marriage between photography and painting. The piece, limited by a frame, transcends limitation, freeing itself from convention, thereby creating a totally different and free image. His second piece, “White Dragon”, is also a celebration of photography and painting. He shares, “This piece is an effort to achieve the same ends. What I visually maintain is that photography is art. Individual visual interpretation is a form of intellectual stimulation.”  “ 

Other works to be exhibited are: Jun de Leon’s “Chaos 118“ and “Chaos 221“, George Tapan’s “Camiguin” and “Baler”, Bien Bautista’s “Lush” and “Flash”; Ryan Agoncillo’s “Pagsulong” and “Tagak”; Robert Alejandro’s “Philippine Illustrations 1” and “Philippine Illustrations 2”;   

Giving Back to the Community: A Celebration for the Youth and Education with GMA Kapuso Foundation 

On its 10th year in the Philippines, Epson celebrates a decade-long track record of supporting professional photographers and artists through the Epson PRO selling exhibit. Part of the proceeds of the Epson PRO exhibit will be donated to benefit the youth and education projects of GMA Kapuso Foundation.  

“Epson’s advocacies are not limited to helping the industry achieve the greatest heights in quality. We also believe in being of service to the community, and in this particular case, to the education of the Filipino youth,” says Senior General Manager, Division Head for Sales & Marketing of Epson Philippines Corporation Eduardo Bonoan. “That is why we have approached GMA Kapuso Foundation, who has rendered a lot of services to the youth segment through their “Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan” project, and the “Give-a-Gift: Alay sa Batang Pinoy. We are hoping to successfully sell the prestigious line-up of art works by our Epson PRO photographers and artists, who have graciously agreed to donate a selection of their works so that we can deliver a big amount to help out the youth and education endeavors of GMA Kapuso Foundation.”  

The Epson PRO selling exhibit at the Alliance Total Gallery of the Alliance Francaise de Manille in Bel Air, Makati will run until November 4, 2008, while a portion of the proceeds to be donated to GMA Kapuso Foundation will be announced during Epson Philippines 10th Anniversary celebration in December.

Friday, October 17, 2008

No Room For Grieveing: Photographs from the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis


NO ROOM FOR GRIEVING: Photographs from the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar 
Opening reception: November 8, 2008
Oarhouse Gallery, Mabini St., Malate, Manila

"My impression of the whole country was defined by a writer from a news magazine on their article on Burma's new capital, Naypyidaw (abode of kings), where the magazine described the place as having ruled with a surreal sense of order.  

After spending three weeks inside the country, and several attempts to go farther down the delta, I have witnessed how Burmese people live under the iron fist. The government impedes any kind of foreign aid as they have said they are on top of the situation, but beyond that superstitious facade the people are grieving. 

The country is undeniably beautiful and the people's incomparable friendly nature would bring them on the top of tourist destinations in the region, but the paranoid kings keep on isolating their kingdom from the rest of the world the same thing that they are doing to their people.  

Myanmar has been isolated ever since their independence from the British. But as the country faces undeniable pressure from the international community, the government keeps insisting that they are their brother's keeper. After peeping through Burma, I felt that the people are indeed kept, kept from the rest of the outside world and kept in places that they have no say [source]."

The Gangs of Baseco Exhibition


MARKED: The Gangs of Baseco Exhibition
October 23, 2008
Penguin Gallery, Remedios St., Malate

"The exhibit consists of black and white images from my on-going documentary on the lives of former gang members living in Baseco compound. To those who have seen this, please come as well and it would be nice to have a beer and chat! To those who haven't, I would greatly appreciate your comments [source]."

See Veejay Villafranca's site here.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Lecture on Basic Photojournalism

The Press Photographers of the Philippines (PPP) will hold a series of "Lecture on Basic Photojournalism: Based on Actual Experience of a Press Photographer" every Saturday starting 11 October 2008, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The lecture will be held in the newly-renovated PPP office in Intramuros, Manila.

There will be two (2) components of the lecture: the basic lecture will include topics like ethics, caption writing, coverage dress code, securing clearance/accreditation, and identifying subjects; and the advance lecture where participants will have a field day that will include a trip to a newspaper photo department and tagging along with photographers during coverage. Certificates will be handed out to each participants after the lecture.

We are inviting photo enthusiasts who wants to know more about this side of the photography industry, including staffs from government, NGO, military, and police public information offices, new photo correspondents, and students. 

For more information, click here or call PPP President Jerry Carual at 7361186 or e-mail us at ppp@ppp.org. ph

VISION: photo workshop with LILEN UY and TOTO LABRADOR

VISION is for those who've mastered the use of the camera but who want to take their chosen method of self-expression to a higher level. In this workshop, Lilen and Toto share their influences and insights, moderate an artists talk and a group critique session to help give strength and cohesion to one's personal vision.

