We were at the launch at SM Annex this afternoon and got to see enthusiasts, people from the academe and executives from the corporation to launch PLDT and DPC's 29th Visual Arts Competition.
Ms. Julieta Tañeca of PLDT says "We are acknowledging the change of times and we have embraced digital photography. This partnership with DPC has been going on for years already. Our participants have made pieces with oil and various media. It enabled us to discover tons of talents and we have evolved from painting to digital photography. DPC has been reaching out to students via www.visualarts.ph and their Facebook page. Gadgets today lets us documeny almost everything today and creativity will come to the floor as the do "Past meets Present" a theme that's already part of us, easy with the digital age. Thank you to all the schools, professors and students for promoting VAC29 and you have until February 24 to upload it on the website. Thank you also to Canon for being our official imaging partner and SM for hosting our venue. We at PLDT DPC just like you are excited to launch this event!"
The project will run from January 21 to February 24, 2015. Awarding ofnprizes will be on March 24, 2015. Only enrolled college students 15-24 years old can join. Entries must be shot this January, DSLR or High Res at least 10Megapixels, 8x12 in JPEG Format. Initial submission can be in 72dpi, Final submission will be 300dpi. Every entry must also be taken within the Philippines. Removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast. HDR is not permitted. It must have no watermark, not entered in other photo contests, or published previously. It must also not have the Philippine flag or Philippine currency as the main dominant element in the composition. Every photo must be their original work, own their intellectual property rights. Talent/models should also have a release form. If underage, a signed consent should also be there. Top 50 finalists must agree to transfer ownership to PLDT DPC, agree to publish their name abd school as well. If entry is a finalist, online application form, parental consent and model release form must be signed as available on www.visualarts.ph. Templates are available too if entry is going to be a requirement in school. Packet must contain their full name, mobile number, email address, address and other personal data as needed. The title of entry, subject, location and how it relates to the theme must be included. Any entries submitted after 11:59 PM on February 24 will be disqualified. Each participant will also be allowed 3 entries.
They encourage you to submit entries early as site traffic might delay uploads due to the queues. Criteria for judging is 25% Visual Composition, Originality 25% Adherence to Theme 25%, suitability to cover 10%, and Overall impact 15%. Finalists will be informed of submissions via mobile and email. Raw and unprocessed file must also be submitted. Original documents must be submitted sent via courier/registered mail.
Top 51 to 70 will also be informed if they need to replace someone from the top 50 finalists. If they've completed requirements, they will be included in major awards like People's Choice (via online voting, one vote per finalist per day) and the actual winners of the contest. Independent auditors will sign off for accuracy before releasing for announcements of winners. They will receive cash donations and prizes in kind. Special prizes will also be given to schools with the most entries and the most number if qualified finalists. Prizes will be as follows:
Canon is generously also giving away cameras and printers for those who will win. So what are you waiting for? Join the biggest Visual Arts Competition in the country! Join VAC29 now!
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