January 22, 2015

Past Meets Present: Join the Visual Arts Competition

When was the last time you used a directory and yellow pages?

I had to ask myself the same question during the launch of the DPC, PLDT  29th Visual Arts Competition with the theme "Past Meets Presents".

Interestingly, Directories Philippine Corporation (DPC) and PLDT engage customers and showcase talented young photo enthusiasts' work annually since 2011. Unlike the previous issues of yellow pages and directories which feature artwork and abstract designs, the DPC directories are now vibrantly distributed with true life stories through photographs captured by talented young students.

During the launch held yesterday at SM North EDSA Annex, we were joined by one of the winners from last year's competition. Part of me was wishing I were still in school so I can join.

Click Read More to learn more about the Visual Arts Competition..

Why You Should Join the PLDT Visual Arts Competition?

Cash prizes, handsome glass trophies, cameras and computer printers are at stake. The winning photograph will be featured on covers of major telephone directories—PLDT White Pages and DPC Yellow Pages—all over the Philippines. It is good to showcase your talent and to see the beauty of something from the past that might be significant today (say, an old bach trumpet mouthpiece?).

The top 50 finalists will automatically win P5,000 in cash, and their works will be put on display at select SM malls in Metro Manila, North and South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Among the top 50 pictures, the public can select their favorite entry for the People’s Choice Award via online voting through the competition website.

How to submit entry?

Each student can submit up to three entries, either in full color or in black and white. To qualify for the major prizes, any entry must have an 8” x 12” portrait or 12” x 8” landscape orientation with a resolution of at least 10 megapixels. All entries must be uploaded to the contest’s website, between January 21 and February 24, 2015 (up to 11:59pm).

Criteria for Judging:

Visual Composition 25%
Originality 25%
Adherence to Theme 25%
Over-All Impact 15%
Suitability as Cover 10%
Total: 100%


First Prize 

PhP 100,000 in cash
VAC 29 grand prize trophy
Canon EOS 700 D 18-55IS STM
DSLR camera
School Donation:  A donation worth PhP40,000 – in cash or in kind – for its visual arts program from
DPC and PLDT VAC 29 plaque of commendation Canon PIXMA MP237 printer

Second Prize 

PhP 70,000 in cash
VAC 29 2nd prize trophy
Canon EOS 1200D 18-55ISII
DSLR camera
School Donation:  A donation worth PhP30,000 – in cash or in kind – for its visual arts program from
DPC and PLDT VAC 29 plaque of commendation Canon PIXMA iP2770 printer


Prize PhP 60,000 in cash
VAC 29 3rd prize trophy
Canon POWERSHOT SX600HS digital
School Donation: A donation worth of PhP20,000 – in cash or in kind – for its visual arts program
from DPC and PLDT VAC 29 plaque of commendation Canon PIXMA iP2770 printer

People’s Choice Award

PhP 25,000 in cash
VAC 29 People’s Choice Award
Canon IXUS 265HS digital camera
School Donation: VAC 29 Certificate

50 Finalists 

PhP 5,000 in cash
VAC 29 Certification as Finalist
School Donation: VAC 29 Certificate

Dates to Remember:

Submission of Entries: January 21, 2015 up to February24, 2015. Any entry submitted after 11:59 pm of February 24, 2015 will not qualify for the contest.
Finalists Requirements Submission: March 10, 2015
Online Voting: March 12, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Announcement of People Choice's Award and Awarding:  March 24, 2015

For more information on the VAC 29 mechanics, prizes and other details, student photo buffs, school administrators and faculty are invited to visit

Tell your friends, kids, and people you know who are eligible to join! :)

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