Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Drag the play bar if it buffers.
Paradise – Coldplay Song Lyrics


At the beginning, I used to be sceptical about others' drive of passion over that art called Photography, I used to tease these wannabes scornfully in times they risk their poise even their lives  in dangerous and awkward situatons in public just to get snapshots they thought  are good capture or shall I say "one Kodak moment." And then for what? keep these bulk of  amateur pictures to flood on Facebook and the likes? I find them before unconvincing with their love to photography because I assumed some just acquire cameras to brag they could afford to buy one and inclined themselves to a circle of people who's "IN" the status of tech-trendy nowadays. Until one day I find it hard to believe that I pretty much like to be one of them and that I was shamefully wrong. I realized during the times when I get to soak in places during occassional travels when you are going to miss that moments the sun setting behind huge mountains, a visible shooting star that fades longer in seconds, and historical events you want to document to make your stories in the future with your children be based on solid and artful facts. The hell with me back then and to all the haters-You never know what you're missing!

What's great about my experience with Photography is that the more you know about it the more you look forward traveling and appreciating things around you even the smallest details of something. But the downside is, the more you know about the technicality of it the more you seek high end accessories to amplify your experience. This I mean about the kind of lens, flash, light meters and many more which could equal to big amount of money. But if you are not capable of providing these stuffs this time (like me), you can do something with what you have for now. Every camera part has its own strengths in its own field, so, you can play within that area. And of course, talent will play a major part. Okay, enough with my rant about from hating to loving photography, It sounds way too melodramatic.hehe...On the other hand, I've just heard from a friend (Chee Yau "Jackie" Chan) weeks ago that there will be a 9th Canon Photomarathon on September 10, 2011 here in Singapore. So, I did join.


Last September 10, 2011 three of us with my work colleagues former and present (Orly and Jackie) all first-timers participated the most coveted event every year for the photography enthusiasts- The Canon PhotoMarathon. The registration this year outnumbered the tally last year with 2,078 participants against 1704 participants last year. With some spare of molecule, we anticipate the possibility that we can push one entry to the list of finalist out of the three themes. Not the usual, we fail. But knowing that we're first timers and the exploding number of registrants is quite relieving. Moreover, the said competition requires the participants to follow a time frame. Announcement of 3 themes starts at 9am, 12nn and 3pm and deadline of submission ends at 12nn, 3pm and 6pm respectively. Themes are drawn from 8 choices in an envelope held by the students during each alloted time of theme announcements.
The themes this year are: -
  • Theme 1: EAT
  • Theme 2: CIRCLE
  • Theme 3: IMAGINE

Here are my very own entries.

Theme 1- EAT

Theme 2 - CIRCLE

 Theme 3-IMAGINE

FYI-winning pictures are not on its actual texture.

  • Open Category – Koh Sze Kiat
Theme 1-EAT

Theme 2-CIRCLE


  • Student Category – Douglas Tham Kong Ying (Mr), PeiHwa Secondary School
Theme 1- EAT

Theme 2- CIRCLE


Open Category Winners

  • Theme 1: Eat – Arik Chan Jin Kiat (Mr)

  • Theme 2: Circle – Adelyne Ho Lin-Lean (Ms)

  • Theme 3: Imagine – Darren Koay Say Heng (Mr)

Student Category Winners:

  • Theme 1: Eat – Douglas Tham Kong Ying (Mr),PeiHwa Secondary School

  • Theme 2: Circle – Alexus Goh Xue Ying (Mr) Ngee Ann Poly
  • Theme 3: Imagine - Tommy Low Boon Heng (Mr) Temasek Poly

School’s Challenge Winner:

  • Pei Hwa Secondary School


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