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
Micro Light Demonstrations
Small Plane Fly-bys and Fly-ins
Remote-Controlled Airplane Exhibitions
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


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@


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.


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.


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
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