WHEN: October 11, 18, 25 and November 8 2008. 2-5PM
WHERE: Gray Area Studios

REQUIREMENTS:
- Slots are limited to 20 participants who must pass a portfolio review. Kindly email 8-10 jpegs of your best work (72 dpi, 8 inches on the short side) and your contact information.
- Deadline for emailed portfolio is October 5, 2008. Accepted participants will be notified via email or text by October 6.
- Workshop fee of P5,000.00

INFORMATION:
grayareastudios@gmail.com / mignac@gmail.com
http://www.grayareastudios.com

INSTRUCTORS' websites:
http://lilenuyphotography.com
http://totolabrador.com/

Gray Area Studios:
(632) 893.2628 / (632) 815.8632
5th Floor, 116 Rufino Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.
(UCPB at the ground floor, access and more parking via Rodriguez St.)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Mapping Invisible Cities Photo Exhibition - Manila

From 'Organized Chaos' series © Dennis Rito

Mapping Invisible Cities Photo Exhibition - Manila
Opening reception: October 17, 2008
Shangri-la Plaza Mall, EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City

When photographer Peter Bialobrzeski travelled through Southeast Asia in 2007/8, he combined his own photographic investigations with workshops for young talents in six foremost cities of the region: Jakarta, Hanoi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore. What came out of the workshops was a multifaceted kaleidoscope of these six metropoles, culminating in the exhibition "Mapping Invisible Cities."

"Mapping Invisible Cities" features the works of 27 photographers, including 8 (Cathy Quiogue, Cris Sevilla, Dennis Rito, Estan Cabigas, Gigie cruz, Kidlat De Guia, & Tammy David) from the Philippines. All were completed during workshops led by Bialobrzeski in October 2007-March 2008. The diverse themes and approaches in the 105 pieces, in addition to Peter Bialobrzeski's work, are like fragments of the unseen and unnoticed ordinariness hidden in these 6 cities. When these fragments are joined in one single frame, like a map, they begin to show what was formerly invisible.

In mapping them, these photographers have made their cities more obvious and bring to the surface what we do not (want to see) or notice. Their works act as maps that show the organization of space, movement, and people. Some also show how maps can be tied to the imagination and abstractions. Altogether they serve as valuable insights to and experiences of Southeast Asia's largest cities. They also give audiences the ability to see into the future of Southeast Asian photography.

Exhibition runs until November 7, 2008. Please confirm attendance via comment box below or via Facebook

For more info: 
Goethe-Institut Manila at 632 817-0978

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Pitik 6: Forum in Photojournalism - Watching Olympics

The Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University
in cooperation with the Confucius Institute
invites you to

Pitik 6:  Forum in Photojournalism
Watching Olympics
China through the lens of mobile journalists

Speaker: D J Clark

Tuesday, 30 September 2008, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Case Study Room, Social Sciences Building
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

During the 2008 Olympic Games D J Clark set off around China to discover why the sporting event was so important for the Chinese. He was part of an experiment that brought together Chinese and international mobile journalists producing daily videos for USA Today and the Chinese Financial Times that sought to challenge the more singular perspectives of both American and Chinese media. This short lecture reflects on the experiment in relation to current journalism critiques of both American and Chinese media. It also explores the changing global visual media economy and discusses its potential to offer a more rounded understanding of international news events.  

DJ Clark has worked worldwide as a photojournalist for more than 15 years. He specializes in working with international development NGO's to highlight social, political and environmental issues through long term photography projects. Clark also researches, writes and lectures about photography as a vehicle for social change, the subject that drives both his photographic and academic work. He has been a consultant and faculty member of the ACFJ photojournalism program since its inception and he currently runs the University of Bolton, UK, MA Photography (international photojournalism, documentary and travel photography) course at Dalian Image Art College in China, where he also lives.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

CCP: Practical Guide to Travel Photography

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Practical Guide to Travel Photography
A lecture by Tilak Hettige
5/F Walter Mart, Pasong Tamo (front of Don Bosco)
Makati City
October 18, 2008
2-5PM

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Copyright and 'Copy Left' Forum at Vargas Museum (Open to the Public)

Copyright and 'Copy Left' Forum: 
Issues and the Perspective on the Enforcement of the Intellectual Property Code in Philippine Visual Arts
September 24, 2008 (Thursday), 2:00 pm
Lobby of Jorge B. Vargas Museum

This is a very short notice but thanks to Isa Silva of Gray Area Studios for the heads up.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Isa Lorenzo, 003: The Moro Negatives

Isa Lorenzo, 003: The Moro Negatives
October 1 - November 15, 2008
Opening reception: 6pm on October 1, Wednesday

Silverlens Gallery celebrates is second year with the third solo show of Isa Lorenzo called Isa Lorenzo, 003: The Moro Negatives. The opening reception will be on October 1, 2008 at 6 pm. It kicks off a month of celebration to be followed by the October 16th opening of the SLAB (Silverlens Lab) Gallery, the next space under the Silverlens Group committed to showing painting, drawing, and sculpture, with painter Patricia Eustaquio.

In The Moro Negatives, Lorenzo returns to the darkroom continuing her multi-negative collages which she began in Isa Lorenzo, 001. This time however, she brings together found negatives of her late father, Luis “Moro” Lorenzo—his life as a young man in the Mindanao of the ‘50s, the architecture of the ‘60s, and the recording of a growing family shuttling between Luzon and Mindanao in the ‘70s—and her own photos of the homes that he built still in existence. Each image brings together circumstances decades apart, and is titled by the year of the Moro Lorenzo negative.

