Winning a photo contest for the first time (well, officially and with a prize for that matter) gives a different high!
Recently, I won a photo contest by the Foundation for Sustainable Society, Inc. (FSSI) and Concepts Commune, which is in advocacy for the entrepreneurship for the poor. Winning photos are included in the photo exhibit dubbed as "Kabuhayan: Travelling Exhibit on the Entrepreneurship for the Poor".
I was lucky to have three (3) of the six photos I submitted be chosen among the 15 photos which were selected for exhibition. The rest of the photos were assigned to some photographers.
The exhibit was launched last May 16, 2011 at the Northwing lobby of the House of Representatives. House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, and Deputy Speaker Erin Tanada, and some Representatives graced the occasion.
Winning a photo contest is something, and exhibiting it too makes it even better! And, finally, I realized my goal to blend photography with my anti-poverty work and advocacy. I just hope I would have more opportunities to make use of my photography for my personal advocacy in the future.
And this is my acceptance speech: "I share this win with the Raffia weavers of Brgy. Ilaya in Inabanga, Bohol; the woodcarvers of ELJ Enterprises in Cainta, Rizal and the unknown vendor on wheels."(Smile!)
Here are the rest of the photos that made it to the cut: