Bunga Raya – The Malaysia National Flower Rumble!


Hibiscus is Malaysia’s national flower where it’s locally known as the Bunga Raya. The word bunga in Malay means, “flower”, whilst raya in Malay means “big” or “grand”. The hibiscus is literally known as the “big flower” in Malay.

Photo by nigelk

Hibiscus species represent nations. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the national flower of Malaysia while Hibiscus syriacus is the national flower of South Korea.

The red of the petals symbolizes the courage, life, and rapid growth of the Malaysian, and the five petals represent the five Rukun Negara (Malay for “National Principles”) of Malaysia. The flower can also be found imprinted on the notes and coins of the Malaysian ringgit.

We are eager to compile a selection of the beautiful “Hibiscus” all over the world and the most stunning picture will win away delicious 15 piggies while 1st runner up will receive 10 piggies and 2nd runner up will receive 5 piggies. Good luck!


  • Prize(s): 1 winner of 15 Piggies, 1st runner up of 10 piggies and 2nd runner up of 5 piggies. All winners will receive a special award badge straight to their LomoHomes.
  • Film/Camera Type: Any analogue photo not digitally enhanced or manipulated. Please keep in mind of Malaysia’s national flower theme.
  • Upload Limit: 10 photos
  • Minimum Photo Dimensions: Submissions must be at least 768px in either width or height.
  • Meta data must be completed (camera, film, location & 3 tags)

written by eva_eva on 2012-02-23 #news #competition #rumble #flowers #malaysia #hibiscus #bunga-raya #national-flower


  1. adzfar
    adzfar ·

    Nice comp!

  2. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    @nigelk :D

  3. kwakken
    kwakken ·

    i hope I have enough time. There are lots of it here in Philippines.

  4. cutebun
    cutebun ·

    Hard to find Hibiscus in Kuching

  5. nicx
    nicx ·

    I have 3 bushes in my garden - will get on the photographing ASAP

  6. hanibale
    hanibale ·


  7. buckshot
    buckshot ·

    I was lucky enough to already have two hibiscus shots in my home, here www.lomography.co.th/homes/buckshot/albums/1747738-up-close… and here www.lomography.co.th/homes/buckshot/albums/1747738-up-close… Hope the judges like them! :-)

  8. lomo-chef
    lomo-chef ·

    wohhh nice comp:)

  9. lomo-chef
    lomo-chef ·

    wohhh nice comp:)

  10. lilithmoon
    lilithmoon ·

    Love the hibiscus! It's my favorite flower! ^^

  11. luiggiox
    luiggiox ·

    In Peru, hibiscus is called "cucarda" :D My grandmother used to grow the yellow and orange ones...

  12. litumai
    litumai ·

    OMGGG i have lots of pics of this flower... guess i just found out too late about this rumble =(

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