STB names photography/videography winners

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Winners of the Sarawak Tourism Board’s A Journey Awaits Photography Contest 2021

KUCHING, 10th December 2021 – Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) today announced the
winners of its’ inaugural Photography and Videography competition in collaboration with
Sarawak Photo-Art Society (SPAS) with the theme “Sarawak: A Journey Awaits”.

Hu Toh Kai was the overall champion for photography with his entry, “Dragon Dancing
in Siniawan”. Hu’s snapshot of Chap Goh Meh being celebrated in Siniawan Old Town,
which featured a vibrant red dragon juxtaposed against the bare wooden backdrop of
Siniawan’s iconic shophouses, was also the first-place winner in the ‘Culture’ category.

According to the head judge of the competition, artist and lecturer Sylvester Jussem,
Hu’s winning photograph provided an interesting composition of subject placement,
effective use of the surrounding and background, and projected the uniqueness of the
subject, movement, colour quality in the midst of subtle lighting and the individuality of
the photo.

“Within the entries, we saw a wide range of interpretations of the local scenes in
Sarawak. From very different, private points of view, to points of view that revealed
ideas that were too common – there was a lot of reflection of personal narratives,” he
added.

(L-R) Sharzede, Hii, and Liew with the 1st place winner for the videography category Paul Anis. (2nd from left).

(L-R) Sharzede, Hii, and Liew with the 1st place winner for the videography category Paul Anis. (2nd from left).

For the Videography category, Paul Anis won RM10,000 for his winning entry on
capturing life in idyllic but beautiful Bario through the eyes of a young man, while Chai
Teck Hua came second place (RM8,000) and Fitzpatrick Ricky Guing, came third
(RM6,000).

In recognition of local young talents in photography and videography, the Special
Student Awards for photography went to Jason Teo Jia Hong and Lee Le Yong for photography and
videography respectively. Both won RM2,000 in the student category.

Together with Sylvester, the judging panel comprised five hand-picked judges coming
from diverse backgrounds, namely senior lecturer at the Faculty of Applied and Creative
Arts, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) Dr Teo Miaw Lee; SPAS President Liew
Ted Ghee; veteran filmmaker and musician Dr Kamil Salem; and STB Director of
Communications Margaret Apau, who reviewed 1,652 photos and 45 videos entries
featuring Sarawak’s Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food and Festival elements at its best.

The list of winners in the STB’s Photography and Videography 2021 competition
categories are as follows:

(L-R) Sharzede, Hii, and Liew with the competition’s Grand Prize winner Hu Toh Kai (2nd from left).

(L-R) Sharzede, Hii, and Liew with the competition’s Grand Prize winner Hu Toh Kai (2nd from left).

Grand Prize Winner
“Dragon Dancing in Siniawan” by Hu Toh Kai (RM5,000)

Culture Category Winners
1st place – Hu Toh Kai (RM3,000)
2nd place – Ling Leh Ping (RM2,000)
3rd place – Peter Lee Pui Weng (RM1,000)

Adventure Category Winners
1st place – Ling Leh Ping (RM3,000)
2nd place – Aaron Sim Jun Chiek (RM2,000)
3rd place – Wong Siong Hang (RM1,000)

Nature Category Winners
1st place – Isaac Liew (RM3,000)
2nd place – Hu Toh Kai (RM2,000)
3rd place – Wilson Chiam Tak Chee (RM1,000)

Food Category Winners
1st place – Tho Sai Wai (RM3,000)
2nd place – Hii Kin Hua (RM2,000)
3rd place – Edwin Ong Wee Kee (RM1,000)

Festival Category Winners
1st place – Peter Lee Pui Weng (RM3,000)
2nd place – John Lai Teck Kee (RM2,000)
3rd place – Tan Song Wei (RM1,000)

STB Chairman Dennis Ngau extended his heartiest congratulations to all the winners of
STB’s “Sarawak: A Journey Awaits” Photography & Videography competition for their
efforts, dedication and skills in documenting Sarawak.

“As the saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words, and this is especially true
when it comes to a place as scenic and beautiful as Sarawak. Our picturesque
landscape with unique flora and fauna, our multifaceted cultures, our adventures in
motion, our gastronomy splendour and iconic festivals offers an array of content for
photography and videography enthusiasts everywhere,” he added.

The competition was launched on 9th November 2021 and ended on 30th November
2021. All winning photographs will be updated to a digital exhibition at a later date.

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