With the theme “Protecting the Reservoir of Life, Selfie for Biodiversity,” the contest organized by the DENR through the Biodiversity Management Bureau, showcased Filipino talent in visual artistry. The federal government of Germany, through Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, sponsored the contest.

    The month-long search for the best selfie photos showing the country’s rich biodiversity and how one can help conserve it has come to a close. During this year’s celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD) that was held recently, the entries of Rei Gallardo Jr. of Mandaluyong and Andrea Gaurana of Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu won the grand prize in the digital camera and mobile device categories, respectively.

    Gallardo’s entry entitled “Mt. Pulag” showed the majestic pine trees in Benguet Province while Gaurana’s entry entitled “Dulang-Dulang” featured summit views of Mt. Kitanglad.

    Emerging as second and third prize winners in the digital camera category were the entries of Ira Beau Baconguis from Quezon City (Butterfly) and Irvin Jethro Velas of Pasig City (Forest Selfie). In the mobile device category, the entries of Butuan City’s Alexa Percy Bustamante (Reach) and Davao Oriental’s Erwin Baluro (Pitcher Plant) were named second and third prize winners, respectively.


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