Moro Lorenzo passed away in 1997. In his lifetime, he was a basketball icon, a farmer, a businessman, a patriarch, and a golfer. His passing was the first step in his daughter’s journey into art, a path that was in hindsight bequeathed to her by her father who played the role of designated photographer at every celebration, vacation, and historical event.

Isa Lorenzo (b.1974, Manila) is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Medicine. She hung up her stethoscope upon passing the board exams to start her life in art. She finished a Masters Degree in Media Studies and Photography at the Parsons School of Design in New York City and worked at the International Center of Photography in the same city. Since then, she has founded the Silverlens Gallery, the Silverlens Foundation, and SLab. For her own art, she has published two books of her work and has shown in Paris, Brussels, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York, and soon, Cologne.

There will be a talk on “Demystifying Mindanao” by publisher and environmentalist Lory Tan on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 3-5 pm and an artist talk by Isa Lorenzo on Saturday Oct. 25, also from 3-5pm. Isa Lorenzo,003: The Moro Negatives runs until Nov. 15, 2008.

For inquiries visit Silverlens Gallery at 2/F YMC Bldg. 2, 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City, 816-0044, 0905-2650873, manage@silverlensphoto.com. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am–7 pm, Saturday 1–6pm. 

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Litrato: Postcards from the Light

LITRATO: Postcards from the Light
{A Lomomanila Exhibit}
September 27 to October 31, 2008
The Oarhouse at 1803 Mabini Street, Malate, Manila

A photograph is a scribble of light. A passage of immediacy from the infinite stream of moments. A postcard from ephemeral light. Lomomanila mounts a photographic exhibition exemplifying the timely and timeless qualities of black and white analog photography. Displayed in the memorable hole-in-the-wall called The Oarhouse, this photo exhibition is a humble ode to the visionaries of bohemian Malate.

Exhibit opening: September 27 (Saturday), 8:00PM.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Travel Factor's Photoholic Ilocos: A Travel Photography Workshop

Travel Factor's Photoholic Ilocos: A Travel Photography Workshop
Nov. 29-December 1, 2008

For more details, click here

Photographs: From Concept to Realization - The Emmanuel Santos Workshop

Photographs: From Concept to Realization
The Emmanuel Santos Workshop

Schedule:
October 3, Friday, 6-8pm
October 4, Saturday, 3-5pm
 
30 slots available 
Registration Fee: PHP 5,000.00

Emmanuel Santos was born in the Philippines in 1957 and migrated to Melbourne in 1982. A photo essayist specializing in areas of ethnology, spirituality and social documentary, Santos began his photographic career working for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Australia, Singapore, Japan, Belguim, France, the Ukraine, Israel and Brazil. His work is widely collected and published worldwide. In May 2008, his series of 38 photographs, The Passing of Light was sold at the Christie’s Southeast Asian Contemporary Auction, breaking records in Philippine photography.
 
In his workshop with slideshow and lectures, Santos will discuss the process of Passive (concept) and Active (realization) in creative image making through photography. In it, he will share his insights on inspiration and the whole creative process involved in creating bodies of works. There are no prerequisites to join the series but an interest in photography and image-making are necessary. Slots are limited.

To register call 8160044 or 09052650873, or email manage@silverlensphoto.com. 50% reservation fee required. Balance due on the first day of the workshop. All classes are held at Silverlens Gallery, 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

IDNClub Philippines' Pasig River Photo Safari


IDN Club Philippines invites you to Pasig River Photo Safari
Take your photos drom Escolta to Guadalupe

September 27, 2008
3PM at Escolta Terminal, Pasig River Ferry
(near Jones Bridge, Binondo side)

For inquiries, email- peydropenduko@yahoo.com or call (02) 994-2832/ 0920-2250080

Monday, September 15, 2008

Senate Bill No. 2464: Anti-Obscenity and Pornography Bill

Courtesy of Mr. John Silva

While it has the loftiest intentions "to give special value to the dignity of every human person and to promote and safeguard its integrity and the moral, spiritual and social well-being of its citizenry," I find it unsettling to see how this Bill defined obscenity and pornography and encompasses almost everything. Look at how the proposed Bill define obscene and pornography :

(a) "Obscene" refers to anything that is indecent or offensive or contrary to good customs or religious beliefs, principles or doctrines, or tends to corrupt or deprave the human mind, or is calculated to excite impure thoughts or arouse prurient interest, or violates the proprieties of language and human behavior, regardless of the motive of the producer, printer, publisher, writer, importer, seller, distributor or exhibitor such as, but not limited to:

(1) showing, depicting or describing sexual acts;
(2) showing, depicting or describing human sexual organs or the
(3) showing, depicting or describing completely nude human
(4) describing erotic reactions, feelings or experiences on sexual female breasts; bodies; acts; or
(5) performing live sexual acts of whatever form.

(b) "Pornographic or pornography" refers to objects or subjects of film, television shows, photography, illustrations, music, games, paintings, drawings, illustrations, advertisements, writings, literature or narratives, contained in any format, whether audio or visual, still or moving pictures, in all forms of film, print, electronic, outdoor or broadcast mass media, or whatever future technologies to be developed, which are calculated to excite, stimulate or arouse impure thoughts and prurient interest, regardless of the motive of the author thereof...

Continue reading here.

Friday, September 12, 2008

OLD MAGIC: A Foto Baryo Group Exhibit of Polaroid Manipulated Photographs


OLD MAGIC
One Workshop Gallery, Ground Floor 2241 La Fuerza Plaza II, 
Don Chino Roces Ave. corner Sabio St., Makati City
October 07 to November 07, 2008

Maverick photography group Foto Baryo works their unique brand of “Old Magic,” an exhibition of rare Polaroid photos at One Workshop Gallery. Opening on October 7, 2008, “Old Magic” features a collection of photographs taken with a vintage Polaroid SX-70. Photographers then manipulated each photograph manually using techniques such as tracing with a plastic fork.

No longer manufactured today, the Polaroid camera used for “Old Magic” is owned by Foto Baryo founder Fernando Afable. Apart from producing his own photographs for the exhibition, Afable shared his beloved camera and Polaroid manipulation techniques with close friends and Foto Baryo volunteers Amor Rodriguez, Cres Yulo, Pinky Urmaza, Tommy Hafalla and Vixienne Cululut.

With Afable's injunction to “Go out, shoot and enjoy,” these photographers went out to take Polaroid pictures of personal significance, while having fun during every step of the point-and-shoot and scratch-the-surface process. As Rodriguez put it, “I was like a kid with a new toy and I lugged the thing everywhere I went.” Yulo likewise felt “like a child on a “secret mission”—to find a subject matter interesting enough to shoot, and to change it into a whole new image.”

For Urmaza, the photos at “Old Magic” are her “records of trips, both near and far; some are journeys inward, as I discovered more about myself in each shape and colour I have scratched and traced.” For his part, Hafalla sees Polaroids as a method that “gave me a chance to express my frustration to be a painter...I started creating my own painting through a lens... with just a few pieces (that) fulfilled my long-forgotten dream to paint with light.” Cululut, who describes Polaroid manipulation as “giving the picture a Van Gogh-ish look with the use of a stylus,” says her pictures “bear a myriad of emotions, foremost of which is the spirit of generosity shown by friends.”

As the brainchild of Fernando Afable, Foto Baryo is the result of the dreams and the life's work of a man who worked his way up from humble origins in Tanauan to become Darkroom Manager of the prestigious International Center for Photography (ICP) in New York City. Wishing to nurture a Filipino version of the ICP back home, Afable founded Foto Baryo in order to raise local awareness of the beauty of photography. From the first year of its inception, Foto Baryo has spread the word to over a hundred photo enthusiasts around the country. Since its first landmark exhibition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), One Workshop Gallery has always supported Foto Baryo and Afable's vision of a community sharing ideas, knowledge, art and culture.

“Old Magic” by Foto Baryo runs until November 7, 2008 at the One Workshop Gallery, Ground Floor 2241 La Fuerza Plaza II, Don Chino Roces Ave. corner Sabio St., Makati City. Gallery hours are from 10am to 7pm daily except Sundays. For inquiries, call or fax 819-2074, e-mail inquiry@owg.cc  one_workshop@yahoo.com, or visit One Workshop Gallery.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Through Each Others Eyes

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 27, 2008
JW Mariott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
5350 East Mariott Drive, Phoenix

Participating Filipino Photographers
Visit TEOE website here.

Monday, September 8, 2008

100UP: The New Kid on the Block

The purpose of www.100-UP.org is to provide an online presence where interested individuals may learn more about the group, its members and the activities that they conduct. It is also designed to enable people to give feedback and inquire about membership and possible support to or from the group. It also has a forum where the group can post photos, activities, and other relevant information and topics. 100UP will maintain maximum of 100 members only.

Visit 100UP Forum here.

The Marc Aviles Emerging Talent 2009 Photo Competition

The Marc Aviles Emerging Talent 2009 Photography Competition 
A San Juan National High School Alumni Association Inc (SJNHSAAI) Project 

MISSION: 

The Marc Aviles Emerging Talent 2009 Photography Competition  is a project of San Juan National High School Alumni Association Inc (SJNHSAAI). Its mission is to encourage the Students and Alumni  to pique their interest in the vast fields of arts and photography. Through this friendly competition, the project aims to jumpstart and develop their hidden talents. 

BACKGROUND: 

Photography was one of the topics taught by Mr. Estanislao Caldez, a professor of Practical Arts, when Marc Aviles studied at San Juan National High School, in the year 1987. He enjoyed the subject because it was fun and creative, and it was 16 years later when he first got his first camera and studied photography again on his own. He started joining photography competitions which helped him exercise his imagination and push his passion. In 2004, he won the “Photographer of the Year" title in Singapore’s leading photography (Photo-i) magazine, 2005 and 2007 Top Ten Photographer of the Year in Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. In 2007, he won the “Photographer of the Year”, a worldwide competition held by New York's Popular Photography Magazine. In 2008, he bagged the 1st and 2nd Place for the Landscape/Nature category in the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International), judging was held in Santa Monica, California. Now he lives as a professional photographer in California.

