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Pet Photo Awards


By Raffy Paredes

Attention pet and animal lovers! The Comedy Pet Photography Awards 2017 is now accepting entries until May 31, 2017. The winner will be awarded £2000 for his or her funniest photo of a domestic animal.The competition is presented with the Animal Welfare Society and entries will be judged by a panel of nature and wildlife photographers.The competition is free and open to people of all ages and nationalities, as well as pets of all shapes and sizes. However, to ensure no pets are harmed or distressed in the quest for the perfect photograph, strict guidelines have been put in place which all entrants must follow. Who knows, you could become the Inaugural Comedy Pet Photogragpher and win an awesome trophy, cash prize, as well as the kudos of being an award-winning photographer. Visit for contest rules (

  • The Light Shadow (Ramil Gregorio)

  • Ushering the Lunar New Year (Richard Malaque)

  • Untitled (Bryne Jay Baun)

  • Time Machine (Rene Bernal)

  • Untitled (Reynante Lacbain)

  • The Ruins (Jeffrey M. Rivera)

  • Saddle Camp of Mt. Pulag (Bien Bacarra)

  • Sa Tamang Panahon (Daniel Eric Maxon)

  • Asik-asik Falls (Jayan Cabatuan)

  • Finding Dory (Benjo Salvatierra)

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    The Metropolitan Museum of Art has made available 375,000 images of artworks for free download with absolutely no restrictions under copyright law. The institution announced the effort as part of its Open Access policy which includes new collaborations with partners from Creative Commons to Wikimedia to Pinterest to help its collection to be as easily and widely accessible as possible. These images are all licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal, which means you can copy, remix, and distribute all of these artworks for any use, even for commercial purposes (

    And now to our featured readers.

    Benjo Salvatierra, a chemist and photography enthusiast from Quezon province shares his photo titled “Finding Dory” taken in Tayabas, Quezon. He is inviting readers to see more of his photos at

    The photo “Asik-asik Falls” comes from Jayan Cabatuan, a software engineer. Jayan shares that he started shooting “seriously” only in April 2016. “I saw a beautiful picture of the Milky Way and something triggered in me,” he writes. “I wanted to duplicate that image. Since then, I pretty much immersed myself in photography—from researching the technical side of it to trying to consume everything that the masters like Alex Webb, Steve McCurry, Elliott Erwitt, among others, have put out.” Jayan states that he plans “to visit, experience, and capture as many corners of the Philippines as possible.” Photography gives him “the passion, the motivation, and the drive to do just that.”

    From Richard Malaque is the photo, “Ushering the Lunar New Year.” His description reads: “13-meter tall rooster lantern at the junction of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street welcomes motorists and tourists to Chinatown in Singapore. The street is decked with colorful lanterns to celebrate the Year of the Rooster.”

    From Muntinlupa City, Bien Bacarra provided the photo titled “Saddle Camp of Mt. Pulag.” Bien writes: “One of my memorable trekking adventures was at Mt. Pulag.Would you believe that the temperature could reach four degrees during the night? I took the photo when our group B.A.R.O.C. was preparing to break camp at 8 a.m.I climbed at the opposite hill to get a better and wider view of the saddle camp.”

    Engr. Bryne Jay Baun of Tarlac currently an electronics design engineer based in Singapore sent in the untitled fashion photo. Bryne started on photography in 2014 and enjoys shooting portrait, conceptual, street, and travel photography.

    Daniel Bagaoisan, who uses the name Daniel Eric Maxonin in his photography, submitted the creative still life photograph, “Sa Tamang Panahon.” “This photo was inspired by the people who are waiting for a long time just to be with their love,” explains Daniel.“That waiting is never hard for everything is going to be worth it once they find their perfect match. And someday, two hearts will definitely be as one sa tamang lugar at sa tamang panahon.”

    Rene Bernal contributed the black-and-white photo titled “Time Machine.” Rene writes: “This image was taken inside one of the local malls.The reflection there is coming from the carousel.”

    The untitled black-and-white portrait of three boys comes from Reynante Lacbain. “This was taken during out outreach in Sitio Banawen, San Felipe, Zambales,” he shares. “We went there to make the indigenous kids smile and share some school supplies and food. Their smiles and laughter captured our hearts, inviting us to go back again for another trip.”

    Ramil Gregorio sent in the beach photo titled “The Light Shadow.” And from Jeffrey Rivera is the photo, “The Ruins.”

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