Friday, September 02, 2016

The search is on for AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 and six young aspiring photographers have been chosen from over 500 participants. Now on its second year, the AirAsia Travel Photographer photo contest aims 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 went through rounds of judging and were selected based on their personality, creativity, content, originality and technical or visual presentation. The six selected finalists were 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.

The panel of judges consists of young leaders and veterans in the field of photography, branding and visual arts. Nachi Ugarte, creative director of GRID magazine; Jacob Maentz, documentary photographer; Wawi Navarrosa, artist/photographer, founder of Thousandfold; and Rudy Khaw, AirAsia Group’s head of branding, all shared their thoughts and advice to participants during the selection process held at Café Italia in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. 

The six finalists will be traveling to Shanghai, China this August for the final leg of the competition which includes series of challenges in landscape, portrait and food photography. The Grand Winner will be declared as ‘AirAsia Travel Photographer of the Year” and will receive 200,000 AirAsia BIG Points, 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 you have to do is visit, proceed to the voting page and log-in using your Facebook account. You can then select your favourite contender and share the activity on your Facebook timeline. 

Contest will run from August 15 to September 8. 

To learn more about the six finalists and see them in action, visit for the webisodes featuring their journey or follow the hashtag #AirAsiaTP2016 #AirAsiaTravelPhotograper on other social media channels such as Facebook ( and Twitter ( including updates about the contest from Mellow 94.7’s Mad House radio show featuring Chris, Stan, and Tracy. 

The AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 is also brought to you by AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme, Mellow 94.7, Grid Magazine and Flight 001 Philippines.

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