The search is now on for Illustrado Faces 2019

Are you the next FACE of Illustrado? Or are you the PHOTOGRAPHER who could capture Illustrado’s next batch of the most charming Filipinos in the Gulf for 2019?


Illustrado celebrates Filipino beauty!

We are inviting photographers and Filipinos, both male and females, on a collaborative project devoted to celebrate the Pinoy’s natural charm.

Send us your superbly shot BLACK & WHITE portraits in high-resolution through the entry form below. Selfie pics will not be accepted.  Max file size is 2MB – Max 3 entries + 1 photographer’s profile photo.

Qualifier images will be posted on our Facebook page and website for voting.  The top 100 images including 1) Illustrado’s Choice and, 2) People’s Choice (the one with the most votes), will be published in Illustrado Magazine’s Quarterly Special Edition, as well as on our website and digital magazine.  Photographers will also be featured in the magazine with their profile photos.

Apart from the chance of getting your work or your picture published, winners – both models and photographers, and for both People’s Choice and Illustrado’s Choice – will win prizes to be announced soon.


Who can join –

All models should be Filipino or should have Filipino heritage. We welcome entries from the UAE and other Gulf countries.  However, since the prize sponsors are based in the Emirates, winning entries outside the country will not be able to receive prizes – unless an authorized UAE-contact is appointed to claim the prize.  If you accept this condition, do join.

This batch of Illustrado Faces is open to both males and females.

How many entries can be submitted?  Can previous participants join again?

Photographers have the option of submitting either 3 shots of the same model, or 3 totally different models. If you send 3 different models and they make the cut, you have 3 separate entries.  In case we receive multiple entries with the same model, only the best photo will be included.  Photographers and models who have joined in previous years, can still join.

What kind of photos should be submitted and what is not allowed?

Photos should be HEAD SHOTS (portrait/vertical orientation), NOT full body or half-body shots.

Photos should depict natural Filipino charm – i.e. no heavy or stylized make-up or artificial-looking contact lenses.  Models should not wear any hats or any headgear or accessories that will cover the face.  Post processing should be kept to a minimum. We will not be accepting heavily Photoshopped images.

In respect of the local cultural sensitivities, models should not be dressed in overly revealing clothes or have a provocative projection.

Photos sent to us will only be used for the purposes of this project.  Photos should not be watermarked with any name/logo. However, photos will be duly attributed to the relevant photographer within the posts.  Photos uploaded by Illustrado will carry the Illustrado logo, as well as sponsors.

Voting for People’s Choice, Disqualification and Contest Terms

Voting will be done via Illustrado’s Facebook page, as well as this website   The schedule will be announced soon.

Illustrado reserves the right to exclude inappropriate entries or those that do not make the cut. Illustrado reserves the right to disqualify entries where Autoliking, “sock puppets” or any other spurious methods of gathering votes have been utilized.  Illustrado’s choice of winners is final.  By submitting your entry, you confirm to abide by these rules and regulations.  No complaints will be entertained.

For inquiries, e-mail us at


Submission deadline: 20th Feb 2019; Voting on Illustrado on Facebook and on – 3rd to the 15th March 2019

Top 100 entries will be published in Illustrado’s Quarter 2 – 2019 Special Faces Edition, including the photographers.


Please note that we will not be responsible for, and will not follow-up for missing details (e.g. photographer’s photo) on your application.  Failing to provide complete details could mean a lost opportunity for both the model and the photographer.


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