With humble beginnings, Marc Aviles looks back at the time when he first held a camera provided by SJNHS, and thanks the school for planting a seed of inspiration to him.

"With the help of my fellow alumni at SJNHSAAI, I hope to excite the youth about arts and photography. I believe this humble competition at our beloved alma matter will spark up their interest."

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Oro, Plata, Mata: Philippine Photojournalism As Seen Through The Lens of Ernie U. Sarmiento


Oro, Plata, Mata: Philippine Photojournalism
As Seen Through The Lens of Ernie U. Sarmiento
by Eric Caruncho

The Photographs

To see the world with new eyes…that has always been the dream. 

A dream that seems more distant now more than ever. 

Each day we are bombarded with a deluge of images: on the tube, on the streets, over the internet.  Hundreds of frames per second flashing by, until all we see is a blur, and we are blinded by our own sight.  

In such a world, the photographer's task is not to add to this never-ending stream of images, but to stop it—even for 1/100th of a second—so that we can see what they see.  See the world with new eyes—their eyes. 

In these images, gathered over a period spanning decades, photojournalist Ernie U. Sarmiento lends us his roving eyes, so that we might see the underlying meaning beneath the surface.  His subjects range from the famous to the infamous, unfolding events of national importance to private unguarded moments of ordinary people. 

What makes them remarkable is the fact that these are not "art" photographs taken by photographers with all the time in the world to wait for the right light, but "news" photographs taken in the heat of the moment, under deadline pressure with editors breathing down the photographer's neck.  

These images were never meant to last beyond the next day's morning edition, yet here they are, years or even decades later, still seeming as fresh as the moment Ernie decided to press the shutter release.

It is a testament to the power that the single image still has to move us, and to the photographer's skill in making us stop for a moment, and see.

The Photographer 

Some people are said to be born with a silver spoon in their mouths.

Ernie U. Sarmiento was born with silver nitrate and hypo solution running through his veins.   

He was all of four years old when he first picked up a camera. 

It belonged to his father Joe, a veteran lensman and MalacaƱang press photographer during the terms of Presidents Ramon Magsaysay and Diosdado Macapagal.  Rather than scold his son for playing with his tools, Joe handed him a press ID and a reporter's notebook to complete the outfit.  

Thus are photojournalists made.

As a boy Ernie apprenticed under his father, helping him with large-format camera setups, developing negatives and making enlargements in the family darkroom.  Inevitably, he started taking his own photographs.   
He wanted to study Journalism in college as well, but his father—knowing the hard life that Filipino photojournalists lead—prevailed upon him to study Engineering at the University of Sto. Tomas instead.  But the fire had been lit: Ernie spent most of his free time at school taking photographs for the Varsitarian, the college newspaper. 

Upon graduation, Ernie embarked on a photojournalism career in earnest, first with the Times Journal and later with the Philippine Daily Inquirer where he now heads the photo department.  He has won numerous awards and prizes, among them Kodak Sports Photographer of 1988, Sports Photographer of 2002, and first, second and third prize in the MMDA Photo Contest.   He also teaches Advanced News Photography at the Asian Center for Journalism of the Ateneo de Manila University. 

In his 25 years as a professional photographer, Ernie has covered everything from war and politics to sports and human interest.   But he still hews closely to the time-honored values of old-school photojournalism and the decisive moment: 

"In photojournalism, the subject is the most important thing," he says "Photography is only a tool. What transforms simple photographs into pictures of lasting merit, comes down to the choice of subject… When choosing a subject, I look first if it has a story to tell; I look for content and meaning." 

Oro, Plata, Mata: Philippine Photojournalism As Seen Through The Lens of Ernie U. Sarmiento will be on exhibit at Cinema Lobby, TriNoMa from September 17-24, 2008.


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Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Alcove Perspective Photo Shoot-Exhibit


The Alcove Perspective of the Filipinas Heritage Library is launching a photography shoot-exhibit in Ayala Malls. Photo shoot is scheduled from August 29 to September 17 and best photos will be displayed from October to November. It is open to all interested amateur and professional photographers. 

For more details, please click here.

Download forms from FHL Site.

I Am Ninoy: A Photo Exhibit

I AM NINOY
An Exhibit Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Benigno S. Aquino Jr.’s Martyrdom
  • August 19 to 28, Tues to Sat 9:00am to 6:00pm - The Alcove photo gallery
  • September 1 to 14, mall hours - Glorietta EDSA Mall (near Activity Center)
  • September 15 to 28, mall hours - Trinoma GF Exhibit Area (near Gift Gate)
Know more about Ninoy and the values he upheld through a display of photographs at The Alcove photo gallery. The exhibit can be viewed from Tuesday to Saturday at 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Read more here .

View a Special Collection of photographs by Willie Vicoy in FHLs Retrato Archive.

