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Manhunt International is an international male beauty pageant which began in 1993, though the roots of the pageant go back a few years more to when one single national preliminary was held in Singapore. The pageant is held by Metromedia Singapore and Procon Leisure International.
The Manhunt Contest started in 1987, when Alex Liu, pageant director of Exclusive Resources Marketing Pte Ltd, decided to stage the first male model contest in Singapore, as there were numerous pageants for women and none for men. Liu consequently planned and engineered the first Manhunt contest in Singapore.
Manhunt became Manhunt International in 1993. It was first held in Australia's Gold Coast in 1993, when Germany's Thomas Sasse took the first Manhunt International title among 25 contestants. In 1994, the pageant remained in Australia's Gold Coast when Nikos Papadakis of Greece won. The Manhunt International event was then a joint partnership with an Australian partner, Procon Leisure International Pty Ltd, headed by Rosko Dickinson.
The pageant saw one of its most successful years in November 1995 when 35 contestants came to Sentosa Island, Singapore, to compete for the prestigious title. The cash award and prizes for 1995's winner alone exceeded $90,000.
|Age range:||18 to 30|
|Height:||at least 1.8 metres / 5'11"|
|Skills:||speak English (optional), modelling experience|
|Additional attributes:||photogenic, good physique (not bodybuilder's), wonderful personality, cool character, enthusiastic|
The Manhunt competition is staged in two rounds, preliminary and final. During the preliminary round, the contestants are judged in national costume, swimwear, evening wear and fashion wear. The contestants with highest scores are named as finalists, from which the judges determine the winner and the runners up.
During the pageant final, several other awards also given beside the ultimate title of Manhunt International: Best in National Costume, Best Runway Model, Mister Photogenic, Mister Friendship, Mister Personality, Mister Physique and Mister Popularity (voted by the public via internet). Since the 2005 edition, Manhunt International has also given five continental awards to the best representatives of each continent. In the 2007 edition, it was announced that the winner of Mister Popularity would automatically advance to final round.
Not held in 1996, 2003, 2004, 2009 & 2013-2014.
|Year||Manhunt International||Country||Location event|
|1993||Thomas Sasse||Germany||Gold Coast, Australia|
|1994||Nikos Papadakis||Greece||Gold Coast, Australia|
|1995||Albe Geldenhuys||South Africa||Singapore City, Singapore|
|1997||Jason Erceg||New Zealand||Singapore City, Singapore|
|1998||Peter Eriksen||Sweden||Gold Coast, Australia|
|1999||Ernesto Calzadilla||Venezuela||Manila, Philippines|
|2000||Brett Wilson||Australia||Singapore City, Singapore|
|2001||Rajeev Singh||India||Beijing, China|
|2002||Fabrice Wattez||France||Shanghai, China|
|2005||Tolgahan Sayisman||Turkey||Busan, Korea|
|2006||Jaime Augusto Mayol||USA||Jinjiang, China|
|2007||Jeffrey Zheng Yu Guang||China||Gangwon, Korea|
|2008||Abdelmoumen El Maghraouy||Morocco||Seoul, Korea|
|2010||Peter Meňky||Slovak Republic||Taichung, Taiwan|
|2011||Chen Jiang Feng||China||Seoul, Korea|
|2012||June Mendoza Macasaet||Philippines||Bangkok, Thailand|
Performance by country
As of 2012:
By country tally
Anyone who follows the Olympic Games or other sporting events will be familiar with the concept of the Medal Table, which ranks countries based on their first (gold), second (silver) and third (bronze) place finishes. Below is a similar table of the top rankings for the Manhunt International, based on all results from the first event in 1993 up to the most recent competitions.
|Rank||Country/Territory||Manhunt International||1st runner-up||2nd runner-up||3rd runner-up||4th runner-up||Semifinalists||Total|
By continental region
As of 2012:
||Germany, Greece, Sweden, France, Slovak Republic and Turkey (1).|
||China (2), India and the Philippines (1).|
||South Africa and Morocco (1).|
||Venezuela and USA (1).|
||Australia and New Zealand (1).|
- Business India, Issues 615-620, A.H. Advani, 2001, p. 160