I can still feel the burnout and the body aches I got from the grueling Canon Photomarathon 2012 event held at the Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort in Tiaong, Quezon last Saturday, end of June. A two firsts for me actually –my first stab at the much awaited photo competition in the land AND my first visit to the much-publicized plantation/resort in the Southern Tagalog. But I shall tell you more of the latter on a later entry plus some interesting Pinoy photography luminaries I rub eyeballs with at the event.
First of, the bragging rights: I was lucky to be one of the finalists for this year’s event. Yes dear, one of my photo entries got the judges’ nod. In a sea of hundreds of amateur and professional photographers, that wasn’t so bad for a shutterbug on the block who participated in just for the sake of, well…joining!
That may just be the farthest I can go for now, but this competition is so interesting it has given me the fire to give it another shot maybe next year. My congratulations to this year’s grand prize winners!
Now just what is this photo-marathon thing which, to some, sounds more like a running event? The Canon Photomarathon, which started long before Facebook, is an annual 1-day on-the-spot photo contest that lets participants shoot within a given location or area, in a specified short span of time, under a certain theme. Usually three themes — with a given time of three hours each — make up the whole day of competition. Participants, after submitting an entry for the first theme, awaits for the announcement of the next theme and its submission time. More on Canon Photomarathon here.
In last Saturday’s Luzon Leg, our photo instincts were concentrated (but not limited) to the vastness of Villa Escudero Plantations and Resorts. Now for a feel of the game, here’s our initial thrill. Go figure:
Structures are the meetings of shapes lines forms towers when they touch housing dreams in their forms playing tricks to the imagination
Wow. An instant nosebleed. And the next theme:
The wonders of His gifts are abundant in this Villa. It is a sanctuary to the rich flora and fauna. Capture the spirit of nature’s many faces and show the beauty of our Master’s creation.
The third theme, I failed to take note of that one. 🙂
In retrospect, it was one hell of an amazing experience. Meeting new friends, enjoying the place and the dinner, the race for the clock and the creativity of photographic endeavors! Just one of the rare occasions when the goal is not to change the subject, but for the subject to change the photographer!
See you in twelve months!