AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 finalists Kimberly Pauig wins 200,000 BIG points after the dramatic Final Show held last September 15 at Green Sun, Makati City.
There were more than 500 entries whittled down to six finalists who traveled all the way to Macau and competed in different challenges. Finalists Neil Cardano, Mithilaya Miclat, Eliseo Zuñiga, Pauig, Daniel Magbanua, and Dave Poblete showed their skills in different categories like portraiture and food photography as they visited Coloane Village, Fisherman’s Wharf, and other cultural attractions in Macau.
During The Final Show, DJ Tracy Abad of The Mad House of Mellow 94.7, the top three finalists Pauig, Magbanua, and Poblete were selected and immediately went through final presentations to the judges composed of young leaders and veterans in the field of photography, branding, and visual arts. The panel of judges included Nachi Ugarte, creative director of GRID magazine; Jacob Maentz, documentary photographer; Wawi Navarrosa, artist/photographer, founder of Thousandfold; and Rudy Khaw, AirAsia Group’s Head of Branding.
“We are impressed with the quality and composition of entries we received this year. The six finalists did wonderful jobs in the final leg of challenges with each of their photos revealing compelling story. Needless to say, it was a difficult decision to choose only one winner,” said Maentz.
Magbanua placed 2nd Runner Up, receiving 50,000 AirAsia BIG Points.
“I like the design. The cinematic. It’s telling me a story. That for me is your strong point,” said Wawi on Daniel Magbanua’s entries.
Aside from the 200,000 BIG points, the Pauig also received a surprise vacation package and several prizes from partner brands including GRID magazine and Flight 001. Poblete also took home the People’s Choice Award, as he received the highest public votes at the official AirAsia Travel Photographer website (www.airasiatp.com). “I want to showcase Macau more than the grandeur of the place,” said Poblete, who was named 1st Runner Up. also receiving 50,000 AirAsia BIG Points.
To revisit the exciting journey of the top six, visit AirAsia’s Official Facebook page to watch the webisodes featuring their amazing experience in Macau all the way to the final elimination and announcement of the winner.
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