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Sri Lanka Tea Board organizes its first ever Photography Competition to commemorate 150th anniversary of Sri Lanka Tea Industry under the theme “ RANDIYA SEYA-2017”

Hence, Sri Lanka Tea Board invites the participation of eminent, versatile and imaginative photographers in this programme ,thereby their genius creative ability could be ascertained and evaluated. Tea Board inter alia hopes to create stimulation about the Art of Tea Drinking in Sri Lanka among the community while recognizing   The art of Sri Lanka Tea from an aesthetic angle through this competition.


A.Sri Lankan Tea Drinking Culture

Drinking Tea is the most widespread thirst-quencher second only to water. The fact that it has become part and parcel of daily life style of most of the community of the world is no secret.

In Sri Lankan community too Tea Drinking plays a prominent role, in various social functions, as a daily domestic routine and offering a cup as the most common way showing hospitality and friendliness.

Entries to This category should be edited or unedited photographs which portray episodes of people who have incorporated tea into their everyday lives.

B.Tea Manufacturing Culture.

This year we commemorate 150th anniversary of Tea Industry which was introduced to Sri Lankan community in 1867AD.

The popularity gained by the brand name “Ceylon Tea “throughout the world is tremendous. The volume of foreign exchange generated through the export of Tea has been remarkable. Further Tea Industry gainfully employs directly and indirectly over 1.5 million .

The tea pluckers, planters, employees and owners of Tea Factories, Tea tasters, Tea Auctioneers and Packers all as one shed their sweat and employ their labour generously and loyally in order to preserve the superiority of the trade name “Ceylon Tea “and its perpetuity .Tea Industry is their life blood.

Entries to This category should be the photographs which show community life styles in connection with tea industry, sub culture of tea industry, Landscapes and relief features of Tea Plantations, photographs that were published or unpublished new items in Mass media   in relation to Tea Industry in Sri Lanka.

Both edited or unedited photographs which depict any cultural aspect of Tea Industry would come under this category.

Tea Board expects the participation of Sri Lankan students, amateur and professional photographers in this programme.

Closing Date: 2017.11.20

Rules and regulations of the competition

01.Application forms for this competition may be downloaded from the website Tea Photographer or could be obtained from IT Division of Sri Lanka Tea Board Head Office at 574,Galle Road, Colombo 3 and following regional offices of Sri Lanka Tea Board.


Bandarawela 057-2222812
Galle 091-2232052
Matara 041-2222636
Mathugama 034-2247444
Ratnapura 045-2222136
Gampola 081-2352279

2.No fee will be charged to enter the competition. Closing date for the acceptance of entries will be 20th November 2017. Duly filled application together with your entries should only be handed over to Sri Lanka Tea Board, Head Office, IT Division or mail duly completed application along with digital copies before the closing date to (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

03.Persons or family members of the organizing committee of this competition, are not eligible to participate in this competition.

04.Applicants can submit their entries to both categories of his or her choice but the maximum number of works could be submitted under each category is eight(8).

05.Photographs submitted may be in colour or monochrome. The shorter side should at least be1200 pixcel and it should be compatible to JPEG Format The category and the title of the entry should be clearly indicated.

                Example:                             Tea Manufacturing Culture - if 3rd photograph.

                                                           B-3-Tea Culture.jpg.

06.If DVDs or CDs are to be handed over it is the responsibility of the applicant to see that they are submitted with proper packaging, so as not to cause any damage to them. “Randiya Seya” should be clearly written on the top left hand corner of the package/envelope which contains the photographs and the application and should be handed over to IT division,Sri Lanka Tea Board ,574,Galle Rd. Colombo.3

07.Photographs published in a newspaper or a magazine may also be submitted .The date published and the name of the newspaper or magazine should be clearly mentioned in the application.

08.Sri Lanka Tea Board is not bound to return the DVDs and CDs which contain photographs submitted for the competition.

09.The photographer shall retain the ownership of the all entries submitted for this competition and Sri Lanka Tea Board reserves the right to use them for promotional/publicity purposes.

10.Selections in all categories will be done by a eminent panel of selectors and their decision with regard to the winning entries will be final.

11.Tea Board reserves the right not to award any prize for either categories if suitable entries are not found

12.Photographs taken by another person or down loaded from internet or obtained from any other source are not entitled to submit for this competition.

13.The following facts will be given special attention by the Panel of Judges in selection.

  1. Originality
  2. Creativity
  3. Photographic

14.QualityParticipation in the competition will be treated as having accepted and agreed to be bound by the rules and regulations of the competition.

15.Sri Lanka Tea Board shall retain the right to make policy decisions and the final responsibility on “Randiya Seya-2017” Photography Competition.

16.”Randiya Seya-2017”Photography Competition and exhibition will be held on 08th Friday, December, 2017 at Nelum Pokuna Theatre premises.

17.Arrangements have been made to award the certificates on the same date at the “Tea Award Ceremony” under the patronage of His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka.

Entries will be subjected to reject in following instances

Printed color or black and white borders should not be appeared around the photographs and the photographs with water marks, dates, signatures or names will be rejected. Laminated, framed or mounted photographs will also be rejected.

Photographs should be in accordance with the rules and regulations of Tea Plucking introduced by Sri Lanka Tea Board.Entries Contravene this will be rejected. (Ref Annex)

Any photograph that would cause any harassment or embarrassment to any individual or persons is not entitled to submit for the competition. The entrant is responsible for any issue in this regard.

Photographs received after the closing date and which are not in comply with the requirements of the rules and regulations will be rejected without any prior notice.

Awards and Cash prizes

First, second and third prizes for both categories A and B will be comprised as follows:.

1              First Place         -              Gold Award and       Rs. 50,000

2              Second Place     -              Silver Award and     Rs. 30,000

3              Third Place        -              Bronze Award and   Rs. 20,000

In additions 20 Merit Certificates and Rs.5000.00 will be awarded for each category.

The above document is the only decisive document for the “Randiya Seya-2017” and the scheduled application is also a part of this document.

Any clarification on “Randiya Seya-2017”could be obtained in future from IT Division of Sri Lanka Tea Board” in writing or through telephone. Sri Lanka Tea Boards shall reserve the right for defining, revising, rescinding this document or compiling a new document.






Once again, the Sri Lanka tea industry made remarkable in-roads to the world’s largest tea consuming market, China with a spectacular performance few days ago in the global Selenium capital of Enshi at Hubei Province. The platform was the International Tea Forum supplemented by an artistic Tea Exhibition to portray the wide range of different Chinese teas attended by a large gathering of overseas tea experts and specialist as well as the reputed Chinese tea companies. The formidable strength of Ceylon Tea powered by the auction system was clearly reiterated to the global leaders of Green Tea where the participants expressed astonishment but keen interest to support the mechanism. The Ceylon Tea Charity Auction conducted for the first time in the ancient Selenium capital of Enshi in Hubei Province, provided the tea crazy Chinese fans to witness another rare, hotly contested bidding process. This was the third such tea auction concluded by Sri Lanka in “the birth country of tea” within a short span of just three months. The hype and excitement created by this unique opportunity was considered as an  excellent promotional tool for Ceylon Tea for further penetration into the large middle class society of China, always looking for novelty and innovations. The auction system has never been experimented for tea in China although antiques, jewellery, flowers etc are popularly sold through such mechanisms.

The  success of the combination of three Ps’ - Public/Private/Peoples approach was clearly ratified again through this collaboration in the tea industry of Sri Lanka. The apex state organization responsible for the tea industry in the island, Sri Lanka Tea Board in partnership with the private sector umbrella body for the industry, Colombo Tea Traders Association and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing joined hands with the China Chamber of Commerce for Foodstuffs, Native Produce & Animal By-Products (CCCFNA) to organize this historic Ceylon Tea Charity Auction. It was indeed the cordial rapport and friendly dialogue cultivated by the Sri Lanka tea industry diplomats and experts with the Chinese counterparts which paved the way to organize a public forum to boost a foreign Black Tea origin in a nation where Green Tea is officially declared as the “National Drink”. The name of the game was complimenting Chinese green tea with Ceylon Black Tea to give the end user more variety where consumers are eager to try out new product innovations.

A communication strategy was formulated in advance, jointly by Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) and Colombo Tea Traders Association (CTTA) to convey the conducting of a Ceylon Tea Charity Auction which was scheduled immediately after the ceremonial opening of the International Tea Conference at Hubei Province. The Pre-Auction notice was designed by the CTTA in the format of a digital catalogue and circulated to the membership of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce through the organizing committee and also to the Chinese Tea Industry Stake Holders through the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing a week prior to the event. The pre-publicity program had highlighted the agro-climatic growing regions and emphasized on the award winning single estates of Sri Lanka including the specialty orthodox black teas from the island nation and Ceylon Green Teas.

