Lionel Gary Tawit was all smiles when he was told today that his photo depicting an idyllic scene in a longhouse ‘ruai’ won him a new Canon D600 DSLR.

The photo entitled ‘A Glimpse of the Iban Longhouse’ was sent in for the My Beautiful Sarawak photography competition organized by Faradale Media-M and Sarawak Bloggers.

At the simple award ceremony, a representative from Faradale Media-M explained that the idea for the competition came about from a desire to tap the creativity of Sarawak’s online community, particularly through photography and with a specific focus on promoting tourism in the State.

He further explained said “Through competitions like ‘My Beautiful Sarawak’ we hope to encourage more of our young aspiring photographers out there to capture the wondrous beauty that we can find throughout our State,”. He further added that Faradale Media-M is planning to organise several events this year to showcase the creativity and innovativeness of Sarawakians, especially through the use of online and social media channels.

Co-founder of Sarawak Bloggers Cyril Dason commented that “Sarawak Bloggers looks forward to more collaborative efforts with private sector organisations like Faradale Media-M and also with NGOs; to unite and bring us all closer
together as a vibrant and harmonious online community,” said Cyril. He further added that ‘My Beautiful Sarawak’ was a great addition to the inaugural TweetUp Kuching event, held in Kuching last December.

Second place went to Amadeus Donovan Sim whom sent in a beautiful photo entitled ‘Land of the Hornbills’, while third place went to Amirul Zaki Abdul Hamid with his photo ‘Together We Unite’. They both secured an expensive point and shoot digital camera.

Photo shows the winning image by Lionel Gary Tawit.