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Monday, July 2, 2012

PEBA and SSS International Photo Contest

Approximately 10 million Filipinos are now living and working abroad and almost 14% of the Philippines' gross domestic products comes from the Overseas Filipino Workers' remittances. Don't you think it's time to convey our appreciation for our modern heroes?

PEBA Inc. partners with SSS and Int’l Shutters Organization for this year's International Photo Contest.

With the theme "Bilib Kami Sa'Yo", the 2012 Photo Contest is looking for photographs that recognize and appreciate the hard work and sacrifices of Filipinos all over the world. OFWs are persevering in jobs outside the Philippines to provide for their families' needs and their own personal security. These sacrifices must not go unnoticed for they are not only helping their families but the country as well. 

You are free to interpret the theme and your images may be taken anywhere in the world. Your images may show or portray people in action or their interaction with other people, nature, and objects. All photos should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.


Who can join?

• Any OFW or Filipino expatriate living or working outside the Philippines who is an active SSS Member. Open to hobbyist, professional and amateur photographers.

• You MUST be an Active SSS Member. An Active member is defined as someone who has paid at least one monthly contribution within the 3-month period prior to joining u the photo contest. 
• SSS member name and number will be validated by an SSS representative.

When is the start of the submission of entries?

• July 01, 2012 up to Nov 01, 2012
All pre-submitted photos will be uploaded starting September 01, 2012 at the PEBA and/or SSS FB Pages.

What are the prizes?

First Prize - P15,000 Cash plus Certificate 

2nd Prize - P10,000 Cash plus Certificate 
3rd Prize - P5,000 Cash plus Certificate 
Most Popular Photo Award - P5,000 plus Certificate
Most Liked Photo
Most Shared Photo
Other special prizes will be announced later as per the discretion of the contest organizers depending on the creative output of contestants. 

• All entrants will be included in the raffle promo at the awarding ceremony.

How to join the International Photo Contest?

• Each entrant can only submit 2 photos. All entries must be submitted and received by 01 of November 2012 at 11:59PM Philippine time. An email or message of receipt and acceptance from the official email or PEBA Facebook message will be sent once your entries are accepted.

• You can send photo entries via FACEBOOK MESSAGE at or email and include the following details:

* Full name:
* Current Residence (city and country only):
* Address in the Philippines (province only):
* Email Address:
* Age:
* SSS Number: (Extremely confidential and will only be used by SSS officials in validating entrants' contribution)
* Photo Title:
* Photo Caption (a brief description/explanation of your photo):

Contest Rules

• Once submitted, entrants agree that the data above, like name and location, may be shared and used for the purposes of the contest. Email address and most especially SSS number will be kept with utmost confidentiality. 

• Entrants can edit their data by sending an email to 

• Photographs must be in digital format, taken with any mobile, manual, or digital camera. All digital files must be higher than 1 Mb (not more than 5 megabytes), must be in JPEG or JPG format, and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide (for horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (for vertical image) with a resolution of 300dpi.
• Photographs must have been taken in 2012 and may not previously have won an award in any photography contest worldwide.
• Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified. 
• Images that do not meet these requirements may or may not be judged at the judging panel's sole discretion.
• Photo captions must accompany all submissions, and should include the subject of the image, the location, the image was taken, and the name of the photographer(s). 
• Photographs must be taken by the entrant himself/herself and does not violate any copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity, or intellectual property rights. It must not contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.
• Photographs must not contain any personal watermark. The PEBA committee will place a watermark on the photo after submission to ensure that photographs will not be distributed without credit after photos are published in the Facebook pages of PEBA and SSS. All entries will be co-owned as a property of PEBA and SSS and the photographer. PEBA and SSS will be given the right to use the photos in any PEBA and/or SSS related publication, events/exhibition or other commercial use (photographer maybe entitled to an equitable share for such used) with full credit or acknowledgment given to the photographer.
• Contestant will sign an online form HERE as a conforme that they understand and are legally bound to the rules of this contest.


• All photos should be taken within this year 2012
• All photos will be uploaded in one album at the PEBA, and/or SSS Facebook pages starting SEPTEMBER 01, 2012. Photos will be properly labeled. A set of judges (men and women who are passionate and professionals in photography) will be chosen to judge the photos according to the following criteria:

a. Interpretation 30% --Pertains to the unique interpretation of the theme or its relevance and substance. Photos should have accompanying title and description.
b. Creativity 30% -- Pertains to the composition, lighting, colors, uniqueness and artistry.
c. Technical Quality 20% - The photo should not be digitally altered, should have high resolution or at least 1mb or higher and should have publication quality.
d. Overall Impression 20% -- This will be measured by the number of unique likes obtained by the photo in the Facebook pages (PEBA and SSS) of the contest.

Note: Likes by individuals without profile photos, or have no friends and/or no activity will not be counted. PEBA will have the right to disqualify any contestant found manipulating the number of their likes.

Shares will also be counted once.

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