Gunung Lang was again the focus of shutter bugs when over 400 photographers, both amateurs and professionals, gathered for the annual Gempak Version 5 2014 recently.

The programme, organised by one of Ipoh’s leading photographers, Nassry Mardee, 34, or more popularly known as Cikgu E, was commendable, as it not only fostered closer ties among photographers but was also a likeable platform for information sharing.

Cikgu E, the manager of Kedai Kamera E-Poh, one of the main sponsors of the programme thanked Koloni Karyawan Amanjaya (PORT) and Tourism Perak for jointly organising the event. “Our objective of bringing together photographers from within and without Perak has been achieved,” said Nassry to reporters. The response was most encouraging, as there were participants from Kelantan, Penang, Selangor and Johor on the list.

"We plan on setting up a photography society called, ‘Persatuan Seni Foto Perak’ in the near future. Hopefully, it’ll receive the support of everyone, especially PORT and the Perak state government. This society can help the younger generation to develop their skills," Nassry added.

Some 30 teenage girls were picked to model during the photography session. The theme, ‘White Jasmine’, provided an English feel to the gathering.

Chairman of PORT, Dato' Zainol Fadzi Haji Paharudin, who officiated at the launching of the programme shared the sentiments and aspirations of Nassry. “I’ll propose to the Board of Directors a state-level photography competition be introduced to source for fresh talents. A competition of such nature will help to promote Perak indirectly,” he remarked. 

Well known photographer, Eddie Putra Noordin, 47, was also on hand to enliven the programme providing tips to the budding photographers on ways to improve their skills. Eddie agreed that it was difficult to achieve success in the field of photography without determination and drive. “Above all, always be humble and polite,” he told the participants.

Yob Dabai, Azizul Rahim, Manja Foto and Shahrul Aliza were some of the reputable photographers present to lend credence to the event.

RM