My Home, My Playground, My Cemetery

CompanyCalatrava International LLC
Prize1st Place in Book
Entry Description

Innocent and carefree children made the cemetery their playground without fear of the dead. Their faces are full of life, courage and hope. Extreme poverty exists in certain areas in the Philippines where some families made the city graveyard their home. Photo taken at Navotas Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

About Photographer

Mario Cardenas is an architect by profession with 15 yrs professional experience, currently working w/ Santiago Calatrava architects & engineers in Dubai office. Mario is UAE-based Filipino photographer & has been making his mark in international photography competitions since 2010. Mario’s passion & talent in photography are manifested through numerous accolades and honors for his works, garnering more than 350 awards from various international competitions in the: USA, UK, Canada, France, Australia, Austria, Germany, China, Singapore, Japan, Qatar, Egypt, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, London, UAE & the Philippines. A visionary photographer & self-taught artist, Mario produces distinctive & stand-out images by elucidation of diversity and vibrancy of subjects with story-telling captured from idiosyncratic perspectives. Never resting on his laurels, he continually evolve as an artistic photographer as he competes in photography competitions around the world. Mario's goal is to travel extensively and document exotic places with essential human elements especially vanishing cultures & unique traditions. He dreams to curate his own photography exhibitions & galleries & his works featured in local & international publications. Some notable awards he received from across a wide variety of genre are: 82 Awards at IPA 2017, Ph. in different categories 3 Gold, 1 Silver, & 2 Honourable Awards at IPA 2016, Ph,USA, Gold Award at PX3 2014, Paris, Grand Prize won a H5D-40 Hassleblad camera at Fujairah Photo Awards 2014, UAE, Grand Prize at Photograph of the Year 2013, Australia, Grand Prize at Milset Photography Award 2015, UK, Grand Prize (Architecture) at Humanity Photography Award 2014, China, Grand Prize (Professional) at Sony Imaging Challenge 2012, UAE, Photographer of the Year Award at The Filipino Times Awards 2015, UAE, 1st Place at HIPA Humanitarian Photo Awards 2014, UAE, Winner at HIPA Rehlatna Photo Competition 2014, UAE, Winner at Allard Prize Int’l. Photo Awards 2014, Columbia, 3rd Place at WPO Sony Int’l Photo Awards 2015, UK, 1st Place at BW Spider Awards 2015, USA,