MANILA – Six young aspiring photographers have been selected from over 500 participants in this year’s search for AirAsia Travel Photographer. The photo contest, which is now on its second-year, is part of 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 six selected finalists were Neil Michael Cardano, a Hotel Front Desk Officer from Puerto Princesa, Palawan; Mithilaya Miclat, a Nutritionist-Dietician and Social Entrepreneur from Davao City; Eliseo Zuniga, a Lawyer from Taguig City; Kimberly Pauig, a Writer from Pasig City; Daniel Magbanua, a Fashion Photography Student from Quezon City and Dave Poblete, a BPO Employee from Makati City.

The panel of judges consists of young leaders and veterans in the field of photography, branding and visual arts. Nachi Ugarte, creative director of GRID magazine; Jacob Maentz, documentary photographer; Wawi Navarrosa, artist/photographer, founder of Thousandfold; and Rudy Khaw, AirAsia Group’s head of branding, all shared their thoughts and advice to participants during the selection process held at Café Italia in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

The six finalists will be traveling to Shanghai, China this August for the final leg of the competition which includes series of challenges in landscape, portrait and food photography. The Grand Winner will be declared as ‘AirAsia Travel Photographer of the Year” and will receive 200,000 AirAsia BIG Points, surprise vacation package and more prizes from partner brands including GRID magazine and Flight 001.

Travel and photo enthusiasts also have the chance to win 50,000 AirAsia BIG Points and other exciting prizes by voting in the AirAsia Travel Photographer 2016 – People’s Choice Award. All they have to do is visit, proceed to the voting page and log-in using their Facebook account. Then they can select their favourite contender and share the activity on their Facebook timeline.

Contest will run from August 15 to September 8.

To learn more about the six finalists and see them in action, visit for the webisodes featuring their journey or follow the hashtag #AirAsiaTP2016 #AirAsiaTravelPhotograper 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.

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

In photo are: (from left): Neil Michael Cardano (Finalist), Dave Poblete (Finalist), Mithilaya Miclat (Finalist), Eliseo Zuniga (Finalist), Nachi Ugarte (Judge, Creative Director of GRID Magazine), Wawi Navarozza (Judge, Founder of Thousandfold), Jacob Maentz (Judge, Documentary Photographer), Kimberly Pauig (Finalist), DJ Magbanua (Finalist) and AirAsia Flight Attendant.