SEMPORNA (Bernama) – Sabah introduced Bum Bum island as its first dedicated macro dive site destination in Malaysia through its first edition of 2019 Sabah Underwater Photography Festival (Macro edition) which ended yesterday.
Sabah Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) Director Ag Ahmad Zaki Abu Bakar said the four-day festival was also a preparation for Sabah to usher in the 2020 Visit Malaysia Year campaign.
“This festival is a continuation from the exploratory activities previously done by the state’s Motac in an effort to identify the uniqueness of the Bum Bum Island as a potential destination for macro dive site to be introduced to the world community.
“The area along the passage of the island houses many small size macro species including endemic species,” he said during the prize presentation.
A total of 15 photographers from Sabah and Kuala Lumpur took part in the competition.
According to him, the pictures shot by the winner will be used as the promotional materials to introduce the waters of Bum Bum island as a macro muck diving destination.
“We will be using the social media platform too to promote this macro photography by encouraging participants to use the hashtag #VM2020. The pictures will also be displayed in every programme organised by the Motac,” Ahmad Zaki said.
The competition involved professional judges in the field of underwater photography, in particular macro photography. This included instructors from Diving Instructor World Association – Patrick Ong See Hoong from Kuala Lumpur and Zulkarnain Ng Abdullah and Nicholas Teh from Singapore.