The AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 search is on!

It’s that time again when Philippines AirAsia searches for one lucky individual who will claim the title of AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016.

AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016

With over 500 participants in this year’s search for AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016, six young aspiring photographers have been selected. The photo contest, which is now on its second-year, is part of Philippines AirAsia’s continuous effort to inspire, engage and empower the youth to pursue their goals by traveling and sharing their stories through stunning images and photographs.

The six finalists went through rounds of judging and were selected based on their personality, creativity, content, originality and technical or visual presentation.

The AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 Panel of Judges

The panel of judges consists of young leaders and veterans in the field of photography, branding and visual arts. They are the following:

  • Nachi Ugarte, creative director of GRID magazine
  • Jacob Maentz, documentary photographer
  • Wawi Navarroza, artist/photographer, founder of Thousandfold
  • David Viray, AirAsia Group’s head of branding

AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016
(L-R) Tracy Abad (Host), Wawi Navarroza, Nachi Ugarte, Jacob Maentz and David Viray
These AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 judges all shared their thoughts and advice to participants during the selection process held at Casa Italia Cafe in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Meet the six AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 finalists

Here are the six AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 finalists who were chosen:

AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016
(From right to left): Mithilaya Miclat from Davao, Kimberly Pauig from Pasig, Atty. Eliseo Zuniga from Taguig, Neil Cardano from Puerto Princesa, Daniel Magbanua from QC and Dave Poblete from Makati
These six finalists will be traveling to Shanghai this August for the final leg of the competition. The final leg includes a series of challenges in landscape, portrait and food photography. The Grand winner will be declared the “AirAsia Travel Photographer of the Year” and will receive 200,000 AirAsia BIG Points, a surprise vacation package and more prizes from partner brands including GRID magazine and Flight 001.

Check out the cool webisodes that feature the journey of the six finalists by visiting You can also follow the hashtags #AirAsiaTP2016 #AirAsiaTravelPhotographer on other social media channels such as Facebook ( and Twitter ( including updates about the contest from Mellow 94.7’s Mad House radio show featuring Chris, Stan, and Tracy.

AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016

I can’t wait to see how all these six AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 finalists will “outsnap” each other while at the same time inspiring all of us with their photos.

Good luck, guys!

The AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 is also brought to you by AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme, Mellow 94.7, GRID Magazine and Flight 001 Philippines.

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