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Announcement of photo contest winners

The SEAMEO Secretariat would like to express its appreciation for the participation of 1,427 photos from 316 contestants in Southeast Asian countries. We are pleased to congratulate the winners and shortlisted photos as follows:                   

1. Best Photo Entry of Education Category

Photo Title: Learning Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
Photographer: Mark John M. Martinez
Teacher, Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology
Bunawan City, Agusan del Sur


2. Best Photo Entry of Science Category

Photo Title: Gas has mass.
Photographer:  Triwibowo, S.Si.
Teacher, SMA 17 Palembang


3. Best Photo Entry of Culture Category

Photo Title : Spray chicken
Photographer :
Mohammad Faris Bin Mohd Noor Azmi
Amateur Photographer, Putrajaya Corporation


Shortlisted Photos

Education Category

Shortlisted Photo Photo Title Photographer City,Country Occupation
Learn from the Problem Christian JV Camu Balatan Libmanan, Camarines Sur, Philippine Student
Education Over Disability June Famur Jr. Iloilo City, Philippines Professional Photographer
Luminous Wisdom Fejvynn Joseiah N. Nival Oroquieta City,Misamis Occidental,Philippines Student
Weekday Morning Maximo Agacid  Peralta Jr Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines Student
Self-directed Learning on Modular Approach Charmaine P. Pintes San Carlos City, Pangasinan,  Philippines Teacher
One Liter of Light Prince Loyd Besorio Pagadian City Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines Student
Promotion of vocational education and training Chhoem Phidav Siemreap, cambodia Teacher


Science Category

Shortlisted Photo Photo Title Photographer City,Country Occupation
Early Learning. Christopher Andres Quezon City,
Amateur Photographer
Past is Different from Present Vincent Guzman Savella Nanangduan Pilar Abra,  Philippines Student
Be helpful. Show kindness. Elen Joy C Santineller Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte,  Philippines Teacher


Culture Category

Shortlisted Photo Photo Title Photographer City,Country Occupation
13C.jpg The Face of the Future Jose Mari Israita Cavite Philippines Student
12C.JPG Javanese Dance Ronny Eka Sanjaya Malang,  Indonesia Student
19C.JPG Pagmamano Josh Mackinle M. Limpiada Marikina City, Philippines Student/ Amateur Photograph
15C.jpg Daily Routes Jose Mari Israita Cavite Philippines Student



On 30 November 2020, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) marks the 55th anniversary of its operation. As a regional inter-governmental organization established among Southeast Asian countries, SEAMEO takes pride in its achievements over the years as Southeast Asian’s leading organization in promoting regional cooperation and human resource development in education, science, and culture.

To celebrate the SEAMEO 55th Anniversary, the SEAMEO Secretariat will conduct “55th SEAMEO Anniversary Photo Contest” with its theme “Reimagining Education, Science, and Culture”. This competition aims to capture and spotlight the individual’s perspectives and reflections on how Southeast Asian people view Education, Science, and Culture amidst these challenging times.    

This competition provides opportunities for professional and amateur photographers, students, teachers and general public who are Southeast Asian nationals* to participate.

(Note*: Southeast Asian nationals include residents in countries, namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam)


What to Capture

The 55th SEAMEO Anniversary Photo Contest with the theme “Reimagining Education, Science, and Culture” seeks images from across Southeast Asia that showcase people actively involved in the following SEAMEO Priority Areas in Education, Science, and Culture.  
The image should be related to one of the following categories 1) Education, 2 Science, and 3) Culture, and the SEAMEO Priority Areas of each category:

Category 1: Education
SEAMEO Priority Areas under Education:   

  1. Achieving universal Early Childhood Education 
  2. Addressing barriers to inclusion
  3. Promoting resilience in the face of emergencies
  4. Promoting Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
  5. Revitalising teacher education
  6. Harmonising higher education and research
  7. Adopting a 21st century curriculum

Category 2: Science
SEAMEO Priority Areas under Science:

