The first Rio de Quingua National Photography Competition, a project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) National Committee on Visual Arts (NCVA), calls on amateur and professional photographers to document the ecological status of the Rio de Quingua, or popularly known as the Angat River.
The nationwide competition aims to capture the beauty and relevance of Angat River to its communities through artistic and skillful photography.
According to Andrew Alto de Guzman, Central Luzon representative of NCVA, the competition will gather and engage visual artists, particularly photographers from all over the country, in the conservation efforts directed towards the Angat River ecosystem.
Also, the competition intends to raise awareness of the deteriorating river ecosystems and to advocate for the conservation efforts of these ecological units threatened by agro-industrial and domestic pollution.
As stated on their official page, the project pushes for an establishment of Rio De Quingua Foundation in collaboration with all the stakeholders of the river. Among its goals, if formed, are to sustain the traditional life of the river; push for the passing of environmental laws and implementation of sustainable industries that use the river; invest in research to clean up the river and restore its vibrant flora and fauna; organize river tours for the education and pleasure of locals and foreigners, which will accelerate the development of the local tourism industry; and for local residents and visitors to once more enjoy the scenic view via riverside picnics and fishing parties, and even bathe in the river, as they did in the past.
On May 13, winning entries will be awarded and exhibited at the Robinson Pulilan. These entries will also be published in a commemorative book in September.
Rio Quingua photo contest is made possible through NCCA’s partnership with Jefarca Arts and Historical Society Inc., Museo de Pulilan and the Municipality of Pulilan.