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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Rachel Rillo's 'Manila' at Silverlens Gallery (Updated)

13 February 2008
6 PM

Rachel Rillo will be opening her photography exhibit, metaphorically called “MANILA”, on February 13th, 6pm, at the Silverlens gallery. It is her second exhibit after being the inaugural show at the warehouse space the photography gallery moved into in September 2006.

Her photographs are intimate in size, drawing the viewer in what would otherwise be a common sight. Rillo, returning last year from the United States, continued shooting the wires project she started abroad some three years ago. But in Manila, “the more I looked the harder it was for me to see anything else. The wires were the perfect metaphor for the chaos shrouding the city.”

The images are emotional; alternately funny and somber, gentle and violent, delicate and tensile. The deliberate exclusion of buildings and clouds must have made for a funny sight while Rillo was shooting. Her viewfinder framing, physically dodging all other evidence of viral urban growth shows the exquisite that is above us if only we care to see.

Accompanying “MANILA” are Saturday Gallery Activities, all from 3 – 5 pm:

Feb. 16 – Man Ray Film Showing and Rachel Rillo Gallery Talk

Feb. 23 – Edson Cabalfin: Colonial Imaginings of Manila Architectural Photographs of Dean C. Worcester, 1898-1914

March 1 – John Silva: On Manila

Silverlens gallery is at 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10 am – 7 pm, Saturday 1 – 6 pm. Call 816-0044, email manage@silverlensphoto.com or visit www.silverlensphoto.com for more info.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Mangyan Cultural Festival (Updated)

7 - 9 February 2008
Jose J. Leido Memorial National High School Gym,
Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro

To celebrate National Arts Month, the Mangyan Heritage Center in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Provincial Tourism Office of Oriental Mindoro - invites you to the

The Mangyan Cultural Festival honors the richness and diversity of the Mangyan cultures through exhibits, theater, dance, and musical performances by the Mangyans themselves.

The original inhabitants of Mindoro, the Mangyans are composed of eight groups – the Alangan, Bangon, Buhid, Hanunuo, Iraya, Tadyawan, Tau-buid, and Ratagnon. While each group has a distinct culture and language, all of them uphold similar values such as non-violence, honesty, sensitivity to ecology, and the sanctity of the community.

The Buhid and Hanunuo Mangyan syllabic writing systems were declared National Cultural Treasures in 1997 and inscribed in UNESCO's Memory of the Word Registers in 1999. Over 30,000 Hanunuo Mangyan poems, traditionally inscribed on bamboo in the syllabic script, have been recorded. In recognition of his expertise in Hanunuo script and poetry, Ginaw Bilog was named a National Living Treasure in 1993.

These are among the many amazing facts to be discovered at the Cultural Festival. The exhibit will feature traditional Mangyan homes, photographs, artifacts and crafts from all the Mangyan groups. Learn to write your name in Mangyan script and sound the shell or carabao horn bugle. Spin cotton into thread, weave cloth and baskets, string beads, prepare bark cloth, and play traditional musical instruments. Support Mangyan traditions by buying their crafts and products. You can even sample native Mangyan food or try their betel chew.

Capping the festival is *Ang Paglalakbay ni Waraan** *(The Journey of Waraan), a play featuring the Mangyans' struggle to retain their identity and celebrate their culture despite the many challenges they encounter. Performing in the play are students from Mt. Tabor Mangyan Formation Center, Tugdaan Mangyan Center for Learning and Development, and Mangyan Education Center.

*Ang Paglalakbay ni Waraan *will be shown at 1:30-3:00 PM and 6:30-8:00 PM on February 8.

Entrance to the exhibit is free, while tickets to the play are sold at P50.00, P20.00, and P10.00 (students).

For inquiries, please call (043) 288-5318 or (0910) 305-3810; see the Mangyan Heritage Center's library at the Bishop Finnemann Compound, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro; or e-mail mangyanhc@catsi.net.ph.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see the Mangyan tribes of Oriental Mindoro come together to celebrate the beauty of their distinct cultures – all a part of our rich Filipino heritage.

The National Arts Month is a project of the NCCA, which again has chosen Oriental Mindoro as one of the select provinces in the Philippines to conduct activities this February. The Mangyan Cultural Festival is made possible with the participation of Kapulungan Para sa Lupaing Ninuno, the federation of Mangyan Peoples' Organizations in Oriental Mindoro.

For more info, contact: Emily Catapang (+63 910 3053810)

Source: Mangyan Heritage Center

YKL PHOTO CONTEST PHOTOWORLD 2008 (Updated)

Fuji-YKL invites everyone to join this photo contest. From Camera Club members, Hobbyist, Students of Photography, Professionals, Amateurs, Phone Cam users, Lomographers, and others to join this semi- On The Spot Photo Contest.

MECHANICS:

1. This photo contest is open to all amateur, hobbyists, professional film/digital photographers.

2. The subject/theme Everything about YKL Photo Booth/Activities such as:
  • Mime Artists
  • Ramp Modeling
  • Cosplay
  • Other Events within YKL Booth
3. Size of Entries 8 x 10" (8R) - colored or black & white prints

4. Photo Printing should be done in the following Fujifilm Digital Imaging (FDI) stores only: - Php. 28.00 per 8R
  • FDI Digital Exchange - Glorietta (3rd Level Glorietta 3, Ayala Center)
  • FDI Dela Rosa 1 (Ground Floor Dela Rosa 1 Carpark Bldg. Dela Rosa St., Makati City)
  • FDI Dela Rosa 2 (Upper Ground Floor Dela Rosa 2 Carpark Bldg. Dela Rosa St., Makati City)
  • FDI Pasay Road (Jackson Bldg. # 926 Arnaiz At., Makati City)
5. Entry Form/s can only be obtained through FDI Stores stated above. Entries should be properly labeled - attached with an entry form (one entry form per photo).

6. Submission of the entries will be at YKL Booth during the PhotoWorld Asia 2008.

7. Deadline of Submission of Entries - Feb. 04, 2008 (Mon.) till 12:00 PM

8. Judging of entries will be on Feb. 04, 2008 – Monday afternoon.

9. For verification Original Media (negatives, slides, digital file) of the winning entries must be presented to the contest committee before the awarding of prizes.

10. Awarding of prizes will be on Feb. 05, 2008 (Tues) at 5:00 PM YKL Booth

11. All the decisions of judges are deemed final.

Additional info:

Exessive computer manipulation is not allowed, only cropping resizing are allowed for digital images. Black and White digital images should be shot in b/w mode.