During the day of the actual event, all the teas lined up for auctioning was displayed in the Auction Room with the opportunity to taste/liquor by an appreciative audience including the Chinese Media. The two Deputies Governors of Enshi Province patronized the auction as the Guests of Honour. A specially printed catalogue, very professionally designed by the CTTA was distributed to the enthusiastic crowd just before the charity auction commenced. The event began with a brief introduction by the Master of Ceremonies, the role taken over by Hasitha De Alwis, Director (Promotion) MENA Region of the SLTB immediately followed by a PowerPoint presentation from Anil Cooke, President of Asia Siyaka Commodities PLC. The presentation was related to the auction system, its absolute transparency, fast turnaround of crop to cash and the mechanism still believed to be the most effective by the stake-holders of the Sri Lanka tea industry. Despite discovering tea, China acknowledged the fact, that they are yet to experiment with the auction system.

Sri Lanka Tea Industry which celebrated the 150 years anniversary in the island nation with a mega program recently, elevated the awareness of the Orthodox Ceylon Black Tea Grades and Agro-climatic Regions among the Chinese society to a new level with the tea auction performed in Hubei Province. Fourteen (14) of the winning teas at the Ceylon Specialty Estate Tea of the Year Competition completed in Beijing few months ago were selected to be auctioned again in Enshi. Five (05) kilos each of the winning teas were sold at the Charity Auction, mainly to the Chinese audience at an exciting bidding contest which was keenly contested to a packed gathering. For the first time in the history, four (04) Chinese Teas of 500 gms each was also auctioned along with the Ceylon Teas as a symbol of the friendship between the tea industries of the two countries. It has been acknowledged by political leaders of both nations, that  Sri Lanka’s trade with China goes back as far as 3,000 years due to the ancient Maritime Silk Route. The “One Belt – One Road” Initiative advocated by China is consistent with the Sri Lanka’s policy on the “Strategic Cooperation Partnership” between the two countries. The geographic location of the island is also ideally placed to operate as a hub in the Indian Ocean and compliment the Chinese “Belt and Road” strategy.

An amount of RMB 50,000 (Rs. 1.1 Million) was raised at the historic charity auction for Ceylon Tea in the famous global Selenium capital of Enshi (Hubei Province).

Every lot was 05 kilos each and the teas were physically available for delivery over the counter. A noteworthy scenario was the purchase of Bandaraeliya Garden Mark of Dambatenne Tea Factory in the Uva Region by USA Tea Association at a price of RMB 5,000 as a felicitation to Sir Thomas Lipton who owned the tea estate in the colonial era. The Ceylon Tea and Chinese Tea Auction was conducted by Mr. Anil Cooke from Sri Lanka and Mr. Ling Feng (Alan) from China, a formidable combination who kept the audience on their toes. While Mr. Cooke has conducted similar auctions for Ceylon Teas in USA, Japan, Russia, Dubai and Beijing on previous occasions, Mr. Alan is the first Chinese licensed auctioneer in foreign auction company. The revenue of approx. SL Rs. 1.1 Million raised through the Charity auction will be utilized for a welfare project for the benefit of the Children of Sri Lanka tea plantation workers/labourers. It would be administered by Colombo Teas Traders Association in consultation with the Sri Lanka Teas Board.

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* Monthly Tea Summary - July 2017






"150 Years of Ceylon Tea "

Sri Lanka Tea Board participation at the Grand Charity Auction


As part of the celebration of 150th Anniversary of Sri Lanka Tea Industry, the Grand Charity Auction was held on the 20th July 2017 at the Bandaranaike memorial International Conference Hall, in the presence of Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries. The special charity auction was conducted by the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association. The five lots of beautiful collection of sterling Silver tea memorabilia were auctioned and the Sri Lanka Tea Board was presented with a model of tea tasting set.

All funds collected from the auction will be directed towards charities associated with the tea estate workers and their children, focusing on the improvement on their quality of life and provision of health benefits.

