Thank you to all who submitted and supported the cause.

An Appeal

Update 17 June 2022 : 


The judges are currently looking through the entries and they are due to meet next week online! This 14th KLPA, we have raised GBP4,077.80 (approx. USD$5,000) for the Ukraine refugee cause, which represents 100% of the net entry fees, with a total of 672 images. Thank you to all who have submitted for your support this year. The funds will be donated equally to the United Nations Crisis Response and Disaster Emergencies Committee.

Dear Friends and Followers of KLPA,

This year, for the first time, we are making an appeal to you. We are in total support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine and they need assistance. KLPA will pledge to donate 100% of all net entry fees from the 2022 open call to support the humanitarian needs of the millions of displaced Ukrainians who are desperately seeking shelter, clothes, and food.


Therefore, KLPA2022 is a unique one, where our prizemoney which is usually funded from entry fees will all go towards the cause.* Instead, we are presenting the top three winners with Canon digital cameras courtesy of KLPA, and our Top 45 finalists with an online and physical exhibition in Kuala Lumpur at the end of 2022.



KLPA is run by a very small and dedicated team maintaining the highest possible standards to promote portrait photography amongst Malaysians and internationally, and has always operated on a self-funded basis. We do not have external funding sources, apart from sponsorships of prizes, venues, printing, and volunteered time.

Therefore, we will be crowdfunding for funds to cover the exhibition catalogues and prints, and appeal to you, our generous followers and friends, individuals, and organisations to help spread the word. (Donate here)

The 2022 theme is HUMAN/NATURE. This is to be interpreted in the widest creative, philosophical, sociological senses. There will be no open or project categories. We look forward to your support.

Steven Lee

Founder Director, KLPA

*We have selected Disaster Emergencies Committee and the United Nations Crisis Response as the charities to donate to.



©NORIKO TAKASUGI Dyptich from project 'MUSUHI'.

Left image depicts an ancient painting of an important ritual of the Nomaoi folk event. People wearing white clothes called Okobito, are chasing wild horses to find the God horse. Today they perform the same ritual, except wild horses are replaced by thoroughbreds. The right image is a portrait of a woman from the family of the priest of the main shrine of Nomaoi, praying for peace in our land, our identity for 800 years.


What are the traits of being human? The central concept that human beings have an inherent cause towards a finality, as claimed by Aristotle’s teleological arguments were often challenged by later thinkers and philosophers that human behaviour is malleable and hence changeable by external influences.


We ask if being human is natural and if so, what is human (as opposed to being beasts). How can we as artists and photographers depict these ‘human’ traits in our work, and in stand-alone portraits? How do we portray morality, ethics, reasoning, feelings like love, hate, envy  - all basic human traits creatively and effectively. Ultimately, we are emotion-led beings that react to influences from our tradition, environment, and nature.

We seek creative and meaningful stand-alone portraits in all genres : street, documentary, fine-art, conceptual etc; inspired and influenced by the theme, with accompanying titles and captions. We love to know your creative process and the thinking behind the portrait you have made.



1st Prize
Canon EOS R6 with RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM lens


2nd Prize
Canon EOS RP with RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM lens

3rd Prize
Canon EOS M50 Mark II with EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens





Federico Estol is a photographer and the director of SAN JOSÉ FOTO festival in Uruguay, coordinating the Photobook Club Montevideo and as editor of El Ministerio Ediciones publishing house.


He is a nominator of World Press Photo, Leica Oskar Barnack Award and Foam Paul Huf Award, and has collaborated with photographers around the world in various capacities.



Sharmin Parameswaran is a part-time independent curator working in the Malaysian visual arts scene with interests rooted in the potential of collaborative art projects to engage wider audiences through thought, experience, and discourse.

Her curatorial and project management projects include a collaboration with women’s rights group All Women’s Action Society to stage The Good Malaysian Woman: Ethnicity, Religion, Politics; highlighting how female stereotypes affect women’s sense of self, community, and nationality.

Other collaborators include the acclaimed Obscura Photo Festival, as well as the multidisciplinary Cooler Lumpur Festival 2017 and Urbanscapes 2017/2018. Her most recent project was SH/FT A Contemporary Visual Art Exhibition, 2019 with CENDANA (Cultural Economy Development Agency) as Lead Curator & Project Manager. 

Full time, Sharmin works with Astro Malaysia in the Content Management Group, keeping up to date with popular culture that drives digital and broadcast content from movies, TV series, and today’s fast-paced short formats.

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Anna Kućma is the director of FOTEA and the Uganda Press Photo Awards, a unique educational photography platform and annual competitions for East African photojournalists and photographers.


With a background in Cultural Policy and Film and Photographic Studies, Anna has collaborated with prominent galleries and has curated and assisted many exhibitions and worked on innovative visual storytelling initiatives.


She is passionate about developing alternative educational models and networks for visual professionals on the African continent and beyond. She is a frequent nominator and jury member for initiatives including the Joop Swart Masterclass, CAP Prize, FORMAT and Belfast Photo Festival. She is based in Kampala.



Smita Sharma is a Delhi-based photojournalist who has documented gender issues, sexual crimes and human trafficking in the Global South through long-form visual narratives.


She is a TED fellow and an IWMF reporting fellow. Smita is committed to representing people with dignity and her visceral images have been published in a range of outlets, including the New York Times, BBC World, Wall Street Journal, TIME and National Geographic Magazine.


Her work has also been exhibited and shown globally, including at the UN Headquarters in New York. She is the recipient of awards from Amnesty International, the Las Fotos Project, One World Media and Fetisov Journalism Award.



Kodo Chijiiwa was born in 1976, in Saga, Japan and has resided in Yakushima since 2003. In 2008, after working as an assistant of Iris Janke, he had his first solo exhibition and worked as a freelance photographer in Berlin. He participated in the What’s Up PHOTODOC group exhibition held at Galerie HUIT during the 2015 Arles Les Rencontres de la photographie dʼArles.

Later Kodo established the Yakushima Photography Festival (YPF) with French photographer Antonin Borgeaud as co-founder and Cleo Charuet as art director in 2015.

In the same year, after signing a contract with Galerie Basia Embiricos, Paris, the first Yakushima Photography Festival was held in October jointly sponsored by Japan and France at Yakushima Japan.



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