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Calling Female Foreign Residents of South Korea to Participate in “Ms. Multicultural 2015″

MICA Bids Farewell to Superstar K

I could not watch the episode of Supertstar K6 last Friday, but the outpouring of negative reactions from Filipinos in South Korea that I have read on Facebook was enough for me to conclude that MICA was eliminated from the show. My first reaction was, “Why so soon?” I was expecting the group to stay a bit longer and at least make it to Top 3, but I suppose my husband was right. He told me from Day 1 of the live show that no matter how great the girls are as singers, they will most probably not win the contest because at some point, they will be asked to render Korean songs from which their elocution will be scrutinized by the judges.


MICA’s First Live Performance on Superstar K6

The sisters are still in! ^^ They got Filipino expats in Korea excited. Facebook walls are mostly about their exhilarating performance tonight. The girls sang “Maria”, original soundtrack of the romantic-comedy “미녀는 괴로워” (200 Pound Beauty). The judges gave them the second highest scores, and mostly positive feedbacks.


Fellow Pinoys in Korea, Let’s Vote for MICA… ^^

 

Filipina Singing Group MICA: Part of Superstar K6’s Top 11

And the Winner of “K-Pop Now” is…

Hello, everyone!


“Discover-Korea-in-your-country” Contest

With the increase in the popularity of K-pop, K-drama and almost everything Korean, it isn’t surprising to see snippets of South Korean culture anywhere in the world.


Win Copies of K-POP Now by Tuttle Publishing

Based on the awesome response of our previous giveaway contest we are encouraged to come up with a new giveaway contest for the book K-POP Now by Mark James Russell. This book is published by Tuttle Publishing and this time they will be giving away not 3, but 5 copies of K-POP Now to anyone who will answer 3 simple questions about K-POP.

Tell us in the comment section below your answer for the following 3 questions.


Win a Family Trip to Korea!

Would you like to spend an unforgettable, fun-filled winter in South Korea with your family or friends? Well, this may be your chance.


Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk 2013

Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk 2013 Ulsan

 

The day is finally coming up and I hope that everyone is ready. If you haven’t registered yet please do. The reason for registering is simply to be eligible for the prizes from Scott Kelby and that is pretty much it. So, if you don’t feel like submitting your info, you don’t have to. If you are competitive and want to submit your photos into the main photo contest then I believe that you are obligated to. At any rate, What I want is for everyone to come out and have a good time.


Sunset Day

In honour of the Weather Channel’s Sunset Day event on Google+ I thought that I would show a few of my recent sunset shots. In the recent months, there have been some spectacular sunsets. Part of my interest in this event is because of my geography background. My final course that I took was climatology and that helped give me an interest in weather and things like this.


Speech Competition and Photo Contest for Filipinos in South Korea

2013 Video Contest about Korea for Foreigners

Do you have a Korean friend? What is your favorite Korean food? If you think you can make an interesting video of any of these two topics, you may want to join the video contest about Korea sponsored by Arirang TV and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. This contest is …

UP Student Bags Silver in Dokdo Essay Contest

 


Fashionista Contest for Korea-lovers

 


The 2012 Worldwide Photo Walk in Ulsan

Well, it is Monday and the #WWPW is still trending on Google+ so you know it was a great event. In Ulsan, it was no different. The event went off without a hitch and I am happy to say that a lot of people showed up with photographers coming all the way from Eonyang and Busan.

The photo walk was great for me as I got a chance to explain a few things about photography to new photographers and meet a lot of new people. There is also something great about showing people the effects that you can do with depth of field and a 50mm F1.4 can do.


iMo Camera Straps

 

The camera strap is one of those things that comes in the box and most people don’t even think about. They just stick it on the camera and BOOM that’s that. However for those of us who have had the unfortunate displeasure of lugging around a 70-200mm lens stuck on a DSLR with a battery pack, you will soon realize that a comfortable strap in something of a necessity. For others, the standard Nikon or Canon straps are too “boring” and they want to express themselves a little bit more or just make their black box stand out from the rest.


Best of 2011 Photo Fest

Jeff at Koreabridge is at it again with another great photo event! Do you have a great picture from 2011? Submit it to the Koreabridge for your chance to win some great prizes. So far here is what they have to offer:

Prizes:  W250,000+ in cash and prizes
(so far)      (1st prize = W100,000)
 Type of Photo: Any photo taken in Korea in 2011
Deadline: January 10, 2012

Now even if you submitted to their summer photo contest (but didn’t win), you can still use your photos and you don’t even have to resubmit! Just follow the instructions and information on their page. Now, get out there and start looking of the year’s photos! The deadline again, is January 10th, 2012


How to Win Photo Contests in Korea

 

After reading a post about how to win photo contests, I decided to throw in my twenty won on how to do it in Korea. So this post won’t actually help you win anything but I thought that I would do a sort of write up about entering contests. I apologize if the title is a bit misleading. Basically, after judging the Korea Bridge Photo Contest I decided to write out my thoughts.