Images should be taken only during this year's photo world and only at YKL booth from Jan. 31 - Feb. 4 to be part or valid as entries.

All entries should be in 8 " x 10 " photo paper, even taken by a square format cameras or by phone cam. Borders are allowed.

Copyright shall remain with the Photographer after maximum of 1 year. By entering this contest, winning participants shall allow FUJI-YKL use of the images for documentation, announcements and if needed be one time use for publication.

Prizes:

1st Prize
One (1) FinePix A900 Digital Camera (9 MP Effective)

2nd Prize
One (1) FinePix A700 Digital Camera (7.3 MP Effective)

3rd Prize
One (1) Digital Mobile Printer MP-70 (Mobile Printer for Camera Phones with Infrared)

For specification of digital cameras stated above please visit www.yklcolor. com

For more information, call Mr. Ariel Tresvalles, Marketing Services Manager - Fuji-YKL Color Lab at 7436601 - 06 or email me at corp_acct@yklcolor. com or at altaroflion@ yahoo.com

Ibon-Ebon Festival 2008

The local government of Candaba, headed by Mayor Jerry Pelayo is organizing the Ibon-Ebon Festival (literally, “birds and eggs”) on February 1-2 for students and to service the local and foreign tourists. The festival features the migratory birds and the municipality's growing duck-egg (ebun) industry.

This is an opportunity not to be missed by both Bird watchers and the general public alike to see flocks of birds (starting October and staying until February) take a winter break and the time for breeding.

View or download festival schedule here.

Candaba swamp is composed of freshwater ponds, swamps and marshes with surrounding areas of seasonally flooded grassland, arable land and palm savanna on a vast alluvial flood plain which make it adviseable to bring rubber boots, telescope and and proper clothing. Click here for more info.

Photographers, especially the first timers in shooting Birds/ Wildlife might find these tips helpful.

See vicinity map & schedule of activities.

How to get there.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

WACOM Valentine Photo Contest

The first Valentine's Day contest from Wacom Asia Pacific, the Wacom Valentine Photo Contest being held on the Wacom Asia Pacific Community invites Asia Pacific residents to test their ability to capture the theme "Love Story" on digital film. Intuos3 and Bamboo Fun pen tablets as prizes for the best photos, plus a Wacom Mentor Award for the best written photo retouching or photo manipulation tip. No entry fee. Deadline February 15, 2008.

Theme: Love Story

Contest Period: January 1 - February 15
(An extra day to spend with your Valentine of course! Contest ends at midnight Tokyo time.)

Submit to Wacom Valentine Photo Contest

Submit to the Wacom Mentor Award

Awards & Prizes

Wacom Mentor Award: Intuos3 9x12

This special award will go to the best written photo retouching or photo manipulation tip. Superb tips may be listed in our tips section with your name and website.

Please submit in Word document format (Max: 300MB). No entry fee. No entry limit. (All other awards have a one entry limit.)

Grand "Cupid" Prize: Intuos3 6x8, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 3.0

2nd Place: Bamboo Fun medium
3rd Place: Bamboo Fun small

Rules: All submissions must abide by the contest and submission rules of the Wacom Community. In particular, submissions may not contain any nudity, adult situations, violence or other obscenities, and must be original. Submissions of fan art or other copyrighted images or characters will not be considered. Wacom reserves the right to reject, remove, and/or disqualify entries at its discretion.

Eligibility: All residents of Wacom Asia Pacific countries (does not include China, Hong Kong or Japan). Limited to one entry per person (except Wacom Mentor Award). No entry fee necessary.

Submission Deadline: Contest officially ends at midnight, Tokyo time. Please be aware of time differences when submitting.

Requirements:
Media : JPG
Size : max 500KB
Dimensions : 800x600 pixels (portrait or landscape)
Resolution : 72 dpi (Screen Resolution)

If you want to submit to the Wacom Mentor Award, click here for more details.

Official Rules and Regulations of Wacom Community Contests

1. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

2. APPLICABILITY: The rules and regulations laid out by this document are complementary to Wacom's Submission Agreement and shall be applicable to all contests held by the Wacom Community, unless otherwise stated on the contest information sheets or elsewhere on the website. The Sponsor of all contests held by the Wacom Community is the Asia Pacific Division of Wacom Co., Ltd.

3. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to legal residents of countries and regions that come under the management of the Sponsor. These countries and regions include but are not limited to Australia, Brunei, Korea, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. China and Japan do not fall under the management of the Sponsor and residents from these countries may not be eligible to receive prizes. Employees of the Sponsor and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliated companies and agents, and the foregoing employees' household or immediate family members (defined as parent, spouse, child, sibling or grandparent) are NOT eligible to enter the Contest.

4. CONTEST DETAILS: Details including Awards & Prizes, Themes, Submission Period, etc. are found on respective information pages each contest

5. HOW TO ENTER: Limit one entry per contest. Entry allowed via contest submission page only unless otherwise stated. To enter, during the Submission Period fill out the entry form found in the Contest section of the Wacom Community website and attach the artwork. Participation in the contest implies agreement to have the entry publicly displayed in the Wacom Community website on the "list of entries" page.

6. SUBMITTED ENTRIES: The Submitted Entry including image and text must be original, unpublished and truthful in all respects; does not infringe or violate any third party rights including but not limited to the rights of copyright, trademark, privacy and publicity; is not infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic, or profane material or any material that could constitute or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law or regulation - Wacom will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or any court order requesting or directing Wacom to disclose the identity of anyone posting or transmitting any such information or materials. Wacom will not knowingly upload, reserves the right not to upload, and reserves the right to delete any suspect material. Wacom shall not be held liable for violations of laws and regulations governing the material submitted. Wacom will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or any court order requesting or directing Wacom to disclose the identity of anyone posting or transmitting any such information or materials in addition to deleting the materials from public view. Copyright of Submitted Entry shall remain property of Participant, however, Participant grants Sponsor the right to use Submitted Entry as indicated in the Release (article 11). Acknowledgement and return of the Submitted Entry is at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

7. Participant: The entry is deemed submitted by the person whose email address appears on the entry form. In case of dispute or ambiguity regarding the identity of owner of the email address, Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify the Submitted Entry.

8. PRIZE: Prizes as indicated on the Contest Information of each contest is nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by Sponsor in the event that a prize, or prize item cannot be awarded for any reason; in such event, Sponsor will in its sole discretion award a substitute prize or part thereof of equal or greater value. Winners are solely responsible for any and all applicable taxes (including where applicable sales tax) due for his/her awarded Contest prize, as well as all applicable fees and expenses related to the acceptance, award and use of his/her Contest prize. Sponsor will send prizes and provide support to Wacom products only to countries under its management.

