Photo Contest Selects

A few weeks ago I submitted three photos to the 2013 KSU International Photo Contest.  This contest has no specific theme, just that these photos should be taken outside the US if you are a local student.  I came up with a five photo short list and printed these out and asked people to pick three.  All of these photos were taken in the Philippines and most of them I’ve posted before. I thought it would be interesting to see what people here think.  So, which three would you pick?  Please share in the comments.  Thanks.

The T'boli Fisherman Mt. Mayon Low Tide Mountain Valley Storm The Colors of Dawn



Enhancement of “Lake Sebu Sunrise” w/ Color Efex Pro 4

Hunt’s Photo and Video Melrose is hosting a photo contest on their Facebook page.  The prize is a copy of Nik Color Efex Pro 4.  To enter, you submit a photo edited with Color Efex Pro 4 (CEP4).  I downloaded the free trial of CEP4 and tried it on several of my HDR photos.  One of them was the “Lake Sebu Sunrise” photo I posted a while back.  I wasn’t quite pleased with the original image I posted, and I think I said something about that in my previous post – something like “the best I could do for now”.  Well, I opened up the image in CEP4  plug-in for Aperture 3 and applied one filter, the contrast color range filter.  Wow, I think the image looks much better now.  What do you think?

The original – before enhancing in Color Efex Pro 4

After applying the Contrast Color Range  filter in Color Efex Pro 4

Lake Sebu Sunrise Photo Enhanced in Color Efex Pro 4


I mentioned that I submitted this photo to a contest hosted by Hunt’s Photo and Video Melrose.  Well, that contest is heating up and I’m currently in second place, with the second most number of likes.  If you like and enjoy the photo above and have a Facebook account, I would sure appreciate it if you would vote for my picture on Facebook by liking it there!  Thanks!  Here is the LINK.

The Power of Facebook!

Hunt’s Photo and Video Melrose is hosting a sports theme photo contest, which ends today.  The photo with the most likes wins.  The prize?  The Vanguard Alta Pro 263 AB.  I submitted my photo Sunday evening Philippine time (Sunday morning East Coast time).  I checked the Hunt’s Facebook page around 7:30 AM Monday, today, and saw a wall post which stated that voting for the contest would end that evening (Sept 25, East Coast Time = around 12 noon Philippine time).  This gave me around 4 hours to get more than 100 likes, which was the number to beat.  Through word of mouth and sharing the post on Facebook, tagging people, and asking friends, and friends of friends to like and share… 4 hours later my entry was sitting at 157 likes.  It is now 8 pm and apparently voting still hasn’t been closed.  The entry is at 220+ likes!!!  From zero to 220 likes in 12 hours!

So if you need to get the word out about something, Facebook is an excellent tool!  Use it wisely.

I would like to thank Hunt’s Photo and Video Melrose for hosting this contest!  I will definitely be checking you guys out the next time I’m in the market for camera gear!  Thanks to the UPLB Makiling Ultimate Club and the KCI Ultimate Club for getting the word out!  Thanks to all who liked.  I hope we win!