MIRI: Sarawak needs continuous support from photographers to capture more beautiful pictures in different aspects about the state for tourism purpose.
This is because photographs play an important role in tourism promotion works, Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said.
“A good picture speaks a thousand words. This is something that has been contributed by photographers and the photos which they posted on social media have attracted people, particularly those from other countries, who want to know more about Sarawak,” he said when officiating at the 2nd Miri International Tourism Photography Competition welcoming dinner at Imperial Hotel here on Sunday.
Commenting on the competition, the Senadin assemblyman said he was happy to note that this year’s competition attracted 38 international and local photographers – from Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei as well as Peninsular Malaysia.
“This competition organised by Miri Photographic Society indeed serves as the best venue for photographers particularly those from outside Miri to produce photos about Miri
from their own different perspectives.
“Having explored the places of interest in Miri, it is really hoped that you would be able to share your valuable tourism experience on social media. Your support is very much needed in order to make Sarawak a unique place to visit.”
At the same time, he suggested that Miri Photographic Society organise an underwater photography competition in the future.
“In Miri alone, we have about more than 20 diving sites and the coral reefs are very well preserved.
“Maybe in the near future, the Miri Photographic Society can organise a different photography competition in order to boost the diving tourism industry for the city,” he said.
He believed that the diving tourism industry in Miri was growing steadily based on the good feedback from
foreign divers who went to Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park.
Miri Photographic Society president Sylvester Wong said the photographers were scheduled to visit places of interest around Miri as well as Mulu National Park from yesterday until this Sept 27.
The competition offers attractive cash prizes to the winners – RM8,000 for the champion, RM4,000 for second place, RM2,000 for third place, and five consolation prizes of RM1,000 each.
Also present were Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting and Miri mayor Adam Yii.