By FONG KEE SOON – The Star Online
THE annual Chinese New Year Cultural and Heritage Celebration in George Town will see something new this year as for the first time, a photography contest will be held during the event.
Winners will win cash and prizes worth more than RM10,000.
Co-organised by Penang Press Club and sponsored by Canon, the contest is divided into three categories — press club members, students and an open category.
Contestants are required to submit photos depicting lively scenes of the celebration, which will be held on Feb 12 from 3pm to midnight.
Organising chairman Ang Yee Shyuan said the photographs submitted would be displayed in a gallery during next year’s celebration.
“Some visitors had complained that they did not have enough time to tour all the places. The photo gallery will allow our visitors to get a better idea of the available attractions,’ she said.
Another interesting event is the ‘human chess’ competition, where students would take on the roles of the various Chinese chess pieces on a giant board.
“The last time a similar event took place in Penang was back in 1975.
“This time, we are holding it to raise funds for private education institutions in Penang,” she said, adding that it is co-organised with Penang Chess Association.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng earlier launched the buntings and posters for the celebration at the front of the E&O Hotel on Saturday.
About 40,000 programme booklets and 10,000 copies of flyers, posters and banners will be distributed to hotels, shopping complexes and tourism spots in Penang.
Malaysian Association of Hotels (Penang Chapter) chairman Marco Battistotti said 800 hotel rooms had been booked due to the event.
Battistotti, who is also E&O Hotel general manager, said the hoteliers were expecting between 12,000 to 14,000 foreign visitors to the event
The celebration will be held at the George Town Unesco World Heritage Site, which covers Lebuh Armenian, Lebuh Cannon, Lebuh Ah Quee, Lebuh Chulia, Lebuh Acheh, Lebuh Carnavon, Kampung Kolam, Lorong Soo Hong, and Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling.
For more details about the photography contest and the ‘human chess’ competition, contact Penang Press Club secretary Ong Tong Kai at 019-4138738 or the secretariat at 012-4873278.