The Award Presentation Ceremony for the Photographic Competition marking the 7th Cultural Week of China and Portuguese-speaking Countries took place on November 25, at 6.30pm. It was followed by the inauguration of an exhibition featuring the awarded entries and held at the Taipa Houses–Museum.
The competition was organised by the Permanent Secretariat of the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macao), also known as Forum Macao. The competition also received assistance from the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau and the Macau Government Tourist Office, and additionally gained the support of the Macao Digital Photography Association.
The Photographic Competition Award Presentation and Photo Exhibition Opening Ceremony was officiated by: the Deputy Secretary-General of the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao, Mr Vicente de Jesus Manuel; the Deputy Director of the Macau Government Tourist Office, Ms Cecília Tse; a representative of the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, Mr António Machado; the Director of the Portuguese Institute of the Orient (IPOR), Mr João Laurentino Neves; the President of the Macao Digital Photography Association, Mr Yen Kuac Fu; the Chairman of the Macao Digital Photography Association, Ms Gigi Cheong; and representatives of Portuguese-speaking Countries at the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao.
The Photographic Competition is one of the most important activities included in the annual Cultural Week of China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, helping to promote cultural interchange between both sides. The contest also aims to stimulate creativity and multiculturalism among Macau residents and tourists.
A total of 21 amateur photographers took part in the competition and a total of 134 works were submitted. The jury gave the first prize to Lok Vai Keong. Sérgio Chan Chi Gen and Maria Ferreira Sin were first and second runner-up, respectively. Sérgio Chan Chi Gen also won the award for ‘Best Picture’. In addition, the jury gave 10 honourable mentions to other entrants.
The winners received trophies and cash prizes.
The Photographic Exhibition at the Taipa Houses–Museum features more than 50 pictures and includes the prize-winning works and other selected entries. It runs every day between November 25 and 29, from 10am to 6pm. All are welcome.