For more details, please call 8921801, or email cruz.ct@ayalafoundation.org.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Travel Light Workshop & Photo Exhibit

Travel Light Workshop & Photo Exhibit
September 8-13, 2008
SM THE BLOCK, Quezon City

Basic Photography Digital SLR 
Andy Samaniego
Sept. 9, 2008 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

Digital Photojournalism
Edwin Tuyay, Chito Vecina & Ernie Sarmiento 
Sept. 10, 2008 1 p.m. - 6p.m. (Day 1)

Travel Photography 
Andy Samaniego & Nelwin Uy 
Sept. 11, 2008 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Dynamic duo of Wedding Photography
Jun & Robert Garcia 
Importance of make-up artistry and styling to photography
Madge Lejano
Sept. 12, 2008 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Digital Photojournalism 
Edwin Tuyay, Chito Vecina & Ernie Sarmiento 
Sept. 13, 2008 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Day 2) 

See details here.

SLab: A New Gallery & ArtLab for Contemporary Art

SLab (Silverlens Lab) is the new gallery, established in 2008 in Makati City, for contemporary art under the Silverlens Group. Silverlens Gallery will continue to show photography and new media while the adjacent SLab will be showing painting, drawing, and sculpture. The two spaces will be bridge-linked, the former being a piano warehouse and the latter being a former auditorium.

SLab will have two galleries, a 120 square meter main space for longer curated shows, and the 20 square meter smaller gallery for young artists, for projects the curators are working on, and for collectors and artists consignments. The backroom for both Silverlens and SLab will be actively showing work by all the represented artists. Their artists push the boundaries of their medium and are aggressive in their dialogue with a critical audience. Represented artists include Patricia Eustaquio, Lena Cobangbang, Mariano Ching, Christina Dy, Gary Ross Pastrana, Rachel Rillo, and Isa Lorenzo, among others. They are also actively represented by Silverlens internationally in art fairs and gallery collaborations for their exposure, recall, recognition, and collection.

The inaugural show of SLab is Patricia Eustaquio who will be showing painting and multi-material sculpture. A Magna Cum Laude Graduate of painting from the UP Diliman Fine Arts Program, Eustaquio returns to her core art after years of fashion design. Based on J.S. Bach's Well Tempered Clavier, a body of musical work that uses all 24 keys of the piano, indiscriminate of majors and minors, she creates 12 pieces that are odes to the sublimity of music, but silent. We see shaped canvases filled with feathers and other stilled life, an exquisitely tooled miniature piano in leather, a ceramic violin with a frozen heart.  That the space was formerly a music auditorium is beyond coincidence.

Asked why she joined SLab, Eustaquio narrates, "I wanted to work within the context of a new space and the energy that comes from it.. Of course I also want my works to be part of a wider dialogue, and with the art fairs, SLab is participating in, I feel that I have more of an opportunity to grow while my works are scrutinized by a larger audience."

SLab opens at 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City in October 2008. Silverlens Gallery will be showing Isa Lorenzo, 003 simultaneously. www.silverlensphoto.com


SLab exhibits

2008
Oct-Nov - Patricia Eustaquio
Nov-Dec - Bea Valdes

2009
Jan-Feb - Renato Orara
Mar-Apr - Christina Dy
May-Jun - Lena Cobangbang

Monday, August 25, 2008

Asian Photography Festivals (2008-2009)

Singapore International Photography Festival
October 8-31, 2008

Scheduled to take place from 8 to 31 October 2008, the Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is the first event of its kind in Southeast Asia. This biennial festival strives to provide a platform for Southeast Asian artists to showcase their works alongside their international peers in various venues such as National Museum of Singapore, The Arts House, 2902 Photo Gallery and more.

3 central components of the SIPF are the official exhibitions, workshops and portfolio review. The festival kick starts with exhibition openings and 2 days of portfolio review sessions for up to 50 Southeast Asian photographers, followed by a series of workshops facilitated by curators and senior photographers for up to 45 Southeast Asian photographers. Selection for workshops/portfolio reviews is based on project submissions.

Open to public are a series of evening presentation by invited curators, artists and festival directors. Over the weekends are series of public lectures and forum to share thoughts, ideas, issues and current trends in photography.

Along with the official exhibitions and programme, is SIPF Fringe which counts on the participation of arts galleries, arts spaces and education institutions to promote photography across Singapore. Individual and organisation that are planning to have photography related activities in October are welcomed to ride on the extensive festival publicity.

The SIPF committee is made up of volunteers and relies on the good will and support from various institutions, corporate organisation and the public to make this festival a reality. Members of the public could contribute to this festival by signing up as volunteers or by purchasing the festival publication.

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Isa Lorenzo on Collecting Photography

On Collecting Photography
Talk by Isa Lorenzo
August 30, Saturday
4-6pm

Photography is one of the most accessible art forms. What you see is what you get. Or is it?

The collection of photography as a contemporary fine art is steadily becoming more important to serious collectors both here and abroad. This talk answers why. And why the thrill of collecting art is all the more intense with the contemporary. The work of Noelle Katigbak Tan, currently in its last editions at Silverlens this month, after 6 years of being shown, is a satisfying sample of deep collecting.

