SEARCA Photo Contest 2020 - Faces of ATTAIN

Food security has been thrust into the spotlight with the ongoing COVID-19 looming over the future of the entire world. This has caused a spike in interest and curiosity about agriculture in general and how everyone can contribute towards its overall success. Now is the best time to highlight the people working in agriculture and rural development across all SEAMEO member countries and celebrate their resiliency and innovativeness amidst these challenging times.

SEARCA's 14th Annual Photo Contest (2020) aimed to capture and spotlight people and milestones that align with the Center's 11th Five-Year Plan (FYP 2020–2025) as embodied in its tagline: Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural Innovation (ATTAIN). This also marks SEARCA's first photo contest to be conducted completely online / virtually due to the pandemic / social distancing guidelines.

Out of 1,528 submissions from 300 photographers across all 11 SEAMEO member countries, we are pleased to share the 47 finalists including our winners.

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First Prize

First Prize: AUNG CHAN THAR

AUNG CHAN THAR

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: Inle Floating Market is prominent. People of Inlay bring their own goods and crops by boat and collect and sell them here. They also exchange goods with each other.

Second Prize

Second Prize: MICHELA RAMIREZ

MICHELA RAMIREZ

The Philippines

Caption by photographer: During lockdown in the Philippines due to pandemic. Many of Filipinos realize the importance of backyard farming for food security and nutrition.

Third Prize

Third Prize: COE AWGNSA

COE AWGNSA

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: It captures the daily life of a mushroom grower

Special Awards

SEARCA Director's Choice

SEARCA Director's Choice: SWE TUN

SWE TUN

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: In 30 December 2019, I went to the tomatoes farm with my friend near Taunggyi of Myanmar. The beautiful tomatoes are grown scientifically. It is one of the countries of Myanmar Agriculture. I am very happy to see the face of successful farmers in Myanmar.

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Philippine Department of Education Secretary's Choice

Philippine Department of Education Secretary's Choice: TRAN VAN TUY

TRAN VAN TUY

Vietnam

Caption by photographer: Dragon fruit, a type of fruit consumed by many countries, the image of dragon fruit being dried in an oven and then packed for export.


People's Choice

People's Choice: MAURICIO VICTA

MAURICIO VICTA

The Philippines

Caption by photographer: A young boy smile while his grandfather show their culture sea urchin at Santiago Cove Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Fisherman here are doing new livelihood and personal food by culturing a sea urchin.


Finalists

Finalist: ERWIN KURNIAWAN

ERWIN KURNIAWAN

Indonesia

Caption by photographer: Two female farmers proudly showing off the rice seeds they are planting

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Finalist: ROGER ALFONSO

ROGER ALFONSO

The Philippines

Caption by photographer: Young flower vendors from Myanmar greeted the visitors with a lovely smile. They are wearing thanaka on their face. Thanaka is a yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from ground bark. It is a distinctive feature of the culture of Myanmar.

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Finalist: TIEN HO-ANH

TIEN HO-ANH

Vietnam

Caption by photographer: The two children are very happy when the family has the corn season

Finalist: AUNG CHAN THAR

AUNG CHAN THAR

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: There are floating plantations in Inlay region. People living in Inlay region survive not only by fishing but also floating plantations.

Finalist: JOSE C. RAMOS II

JOSE C. RAMOS II

The Philippines

Caption by photographer: Our youth now plays an important role in agriculture unlike on early days. They are engage more in different rural and agricultural development. Agriculture for the youth is now considered fun and learning rather than a burden task on their shoulder.

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Finalist: SAI THU

SAI THU

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: Fishing man

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Finalist: AUNGKYAWTUN

AUNGKYAWTUN

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: Farmers' lunch break

Finalist: HTAY WIN

HTAY WIN

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: This photo shows how much she feels pleasant from her successful growing.

Finalist: SAI THU

SAI THU

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: Tomato floating garden

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Finalist: DOAN THI THO

DOAN THI THO

Vietnam

Caption by photographer: Transplanting season

Finalist: AUNG CHAN THAR

AUNG CHAN THAR

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: There are floating plantations in Inlay region. People living in Inlay region survive not only by fishing but also floating plantations.

