The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) launches the 2nd PAGCOR National Photography Competition. Going under the theme “Only in the Philippines,” the competition aims to promote the beauty and uniqueness of the nation while, at the same time, flaunts the keen, artistic eye of Filipino photographers.
The competition is open to all Filipino citizens at least 18 years of age. The competition is also open to foreign photographers provided that they can present a legitimate passport and a Philippine residence where they stay during the competition. The competition will allow photographers to compete in two categories: Conventional photography will accept photographs taken from more traditional cameras like Single Reflex Lens (SLR) cameras or Digital SLRs. Mobile photography allows photo submissions from applications from mobile gadgets like smartphones and tablets.
The competition has started accepting entries from January 22, and will accept entries until May 9.
The guidelines will follow:
1) Each participant is allowed to submit a MAXIMUM OF TWO ENTRIES ONLY.
That means that a participant can submit two entries under one category or
he/she can submit one entry each under the conventional and mobile
2) Entries to be submitted in both the Conventional and Mobile Photography
categories must be in full color. Photos in Black and White or Sepia are not
3) Contest participants must register online at the official website of PAGCOR
(www.pagcor.ph) and fill out the 2ndPAGCOR National Photography
Competition online registration/entry form. PLEASE NOTE THAT PAGCOR
WILL ONLY ACCEPT ENTRIES SUBMITTED ONLINE THROUGH THE PAGCOR
WEBSITE. THOSE THAT WILL BE SUBMITTED THROUGH OTHER MEANS
WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE DISQUALIFIED.
4) Please note that PAGCOR’s online registration automatically limits the
submission of entries per participant to TWO. Therefore, participants must
make sure that they will only submit their FINAL PHOTO ENTRY/ENTRIES
when registering and submitting their photo/s online.
MOREOVER, A PARTICIPANT IS NOT ALLOWED TO USE MULTIPLE E‐MAIL
ADDRESSES IN SENDING THEIR ENTRIES. A PARTICIPANT WHO SUBMITS
HIS/HER ENTRIES USING MULTIPLE OR DIFFERENT E‐MAIL ADDRESSES
WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE COMPETITION.
5) The entry to be submitted should be an image/photo with a corresponding
“photo title” and “photo caption”. The caption must indicate the place where
the image was taken, and must have an accurate description of what the photo
Deadline for the online submission of entries is on May 9, 2014 (Friday) at
11:59 p.m. The submission portal will automatically close and reject any
entries that will be submitted after the set deadline.
6) Please note that sorting of the regional entries shall be strictly residency
based. This means that when sending entries, the contest participants must
correctly send their photos under the regional group where they are residents
of(for example, residents of Metro Manila should send their entries under the
Metro Manila group, those living in the Visayas must only send their entries
under Visayas, and so on.)
7) Proof of residency is necessary. Participants will be required to send to
PAGCOR a scanned copy of their proof of residency in JPEG format when they
register online for the photo contest. These include any government‐issued ID
indicating the contestant’s address, a certification of residency from the
barangay, and other similar documents.
8) PAGCOR’s screening committee will automatically remove and disqualify
photos/entries that are sent to the wrong regional group.
9) Since the competition limits the age of participants to at least 18 years old,
proof of age such as an NSO authenticated birth certificate will be required by
PAGCOR once the participant qualifies in the grand finals of the 2nd National
10) The contest participant is responsible for securing – prior to submission of
the entry ‐ a formal consent from concerned parties if the image contains any
material or element that is not the participant’s property, or if any person
appears in the photo(i.e. subjects of the photo). For minors that are
photographed in the submitted entry, the contest participant must obtain a
written consent from the minor’s parents/legal guardians. PAGCOR should
not ‐in any way ‐be held responsible for the contest participant’s inability to
secure the necessary permission or consent for their submitted entries.
There are specific requirements when it comes to the format of the photo submissions.
1) Photographs should be in digital format/file. PAGCOR will not accept print or
film submissions for the initial screening of the entries. Only photos/images
submitted via online will be accepted.
2) Photographs to be submitted should have no watermark. There should be no
identifying mark on the images to eliminate any bias during the screening and
judging of the submitted photos.
3) For the Conventional Photography category, all digital files must be 300 dpi, in
JPEG or JPG format, and at least 1,600 pixels on one side (whether image is
vertical or horizontal).
For the Mobile Photography category, the image quality must be set to BEST mode.
4) Photographs to be submitted to the 2ndPAGCOR National Photography
competition should be taken starting on December 24, 2013, official launch of
the photo contest.
5) The following photographs or images are disqualified:
o Photographs that have been previously submitted or have won in any local
or international photography contest.
o Photographs that violate a person’s rights including, but not limited to
copyright and privacy.
o Photographs that contain obscene, sexually explicit, offensive or any other
objectionable or inappropriate content.
o Photographs bearing images of public officials.
o For entries submitted under the Conventional category, PAGCOR will
disqualify photos that are digitally enhanced or altered for creative
purposes. Altered images refer to photographs manipulated and applied
with special effects (colorizing, toning, collage, photo composites, stitched
panoramas, high dynamic range or HDR images, etc.). Only minor
adjustments acceptable to PAGCOR in the color, sharpness, contrast or
digital equivalents are allowed.
For entries submitted under the Mobile category, PAGCOR prohibits the
alteration of images using a desktop or laptop.
PAGCOR reserves the right to disqualify any photograph or image at any
time for any cause.
Participants for the contest must submit original photos and does not infringe any copyright, trademarks, and intellectual property regulations. The entries will be judged according to its adherence to the theme, creativity and originality, photographic quality, and visual effect. A renowned panel of professionals, visual artists, and PAGCOR officials to choose top 5 entries for both categories from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and Metro Manila.
All finalists will be notified via email, and their work will be judged on June 6, 2014. 12 grand winners each category will be announced on June 13, 2014.
The grand winners of the Conventional category will win Php75,000 plus a trophy, while non-winning finalists will win Php20,000 plus certificates of merit. Mobile category grand winners will receive Php30,000 and a trophy, while the consolation prize is Php5,000 plus certificates of merit.
People interested to learn more information about the competition can visit PAGCOR’s website (www.pagcor.ph) and its Facebook and Twitter pages.