A slideshow of important internationally-collected art will be presented, vis a vis Philippine photography. It also answers the whos and hows of photography collection--the artists, print processes, editions, pricing, and provenance.

This visual presentation is ideal for individuals with established collections, young collectors, artists, architects, designers, and the curious.

Isa Lorenzo is the creative director of Silverlens Gallery which deals with photography, and the soon to open SLab (Silverlens Lab), which will be showing the rest of the contemporary arts. Lorenzo, herself an artist who works with photography, spends her downtime looking at art and carefully building a collection of the contemporary.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Isa Lorenzo's Filipinas at SM Mall of Asia

FILIPINAS: Photographs by Isa Lorenzo will be exhibited at the Atrium Lobby of the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City from 25 to 30 August, 2008. An opening reception will be held at 4pm on August 25, Monday.

The photo exhibition FILIPINAS is comprised of thirty (30) black and white portraits of distinguished Filipino women who have achieved national and international recognition in various fields.

FILIPINAS was conceptualized by Isa Lorenzo, fine art photographer with a Master’s degree in media and photography from the New School University-Parsons School of Design in New York City. Deanna Ongpin-Recto, formerly First Secretary and Senior Foreign Affairs Adviser at the Philippine Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, is the curator of the exhibition.

First shown in 2004 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, FILIPINAS has since been made into a book, which is available at Powerbooks, Fully Booked, Booktrends, Popular Bookstore, Rustans and Travel Cafe.

For orders and other inquiries, call 8160044, 09052650873 or email manage@silverlensphoto.com

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Big Green Sunrise: A Photo Exhibit for Cordillera Forests by JP Alipio

Opens August 23, 2008
6:00PM

Cordillera Coffee
SM Baguio

20% of the proceeds from the Exhibit will go to Padyak para sa Binhi ng Kordi for Seedlings in the Cordillera and 10% will go to Coffee Aid for the Coffee Farmers in the Mountain Region.

For updates, click here.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Painting with Light: An Exhibition of Abstract Photography by Henry Bateman

Painting with Light is Australian artist/photographer, Henry Bateman’s second Philippine exhibition. Where his first exhibition “Through Australian Eyes” explored different places in the Philippines from an expatriate’s point of view, in this latest exhibition Bateman addresses a wider range of ideas whilst limiting his lens to Metro Manila’s Makati City.
 
Using computer manipulation, he abstracts his photographs to explore his response to issues that range from current events to observations of Manila’s art scene. Bateman’s works encompass his reaction to the war of terror in “The Fractured Sentinel” and climate change in “Broken Spaces I and II” to viewing art in a Shopping mall in “Mall Art II – Stand in Line” and in a gallery in “Gossip” from a photograph captured at the Ricco Renzo Galleries.
 
Bateman’s work is unashamedly abstract and conceptual presenting images designed to provoke a dialogue with his camera’s captures. As American artist DL Keur says in a review of his work on her web site www.zentao.com/art-reviews-by-dlkeur. “Henry Bateman is a photographer who photo-manipulates his work into art that is at once unique and evocative.”
 
Painting with Light is on show at Ricco Renzo Galleries, 2nd Floor, LRI Design Plaza, 210 N. Garcia St. (formerly Reposo), Bel Air 2, Makati City from 15 August to 10 September. Open cocktails will be at 7pm on the 15th August.

Drawing and Untitled: Noelle Katigbak Tan


August 14-September 27, 2008
Opening reception, 6pm on August 14, Thursday

Silverlens Gallery is proud to announce the opening of the first solo show of Noelle Katigbak Tan in Manila at 6pm on August 14, Thursday. The show will run until September 27, 2008.
 
For her show, Noelle Katigbak Tan will be exhibiting two sets of works, Drawing and Untitled. According to the artist, “These bodies of work depict landscapes that hover between emerging and being, the seen and the subliminal. They challenge the viewer to question what it is they can actually see in the photograph.” Aptly called Drawing, Tan’s series of 18 darkroom printed photographs seem like sketches made with pencil at first glance. Bathed in pure white, Tan’s panoramas blind viewers and hint of familiar scenery. A stark contrast to Drawing, Untitled is a collection of 13 silver gelatin prints in rich black with spark-like bursts of light.
 
Paul Roth, Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art describes Tan’s work: “Noelle Tan makes photographs that are at once conceptual explorations of our current social unease and technical forays to the medium’s outer limits. In contrasting tones of black and white, her photographs elide detail to suggest submerged truths; and dissipate reality to explore the unknown.“
 
Noelle Katigbak Tan was born in Manila in 1969. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of Art. She has had solo exhibitions at Civilian Art Projects, Project Gallery 4, and DC Arts Center in Washington; the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY; School 33 Art Center in Baltimore; and the Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Corcoran Museum, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Creative Artists Agency.
 
Saturday Gallery Activities, all from 3-5pm:
August 16 - Panel discussion with Noelle Katigbak Tan and Rachel Rillo
August 30- Isa Lorenzo on Collecting Photography 
 
Visit Silverlens Gallery at 2/F YMC Bldg. 2, 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City, 816-0044, 0905-2650873, manage@silverlensphoto.com. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am–7 pm, Saturday 1–6pm. www.silverlensphoto.com.

