MANILA, May 14 — People residing in thePhilippines and at least 13 years old have until next week to submit their entries to the 2015 Selfie Take 2 photo contest on the country's biodiversity.
"We extended the contest's deadline to midnight of Tuesday (May 19)," said Opalyn Agulay, communications officer of German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
She noted the extension is in response to increasing public clamor for moving the contest's deadline from May 15, its original schedule.
GIZ partnered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) on conducting the contest to help further promote biodiversity conservation and protection nationwide.
The contest's theme is "Biodiversity: The Foundation forSustainable Development."
"Despite the deadline's extension, rules of the contest remain the same," clarified Agulay.
She noted entries for the contest must be either selfie or group selfie photographs capturing biodiversity's true essence and importance in bringing forth sustainable development.
BMB and GIZ will use the contest's winning and non-winning entries as visual aids for respective initiatives on promoting nationwide biodiversity conservation and protection, she said.
"Once submitted, the photographs' corresponding copyright will belong to BMB and GIZ so both can freely use the entries in such initiatives," she noted.
She assured people who submitted the photographs will be credited accordingly, however.
Under the contest's rules, interested parties can join either as amateur or professional photographers.
Each of them can submit up to three entries but can win once only.
The contest's participants must electronically submit up to three entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
They must also type 'Selfie Take 2 for Biodiversity' on the email's subject line.
Agulay said the contest already drew around 25 entries.
"We expect submissions to increase towards the contest's end," she said.
A veteran photographer and executives from BMB and GIZ will comprise the contest's panel of judges.
BMB and GIZ will soon announce when the panel will screen the entries.
As announced earlier, winners in the amateur and professional categories will win all-expense paid trips for two to either any protected area/biodiversity area under BMB's jurisdiction or to a project site of GIZ provided the place can be traversed by land or a short boat ride.
"In case a winner chooses a distant location, only airfare for two will be provided sans accommodation," said BMB and GIZ.
Interested parties can secure from either BMB or GIZ further details regarding the contest. (PNA)