A PHOTO of lightning illuminating the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway was chosen as the winner of the CCLEX Social Media photo contest.
The photographer, Nestor Vince II A. Nardo, won first place in the General Category and was also a finalist in the Switch-on Category.
Nardo, a 35-year-old employee of a clinical process outsourcing (CPO) company, had gone with his mother and sister to the ceremonial lighting of the CCLEX crosses on April 15, 2021.
Nardo said he has always been interested in the arts since he was a kid. He dabbled in painting, sketching, scale modeling, and music. His interest in photography started when he got a Sony Ericsson Cybershot phone in college. He said his interest is in street, astro and landscape photography.
When he spotted an Instagram post about the CCLEX photo contest, Nardo said, he decided to join. His mother Vivian and sister Nikki decided to accompany him during the switching on of the CCLEX crosses because they also wanted to watch the event.
Nardo said they positioned themselves at the Plaza Independencia near the entrance to the Cebu South Coastal Road. They got wet under the heavy rain and thunderstorm during the lighting ceremony.
Nardo said he got lucky because he was able to capture lightning illuminating the CCLEX.
But more important is, Nardo said, his family enjoyed the event.