TWO photographers of The Star have grabbed top honours at the Penang Green Journalism 2021 Awards, cornering the champion and first runner-up awards in the photojournalism category.
Their winning efforts captured contrasting weather conditions in interesting ways.
Chan Boon Kai came out top for his picture of the aftereffects of the rainy season while Lim Beng Tatt bagged the first runner-up place for his photo depicting sweltering weather in Penang.
Chan’s entry titled ‘Working 10 Hours Daily to Keep River Filth-Free’ earned him a cash reward of RM1,200 and a certificate of appreciation.
“This is the second time I have won a Penang Green Council award and the first time I have received the champion prize,” said Chan, 39.
“The photo was taken during the rainy season in Penang.
“It showed Penang Island City Council workers tirelessly clearing rubbish dumped into Sungai Pinang.
“The council workers clean up and sweep rubbish every day, pretty much invisible to the public eye.
“I hope this photo will get the attention of the public.
“The council workers risk their health by putting themselves in such a dirty environment to get rid of our garbage.
“I hope everyone will now pay attention to the environment surrounding them and throw away their rubbish properly.
“Everyone needs to be responsible for taking care of our Mother Earth,” said Chan.
Lim’s picture titled ‘Another Hot Day’ earned him RM1,000 and a certificate of appreciation.
“This is my first time receiving an award from Penang Green Council.
“I wanted to show how warm the weather was and it was difficult to find the perfect shot.
“We spent quite some time looking for angles and a good location.
“Komtar seemed like a nice backdrop to represent the state,” said the 40-year-old shutterbug.
Lim’s photo depicts Komtar under a cloudless sky while a girl drinks from a water bottle with the brilliant sun shining through.
The second runner-up spot went to Mohamad Daniel Mohamad Saad from New Straits Times who took home RM800 and a certificate.
The awards in the feature writing category went to Balkhis Awang Ahamad (Bernama) in the Bahasa Malaysia category, Audrey Dermawan (New Straits Times) in the English category and Ooi Choon Nam (Oriental Daily) in the Mandarin category while M. Suguna (Malaysia Nanban) won a special award for her article in Tamil.
Penang Green Council general manager Josephine Tan said there were 33 submissions in the feature writing category and 20 submissions in the photojournalism category.
“To pick the articles, we looked at their green newsworthiness, facts, research quality and quality of writing.
“Winning photos are chosen based on visual impact, news value, technical excellence, human interest, originality and editing,” she said.
Tan said a virtual Green Pinang Awards 2021 event would be held soon.