PH lensman’s photo on Warsaw tourist bus

George Tapan’s winning photo will showcase the country on a tourist bus (inset) in Warsaw.

STUNNING photograph of a woman wading on the shore and a lone fisherman on a boat out in the sea under a rainbow arch after a rainstorm in Onuk Island in Palawan will be displayed on a sightseeing bus that goes around the major streets of Warsaw from May to July to advertise the Philippines, tourism officials said Sunday.

Las Piñas tourism chief Jimmy Castillano said the photo, which was shot by George Tapan and titled “Into the Green Zone,” will be mounted on one full side of the city’s sightseeing Warsaw Hop on-Hop off tour bus.

“The photo was the winner among 21,000 entries from 130 countries in the National Geographic magazine ‘Places Category’ contest,” Castillano said.

The tour bus advertisement is intended to lure tourists from Poland. Thousands of people from other countries are also expected to come to Warsaw in the next several weeks for the Euro Cup 2012.

The Tourism Department has waged a worldwide campaign to lure tourists to the country with its “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” logo. It is targeting to attract 10 million tourists by the end of 2016.

Tim Laman, one of three judges who chose “Into the Green Zone” as the winner in the National Geographic magazine contest, said he was impressed by the timing and composition of Tapan’s photograph.

“It showed a perfect sense of timing and composition in the way [Tapan] captured the two small human subjects in this beautiful scene, and that really made the shot,” Laman said.

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