9. JUDGING: All eligible entries received will be judged based upon criteria that are the sole discretion of Sponsor. Judging criteria will be laid out in the Contest Information of each specific contest and shall not be open to negotiation. Participants agree to be bound by these rules, that winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements herein, and that the decisions of the Sponsor and/or Contest judges shall be final and binding in all respects.

10. NOTIFICATION: Each potential Winner will be notified (the "Notification") by email (or other method at the discretion of Sponsor) on or about the date indicated in the Contest Information of each specific contest. The potential Winner may be required at the sole discretion of the Sponsor to provide proof of identity and/or eligibility. The potential Winner is responsible for entering his/her correct email address at the time of submission and prizes may be forfeited if the potential Winner cannot be contacted or his/her identity cannot be verified.

11. RELEASE: By participating in the Contest and/or accepting a prize, Participant agrees to defend, release and hold harmless the Sponsor, Wacom Co., Ltd. and subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, advertising and promotion agencies, and the foregoing companies' officers, directors, shareholders, employees, representatives, agents and all others associated with the development and execution of the Contest (collectively the "Releasees") from and against any actions, claims and/or liability for injury, loss or damage of any kind (including any for the violation or infringement of any proprietary or personal right of any individual or entity) resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in the Contest, and/or the use, acceptance, or possession of a Contest prize, participation in a Contest prize-related activity, and/or the publication of a Submitted Entry. By participating in the Contest and/or accepting a prize, Participant consents to and grants the Sponsor the right to use, in perpetuity, Participant's entry form information, to photograph/video a Participant and a Participant's property, to copyright material in which a Submitted Entry is used in part or in whole, and to freely and exclusively use, publish and display a Participant's statements, quotes, picture, portrait, likeness, voice, video, biographical information, prize information, text, and Submitted Entry (in part or in whole, as may be adapted, edited or modified, as solely determined by Sponsor) for advertising, trade, publicity and promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the World Wide Web, without review, notification or approval, all without additional consideration, unless prohibited by law. However, Sponsor will not participate in the direct sale of any Submitted Entry for profit and will notify and acknowledge Participant at Sponsor's sole discretion.

Source: Ian Chun, Wacom Asia-Pacific

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Fuji-YKL at Photoworld 2008

Fuji-YKL invites everyone to visit their booth at PhotoWorld 2008 in Glorietta Activity Center, from January 31 to February 5. Here are some of the activities to look forward to:

Cosplay Competition
Saturday & Sunday afternoon

Fuji-YKL will have a COSPLAY competition which will be managed by cosplay.ph, please visit their site for more info.

Hands-on B/W Developing Lecture
February 2 & 3, 12:00 NN - 2:00 PM

Jay javier will give lecture/demo in our booth on how to develop black and white films using a Rodinal Type of chemicals. The lecture will also tackle tips on black and white photography.

All about LOMO

February 4 - 5, 6:00 PM onwards
Learn the latest craze in the industry, the LOMOGRAPHY. A lomo wall, lomo lectures and meet the lomographers of LOMO MANILA.

Ramp Modelling with FUJIFILM FINEPIX Digital Cameras

Join them for a model photo shoot in their booth. You could also try the Fujifilm Finepix point and shoot digital cameras in shooting the models.

Source: Fuji-YKL

Friday, January 25, 2008

Wedding Expo Philippines 2008

12th Edition

March 8 - 9, 2008
The PICC Forum, CCP Complex
10 am to 8 pm

Wedding Expo Philippines is the biggest, most comprehensive, and longest running wedding fair in the country. This is the grand bi-annual event that the entire Philippine wedding industry, together with discriminating soon-to-weds, gears up for.

Wedding Expo Philippines - March 2008 celebrates the artistry of some of the finest food caterers in the Philippines. The fabulous banquet set ups that simulate wedding day grandeur and the caterers' amiable staff on hand to assist soon-to-weds, make it a breeze to choose the one that best suits their taste and budget. Newcomers and veteran caterers alike outdo each other in offering nothing but the best deals and the most elegant of set ups for Wedding Expo Philippines soon-to-weds.

Event Stylists Showcase. Wedding Expo Philippines is known to be the grand display venue of the country's leading florists and event stylists. The breathtaking floral showcase during the previous issues of Wedding Expo Philippines set the standards for floral and event styling in weddings in the country. In Floral Féte, a Wedding Expo Philippines special feature and the country's first and only grand showcase of wedding styling and floral styling, soon-to-wed couples will experience the fine, tasteful artistry of their favorite florists in the well organized and elegant ambience that Wedding Expo Philippines is famous for.

Cream of the Crop Photographers. Only the best and brightest fotogs make it to Wedding Expo Philippines. Even among their ranks, photographers acknowledge the prestige of being a part of Wedding Expo Philippines and look forward to it as the launch venue of choice where they show their state-of-the-art equipment and latest photographic techniques. Some photographers join no other fair but Wedding Expo Philippines.

Wedding Fashion Extravaganza. Fashion designers enjoy particular prominence in Wedding Expo Philippines. There is a growing number of soon-to-weds who actually book their couturiers on-site. This may be due to the never-before seen gowns put on display at the Wedding Expo, the special discounts for on-site bookings, or the tasteful set ups to be expected only from fashion designers. Whatever it is, soon-to-weds and fashion designers find a lot of reasons to have a mighty fine time in Wedding Expo Philippines.

See event schedule here.

Register Online.

PhotoWorld Manila 2008 (Updated)

Jan 31 to Feb 5, 2008
Ayala Center, Makati, Philippines

Five power lectures by experts in the fields of portrait, wedding, and digital editing.

Amy Cantrell, "Lighting on Location"
Judith Adam Host, "Sweet Light" (replacing Michael Taylor and Monica Sigmon)
Ken Sklute, "Wide Angle Vision (wedding)"
Eddie Tapp, "Digital Synergy"
Joe Mcnally, "Sense of Place"

P4,000 participant fee until Jan. 30 only!
P4,500 starting Jan. 31.

Register Online.

See complete schedule here.

A sneak peak inside the studio of the future

Have you ever wondered how a photo studio will look like in the future? This technology which was featured in PDN PhotoSource will revolutionize photography in a way we never imagined.

Studio 2020: A sneak peak inside the studio of the future
By Tom Wujec

1. DIGITAL CAMERAS
If sensor resolution continues to double every 18 months, the camera of 2020 will capture giga-pixel images instantly with enough detail to easily fill a 10 x 10-foot print.

