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The History

The society was founded in 1967 at the Georgetown Secondary School .At that time there were many foreign members especially from Britain, United States & Australia.

Founder Members:-

President :

Mr. Lim Boon Hock (Headmaster of Georgetown Secondary School)

Secretary ::

Mr. Lo Joening HonFFSP, HonFBSC

Treasurer::

Mr. Ooi Kok Swee

Committee Members::

Dr Donald Chuah

:

Brother Charles (Director of St. Xavier)

:

Mr. Collin James Andrews

:

Mr. Yong Kok Foo

:

Mr. Yeoh Khang Seong 

:

Mr. Chan Kin Souk 

:

Mr. Ooi Kang Yew

:

Mr. Teoh Hoe Peng



Past PSP PRESIDENTS :


1967 :

Mr Lim Boon Hock

1972 :

Mr Yong Kok Foo

1976 :

Mr Yeoh Eng Jin

1984 :

Mr Lim Gin Chooi

1986 :

Mr Song Jin Tek

1997 :

Mr Looi Toong Hong

2000 :

Mr Ong Hooi Giin

2001 :

Mr Looi Toong Hong



PSP MAIN ACTIVITIES: -
Each year PSP will conduct an inhouse competition for its members coupled with monthly organized photo outings. At the same time the society also co-organizes with the government and photography dealers to promote photography in the state. Such organized activities include photo competitions, photo seminars, slide shows and photography outings.

PENANG PHOTO SALON & PENANG INTERNATIONAL PHOTO SALON .
In 1973 PSP started the first photo salon in Malaysia -1st PENANG PHOTO SALON. The last of this series of salon was the 7th PENANG PHOTO SALON.

In 1980 Mr. Song Jin Tek was appointed the Salon Chairman by PSA.  He then organized the 1st PENANG INTERNATIONAL PHOTO SALON in 1982 which was recognized by the PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA  (PSA) & FEDERATION DE L¡åART PHOTOGRAPHIQUE (FIAP). 42 countries participated in this salon with about 3000 over entries. Since then PSP has been organizing  this PENANG INTERNATIONAL PHOTO SALON once every 2 years. The last salon was the 10th Penang International Photo Salon in 2001

In the year 1984, Mr. Song Jin Tek was the first photographer in Malaysia to become the world best top ten photographer and became a 5 Star Photo Exhibitor of the PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA.

PSP HONOUR AWARDS
In 1983, Mr. Song Jin Tek ( Honour Award Chairman )  was responsible in planning for the guide lines for the PSP Honour Awards. With this PSP became the first society in Malaysia with an Award system based on the evaluation of submitted works of photographers.

In the year 1997, Mr. Looi Toong Hong (president) organized the 16th CONGRESS OF THE FEDERATION OF ASIAN PHOTOGRAPHIC ART (FAPA 1998). More than 400 participants from 17 countries took part in this congress which was held in Penang.

In 2002 Mr Looi organized the "The Beautiful Penang ¡¹ FROM THE WORLD CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHERS¡å PRESPECTIVE" which was jointly organized by  The Society of Worldwide Ethnic Chinese Photographers   and  The Photographic  Society Of Penang,  and sponsored by the Penang State Government, it was held in Penang from 20th ¡¹ 25th September 2002 (Five days). This event consists of a photography exhibition; a seminar, outdoors photography sessions, dinners, cultural performances and many other exciting activities were aimed to provide more interesting images of Penang. The selected images were published in a book  entitled ¡æOoh! Penang¡ç, which was also a photographic competition organized by PSP  in conjunction with its 35th anniversary.
 
THE MISSION OF PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF PENANG
Few years ago, Penang Photographic Society of Penang had a dream. We inspire to organize a conference for all photographic artists in Asia.

Today, we have another dream. In commemoration with the 35th Anniversary, we were inspired to publish a photographic book which is truly the brain-child and efforts of Penangites, which we can proudly call ¡æOoh! Penang¡ç.

We are zealous to make the Pearl Of the Orient known to the whole world and let the pearl shine again. This is our pledge to our motherland-Penang.

We were born and rooted in Penang. We can see marks and legally of till and toil of our ancestors. Everyone of us in our childhood were amazed by the beauty of the hills and the shores of Penang that those who have left the island to stay elsewhere will suffer some degree of homesickness with a strong desire to come back to Penang again, our motherland.

It is the inspiration of all Penangites to keep our edge and to nurture our rich cultures and heritage. Which this inspiration and admiration, we photographic artists pledge to snap and capture every aspect of the life and the emblems of Penang and put all our effort in a photography book which depicts the eternal beauty of the Pearl of the Orient.