Since 2020 is a year like no other, we altered our year-end challenge. Instead of the annual Focus Portrait Project (where members are randomly paired and tasked to shoot each other's portraits), this time we launched the ECHO PHOTO SHOOTOUT. Participants were randomly paired and each must recreate a favorite photo of his/her partner while the partner does the same. The challenge is to effectively emulate the photo inspiration while giving it a personal creative flavor. The activity was a prime opportunity for members to learn from each other. Conceptualizing, instruction, and shot execution were coordinated online. The challenge required working together... despite being physically apart.
The entries were put to a one-week voting period among Focus members.
Here are the Echo Photo Shootout entries and our top placers :
5th Place : 14 points (7 votes) / Entry 12 / AYIE SALVA
4th Place : 17 points (9 votes) / Entry 9 / BILL ELLIS CRUZ
3rd Place : 22 points (11 votes) / Entry 7 / JOHN REDEHN LAT
2nd Place : 22 points (more 2nd-place votes) / Entry 13 / TROY BENITO
1st Place : 25 points (13 votes) / Entry 1 / JUSTINE DE LEON
Congratulations to our top placers, especially to Justine! Since the Echo Photo Shootout awards the same amount of points as Focus Portrait Project from previous years, 1st Place gets an extra 20 points, 2nd Place gets 15, 3rd Place gets 10, 4th Place (undisclosed) gets 7, and 5th Place (undisclosed) gets 5 points that will reflect toward Focus Bulacan's 2020 Photographer Of The Year competition. Participants automatically get 5 points for submitting entries.
A round of applause for all the entries and participants! This concludes Focus Bulacan's 2020 Competition. We shall announce the year-end winners of Photographer Of The Year (POTY), Newcomer Of The Year (NOTY), and Most Improved Photographer (MIP) soon!
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!