Seblos is a registered nurse who worked in Sydney, Australia for eight years.
“As it was my first time, I was quite excited. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was blown away by the experience. Who would think that in a 500 peso registration fee, you’d get a cool printed shirt, a certificate and ID badge, free accommodation for 3 days and 2 nights, FREE FOOD and drinks, and more. The organizers really did a great job in taking care of their participants. Kudos to Ma’am Beth Ramos and her team!” Seblos said.
Alex Rush Aniceto Jr. won the 2nd Major Prize (P12,000) while the 3rd Major Prize (P10,000) went to Marlon Martinez. Both were actively participating in every Photo Safari Contest here.
Aniceto, who was the grand prize winner in 2018, also won this year’s Mayor’s Choice Award together with Afren De Guzman and Michael Kenn Liva. They received certificates and P2,500 each from Mayor Bryan Reganit.
For Explore Tuanadatu Category, Aleli Faith Cabahug was the winner with P6,000 and trophy. For Shootout Category, Hajar Kabalu won the 1st prize with P6,000 and trophy. For Street Dancing Category, Hajar Kabalu still got the 1st prize with another P6,000 and trophy.
The Maitum Photo Safari is the biggest and longest-running photography competition in SOCCSKSARGEN Region. This was started in 2005 by then Mayor George Y. Yabes, who was a photo enthusiast himself, and organized by Elizabeth N. Ramos, the municipal accountant.
“The Maitum Photo Safari would like to thank the Maitum people, the ever loyal participants and the new ones, our regular partners/donors (Maitumians from all over the world), Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon and most of all Mayor Alexander Bryan B. Reganit for his strong support to the activity.” Ramos said. “We foresee next year's Photo Safari as the grandest. This early, some photographers outside Mindanao have confirmed their participation.”
There were more than 60 photographers including local photographers from as far as Cotabato City and Davao City. Local photographers from Maitum and Kiamba as well as photographers from General Santos City, Koronadal City, North Cotabato and other nearby provinces participated in this year’s contest. There were 400 entries submitted which was taken during the 12th Bangsi Festival on January 23-25, and was judged on January 27.
Ariel Pascua, one of the judges said, “I’ve been judging various photo contest and selection process is always tedious. The technical aspect is always the foremost consideration in trimming down photo entries. But when it comes to the top photos, I always look into the story of the photo, how the various elements present in the photo conspire to make it more interesting, that you will keep coming back and look at the photo and still you find it more interesting. The X factor or the wow factor. It should not be the same as other entries, unique yet visually pleasing.”
Judges were Jesus “Susing” Tinapay Jr., a veteran Davao photographer and chair of the board of judges; Pascua, a CPA, street photographer and SOX blogger; and former photojournalist Serafin Ramos Jr., Sarangani Provincial Information Officer.
The increase in number of participants means the Photo Safari consistently gains the support of photographers all over Mindanao because Maitum has many things to offer - its diverse culture, unique and interesting tourism spots, and the warm hospitality of Maitumians. (Donna Mahusay/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)