AirAsia Travel Photographer Finalists!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

A few weeks ago, I attended AirAsia Travel Photographer's announcement of finalists. Six young aspiring photographers have been selected from OVER 500 PARTICIPANTS! 

Here's how the event went:

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. 

Sir David Viray, AirAsia's Brand Manager:

The venue, Casa Italia, was filled to brim with people from the press, AirAsia's team, and the Top 20 finalists:

Tracy Abad was the event's host. She is also the host for AirAsia's webisodes!

The six finalists went through rounds of judging and were selected based on their personality, creativity, content, originality and technical or visual presentation. 

Presenting, the six finalists: 

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 my pambato!!! Dave Poblete, a BPO Employee from Makati City.

He is the guy in brown jacket, please do support our tandem for People's Choice in the coming days! More info soon!

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.

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!

The Six Finalists with the Judges:


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 (Please vote for Dave, hehehe!). 

All you have to do is visit, proceed to the voting page and log-in using your Facebook account. Select their favourite contender, and share the activity on your Facebook timeline. 

Contest will run from August 15 to September 8. 

Enjoyed the event with fellow bloggers (and travel enthusiasts!).

Congrats and best of luck to the six finalists!

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. Follow AirAsia Philippines on Facebook and Twitter @AirAsiaPH.

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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