Top 6 finalists in travel photography

Six young aspiring photographers have been selected from over 500 participants in this year’s search for AirAsia Travel Photographer. The photo contest, 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 went through rounds of judging and were selected based on their personality, creativity, content, originality and technical or visual presentation. 

AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 finalists (second from left) Dave Poblete, DJ Magbanua, Neil Michael Cardano, Eliseo Zuniga, Kimberly Pauig and Mithilaya Miclat with AirAsia Flight Attendants
The six selected finalists were Neil Michael Cardano, a hotel front desk officer in Puerto Princesa City; Mithilaya Miclat, a nutritionist-dietician and social entrepreneur in Davao City; Eliseo Zuniga, a lawyer from Taguig; Kimberly Pauig, a writer from Pasig City; Daniel Magbanua, a fashion photography student from Quezon City and Dave Poblete, a BPO employee in Makati City.

The panel of judges consisted 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 month for the final leg of the competition that includes a 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 they have to do is visit, proceed to the voting page and log in using their Facebook account. Then they can select their favorite contender and share the activity on their Facebook timeline. 

Contest will run until Sept. 8.

Topics: AirAsia Travel Photographer , Neil Michael Cardano , Mithilaya Miclat , Eliseo Zuniga , Kimberly Pauig , Daniel Magbanua , Dave Poblete
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