Last August 4, the top 6 finalists of AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 contest were announced. From more than 500 participants who joined this year’s search, only six young aspiring photographers were selected and announced in an event held at Casa Italia, Bonifacio Global City. Now on its second-year, this AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 photo contest is part of AirAsia’s continuous effort to inspire, engage and empower the youth to chase their goals by traveling and sharing their stories through stunning images and photographs.
The JudgesThe six finalists went through several rounds of judging and were selected based on their personality, creativity, content, originality and technical or visual presentation. The panel of judges who gave their insights in selecting the finalists is composed of young leaders and veterans in the field of photography, branding and visual arts. They are Nachi Ugarte, creative director of GRID magazine; Jacob Maentz, documentary photographer; Wawi Navarrosa, artist/photographer, founder of Thousandfold; and Rudy Khaw, AirAsia Group’s head of branding. The judges shared their thoughts and guidance to participants during the selection process held at Café Italia in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
AirAsia Travel Photographer finalists and judges. In photo are (from left): AirAsia Flight Attendant, Neil Michael Cardano (Finalist), Dave Poblete (Finalist), Mithilaya Miclat (Finalist), Eliseo Zuniga (Finalist), Nachi Ugarte (Judge, Creative Director of GRID Magazine), Wawi Navarozza (Judge, Founder of Thousandfold), Jacob Maentz (Judge, Documentary Photographer), Kimberly Pauig (Finalist), DJ Magbanua (Finalist) and AirAsia Flight Attendant.
The Top 6 FinalistsThe six selected finalists were Neil Michael Cardano, a Hotel Front Desk Officer from Puerto Princesa, Palawan; Mithilaya Miclat, a Nutritionist-Dietician and Social Entrepreneur from Davao City; Eliseo Zuniga, a Lawyer from Taguig City; Kimberly Pauig, a Writer from Pasig City; Daniel Magbanua, a Fashion Photography Student from Quezon City and Dave Poblete, a BPO Employee from Makati City.
The six finalists will be traveling to Shanghai, China this August for the final leg of the competition. They will go through a series of challenges in landscape, portrait and food photography. The judges who will also join them will determined the Grand Winner and will be declared as ‘AirAsia Travel Photographer of the Year.” The winner will receive 200,000 AirAsia BIG Points, surprise vacation package and more prizes from partner brands including GRID magazine and Flight 001.
Vote for your favorite finalist!Travel and photo enthusiasts also have the chance to win 50,000 AirAsia BIG Points and other exciting prizes by voting in the AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 – People’s Choice Award. All you have to do is visit www.airasiatp.com, proceed to the voting page and log-in using their Facebook account. Vote for your favorite contender and share the activity on your Facebook timeline. As easy as that!
Contest will run from August 15 to September 8, 2016.
Follow their adventures!To learn more about the six finalists and see them in action, visit www.airasiatp.com for the webisodes featuring their journey or follow the hashtags #AirAsiaTP2016 #AirAsiaTravelPhotograper on other social media channels such as Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsiaPhilippines) and Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsiaPH) including updates about the contest from Mellow 94.7’s Mad House radio show featuring Chris, Stan, and Tracy.
The AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 is also brought to you by AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme, Mellow 94.7, Grid Magazine and Flight 001 Philippines.
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