Poni Divers to hold photo meet

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PONI Divers is hosting an underwater photography competition to develop local talents and promote Brunei as a diving destination for tourists.

“By developing local talents, more of the public can see the underwater treasures that we have and we can promote Brunei’s reefs abroad as well,” said Thye Sing Wong, managing director of Poni Divers.

According to Thye, the photography contest, titled ‘Brunei Underwater Shutterbug Competition 2016’, aims to strengthen tourism in Brunei.

Brunei, he said, has the potential to become a popular diving destination with awareness campaigns held both locally and internationally.

“We still don’t have many local underwater photographers. Brunei’s artistic community is still very small and although it has been growing quickly, there is no representation at all of underwater photography, which is quite unfortunate because Brunei has over 30 shipwrecks and amazing underwater scenery,” said Thye.

According to Thye, Poni Divers will be hosting this competition annually.

The competition is open to all members of the public and selected photos will be printed for display and be available for sale.

All proceeds will be donated to Pusat Bahagia Pulaie.

Individuals interested in joining the competition are invited to attend a briefing, which will be held at The Collective’s MakerSpace on Aug 19 from 7pm to 9pm.

The deadline for photo submission is 12pm on August 25.

In line with the competition, Poni Divers — in partnership with Zulkarnain Ng, a professional photographer and creative artist from Singapore, and Inon, a Japanese industry that sells high-performance underwater accessories — will be conducting creative underwater photo shoots, a free seminar and a four-part underwater photography workshop from August 18 to 28.

For more information regarding the competition or any of the other activities, members of the public can visit their facebook page at _www.facebook.com/ponidiver_s or call or whatsapp Shasha at 7199322.

The Brunei Times