2. LIQUID LENSES
Emerging technology will focus magnetic fields through a solution of oil and water, shaping it into a remarkably sharp liquid lens worthy of those billion pixels.

3. PLENOPTIC SENSORS
When photo sensors are stacked in layered sheets, they capture images on several focal planes simultaneously. And when processed together, the focus and depth of field of the composite can be selected after exposure is made.

4. 3D IMAGE CONSTRUCTION
A combination of GPS and LIDAR technology (similar to RADAR) will extend image manipulation by automatically fabricating 3D digital models, enabling subjects to be relit with virtual lights and shadows after their image is captured.

Read more, click here.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Photoworks @ The Garage

The brainchild of Mr. Leo Castillo, Photoworks is a workshop designed to help build a solid foundation on the art and craft of photography. Leo created it based on his studies at the New York Film Academy and the New York Institute of Photography. With his background in film, photography and production, combined with his expertise in training and development, he created the workshop in 2002. It has since grown to become an acclaimed photography class producing more than 500 photographers, some of whom have become professionals.

Schedule of classes: February 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 27; 7-10pm
Instructor: Mr. Leandro Castillo
Course fee: Php4,500
Deadline for registration: February 1, 2008
Running promo: Php4,000 if you register on or before January 25, 2008

For inquiries, email cbringino@admu. edu.ph or pgonzalez@admu. edu.ph or call 4265971 to 72 local 221. Or visit The Garage for more info.

The Philippine Arts Festival 2008

Ani ng Sining

The Celebration

Began in 1991 through Presidential Proclamation No. 683, the National Arts Month activities are spearheaded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, or NCCA, which is the country's premier government institution for arts and culture.

The People

Every year, the NCCA works hand in hand with arts and culture organizations, local government units, educational institutions, business establishments, and individuals in holding various initiatives in the arts. Now on its sixteenth year, the National Arts Month celebration with the theme "Ani ng Sining" has evolved from a Manila-centered activity, to a truly national event with key activities in all three major island groups - Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao. Involving hundreds of artists from the different disciplines of arts and reaching thousands of people from all walks of life. The National Arts Month is truly a festival of the Filipino people to involve their participation in "Celebrating a Bountiful Harvest in the Arts."

Download Calendar of Events here.



Source: NCCA

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

PHOTOHOLIC '08: ILOCOS HERITAGE TOUR (Take 3)

Mar 15 - Mar 17

Travel Factor's 3 Days 2 Nights Photography Tour of Vigan, Laoag, and Pagudpud.

Photoholic trip is open to all photographers at any skill level with any kind of camera; film or digital (point&shoot or not, even camera phone users are welcome).

Open also to all who just want to hang out with us and explore the beauty of the Philippines.

PACKAGE PRICE

P4,800 per pax

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

* 3 Days and 2 Nights air-con room accommodation at Polaris Beach House (beach front resort at Saud beach)
* Full board meals (3 Breakfast, 3 Buffet Lunch, 3 Buffet Dinner)
* Exclusive use of Deluxe bus with CR -- Florida Bus (Manila to Pagudpud & v.v.)
* Guided tours in air-con deluxe bus from Vigan to Laoag to Pagudpud
* Souvenir for each participant

Note: Please read itinerary for list of sites

BOOKING/RESERVATION GUIDELINES
  • Deadline of booking is Feb 15, 2008 (or earlier, depending on available slots)
  • Book & Buy Policy. Only limited slots available. First come, first serve basis.
  • No regform, No reservation. To reserve, please fill-out registration form and send to travel.factor@gmail.com
  • Subject: PHOTOHOLIC REGISTRATION (Mar 15 - 17). Then you will receive thru email account details where to deposit payment (BDO). For group reservations, please send your registration forms in one email.
  • Full payment must be settled within 2 days. Unsettled slots after 2 days will be given to other interested participants.
  • Non-refundable but transferable to other person. Travel Factor must be notified asap or at least 3 days before the trip. In this case, the "proxy" must fill-out and submit registration form.
  • Participants must be at least 16 years old to join.
ITINERARY

Mar 14, Friday
McDonald's Quezon Avenue (beside Q.Ave MRT station)
10:00 PM Registration and distribution of name tags/tickets
10:20 PM Boarding of Passengers
10:30 PM Time of Departure (we will not wait for latecomers)

Mar 15, Saturday
06:00 AM ETA Vigan
Vigan:
St. Augustine Parish Church of Bantay & Bell Tower
Paburnayan Pottery Making
Breakfast at Villa Angela Heritage House
Crisologo Street Walking Tour
St. Paul's Cathedral & St. Paul's Bell Tower & Plaza Salcedo
Buffet Lunch at Villa Angela Heritage House
Batac & Paoay:
Marcos Museum & Batac Church
Paoay Church
Malacañang of the North
Laoag:
Sand Dunes
Sinking Bell Tower
Pagudpud:
Sunset at Cape Bojeador's Lighthouse
8PM or later
check-in at Polaris Beach House, Saud Beach
Buffet Dinner at Polaris Beach House
Socials & Games

Mar 16, Sunday
04:00 AM Assembly at the lobby of Polaris
Breakfast on the bus
Sunrise at Bangui Windmill
Trek to Kabigan Falls
Bantay-abot
Picnic Lunch at Maira-ira Blue Lagoon (beach bumming)
Patapat viaduct
Agua Grande
Sunset at Saud Beach
Buffet Dinner at Polaris Beach House
Socials & Games

Mar 17, Monday
Relax, take more photos, beach bumming @ Saud Beach, swimming, resort hopping
Breakfast at Polaris Beach House
Buffet Lunch at Polaris Beach House
Buffet Merienda/Early Dinner at Polaris Beach House
06:00 PM ETD Pagudpud to Manila

Mar 18, Tuesday

05:00 AM ETA Manila

ROOM DESCRIPTION
  • 6-pax sharing: 3 queen size bed
  • 4-pax sharing: 2 queen size bed
  • 3-pax sharing: 1 queen size, 1 single bed
  • 2-pax sharing: 1 queen size (depends on room availability)
* solo travelers will share room with others.
* choice of rooms are on first pay, first serve basis

FOR INQUIRIES/COMMENTS/SUGGESTIONS

Email your concerns to travel.factor@gmail.com with your name and contact number.
Subject: PHOTOHOLIC INQUIRIES

DISCLAIMER

Recommended for fun-loving & adventurous people who like to meet new friends while travelling.

For updates, please visit: The Travel Factor

Digital 101: Photography and the Computer

February 2, 9, and 16 (9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.)

