The Zonta Club of Cebu II, the Philippines, recently held their nationwide photo competition with the theme, “Women at the Core of the Pandemic: Celebrating their resilience and strength.” The competition was open to all photographers, amateur or professional, from all over the Philippines. It sought to celebrate the creative coping mechanisms and the pandemic risk reduction strategies that women took on to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 at personal and professional levels.
A panel of judges, composed of respected photographers and women advocates, were presented with almost 150 entries. They judged the photos based on originality, thematic integrity, technical excellence and artistic merit.
The top 30 entries were posted on FaceBook for the public to select their favorite for a chance at the People’s Choice Award. Roberto Ladres, Jr was awarded the People’s Choice Award with his photo entry, “2-in-1.” Roberto was also the first runner-up.
The winning photographer was Dionisio Salvador with his entry “Pag-aarugang Walang Kapantay,” which means “unparalleled care” in Tagalog. The second runner-up was the photo entitled “Mi Amore” by Klienne Eco.
Danilo Victoriano, Jr. won both consolation prizes with his entries “One Step Backward, Two Steps Forward” and “Drawing Therapy.” The Early Bird Prize went to Kevin Lester Martinez with his entry “The Smile of Resilience.”