Announcing The Winner of the 9th Scott Kelby's World Wide Photo Walk Cagayan de Oro- North Min Leg - BEST SPOTS PH



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“Everything in life begins with connection. In each moment, we are choosing to join or separate - to connect or disconnect - and the person to whom we're speaking feels what we have chosen regardless of our words.” - Samie Al-Achrafi, CEO of Marmalade Fish

The 9th Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk competition is accordingly one of the toughest and hardest competitions ever as mentioned by Scott Kelby himself during the announcement of the Top 10 winners last November 15, 2016 as official entries portrayed certain story lines strongly manifested through image composition, and other combinations to create a superb photo.

Cagayan de Oro- Northern Mindanao Leg alone is no exception as I had a hard time choosing that one image to represent the Leg to the World wide selection. There were actually 50+ official Photowalk participants not to mention the walk-in participants during the day itself and out of the mentioned numbers, my task is (was) to choose the most exceptional image amongst others.

And yes, the same as last year where I was also the Photo Walk Leader, I included our very own local contest with this year’s theme “Creative Expression through Genetics and Experience: Human Connection”. I added to spice up the annual Photo Walk tradition with amazing and exciting prizes coming from our sponsors such as Colours Digital Foto, Canon DHUB, Modtrade, Duka Bay Resort, 2GO Travel, Carl’s Buy and Sell, and Dhanstore. I will also 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.

But before announcing the one overall victor, let me also name to you my Top 10 images for the local contest. These chosen images together with the winning photo of the local contest will receive the following:

The Top 10 winning images will receive Certificate of Recognition while the Top 5 winners will get special prizes coming from our sponsors such as a Junior Suite accommodation for one (1) night with complimentary breakfast good for two (2) persons at Duka Bay Resort, Polo Shirt from Modtrade, and basic EOS bag from Carls Buy and Sell. The Top 3 Winners will also receive additional prizes from Colours Digital Foto and Canon DHUB. Our overall winner on the other hand will receive special prizes from Dhanstore and a roundtrip passage ticket to any destination in the Philippines served by 2Go Travel on Tourist Class accommodation together with the aforesaid rewards.

Now sit back and enjoy the photos, and allow the winners to tell you their winning pieces. Without further ado.


TOP 10
Photo by: Pete Gerard Nacalaban
The young girl during a usual market day in a black and white canvas. I like how the photographer displayed the character within the context. The image somehow has the visual story telling efficacy manifested through the main character, that is the young girl as she is somewhat connected to the graphical realm (the notepad). Another distinct and supportive element is the revelation of the number 130 directly demonstrated using the rule of thirds. I don’t want to go depth into this since it is a subjective matter and complexity is dense but if you are familiar with the Angel Numbers or the Symbol of Numbers, 130 can be broken down into 3 different numbers of 1, 3, and 0. To make this simple, 130 is a combination of creation and inspiration, oneness and wholeness, and excellent communication. Therefore, this element is correlated to the main character or principal subject.

Photo by: Jovil Fullo
This image portrays the basic form of connection- Family ties. As you may notice, everything in the frame is connected with a bond. The photographer represents a universal connection of the existence of that element within the whole scene at any level, and any form. There is an information, a story that somehow interacts between the subject and supporting characters. This alone is understood as a special form a spur-of-the-moment connection.

Photo by: John Andrew Uy
I chose this photograph to include to the top 10 list simply because it portrays a connection of oneness, and the power of eternity. The photographer is successful in making a viewpoint visible to the observers. Contemplation or prayer as we all know, represents a direct relationship or the intercourse of the soul with God. The act or practice of praying to the Almighty is a form of communication hence played an important role to the theme.

Talking about the composition on the other hand, I am somewhat impressed with the whole standard throughout. I love how the photographer played with symmetry using the people, the two women on the right and the man on the left wearing white shirt, with the column as the elements. There’s no denying to support the image.

Photo by: Patsky Sagocsoc
A scene which rarely gets recognition or attention but what attracts me to this photograph to include to the top list is the fact that it conjures emotional connection between the characters; the mother and child. The unbiased, yet passionate narrative give this image much more interesting senses that captured a rare moment of endearment and love.

Photo by: Alandino Lingat Jr.
A charming scene! I like how the photographer captured the undeniable delightful expression of the kids representing a brotherhood. The image established a cheerful emotion of the characters of the visual content. The facial expressions of both kids including their unspoiled gestures are the key importance on making this image interesting.

Photo by: Argie Yanez
In photography, we sometimes, or most of the time, multiply each concept to include both content, composition, and color to get that remarkable image however this photograph gives a real sense of dramatic illustration of suspense through black and white canvas.

