Announcing The Winner of the 8th Scott Kelby's World Wide Photo Walk Cagayan de Oro Leg - BEST SPOTS PH



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Announcing The Winner of the 8th Scott Kelby's World Wide Photo Walk Cagayan de Oro Leg

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"In our contemporary society, one so over-inundated with imagery, it is easy to overlook the power of a single frame to change the way we look at the world, or rally disparate hearts to a single cause. Yet, ours is a society shaped by this very phenomenon." - Steve McCurry

Kelby One officially recorded that there are about 999 Photo Walks around the globe participated where 21,510 official Photo Walkers from different walks of life registered and gathered last October 03, 2015 for the annual World Wide Photo Walk event. Imagine what Scott Kelby stated before: "You have nearly 1,000 winning images from around the world, and now you have to narrow it down to just 10 finalists and one grand prize winner. This is not an easy job." 

In Cagayan de Oro, PHILIPPINES particularly, while everyone is so excited to know the winning image of the Local Leg of this event, it took me a week of careful selection of that particular image, and hours to consider who deserves to represent Cagayan de Oro for the much anticipated first round selection of the event.

And oh', did i mention to you that we also have local contests i added to spice up the annual Photo Walk tradition with cool and exciting prizes coming from our sponsors such as Colours Digital Foto, Emerald Suites, and Ayo Fotography? And yes, i'll be picking up the Top 10 Winners of the Local category which will be judged according to (i) Relevance to the theme, (ii) Composition, (iii) Story-line, and (iv) Originality. Top 3 winners will get special prizes coming from our sponsors. And there's a local People's Choice Award too! By the way, the local contest theme is "Decisive Moment". Isn't it wonderful?

Out of the 50 official Photo Walkers registered via, 17 images has been submitted successfully. Now, as this years' official Photo Walk Leader for Cagayan de Oro, i am much excited to announce to you the winning image of Cagayan de Oro, Northern Mindanao, Philippines. 

But before that, let me also announce to you my Top 5 Photos. Without further ado.


Photo by: Jouie Tabilin (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

The COOPH (the Cooperative of Photography) added the Patterns and Compositions as the eighth of the 10 composition tips in Photography. It stated that "Patterns are aesthetically pleasing. But the best is when the pattern is interrupted" and this is what the image is being composed.

The young boy serves as the primary subject and being supported by the repeating elements. Gladly, it turns out that the Photographer did a marvelous artistry when he used the cast figures (statues of different sizes) with this young boy as he interferes the pattern. It develops unity and structure which enhances the attractiveness of the picture.

Additionally, he captured a sense of texture which in turn, created a form. The Photographer emphasizes the features and details through the primary subject while rendering the texture of the picture.
Photo by: North Gevero (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

What a captivating scene! The photographer did a great job of taking something that is too attractive from its own composition. I like how he framed the man with that lines while carrying that big basket. It somewhat-like depicts a great story line, showing responsibility over burden and turns out to this beautiful imagery.

As what Henri Cartier-Bresson said, "There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever"

Well, the Photographer seems like he really made a huge impact to this creative image- part preparation, skills, good luck, instinct, good spot, intuition, and Woah!!! The Decisive Moment.

Did i say i like the tone of the image too? The right usage of white-to-gray-to-black composition. Wow! What a great interaction of light against dark shades! Great job!

Photo by: Argie YaƱez (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

What something i like about this shot is the mood of the young boy. The photographer may somewhat portrays an interesting plot as to what kind of emotion he is trying to convey. At first glance, i tried on figuring out the intrinsic story of this image and i say, the photo portrays a realistic visual essay of today's society.

It's kind of interesting to see an image that tells a story and shows a mood of self-expression. You see, when you look at the image, especially the facial expression of this young boy, you are also getting a glimpse of his daily experience.

Additionally, there is this sense of closeness to the subject and the Photographer. This may be the reason why i found this image extremely genuine. "Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph"- Andre Kertesz.
Photo by: Gian James Maagad (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

What something caught my eyes with this image is the composition. I like how the photographer placed the woman as her subject on intersections which for me, it clearly shows the Rule of Thirds. He positioned the point of interest (which is the woman as her subject) along that lines and successfully manipulated the photo with the Leading Lines. 

You see how he uses the natural line leading the eyes to that subject? Clearly, the composition of the shot really gives it a superb look. It creates a really graphical look with strength.

Photo by: Leia Bartolome (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

Oh', the image that i found myself coming back again and again and makes me smile sweetly. If i had to choose my 2nd place shot, this would be the image. Seriously, I really like the natural expression of these young girls on their faces- an expression of unselfish happiness. 

I also like the different colors of the clothes complementing the off-white background. I like how the Photographer employed the yellow-colored cloth to the center ensuring the essence of the photo from superficial to reality.

One thing is for sure, there is a form and content to this image, and that is Happiness.

Photo by: Abel Matthew Silawan (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

"In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality."- Alfred Stieglitz

Any of the above-mentioned images could be announced as the winner for the Cagayan de Oro Leg to represent the city for the International category, but this image really caught my attention. The imagery has this strong message, a strength that makes this picture stands on its own, with its own place, characteristics, and over-flowing emotion. That is, a combination of expression and aesthetic- a photograph that speaks for itself.

I love the over-all composition of this photo. The Photographer clearly shows how he manipulated the photo while using the shadow lines on framing the details of the subject and gives that center of interest added strength. Addition to that, i like how he uses the figure to ground rules, finding a contrast between the subject and the background.

We may not see the person behind that bare-hand trying to reach out that plastic cup, however, that same hand gives as the glimpse etched on a person's face. This may somehow illustrates what Steve McCurry's famous line: "A picture can express a universal humanism, or simply reveal a delicate and poignant truth by exposing a slice of life that might otherwise pass unnoticed." 

Any images could have its own photographic techniques coupled with its story but i strongly agree with emotional content which serves to be the most important element of the photo regardless of what photographic technique manifested.

AWARENESS: Did you know that 2015 is the year of the POOR? 

The year 2015 is focused on the Church's commitment to and journey with the poor as per Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in preparation for the fifth centenary of the arrival of Christianity in the archipelago in 2021.

I would like to thank our local sponsors for gracing your support and the prizes, Emerald Suites for hosting the place, Ayo Fotography of Alex Orbegoso, Colours Digital Foto for the free 8R-sized prints for all the 50 participants, and to our Media Partners, Business Week Mindanao, Mindanao Daily News, The Cagayan Times, Mindanao Star, Easy Rock FM 96.9, Red Lemon Digital Media, and Clix Cagayan de Oro.

I would also like to extend my warmth appreciation to all the Photo Walkers who participated this year's Photo Walk. Thank you for making this year's Scott Kelby's World Wide Photo Walk a success!

Congratulations to the winner!

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