KOTA KINABALU, 24 Jul 2020 (New Sabah Times): Rudy Matahari’s relentlessness during long dives undersea has finally borne fruit after he won the Open (Category) Photography competition in conjunction with 2020 State-level World Environment Day.

The 53-year-old master diver received RM500 and other goodies.

For Nathania, it was her first win on digital cartoon arts. Nathania started drawing digitally since she was 11. Her art was inspired by images from Pintrest, geometric and by looking into local references such as animals from Sabah.

She learnt and was inspired a lot from Instagram posts too.

“I drew it on tablet using a free mobile application,” she said, adding that for her, traditional drawing is much harder compared to digital.

The SMK Takis, Papar student also expressed her gratefulness towards her parents’ support.

Earlier, in an opening speech, Assaffal said this year theme was ‘Biodiversity’.

“As a way to celebrate World Environment Day, the Environment Protection Department (EPD) has worked together with Sabah Cultural Board through Sabah Arts Gallery, Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society and WWF-Malaysia to organise this competition.

“The Photography Competition was opened to all individuals from Sabah or living in this state as well as those working or studying here.

“The secretariat received 322 photos from 122 participants. Each participant was allowed to submit a maximum of three photos.”

For the Cartoon Drawing Competition, 49 pupils participated in the primary school category. A total of 33 students submitted paper drawings and 26 students submitted digital drawings for the secondary school and higher institution categories.

“We are immensely fortunate that we have a massive pool of talented photographers and artist in Sabah. “This artistic talent can be used to tell a story of how important the environment is, and why we must protect it wisely and urgently,” said Assaffal.

Source: http://www.newsabahtimes.com.my/nstweb/fullstory/39216