Prizes up for grabs with Smart mobile phone photo contest

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014


CAPTURE great moments using your mobile phone at the Higalaay: Kagay-an Festival and win awesome prizes with the Smart Prepaid ‘Live All Out’ Mobile Photography Contest.

Organized by wireless services leader, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), the contest is open to all Smart subscribers attending the annual Kagay-an Festival in Cagayan de Oro. Subscribers simply need to register to join the competition by sending to 09483309332 the following information: name, name of school or company, and email address.

Photos taken with your mobile phone must be uploaded to your Facebook account with the hashtags #SmartKagayan, #SmartLiveAllOut and #HigalaayCdo. Deadline for uploading of photos is on August 28, 2014, 11:59 PM.

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The best photos from five categories will be awarded special prizes, and the Best Higalaay: Kagay-an Festival photo will win a brand new Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone. Other prizes include a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera, and other camera phone accessories to enhance your mobile photography experience.

To prepare Kagay-anons for the contest, Smart recently organized a series of Mobile Photography seminars in CDO, with several local photographers from CDO and Iligan.

Froilan Gallardo, an award-winning photojournalist, was one of the speakers in the first run and covered topics on composition and the language of the image. He observes how quickly mobile phone photography has evolved recently.

"From snapshots to breaking news photos, and everywhere in between, mobile phone photography has advanced rapidly in a few short years. The phone camera has become your best camera, because it's always with you."

Bobby Timonera, who will speak on Festival Photography during the second session on August 16, agrees with his Mindanews colleague, and cited the main advantage of the mobile phone camera saying, “The best camera in the world is the one you have with you. That’s the beauty of the mobile phone.”

Photographer and artist Fourth Legara, also shared tips on how to make the most of your mobile phone for photography. As a photo-blogger, he said, “Mobile photography gave me easier and faster access to social media. I am able to take and share photos even at times when I can’t use a DSLR to do the job.” He shares that in terms of uploads, mobile phones, particularly the iPhone, have now become more popular than DSLRs in the Flickr community.

iPhone photography, or iPhoneography, is what wedding photographer Armand Ansaldo will talk about during the second session. “I like shooting with my iPhone because it allows me to instantly share online beautiful images and what I visually experienced at that moment,” he shares. Although he has conducted lectures on wedding photography, this is the first time he will speak specifically about iPhoneography.

The last session of the seminar series will be held at Primavera Residences on August 16, 2014, at 2 PM. The seminars have been organized to encourage the use of mobile phone cameras for photography and help mobile phone users improve the quality of their photos, especially for the upcoming festival celebrations.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 13, 2014.

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