Beautiful Sabah 3.0 contest attracts int’l participants

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Tourism Board’s Beautiful Sabah 3.0 online photography and video contest, ended on October 8 and attracted participation from eleven countries through social media.

The countries were Australia, China, France, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Philippines, UK and Malaysia.

This is the third edition of the contest and has the most submissions from overseas.

A total of 800 photographs and 15 videos were submitted during the two-month online contest.

“The participation from most (of the) international countries is through the power of social media. Through social media, every post shared can lead to a site visit and eventually a conversion,” said Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, chairman of Sabah Tourism Board at the prize presentation ceremony, yesterday.

Winners of the competition were presented with their prizes yesterday at Sabah Tourism Board by Joniston, who urged the participants to use their talents and skills to keep promoting Sabah through their lenses and video making skills.

Also present at the event were general manager of Sabah Tourism Board Gordon Yapp, deputy general manager (support services) Noredah Othman and communications manager Hana S. Harun

The top five winners of the photography competition were Tsen Lip Kai, Rustam Razali, Clement Liew, Tirado Jupirin and Mohd Erwin Mohd Ussdek, and the top five winners of the video competition were Sharif Putra Sharif Ubong, Leon Kuan, Danny Daniel Nguai, Sharif Putra Sharif Ubong and Ivan Ong Jian Hau.

The Beautiful Sabah 3.0 sponsorship, worth about RM15,000 were from the private sector, namely the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort,  Sutera Harbour Resort, Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu, Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu, Grandis Hotel and Resorts, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan, Nexus Resort & Spa Karambunai, Techfix, Canon Marketing (Malaysia), Syarikat Percetakan Suria, Toppoint Company Sdn Bhd, Ebiz Design & Communications, and Videographics Productions Sdn Bhd.


Source: Borneo Post

Promoting tourism through photo contest

Tawau: Photographs are one of the best methods to enhance public awareness on environmental conservation, said Green Tawau Action Committee (GTAC) spokesperson Dr Wong Jia Lih.

“One of the contributors for the State’s economy is tourism, but if we fail to protect the environment, it will affect the sector,” he said during the closing of a photography competition.

The competition themed “Sabah’s Natural Beauty”, participated by 32 photographers from Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau, was organised by the Tawau Photographic Society (TPS) and GTAC.

The competition, Wong said, would help create a sense of appreciation among the public on the environment, including foreign tourists.

“The availability of cheap airfares and tourist-friendly infrastructures will enable Sabah to continue witnessing an influx of tourists who are attracted to our flora and fauna.”

On GTAC, he said, the body promotes efforts to make a greener Tawau through tree-planting programmes with the cooperation of non-governmental agencies and schools.

“The body led by Larry Koh @ Rahim Abdullah has managed to plant more than 6,000 trees since 2012 along Jalan Apas,” he said.

Meanwhile, TPS Chairman Ho Lee Ngiew commended GTAC’s huge contribution through the competition, especially in introducing Sabah to the world through photographs.

“This is in line with the efforts of promoting Sabah tourism through interesting photographs of our flora and fauna,” he said.

Source : Daily Express

Sabah band emerges third in Japan

Kota Kinabalu: All the hard work and sacrifices have finally paid off for Poseidon, a Sabahan band, when they emerged one of the top three bands at the Asian Beat 2016 band competition, in Tokyo, Japan, recently.

The Kota Kinabalu-based band won third place through ‘Ontoros Antanom’, a song composed by its vocalist Kaynizam Maskor, against seven other bands from Asia, Europe and North America.

“Poseidon was formed this year and comprises six music enthusiasts from Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran and Papar.

“Apart from me, the other band members are Hasdee Nurikhwan Jalil who plays the guitar, Ramzul Ihsan Ab Rahman (drum), Mohd Alhafiz Basri (keyboard), Isam Dion Ismail (bass) and Abdul Muis Mushadi (flute).

“We started off by joining the Yamaha Band Mentor 2016 organised by Yamaha Malaysia by sending a video clip and luck was on our side as ‘Ontoros Antanom’ was selected to go to the next phases and eventually we won the competition,” he said when contacted on Tuesday.

By winning the Yamaha Band Mentor Malaysia 2016, Poseidon received a ticket to represent the country to the Asian Beat 2016 which was held in Tokyo, Japan on Nov 5.

“We decided to perform ‘Ontoros Antanom’ once again for the grand finals as the song is unique where it tells a story of the legendary Murut warrior apart from the traditional music elements which we infused into the song through the sounds of ‘Bungkau’ and flute.

“The idea for the song came from our own awareness on the uniqueness of Sabah and its culture.

“We are also excited to make the State and the country proud by grabbing the third place after competing with seven other acts from various countries in the competition.”

The competition was won by Gift from South Korea while in second place was leMeow from Canada.

The other competitors were Sabi Band from Indonesia, Bad Ditch (Singapore), Li Ji (China), Koralli (Ukraine) and Sugar Bro (Hong Kong).

Poseidon brought home a voucher for US$1,000 worth of Yamaha musical instruments while the winner and the first runner-up received a US$3,000 voucher and a US$1,500 voucher, respectively.

“Money was the greatest challenge for us as we have invested a lot throughout the competition, especially for the preparations as we had to go through full scale practise sessions… we had to rent a studio every day, plus we had to upgrade our instruments as well.

“All these are not cheap and we would like to thank (Youth and Sports Minister) Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan and (Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister) Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun for their support,” said Kaynizam.

He disclosed that the band is in the midst of completing their debut album and that they will tour with Yamaha Music Malaysia in East Malaysia, starting with Kuching before proceeding to Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan.

“We hope to penetrate the Asian as well as the international market in future and bring the Sabah elements in our music to another level,” he said.

Asian Beat is one of the biggest amateur band contests held throughout many regions in Asia.

It started out from local competitions in participating countries and regions where each winner at these competitions proceeds to the grand finals to perform together on the same stage and compete to be the top of amateur bands in Asia.

Yamaha Corporation started the event as Band Alert in 1998, prior to renaming it as Asian Beat in 2001.

In the past years, international famous musicians were the judges such as Nathan East, Wes Borland, Tommy Aldridge, Sonny Emory, Billy Sheehan, James LoMenzo and Akira Jimbo.

Source: Daily Express

Moses wins online video contest

Kota Kinabalu: Moses Ong, a Sabahan living the US, won the Sabah Tourism online video contest Beautiful Sabah 2.0.

Moses’ video aptly titled ‘Beautiful Sabah’, earned prizes and tours sponsored by the tourism private sector.

Sabah Tourism Board Chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said: “Beautiful Sabah 2.0 is one of Sabah Tourism’s effort in fully engaging the online platform.

“We plan to continue this campaign next year,” he said.

The online contest was sponsored by Amazing Borneo Tours and Events Sdn Bhd, Borneo Trails Tours & Travel and Nando’s Malaysia.

Source: Daily Express

‘Beautiful Sabah 2.0 Video Contest’ for videography enthusiasts

KOTA KINABALU: Videography enthusiasts have an opportunity to show off their creativity skill by creating a montage of the Sabah’s tourism attractions and submit it to the Sabah Tourism Board (STB) to win attractive prizes.

All STB needed is a short video of 30 seconds to 3 minutes and send the work to ‘Beautiful Sabah 2.0 Video Contest’ which was officially launched by their chairman, Datuk Joniston Bangkuai at STB office, yesterday.

The submission started yesterday will close on Aug 31, this year. The result will be known after a month later.

“We are providing a platform for visitors and locals alike to capture the moments and share their experience through the video. This is a new approach for us to promote the State tourism and get feedback for the industry,” said Joniston.

This is the second online contest organised by STB after the successful photography contest last year which attracted almost 2,000 submissions depicting beautiful Sabah, he said.

STB general manager, Gordon Yapp said: “The selected videos will be viral in the social media to become a promotional tool for STB.”

“We believe many people have recorded a lot of beautiful places in Sabah. And now they can put their creativity to the test and send it to us,” said Yapp.

The contest is free for the public and it is sponsored by Amazing Borneo, Borneo Trails Tours & Travel and Nandos Malaysia.

A lot of attractive prizes including a GoPro action camera await the winners. The visual can be taken by any devices including the cell phone.

The entry must be sent to or contact STBcommunication manager, Hana Harun at 088-212121 or email: Also present was STB deputy general manager, Noredah Othman.


Source: New Sabah Times