This workshop, designed for digital camera users who want to learn the basics of photography, discusses topics such as:
  • Factors affecting photographic output
  • Basic understanding of light
  • The digital camera and its functions
  • Exposure setting
  • How to see and take better pictures
  • Basic image manipulation and output considerations
To further develop the participants’ knowledge, this workshop will entail photo assignments, critiquing, and a photo clinic.

Requirement

Digital camera, preferably SLR

Venue

Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati Avenue, Ayala Triangle, Makati City (across The Peninsula Manila)

Speaker

Jay Alonzo has been teaching photography for more than 11 years and is now considered as one of the country's leading photography instructors. Since 2001, he has been regularly conducting photography classes at The Alcove (Filipinas Heritage Library's photography nook) and for a wide range of clients such as Oishi, Holcim Philippines, Pilipinas Shell, Procter & Gamble, and
Microsoft, among many others. In 2007, he has been tapped to teach overseas.

In between classes, Jay is involved in shooting for hotel, tourism, and restaurant businesses. Also, Jay is currently a photo contributor for High Life and Mabuhay (Philippine Airline's in-flight magazine).

Fee

Php 4,000.00 inclusive of handouts, meals, computer use, and certificate.

Due to the limited number of slots, interested participants are requested to register on or before
January 30 by placing a partial payment of at least Php500.00 (non-refundable) . A 10% discount will be extended to those who will settle the payment in full on or before the deadline.

For more details, please call 892-1801, send an SMS to 0917-5594417, email cruz.ct@ayalafounda tion.org or visit www.filipinaslibrary.org.ph.

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Upcoming photography workshop - Primer on Lighting
February 23 (9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. )

For more details, please call 892-1801, send an SMS to 0917-5594417, email cruz.ct@ayalafounda tion.org or visit www.filipinaslibrary.org.ph.

'The Changing Face of the Earth' Photo Contest

UNESCO’s Earth Sciences Programme is running a photo contest on the theme of The Changing Face of the Earth, to raise awareness among youth of the state of the planet. There are several cameras and 40 book prizes to be won. Entries close on 30 June 2008.

Contestants may enter in one of the two following categories:
  • 15-20 year olds and
  • contestants aged 21 years and over.
Each contestant is invited to submit a single colour photo depicting her or his personal testimony to the Earth’s rapidly changing landscape in a positive or negative way. The photo should illustrate one of the ten themes from the International Year of Planet Earth (see list below). Photos may portray rural or urban scenes and should depict changes to the landscape caused by natural phenomena or resulting from human intervention.

The Prizes

Each of the winning contestants in each category will receive a copy of two UNESCO books in English or French, depending on their preference: Explaining the Earth and The Changing Face of the Earth.

Explaining the Earth depicts our planet’s place in the Universe and in our Solar System, the Earth’s structure, plate tectonics, the role of the atmosphere and hydrosphere, the formation of reliefs, the ice ages and natural hazards.

The Changing Face of the Earth traces continental shift since the Pangaea, a single supercontinent, began breaking up 250 million yeas ago, via 10 maps.

In addition, the best entries in each category will win a camera. The names of the winning contestants will be announced in the October 2008 issue of A World of Science and on UNESCO’s science portal.

Choose one of the following ten themes for your photo
  • Soil – Earth's living skin, Planet Earth in our hands
  • Groundwater – towards sustainable use
  • Hazards – minimizing risk, maximizing awards
  • Earth and health – building a safer environment
  • Climate change – the ‘stone tape’
  • Resource issues – towards sustainable use
  • Megacities – going deeper, building safer
  • Deep Earth – from crust to core
  • Ocean – abyss of time
  • Earth and life – the origins of diversity
How to enter

If sending in your entry electronically, please complete the form then send a high resolution photo (300 dpi, 700 KB minimum) bearing your name as an image file to: photocontest@unesco.org

If sending in your entry by post, please complete the form then send your photo to: Changing Face of the Earth Photo Contest, Editor, A World of Science,
UNESCO,1 rue Miollis, Paris 75732 Cedex 15, France.

Publication Date: 17-10-2007

Source: UNESCO

Monday, January 21, 2008

IMAGINE CUP Photography Competition (open to Students only)

This year's photography competition invites students to capture a series of still photos that tell a story and draws an emotional response from their audience. The photo essay should provoke thought and discussion and inspire the audience to take further action to create a sustainable environment.

Overview

One world. Unlimited possibilities.

Let’s face it — the world needs help. The kind of help that happens when you take the top young minds from around the globe and turn them loose on solving the world’s toughest problems. That’s what the Imagine Cup is all about. This is your chance to innovate and create, show the world what you’ve got, and win some serious prizes. Simply put, it’s your chance to use the power of technology to change the world — and have some fun while you’re at it.

You win. We all win.

Imagine Cup contestants have the chance to give their ideas exposure, make critical contacts, and feel a true sense of friendship with people around the world. Want more? Well, if you make it to the worldwide finals, you’ll also score roundtrip airfare and hotel accomodations at the World Finals in Paris, France, and a shot at some great cash prizes. Help the world and win money? It doesn’t get any better than that.

What does a sustainable environment mean to you?

Imagine a world where technology is an ally of the planet, not an adversary. A world where software enables us to interpret environmental indicators, predict the outcomes of our actions, improve our consumption of precious resources, and live more in balance with our environment. In Imagine Cup 2008, we challenge the top student technologists around the world to actively contribute to the mission of protecting our world for generations to come. The theme of this year’s Imagine Cup is "Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment."

For some, a sustainable environment means something as simple as breathing fresh air each time they open their window. For others it means making significant changes in key environmental indicators. Any way you look at it, you get to decide how technology can help solve this problem for yourself, your country, and yeah…even the planet.

Nine ways to step up to the challenge.

The Imagine Cup started five years ago, and already more than 100,000 students from over 100 countries and regions have competed. This year, more students than ever will be looking for victory in the nine competitions set up under three main categories, each reflecting this year’s theme.

General Guidelines
  • Team competition of up to two team members
  • Share a perspective on how technology might enable a sustainable environment
  • Take digital pictures and publish them on Windows Live Spaces.
  • Select your favorites and create a photo essay
  • Selected pictures may compose special art materials connected with the Imagine Cup theme.
  • 6 teams will advance to the worldwide finals in France
Deliverables

ROUND 1
  • Link to your Windows Live Space where you published your pictures.
  • A photo essay connected with the Imagine Cup 2008 Theme of up to 10 pictures, presented in a PowerPoint document or other display format
  • Maximum longest dimension: 1024 pixels
  • Maximum file size: 15MB
  • File Format: JPEG
  • Color Space: sRGB
WORLDWIDE FINALS

Onsite 24 hour challenge for creating an Imagine Cup essay connected with the theme.

Judging Elements
  • 20% Originality
  • 20% Technical execution (focus, exposure)
  • 20% Visual Impact (composition, impact, lighting.)
  • 20% Relevance to the competition theme
  • 20% Ability to tell a story
Prize Amounts for Worldwide Finals
  • First Place $8,000
  • Second Place $4,000
  • Third Place $3,000
Additional prizes: Competitors that achieve advancement to the worldwide finals will also receive travel and accommodations to attend the final competition in Paris, France.

Read Contest Rules & Regulation here.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Surfacing: A Photo Project on the lives of Desaparecidos

About Projekt Desap

They were activists, wanting to change society by arousing and organizing amongst the masses. They were ordinary civilians, going about their daily lives. Suddenly, they disappear. Desaparecidos is the Spanish word meaning “the disappeared.” It was coined in Latin America where thousands became victims of enforced disappearance implemented by tyrannical regimes.

Enforced disappearance is “committed by government officials or by organized groups acting in behalf, or with the support, consent or acquiescence of the government,” according to the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons against Enforced Disappearance. It is among the most common human rights violations committed in the Philippines, often by suspected military agents in the name of counter-insurgency. Under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, there have been 184 desaparecidos, the highest since martial law.

SURFACING, a photographers' initiative done in cooperation with the Free Jonas Burgos Movement and Desaparecidos, is an effort to create and sustain public awareness on the issue of enforced disappearances. It shows the lives and struggles of 14 families of the disappeared, as well as that of the disappeared.

“A photograph is an expression of absence and a form of transport,” says writer John Berger. Let these photos express the pain and injustice of the desaparecidos’ absence and transport us to the reality that we need to face and collectively challenge.

Workshop

In October 2007, Projekt Desap held an output-based photo essay workshop for amateur and professional photographers who were interested to develop their skills in creating compelling photo essays/stories while creating awareness of human rights issues.

The workshop, which ran for four weekends, included lectures from veteran photojournalists Gil Nartea, Luis Liwanag, Jes Aznar and Bogsi Panaligan. Participants also underwent shooting exercises and photo critiquing. These helped them in the integration period where they documented the lives of the participating desap family of choice.

At the end of the integration, the pool of photojournalists closely worked with the participants in the editing of the photo essays for presentation and exhibit.

SURFACING is a continuing project open to all photographers who are willing to join this human rights advocacy. Projekt Desap intends to hold more Surfacing workshops for amateur and professional photographers in the Philippines and all of Asia. Interested volunteers (lecturers or participants) may contact Projekt Desap through the contact form.

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"The problem of the desaparecidos is a world-wide malignancy that has not spared the Philippines, which is in fact now regarded as a principal venue of this offense against the human right to personal liberty. Since the imposition of martial law, the number of missing persons strongly presumed to have been taken by the Armed Forces has considerably increased even under Presidents Corazon Aquino, Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada and especially Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo." - Isagani Cruz, PDI 15 July 2007

Saturday, January 19, 2008

THE ALCOVE PERSPECTIVE: Call for Exhibition Proposals

The Alcove is inviting all interested photographers and camera clubs to submit proposals for exhibition for the year 2008.

Eligibility
  • The Alcove is a premier venue for exhibiting black-and-white (or monochrome) photographs.
  • It can accommodate around 20 to 30 frames for exhibition depending on the final sizes of the framed artworks.
  • All photographs must be in accordance to applicable Philippine laws.
  • Local and foreign artists are welcome to apply. Priority will be given to Filipino photographers.
Requirements

Applicants are required to submit a proposal letter with the following:
  • Photographer’s resume/bio-data or organizational background for photography-related organizations
  • Sample works
  • Preferred exhibition schedule
  • Brief outline and concept of the proposed exhibit
  • Contact number and address
Submission

Proposals must be addressed to:
The Screening Committee
The Alcove Perspective, Filipinas Heritage Library
Makati Avenue, Ayala Triangle, Makati City

Screening

A committee will screen all submissions based on originality, visual impact, composition, subject matter, and technique.

Results of the screening will be communicated to the applicant in writing within two to four weeks after submission. Qualified applicants will be asked to visit The Alcove to discuss terms of agreement and contract signing.

The Alcove’s obligations

Once the proposal is approved, The Alcove shall:
  • Provide the gallery for the exhibit and the venue for the opening cocktails (should the photographer opt to have one)
  • Assign manpower and manage other logistical requirements for the exhibit
  • Discuss the schedule and other deliverables with the photographer
  • Handle curatorial and marketing functions
  • Provide frames (on loan) for the exhibit
  • Discuss final layout for the exhibit with the photographer
  • Accommodate queries regarding the exhibit
  • Facilitate collection of payment and remittance to photographer (if it is a selling exhibit)
  • Prepare summary and/or conduct evaluation
Photographer’s obligations

The photographer shall:
  • Finalize a list of artworks based on approved terms
  • Pay a fee of Php 5,000.00 to cover overhead expenses. Minimum exhibit period is two weeks and may be extended depending on the availability of the gallery. For each succeeding week, cost is Php 1,500.00.
  • Submit the artworks framed and matted (if The Alcove’s frames will be used, pick up will be done at least a week prior to submission)
  • Provide titles and other pertinent details for the captions and the price list (if it is a selling exhibit)
  • Confirm details of the opening cocktails, if applicable.
In the case of a selling exhibit, a 25% commission will be deducted from gross sales.

For more details, please call 8921801, fax 892-1810, email cruz.ct@ayalafoundation.org.

Source: Filipinas Heritage Library

Friday, January 18, 2008

2nd Pitik-Mulat Photography Visit

16 February 2008
Hapilan, Tondo, Manila

Pitik-Mulat Photography Visit is a bi-annual gathering of professional and student photographers set out on an exposure trip and photo shoot in an indigent community to produce photos representative of and relevant to our times. The activity culminates in an exhibit and critique session with fellow participants and invited professional photographers and photojournalists.

The chosen site for this year is Tondo, Manila where the highest concentration of urban poor in Metro Manila is located. The particular community is called Hapilan which derives its name from a Visayan word for dumpsite. Hapilan is a coal-making community behind the Manila dumpsite. Almost all the residents of this community are living below poverty line and within the means available from their immediate environment. Currently compounding their already impoverished condition are continuing threats of displacement due to infrastructure development and privatization plans of the local and national government.

