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Barely 24 hours after I returned from an exhausting but thoroughly fulfilling and enriching Tourism Malaysia Mega Fam Trip in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi, I made my way to The Empire Hotel and Country Club to meet with four other invited judges for the hotel’s ‘Experience The Magic’ photo competition (in conjunction with the hotel’s 10th anniversary). I brought my Canon Powershot G11 along and in-between judging took some pictures of the proceedings to share with you all. Glad to post this before working on the avalanche of pictures from the Malaysia trip.

General Manager of The Empire Hotel and Country Club, Mr Desmond Acheson, in a group photo with the competition organiser and judges

Judging Empire Hotel’s Amateur Photography Competition Begins

Over 125 photos were submitted by the participants of The Empire Hotel and Country Club’s Amateur Photography Competition. The first judging stage, which is carried out by invited professional photographers, will see the selection of the top 10 photos for each category—People, Interior and Exterior.

The invited judges are Jerome Wong, Awang Saffri Hj Abd Halim, Hj Mohd Zailaney Hj Nordin, Jan Shim and Goh Choon Fai. Judges were invited to choose the best photos based on criteria such as the overall execution or craft of the photograph, the production value, relevance of the photograph to its respective category, photo composition as well as the emotion conveyed by the photograph.

Participants were given a week-long period (July 20—July 27) to take snapshots around the hotel premises based on the theme ‘Experience The Magic‘, which is line with the hotel’s 10th anniversary. Excellent photos were submitted by the participants, which showed their efforts in creative photography.

The second stage of the competition will be via a vote based on the commercial use for the hotel’s business and will be voted by the hotel’s management.

“We are looking for a photo that speaks for itself according to the theme, regardless of the photographer, the equipment, or the history of the shoot, this is going to be very tough” said the executive assistant manager, director of rooms division and organising committee of the competition, Sumantri Endang.

The winners will receive amazing prizes worth over $10,000 and this will be announced during the first week of August. The competition is sponsored exclusively by Canon.

—  Borneo Bulletin Weekend July 31, 2010 (Pg 16).






A judge takes a closer look at an entry to examine its composition and attention to detail.
Submission that failed to impress the judges are removed from the display while images that made the cut are rearranged.
Executive assistant manager, director of rooms division and organising committee of the competition, Sumantri Endang, reviews the judges’ Top 10 selections


It’s possible to get creative with the G11. Small enough a footprint and a macro feature that works so incredible well.



Desmond Acheson, General Manager of The Empire Hotel and Country Club, shares his thoughts on the quality of submissions.