Donell Gumiran, Cris Magsino win top awards in World Photographic Cup 2020

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Christopher Magsino’s awarded photo (Photo Above) and Donell Gumiran’s finalist photo (Below). Photo Courtesy of World Photographic Cup.

Team Philippines’ Christopher Magsino from Antipolo City won the Best of Nation 2020 Award while Donell Gumiran from Iloilo City was named a Finalist in the World Photographic Cup (WPC) 2020 to be held in Rome this March.

The two winning Filipino photographers were announced, along with the other Best of Nation Awardees and WPC 2020 Finalists, on January 20 at Imaging USA by PPA CEO David Trust and WPC governing committee members Bert Behnke, Don MacGregor and Tim Walden. The two photographers were among the 12 Filipinos shortlisted for the awards in December 2019.

Cris Magsino’s “Under the Cosmos” Best of Nation

Magsino’s Best of Nation photo, titled “Under the Cosmos”, was shot at Monument Valley in Utah, USA in 2018. The Best of Nation award is given to authors of the highest scoring images from each of the participating countries.

Cris Magsino is a Commercial Photographer and the brand ambassador of Nikon Philippines and NiSi Filter Philippines.

Donell Gumiran Top 10 Finalist for WPC 2020 in Rome

The Dubai-based Donell Gumiran will vie for top award as one of the Top 10 Photographers in the reportage (photojournalism) category of the WPC 2020.

Gumiran’s “Wall of Burqa” was shot in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on August 30, 2015.

The Dubai-based photogrrapher describes his work:

“The silhouetted figure in Burka facing off with both her shadow and the huge eyes staring back at her, against an apocalyptic, fiery sky. A scene which finds something cinematic and symbolic, and highly relevant in today’s political climate, in what is an unexpected setting – a Guinness World Record attempt in Dubai for the biggest collaborative graffiti painting in the world, in commemoration of its 43rd National Day Celebration.”

Donell Gumiran is a portrait and travel photographer. He is also a Contributor/Photographer at Asian Geographic.

Gumiran is now running for individual Gold, Silver, or Bronze medals and the further placements in the Top 10 lists which will be announced at the World Photographic Cup in Rome, Italy, on March 23, 2020.

Depending on Gumiran’s final ranking, his image can help Team Philippines win the World Photographic Cup 2020.

The WPC was founded in 2013 as a cooperative effort by The Federation of European Photographers (FEP) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

Filipino photographers have been earning accolades around the world, among the more recent awardees are, Jophel Botero Ybiosa, the first Filipino to win the Chromatic Awards and Danilo Victoriano who won the APEC Photo Contest Popular Choice Award.

Xyza Cruz Bacani won a prestigious New York photography scholarship while Fernando Sepe Jr. gained a Photojournalist Citation in Japan.

With reports from Aurora Quadra-Balibay.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Cris Magsino and Donell Gumiran of Team Philippines for their citations from the World Photographic Cup 2020!

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