Back to list

Foreign contestants win trip to Taiwan with creative photos

2011/12/12 19:44:36

Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) The three winners of a photo contest organized by Taiwan's government were announced Monday and were set to embark on a nationwide trip with the NT$100,000 (US$3,308) they each won in prize money.

The three winners were selected from among 365 entries from 58 countries participating in the "Say Hi to Taiwan" photo contest, organized by the Government Information Office (GIO).

In the competition held to make Taiwan better-known among international travelers, participants simply had to upload a photo related to Taiwan to be eligible to win a visit to the country and the NT$100,000 cash prize.

A two-man Indonesian team garnered the most votes during the contest's month of online voting, followed by a family from Hong Kong and a Malaysian national.

The No. 1 photo featured three children looking off into the distance, "symbolizing their eagerness to visit Taiwan," said a member of the winning team, who identified himself as Soin.

The 26-year-old said he joined the competition because he wanted to revisit the country, where he had already spent some time learning Chinese.

The Hong Kong family, which had visited Taiwan a couple of times, won second for its photo of a hand painted with the national flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Timothy Heng, a 31-year-old Malaysian, took third with a comics-style photo that depicted a conservation between himself and his blue cat on the topic of traveling to Taiwan.

"I was trying to make it funnier," he told CNA at the news conference held to announce the winners.

Visiting Taiwan for the first time, Heng said he hoped to find "something magical" to share with the rest of the world.

Shortly after the conference, the groups were to board a train to Hualien County to start their week-long trip around the country.

During their stay, they will chronicle their experiences on a Facebook page every day and share their thoughts with the world to further promote tourism in Taiwan, the GIO said.

(By Elaine Hou)