The Philippine-Misereor Partnership, Inc. together with PECOJON-The Peace and Conflict Journalism Network Philippines marks the silver anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power with a new revolution.

With the advent of the Mining Act of 1995, the country has seen the onslaught of mining operations which to date is continuously affecting communities in many parts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Today, PMPI and PECOJON, invites photographers and photojournalists to a more active engagement in caring for our environment through a photo-contest entitled “Oro, Plata at Mata.” The contest theme is central to the ill-effects of mineral resources exploitation.

Philippine-Misereor Partnership is a partnership between and among 300+ civil society organizations in the Philippines composed of church groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and people’s organizations (POs) and Misereor – the overseas development agency based in Germany. With the poor in the center of its work, PMPI espouses a common development agenda within the rights-based and integral human development framework.

PECOJON-The Peace and Conflict Journalism Network Philippines is a network of journalists working together to provide high quality and conflict-sensitive reporting of issues and concerns affecting humanity.

MECHANICS:
1.    The photos should illustrate the effects of mining in their respective areas and was only taken within two (2) year from the contest deadline.

2.    Photo-contest deadline is on May 11, 2011 but an Earth Day Special Award will be given to chosen entries submitted on or before 11:00 a.m. of April 22, 2011.

Earth Day is celebrated every 22nd of April since 1970. Winners of the Earth Day Special Award still qualify as entries to the regular contest categories.

3.    The photo contest is divided into three (3) categories, namely: professional – who earn using photography or photojournalism; amateur – hobbyist or have studied advanced photography; and community photographers – are those involved in PMPI’s sites of struggles.

4.    Winners will receive:        1st Place        2nd Place        3rd Place Professional category:            P22,000        P17,000        P11,000 Amateur category:               15,000           12,000            9,000 Community category:                  11,000             8,000            6,000

Community category winners will also receive digital cameras as part of the prize.

5.    Entries should be in digital format and each photograph should have the resolution of at least 300 dpi and the size of 10 inches on the longer side. Any camera may be used for the contest.

6.    Photos are disqualified if they are found to be heavily retouched / digitally enhanced which could be a misrepresentation of truth.

7.    Filenames of entries should be renamed to <category>_<initials>_<yearphototaken>_<seriesnumber001-010>.  For example, Professional_LRM_2011_010

8.    The photos should be properly captioned which indicates the place and the date taken.

9.    A maximum of 10 entries per person is allowed provided however those entries submitted have not won any awards or contests and must be sent to PMPI.PECOJON.contest@gmail.com with the prescribed entry form. No entry fee shall be collected.

10.    The photographer retains the copyrights for the photos but allows PMPI to reprint for a photo exhibit or a publication on any medium.

11.    In cases of reprint or publication, the photographer is notified and due credit will be given to him with a disclaimer.

FOR QUESTIONS ON THE PHOTO CONTEST, please contact:

Philippine-Misereor Partnership, Inc.
Telephone number: +63.2.353.4287 / TeleFax: +63.2.353.4396
Email: pmpsecretariat@yahoo.com

FOR TECHNICAL CONCERNS, please contact:

CHARLIE SACEDA
PECOJON – The Peace and Conflict Journalism Network Philippines
TeleFax: +63.32.505.5262
Email: saceda@pecojon.ph

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