Finalist: JAY T. CASTOR

JAY T. CASTOR

The Philippines

Caption by photographer: Delighted face of a farmer for having a good harvest of his little egg plant farm.

Finalist: YENNA PAMELA SALAZAR

YENNA PAMELA SALAZAR

The Philippines

Caption by photographer: At 5 in the morning, I was able to capture a fisherman doing the labor of love for his family that's been his work, 365 days a year.

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Finalist: KYAWNAINGLIN

KYAWNAINGLIN

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: Fishing is a family life. This is a family breakfast at a fish farm.

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Finalist: THET NAING

THET NAING

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: #Time to farm

Finalist: KYAW MIN HTOO

KYAW MIN HTOO

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: Smile of farmer

Finalist: DZUNG NGUYEN

DZUNG NGUYEN

Vietnam

Caption by photographer: Harvest corn

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Finalist: COE AWGNSA

COE AWGNSA

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: It captures the daily life of a fishing couple

Finalist: ALBRETCH U. HERNANDEZ

ALBRETCH U. HERNANDEZ

The Philippines

Caption by photographer: The Seedling Lady is a Lady - Who said that agriculture is a man's field? On this farm, equal opportunities are given to all genders.

Finalist: AUNG CHAN THAR

AUNG CHAN THAR

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: Inle Floating Market is prominent. People of Inlay bring their own goods and crops by boat and collect and sell them here. They also exchange goods with each other.

Finalist: LE THI KIM LIEN

LE THI KIM LIEN

Vietnam

Caption by photographer: Flower village

Finalist: ROBERT ANTON APARENTE

ROBERT ANTON APARENTE

The Philippines

Caption by photographer: This crisis we are facing at the moment limit us to be at our best potential. Investing on a sustainable lifestyle and innovation will help us overcome this pandemic. Learning is never ending, we must continue to learn and hand down this information to our youth - as they say, they are our future.

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Finalist: KYAW KYAW WINN

KYAW KYAW WINN

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: I found this Pa O girl from the Shan state of Myanmar in my photo trip to Shan state. I love her happy and proud face for her work.

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Finalist: NAY MYO KYAW

NAY MYO KYAW

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: Chili drying to eat all over a year in Myanmar.

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Finalist: MARK ANTHONY L. PARDUCHO

MARK ANTHONY L. PARDUCHO

The Philippines

Caption by photographer: Farmer teaching fellow farmer on how to use controlled pollination of corn to improve their corn seeds

Finalist: ZAW ZAW WAI

ZAW ZAW WAI

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: Eating watermelon

Finalist: COE AWGNSA

COE AWGNSA

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: It captures the daily life of a mushroom grower

Finalist: DOAN THI THO

DOAN THI THO

Vietnam

Caption by photographer: Harvesting mandarins of Mr Tu Rang

Finalist: PYAE PHYO THET PAING

PYAE PHYO THET PAING

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: The old men in their lake of farming

Finalist: DZUNG NGUYEN

DZUNG NGUYEN

Vietnam

Caption by photographer: An Giang Pancakes

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Finalist: ARIE BASUKI

ARIE BASUKI

Indonesia

Caption by photographer: Harvest spinach after commemorating National Santri Day at the Hydroponic Nutrition Garden at the Hidayatullah Islamic Boarding School, Depok, Thursday (22/10/2020). A variety of vegetable crops are grown in hydroponic gardens which are managed independently by the students with an average monthly harvest of 1.2 tons or around 20 million / month.

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Finalist: MYO MIN KYWE

MYO MIN KYWE

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: I captured this photo at a village near Sagaing city in Myanmar. Children are trying to plant a sprout in their farmland.

Finalist: TRAN DINH THUONG

TRAN DINH THUONG

Vietnam

Caption by photographer: Back home from school on the roads in the fields, of the children living in the highlands - HA GIANG

Finalist: CHIT NGOUN PHOO

CHIT NGOUN PHOO

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: An old woman rejoicing in the success of her crops.

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Finalist: SAN TUN

SAN TUN

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: Her eyes were filled with attainable smile as she harvested rice from the fields planted in the hills.