You see, the photographer effectively balanced the rendering of black and white similar to balancing positive and negative space in achieving a great composition. Not only that, the image is a great example of combining five rules in one image; Leading Lines, Pattern, Monochrome, Rule of Thirds, and the Golden Ratio. This brilliant composition creates impact in the scene overall.

Photo by: Feliciano Legara III
The bittersweet image of reality. It is believed that compassion and emotional connection are imperative in a good picture. In this image, the photographer somehow brings life to the main characters from the overall scene. You see, the photographer demonstrated what he sees in from of him, and somehow conveys it through this image that viewers will be attached eventually.

This image give us a sense of belonging, and acceptance, a sense of vulnerability and identity, and most of all, a sense of intimacy and connectivity. Indeed, this image is a visual narrative, with rich in context through characters and elements. One way or another, this image is a story that is actually happening.

Photo by: Angelo Rodriguez Jr.
The photograph is visually appealing and has a strong composition of balance and harmony, complementing creativity. You see, the photographer works well when composing an image with different story from portrait to landscape. Additionally, what something that caught me off-guard is how the photographer successfully established the plot of the photograph. This may not be the best example of the Golden Ratio in Photography but somehow the image produces an aesthetically pleasing composition as each elements of the image has the potential to connect with different scenes inside the framework.

The color is very well played as the characters and each elements draws the viewer’s eye to the image that undeniably holds or even catches the viewer’s attention within the context of the entire scene. Overall, the details allows the viewer to become fully involved and to be led around the image in a natural course. This photography alone beautifully illustrates the theme.

Photo by: Abel Matthew Silawan
What something caught my eyes with this image is the emotional connection of the main character to the element. There is a distinctive sense of depth and emotion to the image. This is an astonishing photograph, indeed. It leapt out for me not only the framing, but how the photographer successful impressed on how to direct the viewer’s attention through coming up close to the subject and making it more personal; this is what we actually call, filling the whole frame in photography.

While it is definitely true that black and white photographs display much more attention and emotion, and even personal character, this photo proves that shooting in color adds more life to the image, a life full of real stories. The appearance of the old man is beaming with great details, the beard, the ruggedness of hands while adding colors to the figurine, the lines and wrinkles in the forehead, it definitely expresses a sense of enigmatic and untold stories worth beyond his age.

I am truly amazed on how the outcome of the photo displayed more natural looking yet provides dramatic connection of the main character and the whole element, especially on how it provides an interesting contrast in the framework.

Photo by: Jade Anthony Pilongo
“We all need stories in order to understand the world.”

The image that really caught my attention that somehow captures an instant of reality that human connections brings complexity to each of us. It is a fact that the whole image has taken on such perfection.

The photographer clearly gives life to the image composed that is somehow or otherwise be so perfect it might not seem real. This is one of those magical moments any photographer would love to capture. The use of symmetry combining it with leading lines are well manifested. The image is beautifully composed with rich in character’s emotion transcended to the one we believe as the Almighty.

We believe that light plays a crucial part of every photograph and can be one of the most powerful tools and remarkably the image formed an indispensable element throughout the whole scene. It presents a new layer of interest of human emotions and even add depth, and character to the photo even if the person being photographed as the main character is behind the glass. This image is spectacularly amazing!

Again, as what I believe, the emotional content and visual narrative serves to be the most important elements of the photo regardless of what photographic techniques manifested. Therefore, the image becomes that defining moment that is the very definition of human connection; it is all about making a viewpoint visible.

Photo by: Froilan Jan Macapil
I couldn’t resist sharing with you this photograph. This is actually one of my favorite entries from the images submitted. Technically, the image was not taken during the photowalk’s official location but within the region. I love the perfectly exposed color of sunset complemented with the shadows of the children playing around being the main characters and supported by another stories of family, and man-women relationship. There’s no denying, it is a real treat. The image is simply remarkable!

I would like to thank once again our local sponsors for gracing your support and the prizes. I would also like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all the Photo Walkers who participanted the 9th Scott Kelby Photo Walk. Congratulations to the winners!

The Cagayan de Oro Northern Mindanao Leg is brought to you by:
Event Partners: Colours Digital Foto, Canon DHUB, Modtrade, and Duka Bay Resort.
Sponsors: Clement Dampal Photography, 2GO Travel, Carl’s Buy and Sell, Dhanstore, Sovereign Skates, Nature’s Spring, Mabuhay Media Print, Hab-Hub Eat All You Can Pastry, Photo Warehouse Visayas, and Cagayan de Oro Photography Photoshoot.

In partnership with these following media: Business Week Mindanao, Mindanao Daily News, Best Spots PH (, Easy Rock 96.9 FM Station, CDO Bloggers, Inc., About Cagayan de Oro, Mimai Scribbles CDO, Mai Adventures, Cagayan de Oro Times, and Mindanao Star.

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