The Philippines exists simultaneously in several time frames.
Ancient structures and traditions co-exist, for instance, with 20th century kitsch and pop, as well as today's icons of high technology and fashion. The challenge is to capture this blend of past and present—whether conflicting or harmonious, amusing or sublime—in images that can inspire fresh ways of seeing our country and our culture.

If you are 15 to 24 years of age and enrolled in an accredited school in the Philippines, submit your best digital photos to win cash and prizes!

You can submit up to three (3) entries between January 21, 2015 and February 24, 2015 at 11:59pm.

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Photo Requirements

To qualify, your photo/s must:
  • be taken in January-February 2015 with at least a 10-megapixel digital camera
  • be either full color or black and white
  • be 8”x 12” (portrait orientation) or 12”x8” (landscape orientation)
  • not have major digital alterations or effects
  • not have been entered in any other competition
  • not have been published/posted in print or online media
  • have full documentation based on the requirements in the Online Application Packet (downloadable here).

The following major prizes are at stake, tax-free:
Grand Prize
PhP100,000 in cash
VAC 29 grand prize trophy
Canon EOS 700 D 18-55IS STM DSLR camera
Winning photograph will be used on the cover of the 2015-16 Metro Manila Telephone Directories of PLDT (White Pages) and DPC (Yellow Pages)
Second Prize
PhP70,000 in cash
VAC 29 2nd prize trophy
Canon EOS 1200D 18-55ISII DSLR camera
Third Prize
PhP60,000 in cash
VAC 29 3rd prize trophy
Canon POWERSHOT SX600HS digital camera

Schools of the major prize winners, as well as those with the most number of Finalists and qualified entries, will also get substantial cash donations for their visual arts programs from DPC and PLDT, plus PIXMA printers from Canon.

The Top 50 Finalists will each receive PhP5,000. The 50 photographs will be posted here for online voting from March 12 to March 19, 2015. The photo that garners the most number of online votes will win the People’s Choice Award, which comes with a PhP25,000 cash prize and a Canon Ixus 265HS digital camera.