| Danial Norjidi |
THE Interhouse Canon Photomarathon Brunei 2014 went into full swing and saw cameras snap away yesterday.
Awang Mahdini bin Haji Ahmad was named the winner of the grand prize after his submitted photographs under three themes managed to earn him the judges’ approval.
The event was held at the Star Lodge Hotel, and took place from 8am to 5pm, culminating in a prize presentation ceremony.
The competition, open to all photographers in Brunei, saw three themes announced on the day itself, with participants given two hours to complete each of them, without the use of a computer to edit their submissions. The photos were judged based on relevance to the theme, creativity and composition.
On hand to judge the competition were experienced photographers Ong Heng Seng, Haji Haranadi, Rudolf Portillo, Rano Iskandar and Deputy Managing Director of Interhouse Company, Vincent Goh.
For the grand prize, participants’ photos under all three categories were judged as a whole. In the end, it was Mahdini’s submissions under all three themes that saw him win the grand prize of an all expenses paid nine days’ trip to Tokyo, Japan to take part in a special Photo Clinic.
One of the themes for the competition was “Silence”, for which Awangku Muhd Hizami bin Pengiran Haji Dasmin won first place, followed by Philip Lim Shen Huei in second and Awang Muhd Fadhil bin D P Haji Johari in third.
For the second theme, “Surface”, it was Awang Mohammad Adrian bin Haji Mohammad Jali who came out on top, with second place going to Awang Abdul Aziz bin Zainuddin and third to Dayang Florence Ak Ajik.
Meanwhile, the third theme, “Speed”, saw Arjay Soriana Bernado emerge as winner, followed by Nicholas B Tju in second and Awang Mas Fahri bin Azahari in third.
The winners of first prize under three themes each won a Canon EOS 70D with EFS 18-55mm kit lens, while second prize winners took home a Canon Powershot G16, with third placed winners walking away with Canon PIXMA AIO MG 5570 printers.
The grand prize was presented by Hector Niam from Canon Singapore Pte Ltd, while the recipients under each of the three themes were presented their prizes by the judges.
As the Deputy Managing Director of Interhouse Company, Vincent Goh said, 357 participants had registered to take part in the Photo Marathon – held for the first time in 2011.
He also highlighted that among the Photo Marathon’s aims was to discover talented photographers who can take quality photos in line with a theme by using a Canon digital camera.