Contest Calls for Social Media Butterflies to Submit Their Best Shots on Protecting the Environment



Kuala Lumpur, 15 June 2020 – Nature-loving social media butterflies are invited to test their photography skills and let their creative juices flow in the MTCC Photography Contest 2020 which runs until July 6.

Themed “Experience Forest, Experience MTCS-PEFC”, the contest is a third-time collaboration between the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) and PCP Publications, the publisher for photography and travel magazines namely Photo Creator, Advanced Images, Fotografika, Travelmate and Travelution. It is aimed at raising public awareness on the beauty and benefits of Malaysia’s tropical forests while promoting the importance of valuing the nature and sustainable forest management through timber certification to benefit future generations.

The contest consists of five categories including #fortheloveofnature, a new category for Instagrammers and Facebook users to show their bid in nature conservation through photography.

“Apart from inviting avid photographers to submit their best shots which capture the uniqueness of Malaysia’s forests, we look forward to see inspiring photos by Instagram and Facebook users showing how they protect the nature,” said MTCC Chief Executive Officer, Yong Teng Koon.

“As the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. By combining photography with the effectiveness of social media platform, we believe we can reach out to more people in spreading positive messages on nature conservation,” he added.  

On another note, reputable photographer Azul Adnan is filling up the spot as the guest judge for the competition once again (he was the guest judge in the 2018 contest). His works have been featured on National Geographic and BBC websites as well as in Digital Camera and Lonely Planet magazines. He is also a regular speaker at Malaysia’s biggest annual photography exhibition, Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival.

.Azul, who is known for his talent and skills in travel, street and documentary photography, will be judging alongside Yong and PCP Publications General Manager and Editor-in-Chief, Jessica Chan.  

Sharing some tips for participants, Azul said: “Apart from good composition, lighting and as such, the judges look for images which have the ‘wow factor’ – Photos which make us pause and gaze in wonderment and ask ourselves about the content. Essentially, a strong photo is not only beautiful but also has a compelling story or meaning behind it.

“And when taking pictures, photographers should respect their surroundings. They should avoid littering and disturbing the natural living habitats of the animals and plants, no matter how small they are. As the old saying goes, ‘take only photographs, leave only footprints’,” he added.

This year’s contest categories comprise People & Forest, Forest & Forest Landscapes, Forest & Fauna, Wonders & Sounds of Nature (short video clips) and #fortheloveofnature (social media).

For details and contest form, visit the following Facebook pages and website: MTCC.Malaysia, AdvancedImagesTravelution, majalahFotografika, PhotoCreatorTravelmate & www.mtcc.com.my 


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MTCC Photography Contest returns this year with more prizes up for grabs



Calling all nature photography enthusiasts! The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC)’s Photography Contest returns this year and invites avid photographers to test their skills and submit their best shots which capture the uniqueness of Malaysia’s tropical forests.

The contest, themed “Experience Forest, Experience MTCS-PEFC” will run from 22 April to 6 July 2020 and includes five categories including one new category for social media butterflies to show their photography flair on Instagram/ Facebook.

MTCC Chief Executive Officer Yong Teng Koon says the contest, a third-time collaboration between MTCC and PCP Publications, is aimed at raising public awareness on the beauty and benefits of our tropical lush forests while promoting the importance of valuing the nature and sustainable forest management through timber certification to benefit future generations.

“The MTCC Photography Contest is one of MTCC’s initiatives to inculcate the love and appreciation for forests and nature among the public via visual arts – which we believe have more impact in conveying messages concerning environment conservation. We’d received high quality entries that captured the richness of our forests and the people responsible for their well-being when we organised the contests in 2017 and 2018.  We definitely look forward to see more inspiring shots by adding more prizes and categories this time around,” he says.

Besides four photography and videography categories, there will be a new category for Instagrammers who are passionate about caring and doing their bid for the environment, says Yong.

“The new category, #fortheloveofnature invites Instagrammers/ Facebook users to capture creative shots showing how they do their part to protect the environment. For example, cleaning up rubbish after having a picnic or camping in the forests. We hope they can inspire and spread positive messages to more people by sharing their entries on the social media,” he adds.       


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This year’s contest comprises the following categories:

  • Category 1 – Forests and People: This category seeks images of people involved in the field of forestry responsible for the well-being of Malaysia’s forest resources such as foresters, forest rangers, forest researchers, auditors and indigenous peoples. Images portraying people at work and the utilisation of modern technologies for managing and conserving Malaysia’s forest resources are encouraged.
  • Category 2 – Forests and Forest Landscapes: This category welcomes any shots showcasing the natural beauty, diversity and uniqueness of forests by capturing the geological, climatological features and natural environment of Malaysian forests.
  • Category 3 – Forests and Fauna: This category seeks amazing images of animals in the wild including mammals, birds, amphibians or reptiles.
  • Category 4 – Mobile Short Video: This category requires participants to record the wonders of Malaysian forests in a short video clip with a duration of not more than three minutes. Participants may use a variety of mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, drones, GoPros, or a combination of these mobile devices, to capture the sights and sounds of the natural environment.
  • Category 5#fortheloveofnature This category invites Instagrammers to take creative shots on how Malaysians do their bid to protect the environment and share them on the social media with the following hashtags: #mtccphotocontest2020  #fortheloveofnature

Besides the grand prize of RM2,000, the contest offers one first prize of RM1,200, two merit prizes of RM600 and 10 consolation prizes of RM200 per category for Category 1 – 3. The best two mobile video clips (Category 4) will receive a cash prize of RM500 each. The three best entries on Instagram (Category 5) will receive a cash prize of RM100 each and 7 consolation prizes of RM50 each will also be awarded. All winners will also receive a book/magazine courtesy of PCPPublications.

Participation is open to all Malaysians who have a passion for forests and photography. Participants may submit up to 10 images for each category and are required to upload their entries to a cloud storage system and email the link to mtcc@pcp2u.my.


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