The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and GIZ announced the winners of the ASEAN-wide photo contest “Zooming in on Biodiversity and Climate Change” at the 4th ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference on 01 October 2013 in Tagaytay City, Philippines.
The awarding ceremony was led by Atty. Roberto V. Oliva, executive director of ACB; Dr. Berthold Seibert, project director of the ACB-GIZ Biodiversity and Climate Change Project (BCCP).
The contest, which was conducted from 1 December 2012 to 31 July 2013, sought to help draw public attention to the twin issues of biodiversity climate change, and the need for both global and local action to address these issues.
ACB and GIZ received 798 entries from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
The three First Prize winners are: Youth Category – Mr. Dimas Dwi Adiansyah (Indonesia) for his photograph “Working together for the future”; Amateur Category – Mr. Jose Melencio “Bimbo” M. Brillo (Philippines) for his photograph “No Fly Zone”; Professional Category – Mr. Kyaw Kyaw Winn (Myanmar) for his photograph “Hope.”
The other winners include: Student Category, 2nd Prize – Mr. Jan Brendan Singlador (Philippines) for his entry “Mangrove Planting”; Amateur Category, 2nd Prize – Mr. Aldrin Cuadra (Philippines) for his entry “Hopeful”; Amateur Category, 3rd Prize – Mr. Aditya Nugraha (Indonesia) for his entry “Mudskipper Fight”; Professional Category, 2nd Prize – Mr. Nikki Sandino Victoriano (Philippines) for his entry “Man-made Forest”; and 3rd Prize – Fahreza Ahmad (Indonesia) for the photo entitled “Flood.”
Mr. Wilfredo Leonado won the People’s Choice Award for his entry “Surviving Drought,” which bagged the highest number of likes on Facebook.
A total of US$4,000 was received by winners in all categories. Winning entries will be published in the ASEAN Biodiversity Magazine and other international publications, and featured in an exhibit to be displayed in ASEAN countries.
“Biodiversity loss and climate change pose a daunting challenge to the ASEAN region and the rest of the world. To address these issues, we need all hands on deck. This photo contest has given us the opportunity to engage professional, amateur and student photographers in generating awareness for biodiversity and climate change. Their photos will be used as educational tools so that people may learn about these key issues,” Atty. Oliva said.
According to Dr. Berthold Seibert, project director of the ACB-GIZ Biodiversity and Climate Change Project, the crucial relationship between biodiversity and climate is among the least understood, yet one of the most important. “The lack of knowledge often translates to indifference and lack of action. Congratulations to all the winners of Zooming In; the images they have captured invoke the urgent need to address biodiversity loss and climate change,” he explained.
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