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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Colours of cultural parade immortalised in photos

CALLING it his best photo ever, Lin Kuw Wing’s shot of a Chingay flag performance turned out to be the best at the Ipoh Cultural Parade 2017, too.

The 50-year-old bagged the first prize at the photo competition organised by The Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI). He beat hundreds of photographers to win RM3,000 and also a two-day, one-night stay at The Haven.

When asked how he felt about it, the part-time photographer said he was surprised to have won and appreciated it greatly because it was hard to take photos of moving flags.

“Photos of flags are hard to take especially during Chingay procession. They are huge and sometimes you do not get the desired angle.

“The fast movements and even the wind make it tough for us but for this particular shot, I was lucky enough to capture it at the right moment.

“Sometimes you need a little bit of luck. Practice and exposure are important but at times, to take the best shot, an element of luck must be there,” he told reporters after receiving the prize from Perak Non-Islamic Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, who was accompanied by PCCCI president Datuk Liew Sew Yee.

The business consultant said he took part in many photo competitions and loved the idea of sharing his photos to the public.

“Competition is one platform to share your photos, especially during cultural events or parades that showcase multiracial elements,” he said.

Chai Yoo Pin from Perak won second prize, receiving RM2,000 and a one-night stay in Haven while Leong Chee Keong, also from Perak, finished third with RM1,000 and a one-night stay in Haven.

Dr Mahsaid the parade was a memorable event for many Ipoh folk as it showed the unity of the people and other organisations in preserving the city’s ever vibrant culture.

“I am very sure this parade has made Ipoh great again. Many people have told me that this event should be a bi-annual event,” he said.

The parade proved to be special affair for the organisers as they earned a place in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBOR).

They were recognised for organising the Largest Cultural Parade as they managed to gather 2,296 individuals from 54 groups, marched or danced their way along the 2.8km route.

The parade included 120 beautifully designed floats from schools, arts and cultural groups, NGOs and private companies.