I Lost

After a very long quest to get the Huawei P9 on my hands, it seems that it's really not for me. I lost in the last competition that offers the phone.


“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”―Ann Landers


Wait. What?

I became aware of the #NewTakes hashtag when Huawei introduced the Huawei P9 last year. It offers a dual camera co-engineered by Leica. As a Leica Camera owner-wannabe, of course I want to have my own Leica-branded camera and the Huawei P9 is the closest that I could get since Leica cameras and lenses cost a fortune. Side note: Leica did not manufacture the optics.

Going back, I recently joined a photography competition showcasing a different perspective of Sinulog using only a smartphone without applying any filters or manipulating the photo except for the basic adjustments like brightness, saturation and cropping. I was very excited and nervous at the same time. Unfortunately, I was sick during the festival so I wasn't able to go out, joined the procession and witnessed the parade. But good thing, my colleagues and I attended the last day Novena mass so I was able to capture a couple of candid shots.

 My entry to the monochrome category. 

My entry to the monochrome category. 

I sent my entry two days before the deadline and I was satisfied with my photo. It wasn't the typical photo you'll find on Instagram or any other photo-sharing sites. And when I say typical, these photos are those with people waving to the Sto. Niño in unison, the shot of the festival queen holding the Sto. Niño, people with face paints, and the like.

But when the organizer announced the winner chosen by four judges yesterday, I was disappointed. Not because I lost but the winning photo was cliche. If you will search the hashtag #batobalani on Instagram, you'll find similar photos. I actually compiled some photos very similar to the winning entry but I had decided not to post them anymore. Just search that hashtag for you to find out. So for me, it's not #NewTakes. It may be visually appealing but it is not new takes.


Accept 'what is' and let go of 'what was'. 


But still congratulations to the winners. And thank you to my friends who believed and supported me by liking my photo and even promoted it to their families and friends. I'm really overwhelmed. (FB Likes = 20% of the score). I think I got the highest number of likes without using autobots. Hah!

This could probably be the last time I'll feast my eyes on the Huawei P9. So yeah, I'm moving on, for real this time.


My opinions are my own.