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Photography contest to highlight local wildlife species

Lyna Mohamad

The Brunei Wildlife Photography Challenge 2022 (BWPC 2022) is set to collect photos and latest information on the whereabouts of local wildlife species while also raising public’s appreciation for the country’s rich wildlife biodiversity.

The competition, organised jointly by the Forestry Department of the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and Yi An Photo Studio as the event coordinator, is held in conjunction with the World Wildlife Day 2022 celebration, that carries the theme ‘Recovering Key Species for Ecosystem Restoration’.

The competition is also supported by government agencies, non-governmental organisations and the private sector.

Details of the competition were announced by Assistant Director of Forestry Department and Co-Chairman of BWPC Organising Committee Joffre bin Haji Ali Ahmad during a press conference held virtually yesterday.

Manager of Yi An Photo Studio and co-chairman of the organising committee Joseph Han and Acting Head of Wildlife Section, Forestry Department and Chief Secretariat of BWPC 2022 Haji Ryini Sofian bin Haji Othman were also present. They were joined by senior officials from the Forestry Department and members of the organising committee.

Assistant Director of Forestry Department and Co-Chairman of BWPC Organising committee Joffre bin Haji Ali Ahmad in group photo. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN

Joffre said World Wildlife Day is an annual international event to celebrate and appreciate the diversity and beauty of wild flora and fauna as well as to raise awareness of its importance and benefits to humans so that it remains preserved.

“At the same time, it also aims to remind us of the need in stepping up efforts to combat wildlife crime which has caused huge impact on the economy, environment and society,” he added.

Meanwhile, Haji Ryini Sofian said the competition aims to enhance’ skills in wildlife photography and identify local wildlife species, while supporting domestic tourism by highlighting eco-tourism spots such national and forest recreational parks in the country.

Photos of the competition will be available for public viewing and published in a book by end of this year.

Attractive prizes, including wildlife photography equipment, await the winners. Registration for the competition closes on May 3.


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