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Top 6 finalists of Travel Photographer 2016 contest named  

/ 04:30 AM August 20, 2016


SIX young aspiring photographers have been selected from over 500 participants in this year’s search for the AirAsia Travel Photographer. The photo contest, which is now on its second year, is part of AirAsia’s continuous effort to inspire, engage and empower the youth to pursue their goals by traveling and sharing their stories through stunning images and photographs.


The six  finalists are Neil Michael Cardano, a hotel front desk officer from Puerto Princesa, Palawan; Mithilaya Miclat, a nutritionist-dietician and social entrepreneur from Davao City; Eliseo Zuniga, a lawyer from Taguig City; Kimberly Pauig, a writer from Pasig City; Daniel Magbanua, a fashion photography student from Quezon City and Dave Poblete, a BPO employee from Makati City.

Meanwhile, the panel of judges—Nachi Ugarte, Creative Director of Grid magazine; Jacob Maentz, documentary photographer; Wawi Navarroza, artist/photographer, founder of Thousandfold; and Rudy Khaw, AirAsia Group’s head of branding—shared their thoughts and advice to participants during the selection process held at Café Italia in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.


The six finalists will travel to Shanghai, China, this August for the final leg of the competition, which includes a series of challenges in landscape, portrait and food photography.

The Grand Winner will be declared “AirAsia Travel Photographer of the Year” and will receive 200,000 AirAsia BIG Points, a surprise vacation package and more prizes from partner brands, including Grid Magazine and Flight 001.

Travel and photo enthusiasts also have the chance to win 50,000 AirAsia BIG Points and other exciting prizes by voting in the AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 People’s Choice Award. All they have to do is visit, proceed to the voting page and log in using their Facebook account. From there, they can select their favorite contender and share the activity on their Facebook timeline.

Contest runs until Sept. 8.

To learn more about the six finalists and see them in action, visit

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