PHOTOGRAPHER Tang Jiunn Leong received a big ‘red packet’ after winning an Animal Angpow Design Competition at Straits Quay Retail Marina in Penang.
The 38-year-old from Bukit Mertajam worked hard to cut out intricate motifs with various coloured papers, and was duly rewarded with RM500 cash and a hamper brimming with festive goodies.
His design — featuring a gaur flanked by a pair of flamingos against a silhouette of trees, seemingly seen through a window — resonated with the contest theme and trumped 15 other entries.
“I wanted to create a natural scene as one would see with their own eyes while giving the red packet a three-dimensional feel.
“The idea came to me on the spot, though cutting it out proved rather challenging,” he said, delighted with his early Chinese New Year gift.
The recent event was organised by Straits Quay in collaboration with Perak’s Taiping Zoo and Night Safari and participants were required to incorporate animals found at the wildlife haven in their creations.
Straits Quay marketing and communications executive May Lim said that unlike previous events, contestants were not allowed to pre-fabricate any materials beforehand, and everything had to be done within the allocated two hours.
“Red packets are synonymous with Chinese New Year, and we thought it’d be fitting to honour this tradition whilst also seeing how it can be creatively enhanced for today,” she added.
In second and third positions were twins Chew Wan Yii and Wan Xin, 20, both multimedia design students at Han Chiang College in Penang. They won RM400 and RM200 respectively along with hampers.
The former depicted a rhinoceros, hornbill, giraffe, zebra, lion, tiger and hippopotamus in joyful pose with lanterns and reasoned “even animals can celebrate Chinese New Year.”
Her sibling went for a pop-out feel with a parrot, giraffe, hippopotamus, elephant, monkey and lion holding a Gong Xi Fa Cai scroll, which combined the zoo’s popular animals with traditional oriental motifs.
The sisters had extra reason to celebrate as their mother Fou Tee Hoon, 43, received a consolation prize alongside Phoon Chun Hin, 41, and Yeoh Liak Moey, 39. Each took home RM100 cash.
All prize winners also received two free entrance passes to the zoo each while the remaining participants each got one pass.
The crowd was also entertained by a 24-season drums performance that was part of the mall’s festive highlights.
Also lined up in the coming weeks are traditional China acrobatic shows, mask changing, war drum, Chinese orchestra and dance performances, God of Prosperity appearances, and Chap Goh Meh festival.
There are also prosperity workshops where one can learn how to make fish origami, mini sails, dough sculptures and knitwear.
Those adept at cooking could join the kuih kapit-making and CNY Reunion Dish contestsinstead.
Shoppers who spend certain amounts may redeem specially designed angpows and Prosperity Potpourri pouches while stocks last.
For programme times and details, visit www.straitsquay.com or www.facebook.com/straitsquay.