1. Read the Fine Print


National Geographic Photo Contest 2011

It is that time of year again! Once again National Geographic is holding their photo contest and is looking for the best of the best in order to give away $10,000 and a trip to the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington D.C.  to check out their photo seminar in January 2012.  Do you have what it takes?

Now this contest is not for the faint of heart as it costs $15 USD to enter. Many will pass this one by as I know that is a steep price for a contest that got over 16,000 entries last year. However, take a look at what the editor’s think are worthy and if you have something that is close then chuck one in. You just never know…


Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk 2011

It is that time again! Time to get the photogs out and get some shots at Scott Kelby’s 2011 Worldwide Photo Walk! While I am still getting ready for this year’s photowalk which will be held in the Taehwa River Grand Park, I have a few questions for those who are interested in a day of photography and a great time.  Before I get to the questions, I guess I should explain what a “Worldwide Photo Walk” is.


Win tickets to the Probationary Theatre’s next play – Cosi!

Read on to win free tickets to a hilarious show! From Probationary Theatre’s press release:

Probationary Theatre Company is proud to announce their main stage production for fall; “Cosi” – A comedy by veteran, award-winning Australian playwright, Louis Nowra.


Korea Bridge Summer Photo Contest

Recently I had the opportunity to talk with Jeff Lebow of the Korea Bridge. Thus I am now helping out with the Korea Bridge Summer Photo Contest. Being a past winner myself (winter 2004… I think) I know how fun it is to participate in more of a local contest than those that I have featured recently. For me, winning the contest gave me a boost in confidence to further push my photography and I know that it will help you as well.

The contest is looking for photos from this Summer (2011) and there are two categories; Korea and outside of Korea. Why? well if you have travelled around and got some great summer of shots from Thailand for example but not much from Korea… well we’ve got you covered. The contest is open to anyone living in Korea, minus the judging panel and pro photographers. So that means pretty much anyone can enter.


Onelife Photo Contest

Remember yesterday I was talking about telling stories with pictures? Funny thing, I received an email from Popular Photography about a huge photography contest happening now. The topic? Your life… basically.

The Contest site is called “One Life” and the over theme, from what I gather is that “great photography tells stories” So they are looking for powerful images of any sort that portray life around the world.  The explain it further as:

what you love, your travels, or anything that reflects your world and experience.


Ulsan Inferno 2011

The Ulsan Inferno is once again on and it is taking place this weekend!! Why would the average reading of a photography blog like this care? Well… because I am sponsoring the “Best Photo” prize.

Basically the Inferno is a photo-based scavenger hunt where people ride around on motorcycles, scooters, and bicycles to capture photos of various sites around Ulsan in order to gain point and win cash prizes. It is an awesome time and I am super excited that we got it off the ground again this year.


National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2011

 

I am a big fan of photo contests. Not for the fame and fortune, or even the competition, but just for the simple fact that I love pushing my photography and the contests always give a theme and a direction to push towards. The bonus is that if you win, you usually get something nice, but again it is not the driving factor behind my motives.


That didn’t take long

I prepared ahead – albeit insufficiently – for November and Nanowrimo.  I’ve had an idea for a novel for some time now and have wanted to try writing it.  I have written short fiction and essays short and long for this blog, a few magazines and my students.  I was ready, I felt, to extend myself…

No point in being wordy now.  It will take an extreme effort of will to continue at this point.

Oh, Nanowrimo, for those unwilling to follow the link, is short for national Novel Writing Month.  The organization is international now, so the name is both cumbersome and incorrect.  Anyway, the goal for Nanowrimo is to type 50,000 words during the month of November.  Quantity is important and quality is not.  This makes sense to me as the first step is a sort of brainstorming, with the expectation of massive revisions coming afterward.


Been to Daegu? Take a survey and win prizes

Author's note: I welcome opportunities for my wonderful readers to win prizes - this comes from a trusted friend and university professor here in Korea. He writes:

One of my colleagues is working with Daegu city on a survey for foreign visitors. Respondents are eligible for prizes, including a free night and dinner at the Daegu Novotel. Thanks for any help you can give, and here is the info:

tourism contests

Korea Tourism.org has a variety of contests going on right now. There is a tourism photo contest with the deadline of July 13th and an essay (photo essay? – they require 3 or more photos in the essay).  The essay contest is in honour of the Visit Korea year 2010-2012 but I don’t think essays mocking the chronology will win.  I can’t find a direct link to it but on the main page, upper left, is a button describing special promotions.


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