Finalist: DOAN THI THO

DOAN THI THO

Vietnam

Caption by photographer: Harvest

Finalist: SAI THU

SAI THU

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: Attain of joy

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Finalist: NGUYEN VAN QUANG

NGUYEN VAN QUANG

Vietnam

Caption by photographer: Growing Season

Finalist: PYAE PHYO THET PAING

PYAE PHYO THET PAING

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: The working girls of bamboo-umbrellas bussiness

Finalist: FLORACOELLI M. MASAJO

FLORACOELLI M. MASAJO

The Philippines

Caption by photographer: Higher Yields with Hydroponics - Who said that a vast space is needed to increase productivity and income? Hydroponics allows farmers to double their yield without expanding their farmland.

Finalist: GAEA LEI OSILAO

GAEA LEI OSILAO

The Philippines

Caption by photographer: Ifugao kids are very happy harvesting their crops.

Finalist: AUNG CHAN THAR

AUNG CHAN THAR

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: People in Inlay live on water and search for their livelihood there. They trade on the water. They do agriculture on the water and sell all the fruits, which they cultivated, at the floating market.

Finalist: CHAN THAR

CHAN THAR

Myanmar

Caption by photographer: Old women

 

Judges

Final Round Judges

Alphabetical order

  • Ms. Nikole Alicer

    Founder-Farmer
    Kalipayan Natural Farm and Restaurant
    The Philippines

  • Mr. Ray Austria

    Executive Founder
    APPGeese, Inc.
    The Philippines

  • Mr. Eisen Bernardo

    Senior Communication Specialist
    CCAFS Southeast Asia
    Vietnam

  • Dr. Fook Tim Chew

    Chair, SEARCA Governing Board
    Vice Dean & Associate Professor,
    National University of Singapore
    Singapore

  • Ms. Gigi Morris

    Founding Member
    Pamilyang Filipino Farmers
    Agricultural Cooperative (PFFAC)
    c/o MoCA Family Farm RLearning Center
    The Philippines

  • Dr. Ethel Agnes Valenzuela

    Director
    Southeast Asian Ministers of Education
    Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat
    Thailand


Special Award Judges

Alphabetical order

  • Hon. Leonor Briones

    Secretary
    Department of Education (DepEd)
    The Philippines

  • Dr. Glenn Gregorio

    Director
    Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study
    and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
    The Philippines

Theme

The 14th SEARCA Photo Contest (2020) with the theme "Faces of ATTAIN" sought images from across Southeast Asia that showcase people actively involved, contributing to, working towards, or benefitting from the following ATTAIN sub-themes:

Any of SEARCA's 7 ATTAIN Priority Areas, specifically:

  1. Agri-Business Models for Increased Productivity and Income
  2. Sustainable Farming Systems and Natural Resource Management (NRM)
  3. Food and Nutrition Security
  4. Transformational Leadership in Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD)
  5. Gender and Youth Engagement in ARD
  6. Enhanced ARD towards Climate Resilience
  7. EcoHealth/One Health Applications to ARD

Seven Priority Areas

Any of the 20+ Thematic Focus Areas from the ATTAIN Strategic Framework:

  • Gender and youth engagement in agriculture and rural development (ARD)
  • IT-based education and state-of-the-art pedagogy
  • Transformational leadership
  • Training for Development (T4D)
  • Enabling policies for gender and youth engagement in ARD
  • Integrated long-term macro level policy
  • Operationalizing policy for AGRI 4.0
  • Customized information for decision-makers
  • Circular economy
  • Gender and youth in ARD business transformation
  • Open innovation platforms
  • Go-to market, scaling strategies
  • Incubating and prototyping emerging technologies
  • Tech transfer for AGRI 4.0
  • Sustainable and ecosystems design
  • Customer-centric, impact-centric approach
  • Impact evaluation, monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Gender and youth investment support in ARD
  • Open innovations platforms for investment
  • National long-term investment policy in line with AGRI 4.0
  • Change in mindset
  • Transformational leadership
  • Innovative financial services
  • Gender and youth engagement in agriculture, NRM, and cross-cutting topics
  • Knowledge/information system
  • Sustainable production and consumption
  • Customer-centric approach
  • Producer empowerment

Click here to view SEARCA's Strategic Framework

15th Photo Contest

Watch out for the announcement of the 15th SEARCA Photo Contest coming September 2021.