Aside from drawing attention to the issues of poverty and social injustice in the country, Photo Visit also seeks to encourage and train young and creative individuals in the field of documentary photography.

Last year, Photo Visit was successfully launched and joined in by 22 student photographers from UP Diliman together with photojournalists Luis Liwanag, Raffy Lerma and Vivian Limpin.

For this year's Photo Visit we are again inviting professional and student photographers to take part in this activity intended for the integration of social and artistic awareness. Student participants will be provided an excellent opportunity as amateur photographers to produce powerful photos through their visit to poverty-stricken communities, to have their photos exhibited and published, and to dialogue and work with some of the country’s best photographers and photojournalists.

The Photo Visit will be on February 16, 2008. Photo outputs will be exhibited on the succeeding weeks in different venues.

For inquiries, contact: tudla_productions@yahoo.com or leave a comment/message @ Tudla Productions Multiply site.

Inner Vision: A Photography Workshop by Tilak Hettige

Inner Vision is a 3-day workshop that will discuss and demonstrate the techniques of creating art-like images that touch the heart and soul of others. You will participate in numerous exercises designed to improve your creativity and help you recognize when and where to look for artistic creations. The workshop will provide you the opportunity to learn techniques of good composition and the use of fundamental visual blocks. It will be a rewarding and inspiring experience unlike any other photography workshop you have attended before. This is the only workshop of its kind in the Philippines and is among a handful of such workshops in the region.

What will you do differently afterwards?

Instead of taking hundreds of snap shots, you are going to be selective and capture the essence of an event in one photograph. Your photographs will now be a self- expression of your art rather than just a documentary record. You will now be able to simplify your images giving them more visual impact—a product of pre-visualization and not post production. Your eyes will see things differently and deliberately, taking time to admire the wondrous beauty of nature, or the numerous facets of human behavior.

Who should attend the workshop?

If you are now proficient in the use of your camera controls, you are ready to understand the techniques of seeing and capturing creative images. The workshop will cater to any types of students because it utilizes all four types of learning styles – visual, audio, interactive, and from written materials.

Who is the Lecturer?

Tilak Hettige, a product of New England School of Photography in Boston, USA, has worked in the photography industry since 1981 in places like Boston, Washington D.C, Sri Lanka, Oman, and the Philippines. He is an accomplished author-photographer . He first won international recognition when he became the International Photographic Society (Washington D.C.)'s Photographer of the Year in 1997. In addition to winning many subsequent awards, Tilak’s works have been published in many books, international newspapers, magazines and calendars. His photographs have also been displayed in many exhibitions in the here and abroad—several of them are now in private collections in several countries.

Among his publications are the recently released Tilaka: The Spiritual Third Eye and Saffron Robes: A Photographic Essay on Buddhist Monks. Currently he is working on two more books.

Schedule and Venue

February 21, 2008 (Thursday)
6:00-7:00 PM, PCCI Studio A and B
Introduction, briefing, short lecture, and slideshow

February 23, 2008 (Saturday)
6:30-8:00 AM: First shoot of the day
8:00-8:30 AM: Breakfast with the instructor
8:30-10:00 AM: Lecture at PCCI
10:30-12:30 PM: Second shoot of the day
12:30-1:30 PM: Working lunch, critiquing the morning shots
1:30-5:00 PM: Lecture at PCCI

February 24, 2008 (Sunday)
1:00-5:00 PM: Instructor supervised shooting of the final assignment

February 25- February 28, 2008 ( Monday-Thursday)
Continuation of the final assignment at home. Students can avail of instructor's assistance by cellphone or email. Students can also avail of PCCI's facilities to complete their assignment. Appointment is necessary.

February 29, 2008 (Friday)
6:30-9:00 PM, PCCI Studio B
Presentation of photographs taken by workshop participants and graduation.

Seminar fee

The workshop fee is only P 6,750, inclusive of handout materials, lunch and snacks.

Inquiry and registration
If you're interested, phone us at (2) 759-3087, or email us at inquiry@pcci. com.ph.

Only 15 slots available, first come first serve!

Peter Bialobrzeski: Teach & Work Photography Workshop

29 January to 28 February 2008

The Idea:

German photographer and lecturer (Hfk Bremen) Peter Bialobrzeski will be travelling around Southeast Asia from October 2007 to March 2008. He will be spending at least 4 weeks in each participating city, working and conducting workshops.

The cities to be visited are: Hanoi/Vietnam; Jakarta/Indonesia; Bangkok/Thailand; Kuala Lumpur/Malaysia; Manila/Philippines; Singapore

The Project:

  • Peter Bialobrzeski (Kunsthochschule Bremen; World Press Photo Award 2005) will live and work for a month in 6 different cities in Southeast Asia. Peter Bialobrzeski will be visiting local partner institutes, design schools and galleries, presenting his own work and discussing his artistic approach to the theme of urbanity. During the residencies, he will be working on a project called “Urban Nature“, that is, the relationship between the green landscape and the modern infrastructures that dominate Asian megacities.
  • In workshops to be held in each city, Bialobrzeski will be supervising a group of 10 young photographers. The theme of the workshops will be urbanity. The goal of these workshops is to engage in a critical discussion of the work of the participants, to strengthen one’s conceptual thinking and to develop/put together an exhibit. Workshop participants are ideally photographers (students and/or professionals) whose works highlight the city and urbanity.
  • The best works produced during the 6 workshops will be included in a photo exhibition that will travel around the region. A maximum of 124 photographs will be included in the exhibit: 2 photographs per workshop participant per city, plus 2 photographs by Peter Bialobrzeski per city.
  • At the end of the project, a book with Bialobrzeski’s photographs taken during the six residencies may also be published. HatjeCantz Verlag, a publishing house that Bialobrzeski has worked with in the past, has expressed interest in producing the said publication. A paperback edition of the same book shall also include the works produced during the workshops.
The following have been selected to participate in the workshops to be conducted by Peter Bialobrzeski:
  • Stanley Cabigas
  • Gigi Cruz
  • Tammy David
  • Kidlat de Guia
  • Che Katigbak
  • At Maculangan
  • Paolo Picones
  • Cathy Quiogue
  • Cris Sevilla
  • Dennis Rito

Thursday, January 17, 2008

IMAGINATIONS SOAR HIGH at the 12th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta!

February 7 to 10, 2008
Clark Freeport Zone

The 12th annual Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is the biggest aviation sports event in the country today. Hot air balloon and airplane pilots from all over the world fly into the Philippines to join their local counterparts in this breathtaking event.

Join the EPSON Photo Contest Marathon!

