Our first theme contest of the year saw really good entries. Props to everyone who joined! Thanks to all who voted, especially guest judge Raffy Beltran.
After a week of voting, it's time to announce the Top 3 :
3rd Place : 29 points (10 votes) / Entry 14 / JAY SEBASTIAN
2nd Place : 40 points (18 votes) / Entry 5 / CHI LOPEZ
1st Place : 54 points (20 votes) / Entry 10 / JOEY RAMOS
CONGRATULATIONS, JOEY! A great beginning to 2016 for you. 1st Place gets an extra 10 points, 2nd Place gets 7, 3rd Place gets 5, 4th Place (undisclosed) gets 3, and 5th Place (also undisclosed) gets 2 points for the Photographer Of The Year competition. Participants automatically get 3 points for submitting entries.
See you again on our next contest. You don't have to wait too long. :)
January 2016 Theme Contest "New Beginnings" Entries (click thumbnails to view in full)
Voting Period : 22-29 January 2016
We have some changes to announce for our 2016 competition. To all participants in our contests, please be guided by these information.
1. NEW COMPETITION OFFICER
Focus competition for 2016 will now be handled by Amen Alcoriza, our lead Competition Officer. He will be assisted by Erika Santos. Jer Sandel, Competition Officer from 2013 until 2015, will be assuming a new post as External Affairs Officer and will no longer be involved in Focus contests. As such, Mr. Sandel will now be able to join contests, while Mr. Alcoriza and Ms. Santos will no longer be allowed to enter Focus contests. It is a requirement of our Competition Officer to prohibit himself/herself from contests to avoid conflict of interest and eliminate bias.
2. REVISED POINTS ALLOCATION
Competition Officer Amen Alcoriza has revised the points system for our 2016 competition, with minor changes from the previous year's :
Points/Scoring System - Points awarded for contests and accomplishments :
+ 7 points - 2nd Place
+ 5 points - 3rd Place
+ 3 points - 4th Place
+ 2 points - 5th Place
(No additional points for 6th place onwards)
+ 15 points : 1st Place
+ 10 points : 2nd Place
+ 7 points : 3rd Place
+ 5 points : 4th Place
+ 3 points : 5th Place
+ 20 points : 1st Place
+ 14 points : 2nd Place
+ 10 points : 3rd Place
+ 6 points : 4th Place
+ 4 points : 5th Place
Bonus points :
+ 10 points : if included in Honorable Mentions list
+ 20 points : if included in Finalists list
+ 30 points : if Grand Prize winner
Bonus points for People's Choice :
+ 10 points : 1st Place
+ 7 points : 2nd Place
+ 5 points : 3rd Place
+ 3 points : 4th Place
+ 2 points : 5th Place
Bonus points for Juror's Choice :
+ 15 points : Juror's Choice (only 1)
Bonus points :
+ 15 points if Finalist in a category
+ 25 points if Best in category
+ 30 points if 2nd-Runnerup overall
+ 40 points if 1st-Runnerup overall
+ 50 points if Grand Winner
3. REVISED ENTRY SUBMISSION PROCEDURE
We have some slight changes to sending contest entries. Please take note.
If Theme contest : THEME_YOURNAME.JPG
4. NEW CONTEST VOTING PROCEDURE
Only Focus members and applicants are allowed to join and vote in our contests. Starting this 2016, we will be having a new voting procedure, one that keeps votes and critique (unfortunately) private until after the result has been announced.
Some things have remained the same, though. We are including them here to make this a comprehensive post about Focus competition.
PHOTOCONTEST GENERAL GUIDELINES
Purpose. Focus Bulacan’s photocontests are meant to inspire improvement by providing an organized form of objective and subjective evaluation. Photograph entries are individually assessed, then compared to other entries, with these assessments being the basis for voting. The results and feedback of the contests should serve as critique, which in turn would guide the participants as to where improvements should be made in their next photos.
Approach. Contests are competitive in nature. Competitiveness - within the boundary of rules, fairness and sportsmanship – spurs improvement. Participants are urged to do their best to win contests while adhering to these guidelines. However, may we remind everyone that there will be winners, there will be losers, yet the ultimate goal is for participants to learn something from the feedback and critique on their photo entries. Winning isn’t everything. Wanting to win AND learning from trying are everything.
Methodology. Focus Bulacan contests are open only to official members and applicants. Likewise, only members and applicants are allowed to vote on the photos. Entries will be kept anonymous so as to eliminate bias and make voters assess the photos purely on their merit.
CONTEST GENERAL MECHANICS :
The Theme Competition is another version of Focus Bulacan's contests. The other kind, as you may already know, involves photos coming from our monthly PhotoMeets or scheduled shoots. This one, however, will come from themes or concepts which will serve as guide or inspiration for the participants in taking their photo entries. The Theme Competition's main purpose is to inspire and challenge Focus Bulacan members to keep on shooting during the break between PhotoMeets or shoots.
Here's how we do it :
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
For other details not discussed here, you may ask our Competition Officer by posting on the timeline of Focus Bulacan Contest account.
Good luck in the competition, Focus folks!
Competition is fun
At Focus Bulacan, we strive to improve every member's photography skills. One way to do this is to constantly challenge each other with photo contests. All competition is posted here, for voting and for announcement of results. Good luck!