Amber Cheah Chooi San won first prize for the Photography Competition 2016 organised by the Intergraphic Club of Sunway College Ipoh during the Thaipusam festival in January.

The theme of the competition ‘A Moment in Thaipusam’ was selected where students of Sunway College Ipoh were sent to the temple during the festive day to capture as many photographs as possible using their photography skills. After the preliminary round of judging by Sunway College’s lecturer, Joel Ang Juinn Shyang who teaches photography, the photos were then judged by Foo Kok Kin, founder of Kok Kin Photographic & Color-Lab, an award winning professional photographer and Charter president of the Society of Photographers Malaysia; Adawiah Norli, Sunway College Ipoh’s principal and a committee member of Maha Mariamman Temple Ipoh, Mr Jeya.

Amber’s photo captured attention as she successfully conveyed the spirit of Thaipusam with a shot of a man carrying a kavadi. Brothers, Chong Chee Yong and Chong Chee Hao grabbed second place and first runner-up, leaving Foo Kok Kin impressed with their talents.

“When I was judging the photos, I couldn’t believe the talent displayed by the students . I hope that Sunway College Ipoh will hold this competition again next year to encourage more students to participate,” said Foo who also shared a few tips and tricks with the students on how to take better pictures in the future.

“At Sunway College Ipoh, we do not only focus on classroom learning but also expose them outside the college through competitions, activities and real life experiences with industry partners,” said the principal Puan Adawiah Norli.

Ili Aqilah