JAKARTA – Along with its commitment to enhance the quality of photojournalists in Indonesia through continuous training programs, PermataBank has recently held the second Permata Photojournalist Grant (PPG). Besides Pewarta Foto Indonesia (PFI) and PannaFoto Institute (the partner of World Press Photo in Indonesia), which have participated since PPG I, this time around, Erasmus Huis also took part in PPG.
The launching of PPG II was attended by Leila Djafaar (Executive Vice President, Head Corporate Affairs of PermataBank), Ton Van Zeeland (Director of Eramus Huis, Head of the Press & Cultural Section of the Dutch Embassy), John Stanmeyer (Regular Contributor of National Geographic who is part of VII Photo Agency), Jerry Adiguna (Chairman of Indonesian Photo Journalist Association) and Sinartus Sosrodjojo (Advisor of Panna Foundation).
The registration for PPG II has been open for all photojournalists since 24 July until 9 September 2012 and the semi-weekly program will be conducted from the end of September until November. At the conclusion of the program, the participants will present their photo story, which will be published to the public in December 2012.
While last year’s PPG had Sasa Kralj from Croatia as its guest trainer, the guest trainer for PPG II will be an international photographer from the Netherland. The permanent trainers from PannaFoto Institute e.g. Edy Purnomo, Ahmad ‘Deny’ Salman and Ng Swan Ti, who have obtained certification from World Press Photo.
So far, a number of events have also been held as part of this program, such as John Stanmeyer Workshop (Erasmus Huis, 23 July 2012) as well as photo presentation and discussion on Photography and Social Media (5 May 2012) and Editorial Photo (31 March) held at Visual Rehab in North Kemang, Jakarta. These events were attended by journalistic photography enthusiasts.
Leila Djafaar, Head Corporate Affairs of PermataBank, remarked, “We are delighted that PermataBank can make meaningful contribution to the quality enhancement of photo journalists in Indonesia through this program. We have been inspired by the fact that photo journalistic represents a visual language that tells a lot of stories. Pictures submit honest representation of the objects and photo stories usually present stronger image that create impressions and influence the public.”
“We have chosen to make our contribution through education, in this case training, as this is in line with the programs of PermataHati (PermataBank’s CSR activities) that emphasize education. We share the same spirit with PannaFoto Institute, in which we both aspire to develop photojournalistic in Indonesia. The degree of enthusiasm shown by the photo journalists in PPG I has convinced us that the program must be continued to upgrade the journalists to get into the same position as world class photojournalists. Therefore, we invite international photojournalists who have proven track record and high flying hours in this area so that they will share their skill and experience with our young photojournalists”, affirmed Leila.
Meanwhile, Ton Van Zeeland – Director of Eramus Huis explained: “Erasmus Huis wants to establish a creative co-operation between Indonesian and Dutch artists, we want Erasmus Huis to be a lace for cultural exchange and an artistic vibrant place. We focus on the modern arts as well as classical performances in combination with Indonesian artists and traditions. Film (documentaries) is a Focus point (we have the International documentary festival every year in Erasmus Huis, and Photography is also important for us. We have foto-exhibitions and also try to work together with Indonesian professionals. This grant is a good example how we established a partnership with like-minded private companies. It will be, I hope, a long term co-operation between Panna Foto Institute, PermataBank, Erasmus Huis and The Royal Netherlands Embassy.”
For more information please contact:
EVP, Head Corporate Affairs
P: +62 21 523 7899 # 1766
F: +62 21 523 7253
Ton van Zeeland
Director of Erasmus Huis, Head of the Press & Cultural Section - Netherlands Embassy
P: +62 21 525 1515
F: +62 21 527 5981
PROFILE OF PT BANK PERMATA Tbk
PT Bank Permata Tbk (PermataBank) is the result of a merger of 5 (five) banks, PT. Bank Bali Tbk, PT. Bank Universal Tbk, PT. Bank Prima Express, PT. Bank Artamedia and PT Bank Patriot in 2002, and today has grown into a major private bank that offers products and services, innovative and comprehensive delivery channels including Internet Banking and Mobile Banking. PermataBank has aspirations to become a leading financial services provider in Indonesia, with a focus on Consumer and Commercial segment. Serving approximately 2 million customers in 57 cities in Indonesia, the Bank has 280 branches (including 11 sharia branches) and 750 ATMs with additional access at more than 40,000 ATMs (VisaPlus, Visa Electron, MC, Alto, ATM Bersama and ATM Prima).
PermataBank in late 2010 introduced a program that focuses on CSR PermataHati field education. Since its launch until June 2012, there were 3012 active volunteers involved in the 169 PermataHati activities, including banking education for students, teacher training, teaching general matter, the library and the renovation of classrooms and other CSR activities. All activities have been successfully delivered more than 1,400 scholarships for children of Pre.
The recognition of recent achievements PermataBank are “Fixed Income Poll 2011 - Overall Best Domestic Credit Service Provider in Indonesia and Foreign Exchange Poll 2011 - Best Domestic Provider of FX Services in Indonesia as voted by Corporates” by Asiamoney publication, The Best in Building and Managing Corporate Image category Bank National with < Rp. 100 trillion assets from Bloomberg Business Week and Frontier Consulting Group 2011, The Best Mobile Banking in Asia Pacific 2011 from The Asian Banker Award. Corporate website can be accessed at http://www.permatabank.com.
PROFILE OF ERASMUS HUIS
The Erasmus Huis is the cultural centre of the Netherlands in Jakarta. With a focus on musical programs modern dance and exhibitions the Erasmus Huis has built a reputation as a vibrant and easily accessible cultural centre. Besides many performances of classical music and jazz, films are being screened and lectures are being held on a regular basis in the auditorium.
The Erasmus Huis is not only a showcase for Dutch culture, but is also a home for Indonesian art & culture. Many Indonesian musicians perform each year in the Auditorium. Furthermore the Erasmus Huis each year hosts a number of activities organized by other foreign cultural colleagues.
Cultural co-operation with Indonesia has a high priority in Netherlands cultural policy. Understandably because of the historical ties between the Netherlands and Indonesia and the commitment that the Netherlands share with Indonesia with respect to the preservation of our mutual cultural heritage. At the same time Indonesia presents a source of inspiration to many young artists and groups in the Netherlands. There is a substantial exchange of artists and groups.
Against this backdrop the Erasmus Huis was established in 1970. At first the centre - opened by Prince Bernhard - was located on the Jalan Menteng Raya 25. But soon it became clear that a larger building was needed to accommodate all the activities.
In 1981 the current center was opened in the business district Kuningan on the Jalan Rasuna Said. In this new environment the foundations were laid for the present programme which is put together in close co-operation with a number of cultural organisations in Jakarta and which has made the Erasmus Huis into an important center for the cultural climate in Jakarta and outside.