Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thunderbird Resorts Express Your Art Photo Contest II – Go Green

Thunderbird Resorts holds its annual photo contest that awards huge cash prizes to the winners. A grand prize of 250,000 pesos is at stake for this year (2010). The current theme is Express Your Art Photo Contest 2 - Go Green.

The purpose of this contest is to raise awareness of TREES (Thunderbird Resorts Efforts on Environment Sustainability) program. Sponsored by Thunderbird Resorts, Caltex Philippines and Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation Inc.

This contest is open to all professional and amateur photographers, eighteen (18) years old and above, and residents of the Philippines.

Partial contest mechanics (from the TB Resorts contest page...)

Who Will Qualify

This photo contest is open to all professional and amateur photographers, eighteen (18) years old and above, and residents of the Philippines.

Rules on Submission of Entries

a. An entry consists of:
- 1 completed contest registration form
- 8” x 12” print of the contest entry
- soft copy of the contest entry with file extension .jpg or .tiff

b. Participants may submit a maximum of 5 entries per category.

c. Participants, when submitting entries, may combine several contest entries in one legal size brown envelope. 1 picture is equivalent to 1 contest entry.

d. All photos submitted should have been taken during the duration of the contest, which is from October 1, 2010 to December 10, 2010. Entries shall contain metadata to ascertain the date of the photo shoot.

e. All entries will be received until December 10, 2010.

f. Participants may download registration forms from
* For your convenience, click here for the registration form in PDF format...
* Click here for the release form in PDF format...

g. All entries should be free of watermarks and other markings. Entries should not contain any borders.

h. Submitted Photographs shall be exclusive to this contest. It must be unpublished and it must not have been submitted and will not be submitted in any other contests.

i. Black and white and color formats are accepted. Images should not contain drastic alteration. Elements should not be added nor removed. Color and contrast adjustments are acceptable. High Dynamic Range (HDR), Infra Red (IR) and Stitched Photos are not accepted.

j. All entries should meet the contest criteria. Failure to do such will result to rejection of the entry.

k. The participant shall guarantee that forwarded entries are taken by him or her. No other entity has rights, claims or interests on the submitted photographs. To this end, the participant shall execute the Undertaking, upon submission of the participant’s entry within the prescribed contest period.

l. For photographs with people as subjects, consent is required from person(s) being photographed. Participant must provide a signed written personal release from person(s) who appear in the photograph. This should be submitted together with the photo contest entry.

Deadline and Submission of Entries

All entries must be received until December 10, 2010. The contest organizers are not responsible for any postal or technical delay in the transmission of the entries. All entries must be received by Thunderbird Resorts at its office at...

24th Floor, Salcedo Tower,
169 H. V. dela Costa Street,
Makati City

...on or before December 10, 2010.

All entries should be mailed or personally submitted inside a sealed envelope to:

Thunderbird Resorts: Express Your Art Photo Contest II – Go Green Photocontest c/o Jocelyn Henares
24th Floor Salcedo Tower
HV Dela Costa St.

Makati City 1299

Criteria for Judging

a. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
Thematic Relevance 40%
Originality 30%
Technical Excellence 30%

b. Theme Categories
Awareness: pictures depicting sensitive designs that balance sustainable technology with the environment (i.e. green engineering: solar energy, wind power, energy efficiency, etc). Designs that are feasible, economical and portray not only the reduction of pollution but also minimizes the risk to human health and the environment.

Balance: pictures that illustrate ecosystem protection and management. This may include programs such as water conservation and waste management or activities like coastal clean-up, tree-planting, marine protection, organic garden, and the like.

Commitment: photos that show corporate social responsibility programs such as health services, educational training-related projects and livelihood programs to help generate income and employment for local people. This also includes activities that focus on volunteering, personal growth and environmental responsibility. The idea is to capture compelling environmental degradation in the country as well as attempts to remediate past damage. The photos should be striking to make the audience realize that they need to change their mind-set to become better custodians of earth. All entries must portray an accurate reflection of the contest theme, without alteration (other than standard optimization, including removal of dust, cropping, adjustments to color and contrast, etc.)


Grand Prize - Php 250,000.00
The entry with the highest rating from the entire contest (comprising the 3 categories) shall with the Grand Prize. In case of a tie, the judges shall decide the Grand Prize winner by majority vote.

• Category Prizes:

The category prize winner shall be the entry for each category with the highest rating except the

Grand Prize Winner.
- Awareness – Php 50,000.00
- Balance – Php 50,000.00
- Commitment – Php 50,000.00

• 10 Consolation Prizes of Php 5,000.00 each (selected from the consolidation of all entries, regardless of catergory).


This is a very prestigious contest, so expect a high level of competition for this one. On a personal note, I wanted to join a Thunderbird Resorts photo contest two years ago but backed out because I know my point-and-shoot camera equipment is not at par with the more serious photographers. You might need a DSLR camera to be competitive here.This is because the contest is in partnership with FPPF (Federation of Phil. Photographers Foundation), one of the largest camera clubs in the Philippines, and some of it's talented members will definitely join, raising the level of competition.

You are only allowed 5 entries per category. Also, you will have to print your entries on an 8" x 12" photo paper together with its soft copy and mail them to their office. (see above)

High Dynamic Range (HDR), Infra Red (IR) and Stitched Photos ARE NOT ALLOWED.

For complete mechanics and guidelines of the contest, visit the Thunderbirds Resorts photo contest 2010 web page. For inquiries,you could email Jocelyn Henares at jahenares[at]

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