Smartmatic launches TRANSPARENCY 2016 Elections Photo Contest

Manila, The Philippines – July 14, 2016 - Smartmatic, in cooperation with the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF), recently launched a photo contest that seeks to take another look at the recent Philippine general elections, this time through the eyes of the voters.

The contest is dubbed “TRANSPARENCY 2016: Smartmatic Election Photo Contest” and is a call for Filipino amateur and professional photographers to submit images they have captured of the last elections.

“We are interested in seeing the 2016 elections through the eyes of the Filipino public. We’d like to know: What does elections mean to you?” said Elie Moreno, Smartmatic Philippines General Manager.

“We’d like to see scenes you have captured in your camera which show the Filipinos exercising their sovereign right and duty to elect their leaders, BEIs who were manning the precincts, technicians giving support, volunteers watching over the process, policemen keeping the peace – everything that had to do with the last elections,” Moreno said.

Entry period is from July 19 to August 16, 2016.  Entries submitted before or after the stated entry period will not be eligible.

Participants must follow at least one of Smartmatic’s main social networks, Facebook: SmartmaticTechnology; Twitter: @Smartmatic; Instagram: SmartmaticTechnology

Participants may upload their entries on their social media account with the following hashtags: #Transparency; #SmartmaticPhotoContest; #TheElectionsCompany; #PHTransparentElections #PHElectionSuccess. 

Participants should mention or tag any of the official Smartmatic accounts on each one of the images that they upload on Facebook: SmartmaticTechnology or Twitter: @Smartmatic or Instagram: SmartmaticTechnology

Participants may upload any number of photos they want and must make public their social media profiles to participate.

Entries will be judged by a panel composed of Smartmatic executives who will evaluate entries based on relevance, originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and subject matter.

The winners will be announced on August 24, 2016 and awarding of prizes will be at the Smartmatic office in Bonifacio Global City.  The grand prize is an 11” Macbook Air, 2nd prize an iPhone 5, and 3rd Prize an iPad mini.  A 5,000PHP Abenson Gift Card will be given to winner of the People’s Choice Award, the entry that will earn the most number of likes.

Smartmatic has been the Comelec’s technology provider for the last three national elections, the last one being the May 2016 polls, widely hailed as one of the fastest, most accurate and most credible elections in the history of the Philippines

More details are available here