This morning after returning home from my usual Saturday morning routine, I randomly picked up a copy of magazine from my stash of Asian Geographic magazine collection only to discover that I had received an Honourable Mention from the 2008 ASIA WITHOUT BORDERS Photo Competition. Casually flipping the complimentary copy of PHOTO ANNUAL 2008 that came bundled with PHOTO ANNUAL 2009 No. 69 Issue 8/2009 I was going down the list of winners in the Honourable Mentions | Wild Places on page 120 and noticed my full name in print—suddenly this Saturday isn’t so usual any more!
Pygmy Squirrel — The Honourable Mention entry.
I normally don’t like surprises but to be surprised like this on another wet and unproductive day, I don’t mind! Say hello to this cute tiny little Pygmy Squirrel which I photographed while on assignment at the Temburong Ulu Ulu Resort (check out the gallery for other pictures of small ephemeral creatures).
The Pygmy Squirrel is really very tiny and so happened I had the 70-200mm f/2.8 on my full frame 5D and it was darting about the resort when I first caught sight of it. Standing very still and quite unbelievably, it came towards me and was just inches from my feet—a definitive get it or lose it moment—quite nerve wrecking!
Exactly a month before the October edition of ASIAN Geographic magazine was published, I received an email from the editor who was looking for Hari Raya photographs to supplement an article they’re writing on Brunei. A couple of follow-up emails and phone conversations later, two photographs made it to print—A NEW DAWN: HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI CELEBRATIONS, BRUNEI on Page 102.
The magazine isn’t widely circulated in Brunei but I spoke to a staff at BEST EASTERN BOOK STORE this morning and discovered that they carried ASIAN GEO mags though they aren’t regularly featured. Interested readers may enquire at (673) 2242539 for more information. Recent published material includes Malua Wildlife Habitat Conservation. Other published works include but not limited to the ones featured in COMMERCIAL (the page needs updating).