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APEC launches photography contest for amateurs, pros

September 6, 2011 - Tonyo Cruz

(Note: The contest rules state that “the APEC Secretariat shall own the entire copyright interest in all photos submitted in the competition. The APEC Secretariat reserves the right to publish or display the entries in its publications, brochures and other materials, including calendars and posters, as well as on its website and other online platforms without payment, fee and the need for written consent from any parties.” Emphasis mine. – Tonyo Cruz)

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is inviting amateur and professional photographers to a photography contest that hopes to highlight APEC priorities.

The APEC Secretariat in Singapore said photographers should submit photos that are inspired by the following priorities of APEC for 2011:

  1. strengthening regional economic integration and expanding trade;
  2. promoting green growth; and
  3. advancing regulatory convergence and cooperation. The contest’s themes reflect the policy priorities that APEC set for 2011.

In an advisory sent to journalists, the APEC Secretariat said:

The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers in all APEC economies. Contestants can submit up to three photos during the submission period which closes on October 10, 2011. Submitted photos must be the photographer’s original work. Those who wish to enter the competition simply have to fill in a form and send their entries to contest@apec.org.

Entries may be sent until October 10.

Media photograph

Media photographers. Pic: AP.

An international panel will select the winner “based on the quality of photograph, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit, as well as how well it represents the three themes”.

Contest judges include Eric Baradat, AFP Photo Editor-in-Chief (Worldwide); Mladen Antonov, AFP Photo Editor-in-Chief (North America); Palani Mohan, Reportage by Getty Images Photographer; Ambassador Muhamad Noor; and Ambassador Kurt Tong, U.S. APEC Senior Official.

Winners will be announced in in November, Honolulu, Hawaii, as part of the lead-up to the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting. At stake are prizes amounting to more than $4,100.

Popular Choice
A parallel “Popular Choice” contest will be held over at Facebook, according to the APEC Secretariat advisory:

APEC Facebook [Page] fans will also have a chance to vote for their favorite photo under the popular choice category. The public voting period begins on October 17 when the finalists’ photos will be displayed at www.facebook.com/APECnews. Public voting ends on October 31.

The photo with the most votes on the APEC Facebook Page stands to win $800.

Check out the full contest mechanics and rules at the APEC website.

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