Essay, photo contests in conjunction with MCC’s 14th anniversary

Yii (seated centre) poses with members of the contest organising committee and councillors after the press conference.

MIRI: The people here aged 18 and above, locals or foreigners, are challenged to promote Miri’s uniqueness and beauty to the world through essay and photography competitions.

The competitions carrying the theme ‘Discover Uniquely Miri’ are held in conjunction with the 14th anniversary of Miri City Day this year.

The articles for submission must showcase the best that Miri could offer in terms of culture, events, nature, arts and other unique qualities for a global audience.

“The objective is to document the views and opinions of the people on the uniqueness of Miri. We are looking at the uniqueness both in writing and photographs to be brought to the attention of readers, photographers and the public in general.

“Each entry should be able to capture the diversity and beauty of all things Miri in order to lure visitors here,” mayor Adam Yii told a press conference at his office here yesterday.

The essay competition is divided into three categories, namely, English, Malay and Mandarin.

Each participant can only submit one essay of 3,500 to 7,000 words. Essays must be original and haven’t been published anywhere before.

The essays will be assessed by judges from Society of English Writers Northern Zone, Persatuan Penulis Utara Sarawak and Chinese Writers Association Miri.

The first prize is RM1,500, while second and third prize winners will bag RM1,000 and RM500, respectively, besides a trophy each. There are five consolation prizes of RM150 each. The closing date is April 7.

Entry forms can be obtained and returned to Urusetia Pertandingan Esei & Fotografi, Seksyen Perpustakaan, Perpustakaan Awam Miri, Majlis Bandaraya Miri, Tingkat 2, Dewan Suarah, 98000, Miri, Sarawak.

Participants can also send their entries via email to or

Meanwhile, the photography competition is divided into five categories, namely, human interest (culture and tradition), scenery, landmark and historical places (tourism attractions and national parks), event and activities, food and local cuisines, and nature.

All photos must be submitted on or before 4.30pm on April 30.

Each entry must be in a set of five photos, one from each category with caption.

Watermark of name is not allowed on the image submitted.

All submissions must be in JPEG format digital image files, in a CD, and each digital image file size should not be less than 2MB and not more than 5MB.

Computer alterations of actual scene are strictly not allowed. Minor enhancements of image are restricted to adjustment of brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness and cropping only.

The highest total score of photos from Category A + Category B + Category C + Category D + Category E will be declared the winner.

Each contestant is only allowed to win one prize. The judges are those from Miri Photography Association.

The first prize winner will receive RM2,000, while the first and second runners-up will receive RM1,500 and RM1,000 respectively. There are also five consolation winners of RM200 each.

Entry forms can be obtained from Miri City Council or downloaded from the Facebook page of Miri Photographic Society.

For enquiries on the competitions, please call 085-424984 (Abdul Hafiz Abdul Rahman), 085-430020 (Jurailla Jon), 012-8778788 (Sylvester Wong) or 012-8090233 (Wang Siaw Yan).

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