(Macao—31 October 2015) The exhibition of the "Precious Moments in Macao" 2015 Photography Competition opened today at Lou Lim Ieoc Garden Pavilion, showcasing 58 winning entries. Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Director of the Government Information Bureau (GCS), Mr Chan Chi Ping, said that from the “New Faces of Macao” during 2004 and 2009 to the current “Precious Moments in Macao”, the photography competition has stood testimony to the rapid growth of Macao. As the name of the competition implies, Macao people are still able to discover the beauty of the city and feel the harmony between Macao and its people from the winning photos even though the city has put on a new face, said Mr Chan. Response to this year’s competition was overwhelming: More than 220 contestants submitted a total of 952 entries of various themes. Mr Chan pointed out that the special feature prize of this year’s competition is titled “Creative Industries for Economic Diversification” since the Government has been actively promoting the creative sector in recent years, adding that the fledgling sector has been thriving under a series of supporting policies. A total of five entries that reflect the diversity and vitality of the creative and cultural sector were awarded the special feature prize by the Macao Yearbook Editorial Committee. This year’s competition is jointly organised by the GCS, eight photographic associations and five media organisations – Photographic Society of Macao, Photography Salon Society of Macao, Macao Association for the Promotion of Photographic Art, Macao Association of Photographers, Macau Multi Media Photographic Association, Macao Association of Photographic Art, Macao Camera Lens Art Association, Macao Digital Photography Association, Macao Media Workers Association, Macao Journalists Club, Macao Journalists Association, Macao Media Club and Macao Association of Sports Journalists. From the 952 submissions, 53 winning entries were selected after five rounds of professional evaluation. The top three winners are: First Prize: Lam Sze Chun; Title: Colourful Life Second Prize: Wan Wai Sai; Title: Happy New Year Third Prize: Leong Son Io Antonio; Title: Marching to the Future The winning works of the "Precious Moments in Macao" 2015 Photography Competition will be displayed at the Lou Lim Ieoc Garden Pavilion from 1 to 6 November 2015, during the opening hours from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All visitors are welcome. The GCS will continue to host photography competitions to capture the amazing moments of people’s everyday lives in Macao.