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How do I join/register?

Participants may register and submit their entries through the contest website, https://www.pagcor.ph/photocon2024.

Fill out the needed information and submit the necessary documents to complete the registration.
This contest is open to all Filipino nationals who are at least 16 years old as of Januray 1, 2024.

PAGCOR employees including their relatives up to the second degree of affinity and consanguinity are disqualified from joining the competition.
“HARVEST TIME” is the theme for this year's photography contest.

‘Harvest Time’ evokes a moment of fulfillment when people get rewarded for their months of toil. Work under the blazing sun or through pounding rain is hard on the body but is invigorating to the soul, and the culminating harvest is a triumph of the human spirit. It is a symbol of hope and a testament to the bounty of nature that photography enthusiasts must capture.

PAGCOR Photography Contest 2024 will start accepting entries on FEBRUARY 15, 2024 and will end on JULY 31, 2024.
The competition has three (3) categories:

1) CONVENTIONAL - This category covers photos taken using all types of digital cameras like Single Lens Reflex (SLR), compact, point and shoot, bridge, mirrorless and rugged.
2) MOBILE - This category covers photos taken using mobile devices with camera features like smartphones and tablets, action cameras, 360 cameras and the like.
3) DRONE - This category covers aerial photos taken using drone cameras.
Among the four regions in the contest classification - Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao – the participant should register under the regional group where they he/she resides.

A valid government identification card with address must be uploaded as proof of residency.

Photo entries submitted by a participant registered under the wrong region will be automatically disqualified.
Each participant is allowed to submit a MAXIMUM OF THREE (3) ENTRIES ONLY. He/She has the option to submit three photos either under Conventional, Mobile or Drone category or submit one photo for each category.
Yes, you may submit photos taken anywhere in the Philippines regardless of what region you are registered.
The photos should have been taken from August 1, 2023 to July 31, 2024.
The photo entry should be in LANDSCAPE (HORIZONTAL ORIENTATION) FORMAT.
For initial screening under the conventional category, submit entries with the image size of at least 3872 pixels on the longer side, with at least 72 ppi in resolution, in JPG format. The IMAGE SHOULD BE IN LANDSCAPE (HORIZONTAL) FORMAT. Once an entry for the conventional category is selected as one of the grand finalists, the photographer is required to submit the file of his/her entry that must contain the following specifications: image size must be at least 4608 pixels on the longer side (that size can be produced by a 14MP camera).

The IMAGE SHOULD BE IN LANDSCAPE (HORIZONTAL) FORMAT, at least 72 ppi in resolution, in JPG (.JPG) format within 48 hours after the end of the regional screening or upon official advice on qualification for finals. Note that the required size for SCREENING PURPOSES is only 3872 pixels on the longer side. However, the required size for submission when entry is selected as GRAND FINALIST is 4608 pixels (an 14MP camera is capable of that); so it means that the contestant should shoot using a camera that is capable of 4608 pixels on the longer side, then use the “Save As” command of the photo editing app/software to make a version of the entry that retains the metadata (the copy-paste command losses the metadata, so it is not advised). The second version of the entry should be resized down to 3872 pixels on the longer side for screening purposes submission. Meanwhile, the original version (4608 pixels on the longer side) should be submitted if selected as a grand finalist.

For initial screening under the mobile and drone categories, submit entries with the image size of 3072 pixels on the longer side, with at least 72 ppi in resolution, in JPG format. The IMAGE SHOULD BE IN LANDSCAPE (HORIZONTAL) FORMAT. Once an entry for the mobile category is selected as one of the grand finalists, the photographer is required to submit the file of his/her entry that must comply with the following conditions: shoot with a mobile camera that is AT LEAST 12MP, and use its best settings. The IMAGE SHOULD BE IN LANDSCAPE (HORIZONTAL) FORMAT, at least 72 ppi in resolution, in JPG (.JPG) format. Submission should be done within 48 hours after the end of the regional screening or upon official advice on qualification for finals.

Note that the required size for SCREENING PURPOSES is only 3072 pixels on the longer side. However, the required size for submission if an entry is selected as GRAND FINALIST is the full size of a AT LEAST a 12MP camera’s best settings; so it means that the contestant should shoot using a camera that is at least 12MP, then use the “Save As” command of the photo editing app/software to make a version of the entry that retains the metadata (the copy-paste command losses the metadata, so it is not advised). The second version of the entry should be resized down to 3072 pixels on the longer side for screening purposes submission. Meanwhile, the original version with the best setting should be submitted if selected as a grand finalist.
No, you cannot change entries once submitted.
No, PAGCOR shall have the exclusive use of the photo entries of the 24 Grand Winners (i.e. 8 from Conventional, 8 from Mobile categories and 8 from Drone categories) in perpetuity for the agency’s various collaterals and communication materials including but not limited to the PAGCOR 2025 calendar.

This means that the Grand Winner/Photo Owner of the winning entry cannot resell or make use of his/her photo for other purposes except for his/her official portfolio.

The photos of the 24 consolation prizes (8 from Conventional, 8 from Mobile and 8 from Drone) shall be exclusively used by PAGCOR from August 2023 up to December 31, 2025.
Personal Data

We collect the following Personal Data from you when you register online for the Photocon:

Full Name
Address
Province/Region
Date of Birth
Gender
Contact Details
Employment Information

Use

The Personal Data collected shall be utilized solely for the following purposes: documentation and processing of your entry/ies in the contest; assessment of eligibility to join the contest; notification if chosen as finalist; announcement to the general public if qualified as finalist and grand winner; and inclusion in other press releases and communication materials of PAGCOR.

Protection Measures

Only authorized PAGCOR personnel have access to these Personal Data. The information will be stored and retained in the PAGCOR’s database, subject to the company’s policies and procedures on Records Management.

Access and Correction

The participant has the right to ask for a copy of your Personal Data in PAGCOR’s records for validation or correction. To do so, please send a formal message through email - [email protected].

Please read the contest mechanics here.

For further clarification, contact PAGCOR External Communications Department at:
Email: [email protected]
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