Capturing state’s rich legacy through the lens

(From left) Low presenting last year’s winning photographs to Teh and Quah.

THE Penang Heritage Photography Fiesta 2.0 is set to shine a spotlight on the state’s diverse cultural and historical assets.

There will be a series of photography and videography workshops, a competition offering prizes worth over RM22,000 and an accompanying exhibition.

Participants and non-participants alike will get to delve into the rich legacy of heritage buildings in George Town and the multi-generational artistry of the city’s craftsmen.

The campaign jointly organised by PPB Group Bhd via its property division PPB Properties, Sony Malaysia and George Town Festival will run until July 16.

PPB Properties chief executive officer Low Eng Hooi said the inaugural edition last year was hugely successful, attracting over 450 participants.

The quality of entries in the photography competition was impressive, he said.

This prompted organisers to come up with a more comprehensive line-up of programmes.

“Our aim is to create appreciation of our architectural and cultural heritage by documenting it through photography and videography,” said Low at the fiesta’s launch.

Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng said such community-driven initiatives were vital in helping safeguard Penang’s precious cultural and historical identity.

“This year’s theme also celebrates the forgotten traditional craftsmen,” said Teh.

“These artisans hold a special place in my heart as their skills are in danger of being lost to time.

“Through the fiesta, we can ensure their legacies are preserved for future generations.”

The photography competition has four categories – Youth Photography, Youth Videography, Open Photography and Open Videography.

It is open to all Malaysian citizens, with the Youth segment limited to those aged 15 to 25. All entries must feature elements of heritage buildings or traditional crafts.

Submissions must be sent by 11.59pm Malaysian time on June 11 via an online submission form on the event website (

Printed photos must be delivered to the organiser’s office at No. 29 and 31 Swatow Lane, 10500 George Town, Penang, by 6pm on June 11.

Video entries must be between 60 and 90 seconds long, in 1080p and landscape format.

There will be a total of 20 winners, or five in each category, to be announced on July 16.

Prizes include digital mirrorless cameras, noise cancelling headphones, wireless speakers, hotel stay vouchers and cash vouchers.

Also at the launch was Vick Quah, a representative from the office of state tourism and creative economy committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin who was unable to attend.

Following the launch, a four-hour-long Youth Street Photography Workshop was held. It saw participants going around town taking pictures of interesting subjects.

The Youth Street Videography Workshop was held on April 9. The Street Photowalk will be on May 13.

Slots are limited so log onto the event site to register.

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