  1. Health literacy: psychosocial and mental health
  2. Natural resource and Environmental management: Circular economy
  3. Climate change adaptation
  4. Biodiversity and biotechnology
  5. Food security and nutrition and precision agriculture
  6. Data science, analytics, and AI
  7. STEM education for future workforces


Category 3: Culture
SEAMEO Priority Areas under Culture:      

  1. Creation, tradition, and innovation
  2. Ethics and legal framework
  3. Resilience and traditional knowledge
  4. Peace and inter-cultural understanding
  5. Literacy and appreciation in the modern world
  6. Harnessing technology for heritage/culture preservation
  7. Heritage science


  1. The 55th SEAMEO Anniversary Photo Contest 2020 is open to all Southeast Asian nationals except the SEAMEO Secretariat employees.
  2. The photos submitted must be relevant to the theme and categories. The theme of the contest is “Reimagining for Education, Science, and Culture”.  Category of entry include: 1) Education, 2) Science, and 3) Culture.  
  3. The entries/photos must be taken within the year of 2020.     
  4. All entries must be submitted via the Online Submission Form: during the contest period (10 October to 15 November 2020).  
  5. Submission of photos to the email address ( will NOT be accepted.
  6. Deadline for entry submission: Sunday 15 November 2020, 11:59 PM.      
  7. Each contestant can submit a maximum of 3 photos for each category (1- Education, 2-Science, 3-Culture) or totalling 9 photos/person. 
  8. To minimize cases of plagiarism, contestants will be asked during the submission process to certify that:
    1. they own the photographs submitted and that they grant SEAMEO Secretariat full permission to use it in knowledge packaging, sharing, and advocacy related to the SEAMEO’s mandate.
    2. The SEAMEO Secretariat shall ensure that the photographer will be properly credited for photos used, especially in mass-produced print publications;
    3. the photographs are original, have not won any previous photo contests, have not been published elsewhere (whether print or electronic), and have not been submitted as entries to any other photo contests during the 55th SEAMEO Anniversary Photo Contest (2020) period.
    4. the photos have not been digitally altered and/or enhanced in any way other than simple cropping; and
    5. in case this photograph contains an identifiable child/minor subject, the child's parent/guardian has given consent/permission (written or verbal) to use the photograph for the purposes deemed appropriate by SEAMEO Secretariat.
  9. Entries must be digital, colored, in JPEG format, and at least 3,000 pixels wide for a horizontal image, or 3,000 pixels tall for a vertical image at 300 dpi, or 8-10 MB/photo.
  10. Each entry should have the following details in English in the Online Submission Form. 
    1. name of photographer and country of origin;
    2. photo caption/description;
    3. place where the photo was taken (include town/municipality, province/state, and country);
    4. complete date taken;
    5. equipment/type of camera used/mobile phone; and
    6. other information that SEAMEO Secretariat may deem necessary to collect for reference purposes.
  11. The criteria for selecting the winners are
    Criteria Score
    1. Relevance to the theme 20%
    2. Creativity 20%
    3. Technical Quality
    (clarity, use of tones and color, photographic composition)
    4. Meaningfulness and regional impact and message 30%
    Total 100%

Submit Entries

  • Please read the Guidelines carefully. 
  • All entries must submit via online at the following link before Sunday 15 November 2020, 11:59 PM.
  • Link to submit the entries/photos



Category: Education

  • The Best Photo:  USD 300

Category: Science

  • The Best Photo:  USD 300

Category: Culture  

  • The Best Photo:  USD 300

All winning and shortlisted photos will receive the Certificate of Recognition from the SEAMEO Secretariat.     

All participants will receive the Certificate of Participation from the SEAMEO Secretariat. 


Activities Timeline
Call for Entries 10 October – 15 November 2020
Submission Deadline Sunday 15 November 2020
Announcement of Winners on SEAMEO Website  30 November 2020
Certification December 2020


SEAMEO Secretariat
920 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey District, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand.
Tel: (+66) 2 391 0144
Fax: (+66) 2 381 2587