Photo Contest 2016
Celebrating Southeast Asian
Agriculture and Fisheries

The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
is pleased to announce the winners and finalists of its annual photo contest.

Celebrating Southeast Asian Agriculture and Fisheries

A fisherman in a banca raises a hefty, early morning catch of fish from the Pulilan River—this image was recently adjudged the best that captured celebration in agriculture and fisheries in the recently concluded 10th photo contest of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA). More than a thousand entries by 284 photo enthusiasts, including 101 professional photographers, from across 10 Southeast Asian countries were submitted for the annual photo contest. Of the 1,263 entries, about 300 photos qualified, from where 50 photos were shortlisted for the top 15 judging and the people's choice online voting. A judging round by development professionals and SEARCA scholars from various member countries selected the top 15 photos. The final judging by professional photographers and experts from various fields selected the final three winning photos.

On its 10th year, SEARCA's photo contest aimed to capture the joy and passion that Southeast Asian farmers and fishers, processors, traders, and consumers share as they harvest, process, sell, and partake of the fruits of the land and sea. Photo entries depicted the vibrant countryside along with the Southeast Asians who plant, fish, and harvest food and products. The theme of the photo contest also reflects SEARCA's celebration of its 50th founding anniversary in 2016 as an international organization that has influenced agricultural development in the region, by promoting cooperation in education, science, and culture in Southeast Asia.

First Prize

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Jose Melencio "Bimbo" M. Brillo | First Prize

Philippines

A young fisherman in Pulilan River, Philippines, joyfully rejoices as he lift his bountiful catch during an early morning fishing routine.

Second Prize

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Raniel Jose Castañeda | Second Prize

Philippines

A small-scale fisherman in Pulilan, Bulacan catches fish to feed his family.

Third Prize

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Kyaw Kyaw Winn | Third Prize

Myanmar

Fisherwomen are happily carrying their catch

People's Choice

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Herwin Barcelona | People's Choice

Philippines

Jackpot - every single onion farmer dreams of the word "jackpot," as every single one of them prays and works to the full extent of their ability to make a good harvest and make a lot of money by planting onions.

Finalists

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Hansa Tangmanpoowadol | Finalist

Thailand

Sufficient Life - Pua Nan is a peaceful town surrounded by gorgeous mountain range and is inhabited by extraordinarily friendly Thai community. Nan, a quiet and tranquil province nestles about 668 kilometers from Bangkok, in a verdant valley in Northern Thailand.

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Anthony Austria | Finalist

Philippines

First Catch

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Aung Kyaw Tun | Finalist

Myanmar

Fishermen during their daily work at Inlay Lake

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Dikye Ariani | Finalist

Indonesia

A man catches fish in the river. In Indonesia, it is a common practice to catch fish in the river and not only in the sea.

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Gregg Yan | Finalist

Philippines

A fisherman beams with pride as he shows off a 45-kilogram Yellowfin Tuna in Albay, Philippines.

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Arturo B. De Vera Jr. | Finalist

Philippines

A family having fun during a good harvest of pineapples. Happiness is evident on their faces as they eat the fruit of their hardwork.

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Kyaw Kyaw Winn | Finalist

Myanmar

Burmese farmer is happy with his product.

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Hansa Tangmanpoowadol | Finalist

Thailand

Pua Nan is a peaceful town surrounded by gorgeous mountain range and is inhabited by extraordinarily friendly Thai community. Nan, a quiet and tranquil province nestles about 668 kilometers from Bangkok, in a verdant valley in Northern Thailand.

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Thao Vu Xuan | Finalist

Vietnam

Mekong Delta during the flood season

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Reu Dawner Flores | Finalist

Philippines

An afternoon harvest of a father and son

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Dhiky Aditya | Finalist

Indonesia

Farmers work during late mornings to get the best tea leaves and shoots.

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Pollit Thitivarithinun | Finalist

Thailand

The yield this year is bountiful. It is a rich and a suitable planting season.

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Kyaw Zaw Lay | Finalist

Myanmar

Happy time!

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Iim Nur Imansyah | Finalist

Indonesia

Caring for the fields


Watch out for the launching of SEARCA's 11th Photo Contest.