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National Math-Physics Photo-Essay Contest 2016: Improving the Filipino Community through Mathematics and Physics

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THE UP MATH-PHYSICS SOCIETY proudly presents this year’s National Math-Physics Photo-Essay Contest with the theme “Improving the Filipino Community through Mathematics and Physics”. The photo-contest does not merely feature beautiful photographs but entries that strike an impact of national relevance.

We are inviting everyone, AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL photographers to share us your perceived present conditions of Mathematics and Physics (challenges AND OR victories), your dreams and visions for these fields in the Philippines and how it can help us grow as a nation.

Physics has always played a central role in technological evolution and economic improvements. In terms of Research and Development (R&Ds), the Philippines known for innovative technologies worldwide. Just recently, Philippines has launched its very own satellite, a microsatellite, the DIWATA in outer space! We are beginning to soar high and be globally competent.

Mathematics has many real-life applications that seems to be unknown to most of the masses: mathematical modeling of a disease (Health), use of topology in architecture and computer programmes for national security operations, statistics, finance, Actuarial Science (i.e. life and non-life insurances, etc.), and Population Dynamics (Social Sciences).

So you see, there is evident and immediate need for everyone to realize that the fields of Mathematics and Physics are not merely difficult fields, but rather, they are beautiful and necessary fields.  Mathematics and Physics are key components to developing the Philippine economy and advancing the Filipino society! And we want you photographers to be the instrument of showcasing this!


Criteria for Judging
Social Relevance – 30 %
Relevance to the Theme – 25 %
Technical Quality – 20 %
Creativity/Originality – 15 %
Artistry – 10 %
Eligibility Rules
1) Open to BOTH amateurs and professionals.
2) Entries should be THEME-RELEVANT.
3) Entrant should be residing in the Philippines.
4) TWO (2) entries per participant is allowed.
5) Heavy post-processing is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
Specs Rules
1) In .jpeg/.jpg format or .png file.
2) Saved in medium to high quality.
3) Digital files in 8-bit + compression at 80 % or higher.
4) Saved in at least 300 px/in resolution.
6) Any camera type is allowed as entry.
7) High quality scans of non-digital photos are eligible (i.e. microscope images, etc.)
8) Digital photos shot at MAXIMUM resolution.
9) Each entry should be less than 15 MB


1) Send the compressed photos to upmathphysicssociety@gmail.com with a CC addressed to htquizzagan@up.edu.ph.
2) The email should have a subject with the following format: UPMPS_PhotoEssay16_LastNameofEntrant.
3) Include a 250-word essay briefly describing the entry noting the social relevance featured in the photo.
4) Attach a scanned copy of your deposit slip.
Payment of Fees
Deposit your registration fee of Php. 250.00 through the following bank accounts:
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Jodie Ann Cheng – 0549142052
Banco de Oro (BDO)
Noel Tibule – 03480013346
Terms and Conditions
By entering this contest, I have read and agreed to the following Terms and Conditions:
1) All entries’ right to publish should belong to the entrant.
2) Submission of the photo means photographer testifying that the entry is their creation.
3) The contest organizers reserve the right for a copy for publication of entry and for promotional purposes.
4) Photographers are entitled with copyright of images but grants the UP Math-Physics Society the right of usage.
5) Photographer is liable for assuring that the entry is in compliance with the legal and copyright laws of the Philippines.
6) Photographers grant the Society royalty-free, non-exclusive license for publication, distribute, reproduce, display and creative derivative of their work, either partial or in whole in any form of media pre-existing or to be subsequently developed, only for non-profit public information purposes. The Society will not pay any form of due or additional consideration or approval for such uses.
7) The Society reserves the right to inform photographers to confirm submission for or for any other purpose deemed needed.
8) The Society has the right to disqualify an entry unable to meet one of the specified rules above and or incapable of validating any information on the entry form.
9) Winners are responsible for paying additional taxes if needed.
10) The Society reserves the right to cancel or modify these rules at its discretion and decisions from the Society will be final.
11) Any change in the photographer’s information should be immediately made known to the Society.
12) All transactions are non-redeemable and non-refundable.
13) Prices will be announced during the duration of the contest itself.


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