With advanced camera technology on smartphones now, we no longer depend on digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras to take beautiful photos.

The #ColourfulLife photo contest organised by Star Media Group, in collaboration with Huawei, is testament to the fact that the ubiquitous smartphone comes in handy to capture all those spontaneous moments in life.

The photo contest with the tagline ‘Rewrite The Rules Of Photography’ received over 6,300 submissions when it closed in early May. It was open to Huawei smartphone users. All photos had to be embedded with the Huawei watermark.

The six winning entries were chosen by a panel of judges comprising professional photographers Hishamudin Hashim and Sanjitpaal Singh, as well as Star Media Group photo desk head Ng Kok Leong.

Hishamudin, better known as Abeden Meng, has collaborated with Sudio Earphones, Daniel Wellington watches, Bad Lab and Germany’s Huawei P9 counterpart, among others.

Sanjitpaal, who is the operations manager and head judge in the Ensearch (Naturally Malaysia) National Photography Competition, represented Asia in the Dialogue of 5 Continents in Paris, and is a presenter for Olympus Malaysia on Journey And Discoveries in Kuala Lumpur.

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A close-up shot of a magnificent peacock by Chua Tien Sheng.

Ong Chen Chean’s striking image of a Nepalese woman cleaning window shutters against the colourful backdrop of a building in Durbar Square, Nepal, won the grand prize of a Huawei P30 Pro (8GB+256GB variant) worth RM3,799.

He said that the picturesque scene, along with the bold splash of colours on the building, inspired him to capture the moment on his Huawei Nova 4e.

“I believe that this photo best reflects the resilience of the Nepalese, especially after the 2015 earthquake, as it stood through the natural disaster and showcases the history and culture of the country,” he explained.

Judge Sanjitpaal commented: “This image portrays a simple daily lifestyle in which I presume is at a residential setting. There is great use of lines in this image.”

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Two clowns spread joy and laughter as they entertain the crowd with balloon animals at the Penang International Food Festival in April. Photo by Chai Soo Ai.

Two first prizes of Huawei Nova 4 worth RM1,899 were awarded to Chan Wen Jye and Chai Soo Ai. Chai’s photo of two clowns entertaining the crowd with balloon animals at the Penang International Food Festival in April 2019 depicts the vibrant atmosphere of the event.

“I was attending the food fest when I saw these clowns. They were so colourful and joyful when interacting with the people around them, and I just wanted to capture that moment,” she said.

Sanjitpaal commented: “Street photography during social events presents colours in different ways. In this image, one’s attention is quickly drawn to the expression of the clown on the left, which gives this image great composition and moment.”

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Two fisherwomen fishing during the low tide at Pantai Tusan in Miri as the sun sets. Photo by Tan Yong Lin.

Three second prizes of a Huawei Watch GT worth RM899 went to Chua Tien Sheng, Tan Yong Lin and Chi Kuan.

Tan, who took his winning photo during his first trip to Miri last year, was visiting Pantai Tusan when he saw the two fisherwomen at the beach. Pantai Tusan is famous for its rock formation resembling a horse drinking water.

“My friend brought me to this beach and it was a surreal experience. I came across two fisherwomen during sunset and I thought it was interesting. They had to walk towards the ocean in the low tide to stand there to fish, on a small rock they were using as a platform,” he shared.

Sanjitpaal commented: “This is a serene image with a well-thought composition. Great use of lines, space and vibrant colours.”

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A bonding moment between a mother and her child in the city’s Golden Triangle, captured by Chan Wen Jye.

In summary, Star Media Group’s Ng said: “Overall the standard of entries was high, all the more impressive considering the images were taken with a smartphone.

“Then again, smartphone cameras have advanced to the stage where the technology is able to correct flaws, so all the user needs to focus on is the subject he wants to capture and let the smartphone camera take care of the rest.”

If redefining visual expressions and creating revolutionary imagery are your passion, then the Huawei Next-Image Awards is for you. The contest aims to explore alongside Huawei mobile users the possibilities of next-generation visual expressions and culture.

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A vibrant night waterscape captured by Chi Kuan, who believes that colour makes life wonderful.

For details, go to https://gallery.consumer.huawei.com/en/index.php.