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Sri Lanka Tea Board has made all arrangement to celebrate 150th annivesary of Sri Lanka Tea Industry. There are many events such as Global Tea Party, book launch, regional level exhibitions have been organized to mark the above celebration. Parellel to 150th annivesary the Educational & Trade exhibitions have been organized at regional level.


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The Sri Lanka Tea Board, in collaboration with the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association, is organizing a number of celebratory events to coincide with this Sesquicentennial Anniversary, throughout the year 2017.


The commemorative programme commenced with the unveiling,  of a sculptured monument of James Taylor at the Head Office of the Sri Lanka Tea Board on 19th January 2017, by the Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries, in the presence of Mr Mihindu Kulasooriya, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Plantation Industries, Mr Rohan Pethiyagoda - Chairman, Sri Lanka Tea Board, Mr Anselm Perera - Chairman, Colombo Tea Traders' Association.   

This monument of James Taylor - acknowledged as the "Father of Ceylon Tea" will be an enduring memorial to him and is a  fitting tribute for his inestimable contribution to the Tea Industry and the country.

Multi religious ceremony was held to invoke blessings by religious clergies. Representatives from UK High Commission, officials of the Ministry of plantation Industries, Industry stake holders and several dignitaries, including the Tea Board officials graced the occasion.    

Hon. Minister also launched the Microsite (website) related to the Celebrations of 150 years of Ceylon Tea.

James Taylor

The commercial cultivation of tea in Ceylon, as Sri Lanka was then known, is acknowledged to have commenced in 1867 at Loolecondera Estate, Hewaheta, in the Kandy District, by an enterprising young agriculturalist, James Taylor, a redoubtable Scotsman, of which extraction were most of the pioneers of the Industry.

Taylor, the son of Michael Taylor and Margaret Moir, was born on March 29, 1835, in a cottage called “Moss Park” on the Monbodde Estate, near Laurencekirk in Kincardineshire, Scotland. On being recruited as a Coffee Planter on Narenghena Estate, he arrived in Ceylon on February 20, 1852. Following a brief posting there, he was transferred to Loolecondera Estate, where he spent the rest of his life and eventually expired on May 2, 1892, at the age of 57 years, of dysentery, while still in service.

With the decline in Coffee in the late 1860s, in 1867, Taylor pioneered the commercial cultivation of Tea on Loolecondera estate. Tea soon replaced Coffee, which was the main cash crop of the island, hitherto, on account of the “plant blight” that devastated the coffee plantations. It was Taylor's fortitude, vision and indefatigability that created this significantly successful agricultural enterprise - The Tea Industry of Ceylon, and it is to him that Ceylon Tea owes its worldwide fame.

As D.M. Forrest in his book ‘A Hundred Years Of Ceylon Tea’ observed, “He was a natural technician. He sometimes spent more money than his proprietors liked, but his roads were the best in the district and, when finished, cost nothing for two years except 5s for a cross-drain. His thatching, too, was good for five years against the normal three.” It was he who first extolled the benefits of ‘finer plucking’, which enhanced the selling price of the made tea and raised the value of the land under tea cultivation, per acre.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle paid tribute to the indomitable spirit and the profound sacrifices made by the pioneers of the Industry when he wrote, " Not often is it that men have the heart, when their one great industry is withered, to rear up in a few years another as rich to take its place; and the tea fields of Ceylon are as true a monument to courage as is the lion of Waterloo"

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Media Conference to Announce events in relations to the Celebrations of 150 years of Ceylon Tea 2017

The Tea Industry of Sri Lanka will celebrate its 150th Anniversary in 2017. The commercial cultivation of tea commenced in 1867, fortuitously supplanting coffee, which, till then, was the country's main cash crop, shortly thereafter devastated by a ravaging plant blight. A Scotsman named James Taylor is reputed to have developed the first commercial plantation and commenced the manufacture of Tea on Loolcondera Estate, Hewaheta. He was followed by other pioneers, who not only contributed agriculturally, but also helped create the infrastructure, which continues to facilitate the supply chain of this great Industry.

The Sri Lanka Tea Board, in collaboration with the Colombo Tea Traders' Association, is organizing a number of celebratory events to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of the Tea Industry of Sri Lanka, throughout the year 2017.

The Media Conference to announce the events in relation to the celebrations was held on 7th December 2016 at 'The Blue', Hotel Hilton Colombo. Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries was the chief guest at the event. The stakeholders, media representatives and tea industry related invitees numbering over 150 persons were present at the Media Conference at Hilton Hotel.

