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2nd MISOR FOTOFEST Kuyamis Festival 2019 Photography Competition's Top Winners Successfully Announced

This year's photography competition has been a challenging one especially to those photographers who participated and successfully submitted their entries to the Kuyamis Festival photo contest. The registered participants were welcomed with the rainfall early in the morning testing their patience to get the best shots while others were inspired by the gracefulness of the contingents of the Kuyamis Festival Street Dancing Competition. Additionally, the deadline for the submission of entries was after the Street Dancing Competition which gave them a shorter time period for their chosen entries albeit the scope of the photography competition started last January 07, the start of the 6th Kuyamis Festival 2019.

From amateur to enthusiasts, hobbyists to professionals and award winning lensmen had participated the social photography event, and with that, a number of entries were submitted for the two given categories namely Conventional and Mobile categories with best images bringing this year's theme "Explore and Experience Kuyamis Festival 2019" in a more festive way.


Competing with over a number of exceptional and amazing entries for this year's event is not an easy one especially some of the participants are known to compete with various photography competitions carrying the award-winning citations to their names, good thing, we were assisted by these caliber personalities as panel of judges that have the knowledge and wit not only the photography qualities but also the richness of the culture and arts of Misamis Oriental. 

For this year's competition, official entries were judged by the following criteria:
   - Adherence to the Theme (Relevance): 25%
   - Composition (Photography Elements): 25%
   - Photographic Quality (Creativity): 25%
   - Visual Impact (Wow Impact): 25%
A total of 100%

The panel of judges are as follows:
* Mr Rhyan Casiño
    - National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Northern Mindanao Representative Visual Arts (2011-2016)
    - Feature Writer: Mindanao Gold Star Daily Newspaper
    - Director for Public Image: Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro
    - Committee Member: Misamis Oriental Tourism, Culture, and Arts Council

* Engr Raul Ilogon
    - A Story Teller
    - Historian (World War II in Mindanao)
    - An Engineer by Profession
    - Committee Member: Misamis Oriental Tourism, Culture, and Arts Council
    - Founding Member: Northern Mindanao Mountaineering Society
    - Founder: Nyor's Playground Cooperative (A service cooperative establish to
                    protect mountain environment and to provide livelihood to people)

* Mr Ruben Niño Balane
    - Choreographer, Event, and Stage Director
    - Performing Arts Production Director: University of Science and Technology 
      of Southern Philippines (USTP)
    - Committee Member: Misamis Oriental Tourism, Culture, and Arts Council
    - A Traveler

* Mr Potpot Pinili
    - Travel Blogger of Travel Trilogy
    - A Festival Photographer
    - Content Creator for Various Travel Companies
    - Contributing Writer (Rappler, Travel 360 Magazine of Air Asia, 
      Balikbayan Magazine)
    - Social Media Manager
    - Travel Consultant

Now here are the top 10 winners for conventional category, and top 2 winners for the mobile category. Allow them to tell you their winning images.


CONVENTIONAL CATEGORY:
* GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Mr Emmanuel Paller Jr
* TOP 2 WINNER: Mr Jon Vill Quirog
* TOP 3 WINNER: Mr Earl Ryan Janubas
* TOP 4 WINNER: Mr Jade Anthony Pilongo
* TOP 5 WINNER: Mr Aye Navarro
* TOP 6 WINNER: Mr Brian Lonzaga
* TOP 7 WINNER: Ms KC Curay
* TOP 8 WINNER: Mr Angelo Rodriguez Jr
* TOP 9 WINNER: Mr Alandino Lingat Jr
* TOP 10 WINNER: Mr Marlon Lapuz
* GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Mr Emmanuel Paller Jr
* TOP 2 WINNER: Mr Jon Vill Quirog
* TOP 3 WINNER: Mr Earl Ryan Janubas
* TOP 4 WINNER: Mr Jade Anthony Pilongo
* TOP 5 WINNER: Mr Aye Navarro
* TOP 6 WINNER: Mr Brian Lonzaga
* TOP 7 WINNER: Ms KC Curay
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* TOP 8 WINNER: Mr Angelo Rodriguez Jr
* TOP 9 WINNER: Mr Alandino Lingat Jr
* TOP 10 WINNER: Mr Marlon Lapuz
MOBILE CATEGORY:
* GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Mr Brian Lonzaga
* TOP 2 WINNER: Ms Zandrielim Cantuhay
* GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Mr Brian Lonzaga
* TOP 2 WINNER: Ms Zandrielim Cantuhay
The Top 10 Winners for the Conventional Category, and the Top 2 Winners for the Mobile Category were announced at the Activity Center, Centrio Mall-Ayala with the Provincial Tourism Culture and Arts Council members late afternoon while the Top 1 to Top 4 winners of the Conventional Category and the Top 2 Winners for the Mobile Category were invited to join the Governor's Night, an appreciation event at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel at 07:00pm onward.

Grand Prize Winner for the conventional category received P15,000.00 cash and plaque of award, Top 2 Winner received P10,000.00 cash and plaque of award, and Top 3 Winner received P5,000.00 cash and plaque of award. Meanwhile, the Top 4 to Top 10 winners received camera accessories, straps, Yongnuo 560 Mark IV flash, and the likes. Additionally, the Grand Prize Winner for the mobile category received P3,000.00 cash and plaque of award, and Top 2 Winner received P2,000.00 cash and plaque of award.

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