WINNERS of the 12th annual Tanjong Heritage Art Competition, a creative appreciation of Malaysia’s treasured heritage by Tanjong Public Limited Company, received their prizes recently.
This marked the second consecutive year that the contest was extended to a national level, it will open to young art students enrolled in higher educational institutions of art in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Penang.
Budding artists were given the opportunity to demonstrate their talents through creative interpretations and impressions of various elements of Malaysian heritage, ranging from historical locations and heritage buildings to time-honoured cultural traditions and customs.
The five categories for the competition are watercolour, oil/acrylic, mix media, charcoal/pencil/ink and print making.
First, second and third prize winners received RM3,000, RM2,000 and RM1,000 respectively. In addition, consolation prize winners received RM300.
The One Academy bagged a total of five prizes.
Two of the prizes were for first and second place in the watercolour category by Ellie Yong Sze Ching and Yii Ting Fui respectively. A second-place prize in the charcoal/pencil/ink category was awarded to Leong Sheng Yung, who also won a consolation prize in the mix media category.
Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) also won a total of five prizes.
Azimuddin Abdul Manaf took home first prize in the oil/acrylic category as well as a consolation prize in the print making category.
In the charcoal/pencil/ink category, Ahmad Hisyamuddin Abdullah, also of UiTM, won third place.
Meanwhile, Universiti Sains Malaysia’s (USM) Siti Nurnadia Kamarudin was awarded first prize in the mix media category. In the same category, Nor Miziana Zailan of USM tied for third place with Sunway University’s Goh Ee Leng.
Also on the winners’ list was Lim Liong Keat from Equator Academy of Art, Penang who was awarded first prize in the charcoal/pencil/ink category.
Dasein Academy of Art’s Tan Sze Yan won third place in the watercolour category while Tam Jian Ru took the third spot in the oil/acrylic category.
Other winners included Petaling Jaya College of Art & Design’s Wan Nuraida Kamil who obtained second prize in the mix media category.
Elaine Tan Shi En representing Alfa College took home second prize in the oil/acrylic category.
Overall, from a total of 1,085 entries from 16 art institutions in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Penang, there were 28 winning entries by 26 students who won prizes from a pool amounting to RM30,200.
The panel of judges for the Tanjong Heritage 2012 National Level Art consisted of Chief Judge Associate Professor Fauzan Omar, Associate Professor Jalaini Abu Hassan, Elizabeth Cardosa, Dr Kim Phaik Lah, Puan Wairah Marzuki, Mr Laurence Loh and Associate Professor Hasnul Jamal Saidon, all of whom are renowned and respected personalities in the art and heritage community.
Tanjong PLC chairman Datuk Robert Cheim said: “The Tanjong Heritage Art Competition has grown considerably, and in its current incarnation it is a stage of national renown, a forum where up-and-coming artists are discovered.
“What has remained constant since the competition’s inception 12 years ago are the ideals which underpin this contest; the recognition of our shared history and a profound appreciation for Malaysian culture.
“We see this competition as an opportunity for Malaysian youth to express their appreciation of our nation’s rich heritage by applying their artistic talents.
“At the same time, the Tanjong Heritage Art Competition also serves as a platform from which young artists can elevate their careers from obscurity to national recognition.
“My heartfelt congratulations go out to all the winners for their achievements. These bright young talents have much to be proud of for contributing to the conservation of Malaysia’s heritage with these truly outstanding works of art,” said Cheim.