By JO TIMBUONG firstname.lastname@example.org
EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD student Lee Kin Mun is ecstatic that he can now replace his old Canon camera with a spanking new Canon Ixus 120IS — his prize for being the winner of the The Star In.Tech’s Techniversary: Tech Your Pic with Canon contest.
“This prize comes in at just the right time because my old camera is already showing signs of wear and tear,” Lee told In.Tech in an e-mail interview. He is overseas and could not attend the prizegiving ceremony that was held at Studio V at the 1Utama Shopping Centre on Saturday afternoon.
The contest involved sending in a photogreeting to In.Tech, to wish everyone’s favourite information technology pullout a happy birthday in conjunction with its 25th Anniversary this year, as well as to wish The Star Online news portal a happy 15th birthday.
Lee said the idea for his winning picture came to him while he was having dinner at a Japanese resturant. “I always love the way the food is arranged in a bento box.
“Then I thought, why not replace the unagi with an iPhone and the tempura with other computer components to form a unique ‘greeting card.’ Wouldn’t that be cool, I thought,” said Lee.
The contest judges agreed with him. They felt that Lee’s picture best summed up how In.Tech feeds information to its readers — in bite-sized portions and comparmentalised for easy access.
Lee is an ardent fan of In.Tech and said he has been reading the pullout ever since he could read, which he reckons is roughly about 10 years ago.
“I am really into high-tech gadgets and In.Tech has been my trusty companion in that respect. I love the product review section the most and I always look forward to the Dilbert comic strip every week,” he said.
He also reads other news online, at thestar.com.my, more often these days because he now has less time to sit down and read the newspaper.
“I’m very busy with my pre-university course, but make time to go online while doing my assignments, to catch up on the latest news,” he said.
Second prize winner for the Tech Your Pic contest is Muhammad Hariz Zulkarnain, who won a Canon Ixus 105 camera. He shot his winning picture while celebrating the recent Hari Raya with his siblings.
“We are really close so when I heard about the competition, I got them involved. I sent in about nine entries and the one with their hands forming a star pattern won me my prize,” said the 25-year-old college student in a telephone interview.
Like Lee, Muhammad Hariz also could not attend the prizegiving ceremony. He was in Kelantan for the term-break holidays. His friend and college mate Mohammed Ariff Azhar represented him at event and collected the prize on his behalf.
Third prize winner Umadevi Vengdesh had also sent in several entries in the hopes that one of them would be good enough to land her a prize. One of them did.
The 31-year-old assistant manager walked away with a Canon Selphy CP780 photo printer after impressing the judges with her winning entry — a caricature made with a cap, a pair of sunglasses and a lens cap from a Canon camera.
“It’s a symbol of people looking forward to the many new and exciting photography technologies to come,” she explained after receiving her prize on Saturday.
Canon Marketing (Malaysia) assistant director of imaging communications products Simon Wong, who attended the prizegiving, said Canon is happy to celebrate the Techniversary with In.Tech and The Star Online.
“I am sure many of our fans and customers read In.Tech and go to The Star Online portal regularly to learn about the latest technologies and gadgets that they can get their hands on,” he said.
Wong also applauded The Star newspaper for being far sighted when it invested in the development of its online news portal 15 years ago.
“The online platform is big today and I’m glad that there is a place where Malaysians can go to find localised content,” he said. In.Tech editor Ronald Byrne said it is gratifying to see that the pullout has a diverse group of Malaysian readers, who are tech-savvy and creative, judging from the entries received.
“We are also blessed in having Canon, a photography industry heavyweight with a history that goes back even further than ours, as a longtime supporter and partner,” he said.
The contest’s 10 consolation prize winners went home with a Canon Pixma iP2770 printer each. They are: Roslina Md Zahri, 31; Robin Brian VanderSlott, 24; Rui You Ho, 17; Mohd Harun Pin, 52; Kok Hong Thoo, 20; Boon Choon Sia, 37; Jagathes Sahadevan, 21; Mark Chui, 19; Faridah Ismail, 63; and Tan Ting Li, 19.
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