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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: 

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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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

PAGBABAKAS: Sunday Love Affair Photo Exhibit

Sunday Love Affair Exhibit
July 11 - August 11, 2008
Ishmael Bernal Gallery
UP Film Institute, UP Diliman
Quezon City

Despite their dire circumstances, seeing the people of Tondo live in the community they’re in and work in an environment that is less than desirable, is something short of amazing. Their struggle to make ends meet and live with what they can find in their surroundings is astonishing.

What is even more surprising is that even in the midst of the chaos that surrounds them; they have still found a haven of sorts for their families. What can be observed is that usually, you see groups of people working, playing, eating and yes, even having fun together. It made us realize that no matter how difficult their situation is, as long as they are not alone, they can live through it, survive it. 

Pagbabakas in Filipino means partnership. Commonly a term used in business and in gambling… yes gambling. This term connotes being with someone in an endeavor or activity. For this exhibit however, our focus will be to show how the people of Tondo have bonded together, gambling their lives everyday to survive. We want to show how working together can be a positive element even in an environment that is surrounded by hopelessness and negativity.

In other adaptations, “pagbabakas” can be considered as seeing their everyday life, the way they live and their way of survival. Our photographs will be the medium in which our audience will understand the situation in their community not as merely being but simply showing them that you can still appreciate life even if the situation is unkind.

This photo exhibit is a partnership between Sunday Love Affair, UP Film Institute (UPFI) and TUDLA Production.

For more information, please contact: 

Mr. Lawrence Dionisio (0906)580-8213 / 824-4986
Mr. Bam Luneta (0917)973-9469

Tudla Productions
Ms. Icy Salem (0921)602-0007 

UP Film Institute
Ms. Avie Felix 926-2722

Thursday, July 10, 2008

VJ Villafranca Wins Ian Parry Scholarship

Photo: © VJ Villafranca

Young Filipino photojournalist Vicente Jaime "VJ" Villafranca recently won the 2008 Ian Parry Scholarship award in London, the first ever Filipino to win the award.

VJ's portfolio – 12 black-and-white images documenting the lives of gang members of the "Chinese Mafia Crew" living in Manila's Baseco compound – bested other works submitted by photographers from all over the world. 

See VJ Villafranca's Award-Winning Portfolio here.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

OPENING: Frankie Callaghan, Stranger and Johann Espiritu, Symmetry | Duality

STRANGER by Frankie Callaghan
SYMMETRY | DUALITY by Johann Espiritu

July 10-August 9, 2008
Opening reception: 6pm on July 10, Thursday

Silverlens Gallery invites everyone to the openings Stranger by Frankie Callaghan and Symmetry | Duality by Johann Espiritu, at 6pm on July 10, Thursday. The shows will run until August 9, 2008.

Stranger is an exhibit of night photographs by Frankie Callaghan. His love for photography began while just a boy growing up in Baguio. It wasn’t until after studying finance and management at the Wharton School of Business that he gave into his calling to work as a full-time photographer. He first exhibited his photographs at the age of 21 in Philadelphia. He was one of the participants of the “Photography as Expression” Sense-I workshop at Silverlens Gallery.

Symmetry | Duality is an exhibit of pairs, shot by Silverlens Sense-I instructor Johann Espiritu. Espiritu has had several exhibits, and is currently working on two book projects. His work has been displayed in newspapers, magazines, billboards and even featured in limited-edition postage stamps. A lawyer by profession, Johann was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2001 and to the New York State Bar in 2004.

Saturday Gallery Activities:

July 12, 3-5pm : Artist Talk by Johann Espiritu

July 26, 3-5pm : Artist Talk by Frankie Callaghan

August 2, 3-5pm : Urban Architecture Talk

August 9, 6-9pm : Game Night

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

(left) Frankie Callaghan
Clothes Lines, 2008

(right) Johann Espiritu
Untitled, 2008

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