Saturday, July 21, 2007


Photographers are invited to send entries to a photography contest that aims to depict Muslim integration in the Philippines, following the legacy of UK’s renowned photographer and Muslim convert Peter Sanders.

Sponsored by the British Embassy in partnership with Newsbreak, the competition has two categories: professional, for those who earn a living from photography or are hobbyists who have participated in photo contests; and amateur, for those who do not earn a living from photography and who may submit photos taken with their mobile phone cameras.

Each entry must consist of one (1) full color, 8” x 10” photograph, accompanied by a caption. The photographer should not put his name or any distinguishing marks on the photograph. A separate paper containing the caption and the name and contact details of the photographer should be submitted with the photograph. Contestants are requested to submit as well the original or raw files of their entries.

A contestant may submit as many entries as he or she desires. Employees of the British Embassy and Newsbreak and their relatives up to the fourth degree of consanguinity are not allowed to participate in the competition.

Entries should be received by Newsbreak before or on August 31, Friday. They may be hand-carried or mailed to Room 1402-A West Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Centre, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

A board of judges composed of professionals chosen by the British Embassy, the British Council, and Newsbreak will pick two winners in each category, or a total of four winners. In the professional category, P25,000 awaits the first prize winner, and P10,000 the second prize winner. In the amateur category, the first and second prize winners will receive P15,000 and P5,000, respectively.

Winners will be announced in the last week of September as the Peter Sanders exhibition tour starts its Mindanao leg. Winning entries will be featured on the British Embassy and Newsbreak websites.

Ownership of the photographs shall remain with the photographers, but the entries shall be made part of the British Embassy’s photobank, which it can use at no extra cost for future projects related to its Engaging with the Islamic World program.

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posted by Señor Enrique at 8:09 AM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are you waiting for? Join na!

But hey - puwede ang phone cam? Hmmm... makes me think... hehehe.

There is this Muslim community in Dagupan which is not far from our place here. On rare times when I pass by, I always get fascinated by their Mosque.

July 21, 2007 8:37 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

This is indeed a wonderful photo contest, Rhoda. Very much challenging, too, since I don't know of anyone of Muslim faith who could enlighten me about their everyday life here in Manila. But they have a large community in Quiapo.

Yes, pics from cellphone cameras are allowed :)

Kaya join na!

July 21, 2007 9:06 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, interesting competition!

You'll be joining it right?


July 21, 2007 9:11 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

A very challenging photo contest indeed, Kyels; considering that I'm limited within the Manila area (since I rarely travel). Neither do I know much about local Islamic life nor anyone of such faith.

Hmmm ... maybe Noypetes will have a couple of suggestions :)

July 21, 2007 9:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...that aims to depict Muslim integration in the Philippines..."

Muslim integration in the Philippines? This is sad, noh? If I were a Muslim - I would respond - "Hey, we were here first! It's you who should haveintegrated with us, not us integrating with you!"

Sadly, with the Christianization of majority of Filipinos, the Muslims became a minority and sort of 'outcasts'.

Ay, kung anu-ano na ang nasabi ko, e - photo constest pala ang topic dito. hehehe.

July 21, 2007 10:10 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Uhumm ... right, Rhoda. This is merely a photo contest to celebrate our unity as a Filipino race.

However, Manolo Quezon's site ....


July 21, 2007 11:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is such a veritable project from the British Council; the photo could prove to be mightier than the sword---to forge peace among men of all nations and races and creed.

July 21, 2007 7:48 PM  

Blogger INKBLOTS said...

Sayang, I have a relative in British Council (bro-in-law, pwede kaya yun?) and I actually have Muslim wards. I will rummage in my old photo files during their training, baka may magandang photos. hehehe.

July 22, 2007 1:02 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I'd definitely go through those files of photos, Ding. You may just find some gems that might make you clinch a winning spot or two :)

Good luck!

July 22, 2007 7:18 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I agree, Major Tom. Such efforts inspire us to discover what we have in common with the world of others.

Even more exciting is that contest officials allow pictures taken from phonecams; making more people eligible to participate.

July 22, 2007 7:20 AM  

Blogger -= dave =- said...

Yes Señor E, you were saying something about Manolo Quezon's blog? :p

July 22, 2007 10:21 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Frequented by socio-political pundits, Dave :)

July 23, 2007 6:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

this sounds like a good photo contest, and at the same time enlighten us of our muslim brothers and sisters. i have very strong muslim ties, as my aunt is a "bai" in lanao. they're the warmest people! i being catholic, am always welcome with big hugs and sweet smiles. i sometimes get mad when people make general accusations of them. it's not fair, dba?

anyhow, off topic. sorry hah!

July 23, 2007 1:09 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

And this may be one of the main reasons they are sponsoring this photo contest, Nell -- to promote and celebrate what we have in common as Filipinos :)

July 23, 2007 3:13 PM  

Blogger -= dave =- said...

Ah the punditry, Señor E. Oh well they do decry the "apathy" or lack in political interest among most of the Pinoy bloggers. For me, I do engage in some political discussions (so as not to waste my habit of reading the dailies), but I must admit such topics could be poisonous.

July 25, 2007 11:27 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

It's definitely a good exercise in sharpening and sharing one's knowledge, Dave, but one better know what he's talking about. I'm too simpleminded to join Manolo's comment group :)

I like CNN's The Daily Show, by the way.

July 26, 2007 6:37 AM  

Blogger Hana said...

Can we include old photos? I mean, old photos showing the moro culture? Or is the contest focuses only to Muslim culture? (coz Moro culture is totally different from Muslim culture, and the sample pic above can be categorized as Moro culture).

Thank you.

August 14, 2007 2:47 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Perhaps, the best thing to do is contact Newsbreak, Hana. They should be able to clarify this issue for you :)

August 14, 2007 10:01 PM  

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