Submit photos from Seng Ong Kong deity’s birthday celebration and win cash prizes

Wee (fourth left) in a group photo with (from left) Tay, Lau, Ngu, Chan Hua Chiang, Chua, Tan and John Lister Chan during the press conference at Kuching Hockien Association's (KHA) office in Jalan Green Hill, Kuching on April 1, 2023.

By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, April 1: Have you taken at least one photo during the grand procession of Seng Ong Kong deity’s birthday celebration hosted by Hong San Si Temple on March 13?

If you have, submit those memorable photos to a competition organised by Kuching Hockien Association (KHA) and Sarawak Photographic Society (SPS) in collaboration with Sin Chew Daily as the media partner.

With the slogan ‘Harmonious Sarawak’, the competition is open to everyone who has captured beautiful moments of the grand procession through their professional camera lens or mobile phone cameras.

The dateline of submission is on April 15, 2023. Registration is free.

For the ‘Professional Camera’ category, the winner will bring home a cash prize of RM800, followed by RM600 for second place, RM400 for third place, and five consolation prizes of RM150.

The winner of the ‘Mobile Phone Camera’ category will bring home an RM500 cash prize, while the second and third places will secure RM300 and RM200, respectively. There are also five consolation prizes of RM80.

Upon registration, participants may submit a minimum of five or up to 10 photos in each category. Each work shall be submitted via email at in the form of colour photographs in JPEG format with 300DPI ranging from 1MB to 5MB pixels.

The entry form can be obtained from KHA’s Facebook page, SPS’s Facebook page, SinChew Daily’s Facebook page, or from KHA’s office located at Jalan Green Hill here.

The winners will be announced by email or telephone and on KHA’s Facebook page on May 1, 2023.

For more information, KHA can be contacted at 016-2242748.

According to HKA president Dato Richard Wee, after three years of being halted or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the grand procession’s comeback this year has attracted a large crowd, especially a significant number of camera flashes.

“I was made to understand that some of them (photographers) were from outside of Sarawak, from West Malaysia and so on,” he told reporters during a press conference here today.

Following that, he said the competition would serve as a perfect platform for photographers, both amateurs and professionals, to showcase their works and, at the same time, promote the Hong San Si Temple, the unique celebration as well as Sarawak’s multiracial harmony and cultural heritage altogether.

He also said an exhibition dedicated to the beautiful photos submitted for the competition would be held in due course.

Also present were SPS president Chan Hua Chiang, KHA vice president Kapitan Dato Lau Sie Lok, vice president Chua Eng Soon, supervisory chairman Tay Boon Sin, secretary Kapitan Tan Kok Chiang, treasurer Ngu Choo Kiong and SinChew Daily representative John Lister Chan. — DayakDaily