Filipino entries triumph and made it to the Top 50 of the Next-Image Awards

World-renowned photographer, Alec Soth, said “when you start photography, my advice is to try every kind of photography that you can sport, black-and-white, street photography, etc.… and then listen to your voice and pursue what you need to pursue. One cool thing about the Huawei Next-Image Awards is that they allow experimentation, which ties in with this advice.”

Huawei is known for leading the technology in smartphone photography and as a brand that makes everything possible, its vision is to always expand on visual expression. Huawei wants people to continue capturing the world and how they see it in their own perspective. This resulted to the Next Image Awards, a competition where people around the world can show how they express themselves and art through the power of photography.

Leading up to the final round of the Next-Image Awards, Huawei holds local competitions to further strengthen the brand’s vision and to allow its consumers an expert in photography. The increasing popularity of mobile photography was evident this 2018 because the total number of submissions compared last 2017 doubled up. The Philippines alone submitted a total of 10,431 entries from 3,378 attendees. The most popular categories that Filipinos used was “Hello Life, Good Night, Faces, Check-in, Timeline and Storyboard.”

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Several entries from the Philippines caught the attention of many and made it to the Top 50 runner ups of this year’s Next-Image Awards. A photo submitted by Bernard Pasatiempo Recirdo II is an example of how Huawei and Filipinos share a similarity – making things possible even if it seems impossible. Using a Huawei Nova 2i, Bernard was able to capture how eager the kids are in trying to read a book despite having only a candle light to support how they read. It was clearly shown that both kids won’t let the difficulty in their lives stop them from learning.

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Another entry is from Mark Daiz, using a Huawei Mate 8, Mark was able to show the many sides of how people deal with depression. Depression is an issue that most people should talk about. In the photo, Mark was able to show how people with mental illness face their everyday lives.


Other Filipino participants also made it to the Top 50 runner-ups.


  • Rhon Velarde
  • Category: Faces
  • Entry Title: Dark Side


  • Mary Aileen Tiamzon SALDANA
  • Category: Hello Life
  • Entry Title: Ready, Set, Dive


  • Jamir Lyndon Lumbao
  • Category: Hello Life
  • Entry Title: Ready, Set, Dive


  • Mario Bejagan Cardenas
  • Category: Check-in
  • Entry Title: Banjarmasin

This 2018, Michael Wesolek from Poland has been named as the Grand Winner and Best-In-Category Award winner of the “Good Night” category for the second annual Huawei Next-Image Awards together with the International Center of Photography (ICP), the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture.


Michael won a grand prize of 20,000 USD, a Huawei P20 smartphone, a Huawei Matebook X Pro laptop, and will also enjoy the enviable opportunity of his photography being widely displayed in cities around the globe.


Speaking about the winning image, Mark Lubell, Executive Director of the International Center of Photography, said “This image is terrific and mysterious. The light bears down splitting the image into two halves of dark, in the spotlight a man walks away from us. We want to learn more. We look at this image two or three times. It pulls us in. It answers and creates questions at the same time.”

Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Art Director and Chief Representative Leica Galleries International, said “The winning picture is a little like a fairytale. You have to look several times at the picture and it still keeps a secret.”


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From November 8 to 11, 2018, HUAWEI will display the winning works from the NEXT-IMAGE Awards and Editor’s Picks as part of a special photo exhibition at the annual Paris Photo, the first international art fair dedicated to the medium of photography. This will take place at the iconic Grand Palais, situated just off the Champs-Élysées. The Awards are an important part of HUAWEI’s overarching NEXT-IMAGE Plan to redefine visual expression and culture through more professional and intuitive smartphone cameras. For more details about winners and the exhibition, please refer to the official NEXT-IMAGE Awards website: