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Rice means a lot to the Philippines, because it is the country’s staple food, the crop grown in more farmlands, and a historical testament to the ingenuity of its forefathers.

And the best way to show the meaning of rice to the whole country is through photographs that can speak volumes about the staple.

In line with the celebration of the National Year of Rice 2013, Capturing Rice, a national photo contest, was launched by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) to showcase the different aspects and looks of rice in the country.

Whether that is a photo from the Pahiyas festival, a panorama shot of the stunning Banaue rice terraces, a group of farmers with smiles on their faces after a long day of work in the rice field, or a family enjoying the fruits of the farmers’ labors, your work of art taken from the lens of a camera might just land the big prize of
the contest.

Filipino photographers 18 years old and above may submit their entries from April 1, 2013 until August 23, 2013 by logging on to www.nyr2013.com.

Prizes at stake are P P30,000 + Rice Products, P10,000 + Rice Products, and P5,000 + Rice Products for the first, second and third places, respectively.  Seven consolation prizes of P1,000 each for every category will also be given away.

The photo contest has three categories:  Rice and culture; Rice and environment; and Rice production and conservation, where participants can send a maximum of three photos each category.

Winners will be announced on September 9, 2013, and will be notified by text or email.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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