• This will commence with the unveiling of a sculptured bust of James Taylor at the Head Office of the Sri Lanka Tea Board – 19th January 2017.

• A first day cover and a series of stamps will be issued in February 2017, followed by the release of a Rs.10/- coin by the month of August, to commemorate this anniversary.

• Over the months of March to July, a series of Education Fairs will be conducted in all seven tea producing regions, to serve as an outreach to the local community in an endeavor to infuse a better understanding of the relevance and importance of the Tea Industry to the country and its career opportunities and to create an awareness of the significance of this historic event.

• An unique 'Global Ceylon Tea Party', hosted by the country's Diplomatic Missions worldwide, will be held on July 06, at 5.00 p.m. in each time-zone around the world, serving fine Ceylon Teas and a specially created biscuit for the occasion by Maliban Biscuit Manufactories, the oldest biscuit manufacturer in Sri Lanka.

• The publication of a Commemorative Book, an authentic historical record of 'The 150 Years of Ceylon Tea', will be launched on June 14, 2017.

• A 'Grand Charity Tea Auction' will be held on June 14, 2017, the entire proceeds of which will be invested in charitable projects, benefitting the work force of the Plantation Sector.

• During the month of July 2017, an International Tea Festival, to promote amongst Tourists and Sri Lankans the uniqueness of Ceylon Tea and the tea culture, through a festive atmosphere, will be held, with a focus on street events, featuring Tea stalls, food stalls and entertainment, including performances depicting tea related activities. It is intended that this will become an annual event in the future.

• An International Colombo Tea Convention will be held from August 8 to 11, 2017, with an expected approximately 300 overseas delegates, apart from significant local participation. Erudite presentations will be delivered by eminent personalities in the Global Tea Trade and the International Business Arena, both from overseas and Sri Lanka, with expertise and experience in a wide spectrum of relevant disciplines, setting the tone for stimulating discussions and sharing of diverse views, with competent moderators regulating the different session.

• Along with the Colombo Tea Convention, other international events will be held in Colombo, which will attract more international participation from both producer and consumer countries. Immediately preceding the Convention, the Inter Session meeting of the FAO/IGG on Tea which will be held in Colombo on the 7th and 8th of August 2017.

• A Plantation Sri Lanka 2017 Exhibition will be held from August 11 to 13, 2017 at Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre, to enable Exporters, Manufactures, Producers and Service Providers in the Tea Industry, both local and international, to showcase their products and services.

• An Award Ceremony to recognize stakeholders in the Tea Industry, encompassing all sectors in every region, ranging from the Best Tea Plucker, Tea Taster and Tea Blender to the Best Manufacturer and the most Creative Innovator, etc.

• A Programme will be initiated to upgrade the Ceylon Tea Museum at Kandy, which is of great relevance to the history of the Industry.

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Sri Lanka Tea Board New Regional Office at Nuwara Eliya

Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries laid the foundation stone for the construction of a new Regional Office of the Sri Lanka Tea Board in Nuwara Eliya on 17th October 2016. The Regional Office is being built at an estimated cost of 86 million rupees. The Regional Offices of the Sri Lanka Tea Board carry out all regulatory functions connected with the cultivation, manufacture and quality development of tea.

Hatton / Nuwara Eliya Region consists of 4 Tea Inspector ranges, 130 registered Tea Factories and 84 registered Green Tea Leaf Dealers and presently over looked from the Gampola Regional office of Sri Lanka Tea Board. Therefore, the parties who require the services and supports from the Sri Lanka Tea Board encounter with difficulties to come to Regional Office in Gampola and experience hindrances in receiving documentary instructions, licenses and awareness program ect. which are of utmost importance to carry out their regular operation/ practices.

The establishment of this new Office in the center of the region will certainly help to carry out the regulatory activities of the Sri Lanka Tea Board more effectively and efficiently thereby facilitating all the parties who involved in Tea Industry of the region.

Dr.Rohan Pethiyagoda, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tea Board,Ms. K.N.Kumari Somaratne, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Plantation Industries, Mr. Anura Siriwardena, Director General, Sri Lanka Tea Board, Mr. E.A.J.K. Edirisinghe, Tea Commissioner and other dignitaries participated in the event.


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