Win Php 20,000 in daily cash prizes, PLUS products and freebies from EPSON!

Check out the EPSON Photo Workshops and Activities!

EPSON brings in the countryâs top workshop facilitators to give a FREE 4-day lecture workshop on photography and digital retouching techniques.

There will also be a shooting workshop on glamour fashion photography featuring models in aviation gear.

Witness Exciting Aviation Events!

Daily Hot Air Balloon Flights
Daily Flag Jumps
Skydiving
Micro Light Demonstrations
Small Plane Fly-bys and Fly-ins
Remote-Controlled Airplane Exhibitions
Aerobatics
Light Airplane Balloon-Bursting Competition
Ultra-Light Formation Flying and Bomb-Dropping Exhibitions
Helicopter Fly-ins and Exhibitions
Rocketry Demonstrations
Kite-Flying Exhibitions
Ultra-Light and Motorcycle Races

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Day passes for the 12th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta are available in Makati City for Php 100 at OneWorkshop G/F 2241 La Fuerza Plaza II Don Chino Roces Ave. cor. Sabio St. Makati City. See location map http://www.owg. cc/locationmap. html

For ticket inquiries , call 819-2074 or 810-5094.
For photo contest mechanics kindly email one_workshop@ yahoo.com

EXCITING PRIZES AWAIT THE DAILY WINNERS!

Winners of the two (2) Best Photo Entries per day will each receive Php 10,000, PLUS a Certificate of Excellence, an EPSON coffee table book and a HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE courtesy of SM!

Winner of the two (2) Grand Prizes will each receive Php 20,000, PLUS a Certificate of Excellence, an EPSON printer and coffee table book, and a slot in an OWG Creative Centre Photo Workshop worth Php 6,000.

EPSON Photo Contest Mechanics

The EPSON Photo Contest Marathon is open to all visitors and guests of the 12th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.

Students, amateurs, hobbyists and professional photographer are welcome to use any digital SLR, digital point-and-shoot or cell phone camera to interpret the given theme for the day.

DAILY CONTEST THEMES

Day 1: Happiness and beauty:
e.g. nature, beautiful people, family, colors, camaraderie, hot air balloon formations etc

Day 2: Triumph, passion and love:
e.g human interest, event activities, decisive moments etc

Day 3: Majestic view:
e.g sunrise, sunset, landscape, cloud formations, nature etc

Day 4: Creative moment:
e.g Hot Air Balloons and Clark and Pampanga landscape in focus etc

Photos for all daily themes are allowed to show entire or partial logos, signage or references to the 12th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta and/or EPSON.

Participants are allowed to submit multiple entries per daily theme.

Participants may win multiple daily prizes and compete for the Grand Prize.

CLOSE RANGE ACCESS PASS PROCEDURE

Participants must first secure a Special Shooters Pass ID from the on-site OneWorkshop booth. The access pass enables participants to use the special shooting area that allows photographers to shoot the balloons at close range.

Access passes are limited. The PIHABF event organizer may close the special shooting area once the limit has been reached.

Rules and Guidelines

Photos MUST be taken during the 12th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta competition period of February 7 to 10, 2008.

White borders around the area are optional, but must not exceed one inch (1") on all sides.

Built-in camera B&W, sepia tone and colored prints are allowed.

Printed output that is manually retouched and/or painted over is not allowed.

Creative effects done within the camera at the time of exposure, such as multiple exposures, flash fill, lighting and filtration are allowed.

Digital retouching of density, contrast adjustments, minor cropping of composition, burning and dodging, and global adjustments IS TOLERATED.

Major manipulation of main images through adding and subtracting IS NOT allowed.

The name of the participant should not appear on the face of the entry.

The decision of the board of judges will be final.

Submission of Entries

All entries must be printed on 8 x 10â EPSON photo paper. Only prints from the on-site EPSON ProLab OneWorkshop printing booth will be accepted.

Standard fee for 8 x 10â printing is Php 350 per print on EPSON Satin Photo Paper.

Participants using the EPSON printing service will be entitled to the following:
  • Special Shooters Pass ID (Can be secured in advance at OneWorkshop in Makati City before the event. Limited to 100 pass per day only)
  • EPSON signature cap
  • FREE to attend the glamour fashion shoot and daily photo / digital retouching workshops. Top Photographers to conduct the workshops daily from 1PM-3PM: Jay Alonzo - Feb 7, Borj Meneses - Feb 8, PARC Cruz -Feb 9, George Tapan - Feb 10
All entries must be submitted by 3PM daily from February 7 to 10.

Winners and finalists will be required by the 12th Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta and its photography event organizer OneWorkshop, Inc. to submit the ORIGINAL digital files of their entries for evaluation and publishing purposes.

Recognition of Winners and Finalists

Winners and finalists of the EPSON Photo Contest Marathon will be announced and awarded daily following the hot air balloon night glow.

The daily winners and ten (10) finalists will be on display each day at the designated OneWorkshop exhibit area.

An exhibit of all 10 winning entries and 40 finalists will be mounted at SM City Clark, featuring formal opening and ribbon-cutting ceremonies with PIHABF and an SM Executive Officer. Mounting, panels and cocktails are sponsored by EPSON.

A special feature on the ten (10) winning photographers together with all winning entries and finalists will be exhibited online for one year at www.philphotography .net sponsored by OneWorkshop and at www.philballoonfest .net

Entry Retrieval

Non-winning entries may be retrieved on the day after submission from the on-site OneWorkshop booth.

Non-winning entries may be retrieved after the event at OneWorkshop, G/F 2241 La Fuerza Plaza II Don Chino Roces Ave., cor. Sabio St., Makati City.

Deadline to retrieve entries is February 25, 2008. Entries not claimed after the deadline will automatically become the property of the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) and EPSON who may dispose of them as they see fit.

Restrictions and Disclaimers

The PIHABF and EPSON reserve the right to reproduce, exhibit or publish submitted images for promotional purposes but shall indicate and acknowledge the photographers. PIHABF and EPSON may display the prints in a public venue or publish the prints for the purpose of
promoting the competition or any off-shoot event arising from the competition without financial compensation to the photographers. Copyright for the photograph, however, still belongs to the photographers.

PIHABF, EPSON and its photography event organizer OneWorkshop, Inc., as well their immediate family or household members are NOT eligible for participation in the EPSON Photo Contest Marathon.

Due care will be taken to ensure the safety of all entries. However, PIHABF, EPSON and OneWorkshop, Inc. cannot be held responsible for the damage or loss of any entry.

Note: This announcement is subject to change and updated from time to
time.
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