Sony World Photography Awards Launch Hunt to Uncover
Malaysia’s Best Photographer
© Hairul Azizi Harun, 1st Place, Malaysia National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards
Kuala Lumpur, 4th Dec 2014 – The Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s most prestigious photography competitions, together with Sony Malaysia, today launches a competition to discover Malaysia’s best photographer.
Malaysia National Award is open to photographers of all abilities from Malaysia. Entries are free via www.worldphoto.org and photographers can enter any of ten categories. The judges will uncover and honor the best single image by a Malaysian national from across these categories.
This special award offers an amazing opportunity for budding photographers to have their work seen globally and be recognized alongside the world’s leading photographers.
The winner of Malaysia National Award will be announced on 18 March 2015. The winning photographer will receive the latest photographic equipment from Sony while two further photographers will receive runners-up prizes. All three photographers will have their work displayed alongside professional photographers from around the globe as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition held in London from 24th of April to 10th of May 2015 and showcased online at www.worldphoto.org.
Each year the Sony World Photography Awards celebrates the very best international contemporary photography. The awards include: 15 Professional categories for serious photographers; 10 Open categories for enthusiasts; the Student Focus competition for higher education photography students aged 18-28 and a Youth Competition for photographers under 20.
The winner of Malaysia National Award will be chosen from entries to the Open competition of the 2015 Sony Word Photography Awards taken by Malaysian nationals.
The Open competition includes ten categories:
● Arts & Culture
● Nature & Wildlife
● Split second
The competition will close on 5 January 2015. Entries will firstly be judged by WPO's pre-selection committee and a winner will be decided by a special judging panel including and Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organization.
Satoshi Hatano, Managing Director of Sony Malaysia comments, "The Sony World Photography Awards are committed to engaging with and supporting talented photographers from around the globe. It is for this reason that we are thrilled to be able to work closely with Sony Asia Pacific to identify the local photographers that are producing great work and pushing their own creative boundaries, so that we can raise their profile across the globe and provide inspiration to other budding Malaysian photographers.”
Hideyuki Wada, Head of Marketing Division, Digital Imaging, Sony Malaysia comments: “The National Awards are a great vehicle to recognize talent on a regional basis and it’s extremely interesting to see the different styles emanating from individual countries. We want to support these national talents and provide them with the best cameras and lenses so that they can focus on the creative subjects in front of them.”
About World Photography Organisation (WPO)
WPO supports professional, amateur and young photographers, lending a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends across all genres of photography. Delivering various initiatives to this global community, these programmes involve the photographer in commercial, cultural and educational activities within the many industry sectors, whilst also creating events for the public to participate in. Currently included within the WPO portfolio are: the Sony World Photography Awards; the World Photography Student Focus Competition and Youth on Assignment. In addition the WPO have recently launched Photo Shanghai, Asia-Pacific’s premiere international Art Fair focused on photography and The Magazine, a monthly online publication where photography is explored, debated and discussed. WPO also has a thriving online presence via its website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and engages its online audience via regular PhotoTALK discussions. For more information please visit www.worldphoto.org
For further information please contact:
Kristine Bjørge, PR Manager, World Photography Organisation / Kristine@worldphoto.org