´The Earth Guardian´, ´City of Colours´ and ´Extraordinary of the Ordinary´ - these were the three themes that Canon Marketing Malaysia unveiled at the 5th Canon Photomarathon Malaysia 2011.The event, which was held on October 15 2011, had more than 1,600 of Malaysia´s top photographers and photo enthusiasts racing throughout KL to shoot different subjects to create their interpretation of these three themes.
A total of 4,731 entries were submitted. To heighten the anticipation and create a sense of public involvement, shortlisted entries were subsequently put on display at the "Canon Signature Gallery", a special charity photography exhibition held at the centre court of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur from October 19 to 23 2011.
Simon Wong, Director of the Imaging Communication Products Division, Canon Marketing (Malaysia), revealed the winners a few days after the exhibition ended.
The following names were those that came up on top:Grand Prize winner for the Best of Show category: Abdul Hafiz Bin Abdul Hamid, 29, from Penang.
1st, 2nd and 3rd prize for the Best of Show category: Asmady Bin Ahmad, Akmal Hakim Bin Rusly and Abdul Ramdzhani Bin Abdul.
Best of the three themes:
- The Earth Guardian: Abdul Hafiz Bin Abdul Hamid
- City of Colours: Chan Tek Mun
- Extraordinary of the Ordinary: Davie Gan Say Hong
Abdul Hafiz walked away with an all expenses paid trip to Tasmania, Australia for the 8-day photo clinic hosted by acclaimed photographer Triston Yeo, RM10, 000 cash prize, Canon PIXMA MG8170 inkjet printer and a Think Tank Rotation 360 Camera Backpack. As for the best of the three themes, they received a unit Canon PowerShot G12, Canon PIXMA iP3680 inkjet printer and a Think Tank Digital Holster professional camera bag each.
"This year´s themes were very challenging but we were amazed at the quality, creativity and professionalism of the photo submissions. All the judges agreed that it was tough to hand-pick the winning photos for this year but we believe all the winners displayed tremendous vision, deep insight and amazing talent through their lens," said Wong.
According to Wong, Canon Marketing Malaysia has managed to raise a total of RM32, 915 for the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation through this event. It is his, as well as Canon´s, hope to continue these efforts to contribute back to the community and at the same time reward and recognise Malaysia´s top talent in photography.
Sources : New Strait Time