The winners of the Parish Fiesta 2016 Photography Contest with the theme “Captured Moments of PCJ Parish Fiesta” were finally announced during the Divine Mercy Sunday celebration last April 4, 2016.
Entries to the Photography Contest depicted different events and aspects of PCJ’s 2016 Fiesta Celebration and from dozens of entries, the judges selected tthe best photos as winners.
Mary Lorraine Leong came in at third-place with her photograph entitled “Unity of Heart and Soul: Celebrating God’s Love as One”. The scene captured are images of Our Lady of Candelaria surrounded by parishioners with lit candles during the procession.
In second-place was “One People, One Church”, which was taken by Joana Mariz dela Cruz. This photo showed representatives of the parish community offering gifts to the Lord’s altar during Mass.
Divina Diaz received the judges’ nod for the grand prize with her photograph simply entitled, “Dawn Procession”. The winning entry showed a large image of Our Lady of Candelaria with the candle she is holding shining brightly and reflective of her leading the parishioners of PCJ to her Son.
Special prizes were also awarded for the photo submissions from Bro. Renz Dollete, Francis Garaygay, and April Dionela.
First place winner Divina Diaz had this to say about her passion in photography and winning the contest:
I have been passionate about photography since my Dad bought me my first camera, a Kodak-110, when I was in high school. In college, he bought me a Nikon camera, which I brought with me everyday! Even if photography isn’t my profession, the passion for it is strong within me.
With photography, I have tangible memories of people that touched my life, places that I have been to, and events that I have been a part of. It is a way of preserving the beauty that I see all around me. Presenting my photographs and having others appreciate them is like sharing what I have experienced.
During special celebrations, I always bring my camera to church. When I learned about the PCJ Fiesta photo contest, I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to share my passion with the community. In my mind, I had a vision of the photo I wanted to capture. Hearing my name called as the first prize winner was an amazing experience.
-ReiVi dela Cruz