A photo exhibition themed “MOUNTAIN TORQ – World Highest Via Ferrata by John Kong” was held during the relaunching of the via ferrata circuit on Mount Kinabalu by Mountain TORQ on Jan 19th, 2016 at Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu. The exhibition was hosted by Mountain TORQ, the company that is operating the via ferrata and was officially launched by YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, the Minister of Tourism, Enviroment and Culture Sabah. The event was also attended by 200 invited VIPs and guests which consisted of YM Dato’ Seri Tengku Dr. Zainal Adlin, Chairman of Sabah Parks, YB Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, Chairman of Sabah Tourism Board, Dr. Jamili Nais, Director of Sabah Parks, Datuk Irene Benggon Charuruks, General Manager of Sabah Tourism Board, Pn. Azizah Aziz, Director of Corporate Communications, Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, members of the tourism industry and medias.
For this exhibition, 20 prints were exhibited which covers the new summit trail which is now called Ranau Trail and Aki Point, a new observation bridge along the new Ranau trail that has beautiful scenery of the Mesilau peak, eastern ridge of Mt Kinabalu and Ranau town. A 24 page 2016 Calendar was also produced for Mt. TORQ as a momento to guests and 6 VIP Fine prints mementos were also printed and framed.
EXHIBITION PRINTS ON DISPLAY
Photos were taken during the recent Mt Kinabalu Expedition in December 2015 when the new summit trail was opened to the public. I would like to thank YAB Datuk Masidi Manjun and the tourism industry for the words of appreciation and encouragement towards my work and also all friends and colleagues who has made this event and project a success and another milestone of my work.
DESKTOP CALENDAR DESIGN
Special thanks to Mountain TORQ who trusts me with my work and hosting the exhibitions, Sabah Parks Board of Trustee for granting us a special permit and assisting our team to photograph the new Summit area, Nikon Malaysia (NPS) for loaning me the awesome Nikon D4s and D810 camera bodies, Pro Art for generous support for sponsoring the exhibition fine prints, Sabah Tourism Board for using my images for future promotions of Sabah and finally to the expedition team members, Wong Hoe Kiat @ Pepsi who suffered AMS during our climb, Lee Shui Khiong @ John who most happy as he made the poster boy, all mountain guides and rangers of Sabah Park and all members of the Mountain TORQ team who has made our stay at Pendant hut and most welcomed and also most importantly to work together with me to capture the best beautiful photographic moments!
TO NEW CLIMBERS, I WELCOME YOU TO DISCOVER THE NEW AND STRONGER MT. KINABALU AND VIA FERRATA AND PLEASE MAKE THIS ONE OF YOUR NEW LIFE LIST! TO MT. KINABALU, I SOLUTE YOU AND THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS GIVING ME GOOD WEATHER WITHOUT FAIL FOR THE YEARS I HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED YOU.