MALAYSIA - Students Mary Anne Edward and Dayang Alusiaasyurah Robert from SMK Benoni, Papar, have done the nation proud by winning the Best Editing Award at the Panasonic Regional Asia Pacific Kid Witness News (KWN) Contest 2013.
Titled Black Dot Town, the duo's video focused on the irresponsible disposal of rubbish in the town of Kota Kinabalu.
The 17-year-olds were not the only ones addressing pressing society issues as the 2013 edition of the Regional KWN Contest saw youths from as young as 10, exercising their creative talents through films based on the theme "environment" and "communication".
Some of the topics dealt with environmental pollution, wastage of water resources at home and the breakdown of family relationships in the digital age.
Thai youths Worrawat Watakit, Natee Arayawutthikul, Kunawat Kunanai, Pasin Kraisutarung and Kasideth Kaewpradit emerged winners of the competition when their video "Value" of Immensely took home the main prize.
Besides coming out tops, the team from Monfort College School also received the "Best Videography Award".
Their video explored how a rural pig farming village in Thailand introduced environmentally friendly farming practices and animal waste management that generated useful resources to fuel the village and fertilise its lands.
Other winners in the different categories included the team from Vietnam who won for "Creative Concept", Singapore for "Best Young Achievers", Indonesia for "Best Music" and New Zealand for "Best Sound".
Panasonic Asia Pacific Pte Ltd Brand Management Group director Joe Tsuchiya said the participants gained additional skills and knowledge as well as awareness about the world.
"It is heartening to see that the programme has become such a powerful channel in educating students in the region, and we hope that the programme will remain enriching for all participants," said Tsuchiya.