ARCHITECTURE junior and Varsitarian photography editor Paul Allyson Quiambao joined the Hall of Fame of the Art Petron contest after again winning the grand prize this year.

Quiambao, 18, bested 900 entries in the photography category with his entry, “Market in Motion,” which captured Filipino dynamism in a public market. The contest’s theme was “Alay sa Pamilihang Bayan” (Tribute to the Public Market).

He was the lone Thomasian winner this year, and was among six grand prize winners. Aside from photography, the contest covered oil and water color paintings.

Quiambao and two other grand prize winners in photography received P30,000 each, while painting winners received P50,000 each. Winners were also awarded the Art Petron trophy designed by National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva.

Jay Bautista, Art Petron secretariat, believed Quiambao submitted the “most intelligent” shots in the competition.

“Paul submitted only three entries, while others even submitted 80 photos and none of the 80 emerged victorious,” said Bautista.

Last year, Quiambao won the grand prize for his entry “Seasons of Grace.” Four other Thomasians also won the grand prize: Marcelino Bogaoan and Alexa Remalante for photography, and Blane Rosales for painting. Remalante is a former Varsitarian artist.

“Use your eyes as your lenses until they give the picture you wanted to capture,” Quiambao advised aspiring photographers. “You do not need expensive gadgets to get good pictures.”

The winning pieces are displayed at the Art Petron exhibit, which runs until the third week of September.

Art Petron is an annual art competition that aims to promote Philippine art, culture, tradition, and values to the Filipino youth. J. A. G. Ambanta

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