Friday, July 18, 2008

World's Top Photo Show Visits Manila, AUG 1 - 22

The internationally acclaimed annual World Press Photo Exhibition will be on view in three venues in Metro Manila, for the second year in a row, from August 1 -22.

The exhibit, featuring about 200 photos that won awards in the 2007 World Press PhotoCompetition, will be open to the public for free at The Podium, Aug. 1-7; SM Mall ofAsia, Aug. 8-13, and The Block SM North-EDSA, Aug. 14 -22. A partnership project of the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University(ACFJ) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the show has also drawn support from The Podium, SM Supermalls and Unilever Philippines.

The competition’s photo of the year – an image of an American soldier resting at a bunkerin Afghanistan, taken by the British photographer Tim Hetherington and carried by Vanity Fair – topbills the exhibit. The picture bested about 80,536 photographs submittedto the competition by 5,019 photographers from 125 countries.

The exhibit is part of ACFJ’s photojournalism program which was initiated in 2006 withthe support of the World Press Photo. At the heart of the program is the Diploma in Photojournalism, a seven-course online learning program for photojournalists. The program has drawn some of the country’s finest young photojournalists as students and is run by an international faculty of senior photographers and academics. One of its graduates, Jaime “VJ” Villafranca, freelance photographer, recently won the Ian Parry Scholarship 2008, an international competition run by The Sunday Times (London), witha photo essay on youth gangs that was the major essay in the portfolio he submitted forthe diploma program. 

The competition and the traveling exhibit have been run since 1955 by the World PressPhoto, the Amsterdam-based media NGO that is reputed to be the world’s most significant and prestigious platform for press photography. 

Shown each year at about 85 venues in 40 countries, the exhibit features the year’s top photo along with award-winning images from each of the 10 contest categories including spot news, general news, people in the news, nature, contemporary issues, sports actions, sports features, daily life, portraits and arts and entertainment. 

The high quality of photojournalism involved is considered to set a standard in the field. 

Filipino photographer Albert Garcia won the first prize in the nature and environmentcategory in the 1991 competition for his picture of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. 

Last year the exhibit was also shown in the same three venues, drawing huge crowds thatwere invariably awed, fascinated and moved by gripping pictures of the news stories that hugged the headlines. The show was likewise co-sponsored by ACFJ and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, with support from The Podium and SM Supermalls.

This year the group, along with Unilever Philippines, aims to bring campus journalists tothe exhibit through guided tours and lectures. 

Unilever, an Anglo-Dutch group of companies, brought the exhibit to Manila in 2001. According to Jika Mendoza-Dalupan, corporate relations director, Unilever’s support to World Press Photo stems from the company’s mission of supporting the arts and culture of the countries where it operates. 

For more information about the exhibit in Metro Manila, contact: 

ACFJ
Jimmy A. Domingo (+639189212878)
Rona Saipudin (+639274703701) 

Telephone Nos.: +63.2.9263253 
+63.2.4266001 ext 5215 or 5216 
Fax No.:+63.29263254 

Website: ACFJ

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Things You Need To Know About Rights-Grab Photo Contests

It seem that contest photo organizers/ sponsors had found a 'cheap and economical way' to 'harvest' a great deal of creative work, usually images for absolutley nothing - a library of FREE images. These are rampant nowadays not just in the Philippines (from private companies to government agencies) but even abroad. A clever ploy targetting photographers especially the amateurs who are naive and do not understand their rights and the potential value of their work. This, in a way, can 'harm' photography in general because when sponsors/ contest organizers get a collection of free images, they are less likely to buy nor hire/commission a photographer to shoot photos for commercial application - somewhere, a photographer loses a sale.

Yet, no matter how clever their mechanics/ contest rules may be, there will always be loopholes and gray areas which you can detect if you examine the contest mechanics very closely. When joining a (photo) contest, please take sometime to read carefully and understand the specific clauses particularly on the following:

Copyright Ownership/ Policy

As authors of original works, photographer entrants should own copyright of their entries, irregardless of winning and non-winning entries. Think twice if you see any of the following clause explicitly expressed in the rules:"All photos submitted as entries to the photo contest shall be owned by ...."; "..... shall retain the copyright of the photographs."; "All entries shall automatically become exclusive property of .... and may be used, copied, reproduced and/or reprinted by.... into any size or medium for exhibition, advertising, promotion or whatever purpose." (see: ownership of copyright & derivative works)

File Submission

Photographer's entries are submitted independently of the digital files or film negatives except in the case of winners, where the sponsors/ organizers may request high resolution file/ digital scans of the winning photographs for verification purposes. Contest organizers has the prerogative in disposing non-winning prints. These maybe returned (via mail by enclosing self-stamped envelope) or destroyed if unclaimed. It is also understood that mere possession of unreturned/ unclaimed entries, both print/ digital files (low resolution) does not transfer authors copyright to the organizer/s (see: transfer or assignment of copyright). Please be warned should you read the clause "Original negatives and data files should be submitted together with the entry" or "All photos submitted as entries to the photo contest shall be owned by ...."

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