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31 January 2011

Bandar Seri Begawan, 31st January 2011 – As part of the Bank’s CSR objective to promote and nurture local talent, Baiduri Bank in collaboration with Alliance Francaise recently held a Baiduri Photo Essay Competition. The contest culminated in a prize presentation ceremony held at the International Conventional Center, Berakas on Saturday, 29th January 2011 with His Excellency Mr. Louis Le Vert, French Ambassador to Brunei doing the honours of giving away the prizes to the winners.  Also present was Ms. Dorothy Newn, Baiduri’s Corporate Communication and Marketing Manager.

The first prize went to Mr. Bishan Kumar Rai Dewan who won himself a BND800 voucher with his entry entitled “The Journey” that best captured the competition’s theme, “Man & His Urban Environment”. Second place went to Awang Ezra Bin Pilpus winning himself a BND500 voucher. Third place was awarded to Sarah Ong with a BND300 voucher.  Other winners included Awang Hj Tejuddin Bin Hj Sulaiman for the Best Story Telling winner, Reuben Chin for Special Composition and Gerald Goh for the Best Technical winner.

To prepare them for the competition, registered participants underwent a complimentary photography workshop that was held on 22nd January, ahead of submission of entries. The workshop was facilitated by Ms. Tasha Ong, a Bruneian, who is an International Photography awards winner and specializes in studio and construction photography and Ms. Adeline Bommart, a French veteran in photo-journalism who has collaborated with Associated Press and Reuters.

The judging of the entries took place on Friday, 28th January at Baiduri Bank premises.  The judges comprised His Excellency Mr Louis Le Vert, Mr Pierre Imhof, General Manager of Baiduri Bank, local photographer Awang Hani Sham, Ms. Anais Maro, Director of Alliance Francaise, Ms Tasha Ong and Ms Adeline Bommart.

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