The Aitutaki-based Filipino chef’s picture of local boys fishing against the sunset was highly acclaimed by the judges of the annual CINews and Bank of the Cook Islands contest.
Bartolome said he did not expect to win the second prize.
“I took the photo last June or July in front of Pacific Resort, Aitutaki where I work as a chef. I wasn’t really expecting the photo would win as I was just trying my luck,” Bartolome said.
“I’m actually a photography enthusiast with a deep interest in street photography/human interest/documentary.”
Back in his home country, Bartolome is an acclaimed photographer.
He won first place in the Philippine National Award and was shortlisted in the open category of street photography in the Sony World Photography Award.
“If there’s a chance, I will transition my passion from culinary to photography.”
Bartolome flew to Rarotonga earlier this week to receive his prize – a Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro phone and phone case worth $490 – from BCI representative Xenia Kae.
Te Kura Oneroa Henderson won the first prize and received a Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro phone, a phone case, a sim card and $50 credit, all worth $565, in the annual contest.
David Toleafoa claimed the third prize and had $100 deposited to his BCI account.