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Selfie contest extended


By Raffy Paredes

The deadline for the Selfie Photo Competition of the IPA Philippines has been extended to May 15, 2017. “Selfie” is a free-entry international photography competition for all Filipinos worldwide.While the term selfie may indicate a photo of just oneself, entries to the photo tilt may include surrounding elements such as other people and the environment. Submitted images will be viewed and judged by a panel of Jurors. Winners will compete for: A solo show in a gallery with 20”x 30” prints of personal works; a one-on-one photography mentoring by a master photographer; an entry pass to join the 2017 International Photography Awards with a maximum of five entry categories.This is a special IPA competition and submission is free. As this is a single-image competition, you can only submit one image per entry.Image series cannot be entered. However, there is no limit to how many entries you can submit.

  • Aliwan Fiesta (Robin C. Tuazon)

  • Smile, Enjoy the Festival of Coco 2017 (Markttine Coronado)

  • Carefree (Richard Malaque)

  • With All My Heart and Soul (Samuel Andre Mcdonald)

  • Happiness (Kevin Paul Zilabbo)

  • Baby Girl (Paul Reiner Juse Magnaye)

  • Selfie Lover (Shane Francisco)

  • Untitled (Reynaldo G. Bautista Jr.)

  • A Date With the Departed (Sonny Ryan Angeles)

  • Sunset (Jobert Zyrus Cadiente)

    Getty Images has recently launched a direct-to-consumers news-photo service. Via Unfiltered News, a free resource that feeds timely editorial imagery from events around the world, consumers now have access to up-to-the-minute news photos uploaded by Getty. “News Unfiltered delivers the images direct from the photographer’s camera straight to consumer screens in as fast as 59 seconds,” notes Getty. The service is available on and via Getty Images’ iOS and Android apps (Pro Photo Daily).

    Last week, Instagram announced that it has reached 700 million users. The photo and video app owned by Facebook could reach a billion users within 2017. It is, however, still much smaller than Messenger, Whatsapp (both at 1.2billion), and FB’s original social network at 1.9 billion (PetaPixel, Recode).

    And now to our featured readers.

    Today’s list starts with four of the photos that ranked among the top 10 in the recently concluded Circle of Elite Photographers (COEP) photo contest with the theme “Heart& Soul – What Makes Your Photography Special.” Two COEP winning entries were published last week.

    “Selfie Lover” by Shane Francisco of Tanay, Rizal. “Photography makes me special when I create a story by capturing an image. You can see the story behind with or without a title.”

    “With All My Heart and Soul” by Samuel Andre McDonald of Harrison Mansions, Pasay City was taken during a wedding at Sofitel Hotel.

    “A Date with the Departed” comes from  Sonny Ryan Angeles of Brgy. Roxas, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya. He shares, “My photography skill to make it special is to incorporate some words I usually see on the postings of the Group’s Admins: 1) to be creative; 2) to be original and outstanding; 3) to excel in the field; 4) to keep the passion of photograph burning bright.The concept of the first image denotes almost all of those words: 1) creative in such a way that the presence of the heart balloon as well as the red balloons made the photo stand over a somewhat sad setting; 2) original as it is uncommon for any individual to spend some time with their departed loved ones during Valentine’s Day; 3) though the image is set at a cemetery, I know in my heart and soul that it possesses an excellent depiction of the theme. And behind this is the photography passion to keep it burning forever.”

    “Baby Girl” is from Paul Reiner Juse Magnaye of Mabini, Batangas. “What a cute baby girl. I saw this baby left by her mother just to play tong-its with the neighborhood. So the baby enjoys playing with her favorite teddy bear.

    Two new photo contributors share their photos in today’s column. Kevin Paul Zilabbo sent in the black-and-white photo titled “Happiness” taken in Binondo, Manila. “I took this photo when I was just starting out with photography,” writes Kevin. “I had no idea what the art really means. But then, this image reveals it all: happiness and inspiration. The very essence of my photography.”

    From Reynaldo Bautista Jr. of Olongapo City is an untitled fashion photograph taken during a photo collaboration session of the Zambales Photography Club. He shares: “Photography for me is an art that is best expressed by the heart. It is the key in passion that comes from our heart. It keeps me moving and be inspired. My style and approach is simple, classic and true.”

    The rest of the photos on today’s page come from previously featured readers.

    Markttine Coronado, a DHRM student of Laguna State Polytechnic University-San Pablo City campus shares the photo, “Smile, Enjoy the Festival of Coco 2017” taken in his hometown.

    From Robin Tuazon of the Zambales Photography Club is the photo, “Aliwan Fiesta” taken on April 22. Robin, a deaf photographer writes that photography allows him to express his feelings and identity. “It is rewarding for me to discover the wonderful elements of nature because it reassures me that life  is  beautiful—full of miracles and blessing.”

    Richard Malaque sent in the black-and-white photo titled “Carefree.”

    And Jobert Zyrus Cadiente submitted the photo, “Sunset” taken in Upper Pinget, Baguio City.

    Readers may now view issues of Picture Perfect including this column at For comments, suggestions or just to share an image or idea, email or

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