Showcasing uniqueness, benefits of tropical forests

Submissions for the Natural Forest Landscapes category should show diversity and uniqueness with regards to form and structure.

THE Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) is calling nature shutterbugs to show off their creative flair at the annual MTCC Photography Contest 2021.

The contest, which began on Sunday, will end on June 30.

Carrying the theme “Experience Forest, Experience MTCS-PEFC”, the contest is a joint effort between MTCC and PCP Publications.

It aims to raise public awareness on the uniqueness and benefits of Malaysia’s tropical forests through photography.

The other aim is to promote the importance of valuing nature and sustainable forest management through certification to benefit future generations.

MTCC chief executive officer Yong Teng Koon said this year’s contest was set to be a memorable one as it kicked off on March 21.

The date, he said, coincided with the commemoration of the 9th International Day of Forests, themed “Forest Restoration: A Path to Recovery and Well-Being”.

The theme complements the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) that calls for forest restoration and sustainable forest management efforts to combat the impact of environmental and biodiversity crises.

“The International Day of Forests is commemorated by countries organising various activities to spread awareness on the importance of trees and forests.

“The MTCC Photography Contest fits nicely with the theme as this is our way to raise awareness of the importance of certification as an important sustainable forest management tool to ensure forest sustainability, ” he said.

Yong said MTCC and PCP Publications had set four new categories in the contest, taking into account the current movement control order imposed by the government to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The four new categories consist of three photo categories, namely Natural Forest Landscapes, Wood in Our Life and Stay Safe, Stay Green as well as one video category, I Wonder, I Wander.

“The fresh takes are meant to create more excitement and practicality for contestants to take their best shots and stay creative despite the restrictions.

“A total of 166 participants throughout Malaysia took part in the contest last year, with 1,384 photographs and 19 short videos submitted.

“We look forward to receiving more amazing entries this year as the contest has never failed to attract astounding works of art since the first edition in 2017, ” added Yong.

He said the Wood in Our Life category, which aims to portray wood aesthetics in lifestyle settings, was fitting for World Wood Day that also took place on March 21.

The annual international cultural event is held to promote wood as an important eco-friendly material that should be used responsibly.

The Stay Safe, Stay Green category invites social media users to post photos showing their simple yet meaningful efforts to rejuvenate the environment while staying safe at home. Each entry must be posted with the following hashtags: #mtccphotocontest2021 #staysafestaygreen.

Besides the grand prize of RM2,000, the contest offers one first prize of RM1,200, two merit prizes of RM600 and 10 consolation prizes of RM200 for each winner of the respective photo category.

The social media category offers RM100 each for the best three entries and seven merit prizes of RM50 each.

The best two video clips will receive a cash prize of RM500 each. All winners will also receive a book/magazine courtesy of PCP Publications.

Participation is open to all Malaysians and participants may submit up to 10 images for each category.

Entries are to be uploaded to a cloud storage system with link emailed to

For details, visit the Facebook pages of MTCC.Malaysia or PhotoCreatorTravelmate.

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