MTCC brings photography contest back to promote love for nature and forests

The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) has extended an invitation to all avid photographers to submit their best shots that capture the beauty and different faces of Malaysian tropical forests. Showcasing the picturesque landscape, beautiful flora and fauna, to the people working in the forests, the contest aims to promote love for nature and forests as well as raise public awareness on the benefits of sustainable forest management which helps to ensure the perpetuity of forests.

The contest, right on the heels of the successful inaugural contest in 2017, finds MTCC once again collaborating with PCP Publications, themed Experience Forest, Experience MTCS-PEFC. The contest, which is now open to the 10th of September 2018, also includes a new mobile category for the submission of short videos.

“MTCC is proud to be organising the second edition of the contest after a successful event in 2017. Last year, we received an encouraging response with the submission of 837 high quality photos creatively depicting the splendour of Malaysian forests. We hope to continue cultivating the love for nature and forests among Malaysians and in the process promote the importance of sustainable forest management,” MTCC CEO, Mr Yong Teng Koon, said. “This time round, we are encouraging more photography and videography categories as we believe that visual arts have the capability to send strong messages on care of the environment to its audience.”

This year’s contest will have three themes for its camera category as well as one for the mobile videography category.

“This year, we have included the mobile category as we understand the power of mobile devices in conveying important messages particularly among the younger generation,” Yong continued. “It is our hope that individuals can use their mobile devices in the best manner, in this case, to share the stunning beauty of our tropical forests. It offers great opportunity to anyone passionate about videography and nature to pick up their mobile device and start shooting videos of the natural environment.”

Creative photo submissions that meet contest criteria will be in the running to win a grand prize of RM2,000 (US$500), a first prize of RM1,000 (US$251) per category, two merit prizes of RM500 (US$125) per category, and five consolation prizes of RM200 (US$50) each. In addition, all winners will also receive a photobook courtesy of PCP Publications. Participation is open to anyone of Malaysian nationality, and each participant may submit up to 10 images for each category and are required to upload their entries to a cloud storage system and email the link to MTCC.