The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Photography Contest 2023 officially starts on February 15, 2023. Registration is now open.
This year’s theme, “Sa’n Tayo Next?”, aims to showcase the unadulterated, yet equally beautiful places in the Philippines with tourism potential. Photo entries must depict underrated or not-so famous spots in the country with the potential to become major tourist hubs.
PAGCOR’s Assistant Vice President for Corporate Communications Carmelita Valdez invites photography enthusiasts, newbies and professional lensmen to join the contest which will run from February 15 to July 31, 2023.
“This is your chance to show amazing destinations in the Philippines that are not yet widely known and often visited. It will not only give travelers more options to explore, but it will also help boost tourism in that area, which will later provide sources of livelihood to locals,” she said.
To join, participants must register at and submit their entries through the contest website https://www.pagcor.ph/photocon2023. They need to fill out the needed information and upload the necessary documents to complete the registration. Photographs to be submitted must be in landscape (horizontal orientation) format.
The photography contest has two categories – Conventional Category, which includes photos taken using traditional or conventional cameras like Single Lens Reflex (SLR) or Digital SLR, compact cameras and the like; and Mobile Category or photos taken using mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, drone-mounted cameras, and action cameras.
“We allow only a maximum of two entries from each participant. Individuals have the option to submit two photos either under Conventional Category or the Mobile Category or submit one photo for the Conventional and one for Mobile category,” Valdez added.
Valdez also reminded the participants to register under the regional group where they are residing such as Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas or Mindanao. They will be required to upload a valid ID with address as proof of residency. However, they can still submit photos taken anywhere else in the Philippines regardless of their residence’s location.
“We will screen the entries carefully. Photos sent to the wrong group will be automatically disqualified. The entries must also be taken within the period August 1, 2022 to July 31, 2023 only,” Valdez explained.
Big cash prizes await the 24 grand winners of the contest – P80,000 each for the 12 winners under the conventional category, and P35,000 each for the 12 winners under the mobile category. Another P10,000 will also be awarded to the “Most Liked Photos” under each category.
The Photography Contest 2023 is open to all Filipino nationals who are at least 18 years old as of February 15, 2023.