Kowloon Shangri-La seeks photo to tell its three-decade long story

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 June, 2011, 12:00am

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They say a picture's worth a thousand words, and the Kowloon Shangri-La is looking for a photo that tells the story of its 30 years in Hong Kong.

The hotel held a cocktail reception last week to open The Kowloon Shangri-La Moment photo exhibition in its lobby, as part of celebrations for the hotel's 30th anniversary. Guests savoured Chinese tea martinis while perusing the images.

The exhibition, which runs until the end of this month, features 30 shortlisted entries by photographers from all over the world who participated in the hotel's contest. The judging panel includes photographer Water Poon, president of the Institute of Professional Photographers Carsten Schael, and Anthony Lau Chun-hon, executive director of the Tourism Board.

Members of the public can vote before next Wednesday on which photos they think will be the winners, to be announced on June 17. While the winning photographers will get cameras and complimentary flights and accommodation at Shangri-La's Kota Kinabalu resort in Malaysia, lucky voters will win buffet vouchers for the hotel.

Schael shared some tips on what the judges were looking for in a winning photo.

'First of all, you want to have an image that grabs your attention. You really get to understand what it's trying to communicate at a first glance. An image needs to speak to you,' he said.

'Technique is always secondary. It doesn't matter if you are using a camera phone or a super expensive camera; the image should offer a glimpse of the history of the hotel and tell you a little story.'