Nationwide photo contest for state workers now open

Contestants to vie for best photo award and P20,000

Photography enthusiasts in government not only have a chance to showcase their talent but also to take home as much as P20,000.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is holding the “Give It Your Best Shot!” Nationwide Photography Contest in line with the upcoming celebration of the 112th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA). The contest is open to all state workers regardless of appointment status. However, CSC employees and all other government employees affiliated with the National Press Club and Press Photographers of the Philippines are ineligible to join.

The contest theme is “Kawani, Ikaw ay Isang Lingkod Bayani!” Thus, submitted photos should capture the essence of public service in the Filipinos’ everyday life. Deadline of entries is on July 16, 2012 at 5 p.m.

Photos should be recent or have been shot from 2011 onwards. They should not be digitally enhanced or altered for creative purposes. Only minor adjustments such as sharpening, contrast, or slight color adjustment are allowed. Moreover, photographs that have been submitted to or won in other contests, have been published in print or online, and that violate another person’s rights such as copyright, will be disqualified from the contest.

Photographs should be in colored 8R print and unmounted, and submitted to any CSC office nationwide along with the accomplished entry form and a CD containing a soft copy of the photo. Only one entry or photograph per contestant will be allowed.

The contestant with the best photo will win P20,000, while the second and third placer will receive P10,000 and P5,000, respectively. Ten other contestants will be chosen by the judges to receive a consolation prize of P1,000 each. Entries will be judged according to relevance to the theme, creativity, technique or use of the elements of photography, and overall impact.

The entry form and full text of contest guidelines can be viewed at the official PCSA website at

This is the second time that the CSC is holding the photography contest. In 2011, Elvie C. Jabines of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples-Region 11 bagged first prize with her photo showing a group of elders of the Ata Tribe of Davao discussing their tribe’s history as part of the process of ancestral domain titling.

Norry P. Suravilla of the Nutrition Office in Koronadal City won second prize with her photo entitled “Three Mothers and a Baby”, while Medard T. Apit of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Region 11 came in third place with his photo, “Iisang Pagkilos”.

CSC Press Release
June 15, 2012