MANILA, Philippines – Two Filipino photographers bagged the top two prizes at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)-sponsored photo contest.
Reynaldo Mondez' “Solar Energy Panels” and Romeo Doneza's “World Wide” were announced first and second place winners of the photo tilt in Honolulu last November 8.
The third prize went to Wong Chi Keung from Hong Kong for his entry “No-Boundary Network”.
The entries of Mondez and Doneza stood out from 204 photos submitted by 95 photographers from 17 APEC member-economies. The photo entries reflected the APEC 2011's priorities of strengthening regional economic integration, advancing regulatory cooperation and promoting green growth.
Two other Filipino photographers, Ellen de Leon and Robert Anton Pimentel, made it to the top 10 with their entries “Winds of Change” and “Economic Harmony”, respectively.
The three winning entries were chosen by a panel of international judges including AFP Photo Editor-in-Chief (Worldwide) Eric Baradat, AFP Photo Editor-in-Chief (North America) Mladen Antonov, Reportage by Getty Images Photographer Palani Mohan, APEC Secretariat Executive Director Ambassador Muhamad Noor and US APEC Senior Official Ambassador Kurt Tong.
In a release from the APEC Secretariat, Mondez said he was "very happy" and "truly humbled" with his victory in the competition.
A retired photographer from the National Housing Authority (NHA), Mondez currently runs a small wedding photography business with his son in Metro Manila.
“The photo is a symbol of hope for a sustainable future, even in the most remote parts of the Philippines,” Mondez said. His photo entry was taken in a rural village in Rizal province.
“What I’m trying to convey to the world is to make renewable energy more accessible to everyone by first lowering the cost of the technology. Through my photo, I hope to reach out to the decision-makers who are involved in renewable energy,” he added.
The top 10 photos were posted on the APEC Facebook page for comments and votes.
More than 10,000 votes were cast during the two-week voting period, where Mondez received over 4,600 “Likes” for his photo, also winning him the APEC Popular Choice Award.
The winning photographs of the APEC Photo Contest 2011, as well as the top 10 photos, are available for viewing online at the APEC Facebook page.