March 2015 Theme Contest : SIGNS
Thanks to our guest judge Maureen Santos for voting with us. This one was literally and figuratively a photo finish. Here are the Top 3 of our SIGNS theme contest :
3rd Place : 21 points (8 votes) / Entry 10 / LHEO HALILI
2nd Place : 21 points (8 votes including 1st Place vote by Guest Judge) / Entry 4 / JOEL DOMINGO
1st Place : 22 points (11 votes) / ENTRY 9 / NICO SAN PEDRO
In many ways, this was a contest different from all the others we've had. This is the first time that all the entries received at least one vote. Second, this is by far the tightest in terms of margin of victory. Three entries were tied for first place late in the voting period, and it took the very last vote to break the tie. First to fifth place were separated by only 2 points, and first to seventh place were separated by no more than 4 points.
Finally, this is the first contest that was won by a Focus Bulacan applicant (not yet an approved official member). CONGRATULATIONS TO NICO SAN PEDRO! Determination definitely pays off.
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.
March 2015 Theme Contest "Signs" Entries (Click thumbnails to view photos in full)
Voting Period : 21-27 March 2015
Votes can be viewed at Facebook comment box below.
VERSUS Round 1 Winners
The first round of our VERSUS Head-To-Head Tournament is over, and here are the winners who will move on to the next round. For our initial round, we had a theme of "Black & White Portrait". Kindly click the thumbnails to view the photos in full.
Congratulations to all who advanced. The tournament brackets have been updated. You may check out the next matchups at http://challonge.com/focusversus. 2nd Round theme will be announced on March 20, while deadline of entries is on May 15.
For the first of our quarterly team competition this 2015, we set up "prenup" or engagement session-style shoots for our members. We looked for real-life couples to be the models, then we asked for the help of some of Bulacan's top makeup artists to enhance the couples' looks for the shoots. There are 8 teams - each composed of a couple, a hair and makeup artist, and four Focus Bulacan members/shooters. The concept, the look, the location, the schedule, and other details of the shoot were all up to the teams' discretion and planning. Some teams even had the help of stylists. (To better understand what this LoveShoot is all about, CLICK HERE.) Each team was asked to submit five photos to best highlight their respective shoots. The five photos were to be judged as a set by our panel of guest judges. (For our team competition, only guest judges will vote on the entries, unlike our monthly PhotoMeet and Theme contests where Focus members and applicants also vote.)
Take a look at the teams' photos, together with some of the judges' insight (the complete critique of the judges will be shown to the participating Focus members, privately). Scroll further down to view how the judges voted and which team ultimately won our LoveShoot team competition.
These distinguished individuals make up our panel of judges :
We asked the judges to view each team's photos as a set (merit of all 5 photos, not just 1) and pick their Top 5 teams. Of course, critique was also solicited.
1st Place - 10 points
2nd Place - 7 points
3rd Place - 5 points
4th Place - 3 points
5th Place - 2 points
The team with the most number of points wins.
Let's not prolong the anticipation. Here are the Top 3 teams :
3rd Place : 22 points / GROUP 6 / TEAM LOVEWHEELS
2nd Place : 24 points / GROUP 2 / TEAM COOLITS
1st Place : 40 points / GROUP 7 / TEAM M & M
CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM M & M!!! The couple, Michael Caletina and Mariel Tormo... makeup artist Cassandra Dockers... the shooters Kat Centeno, Erick Mendiola, Brian Santos, and Dennis Santos... way to go! A total team effort that paid off. We salute you.
Each member of the winning team gets an extra 15 points, members of 2nd Place team get 10 bonus points, 3rd Place team gets 7 bonus points, 4th Place team (undisclosed) gets 5 bonus points, and 5th Place team (also undisclosed) gets 3 bonus points for the Photographer Of The Year competition. Participants automatically get 3 points for taking part in our LoveShoot activity.
THANK YOU once again to our guest judges! Oly Ruiz, Jack Domingo, Mark Gonzales, Aavron Delos Santos, and FJ Sionson. We appreciate you taking time to view and critique the photos and ranking the teams. Cheers to all of you! :)
How the judges voted :
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place
OLY RUIZ Lovewheels Shwelve M&M Amore Forevermore
JACK DOMINGO M&M Infinity Amore Coolits Lovewheels
MARK GONZALES M&M Coolits Forevermore Amore Lovewheels
AAVRON DELOS SANTOS M&M Coolits Lovewheels Amore Infinity
FJ SIONSON Infinity Coolits M&M Lovewheels Shwelve
Only one team can be adjudged as the winner but we truly believe everyone who participated in this activity gained from the experience. A collaboration and competition in one. Kudos to all of you. Thanks for being part of LoveShoot.
Spread the love. Keep on shooting!
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!