Kuala Lumpur: CIMB Foundation today announced the winners of the ‘MYCAUSE: Photos That Make a Difference’ contest that was held with the main objective to empower the public to help communities in need by highlighting causes that require funding.
The Foundation gave away cash prizes of about RM200,000 to 39 winners from 3 categories – open, student and staff. CIMB Foundation has also agreed to provide funding of RM400,000 for the winning and selected causes highlighted by the contestants. In addition to that, CIMB Group had also added a Special Merit award for the best photo.
Prizes were presented by Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof, Chairman of CIMB Group and Trustee of CIMB Foundation and Tan Sri Siti Norma Yaakob, Chairperson of CIMB Foundation here today. Siti Norma also launched a photo exhibition at Menara Bumiputra-Commerce, the new head office of CIMB Bank at Jalan Raja Laut, featuring the top 100 photographs received throughout the contest period. The photo exhibition is open to public.
Dato’ Mohd Shukri Hussin, the Chief Executive Officer of CIMB Foundation in his speech said: “We are extremely pleased with the response we received for the ‘MYCAUSE: Photos That Make a Difference’ which is a first of its kind photography contest. There were over 4,000 photos received during the 2-month contest period that began on 25 May 2009 and ended on 31 July 2009. The contest enabled CIMB Foundation to empower the public to identify causes which the Foundation should fund during these difficult times.”
He added that the judges had a tough time selecting the winners as the photographs were of high quality while there were many worthy causes highlighted as well. “There was an impressive array of photographs and causes to select from all the categories This contest has generated an inventory of deserving causes for funding in the future and we believe CIMB Foundation has also achieved its objective in making itself more recognised as an avenue that the public can turn to for support,” added Dato’ Mohd Shukri.
The panel of judges who selected the winners were Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof, Datuk Dr. Richard Leete, a member of CIMB Foundation’s Board of Trustees, David Hagerman, professional photographer, Dato’ Johan Raslan, Executive Chairman of Pricewaterhouse Coopers Malaysia and Dato’ Syed Nadzri Syed Harun, Group Editor of New Straits Times.
Winners of the contest are as follows:
Open category – Mohammad Amziry Roslan of Malacca who highlighted the plight of a group of skateboarders seeking for a venue for their activities. The 24-year old said the sport is gaining vast popularity in the state but they lack a place to skate close to town. Mohammad Amziry received RM30,000 cash.
Student category - Ronny Izwani Husni from Terengganu who took a compelling photo and wrote an essay about the need to improve an old folk’s home located in Kuala Terengganu by providing better facilities for the comfort of the residents. Ronny walked away with a cash prize of RM10,000.
CIMB Group Staff category – Dillon Daniel Tanggapan of CIMB-Principal Asset Management sent in a photograph of a paralympic swimmer without his prosthetic limb that tugged at the heartstrings of the judges and saw him receiving the first prize of RM30,000. His message was to support the development of paralympic sports and athletes in Malaysia.
CIMB Group’s Special Merit Award for Best Photography went to Penangite, Lee Xiao Mei’s “Childhope” – providing holistic education for the young, particularly underprivileged children. For her effort, Xiao Mei also won RM30,000.
CIMB Foundation also awarded the special schools prize of RM10,000 to Sekolah Menengah Perempuan Methodist Pulau Pinang, for sending in the highest number of submissions (as a percentage of the total number of students in the school).
‘MYCAUSE: Photos That Make a Difference’ contest also gave away cash prizes to 2nd and 3rd prize winners who received RM20,000 and RM10,000 respectively for the Open and CIMB Group Staff categories. A total of 10 consolation prize winners received RM2,000 each.
The 2nd and 3rd prize winners in the Student category received RM5,000 and RM3,000 respectively. The 10 consolation prize winners were awarded RM500 each.