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SENSE

  OF SELF

  • SINGLE IMAGE THEME CATEGORY

  • SINGLE IMAGE OPEN CATEGORY

  • PROJECT GRANT CATEGORY

  • EXCLUSIVE KLPA CANON MALAYSIA AWARD (for Malaysian entries*)

  • EXHIBITION & INTERNATIONAL SCREENINGS

© TAMARA ECKHARDT Germany - from series The Children of Carrowbrowne' KLPA2020 Project Grant Finalist

Many of us have been self-isolating at home over the last 12 months and it has been challenging in all respects for photographers. How have these externally imposed restrictions affected our sense of self?

 

As humans, we are in constant need to interact, relate and communicate with others and these actions define our individual identity and sense of self; through the choices we make and the actions we take. In the Single Image Theme Category, KLPA is seeking stand-alone artistic and creative interpretations of this theme about the 'Self'. You may enter portraits you have taken of other people, family members or of yourself.

CATEGORIES

A. SINGLE IMAGE THEME CATEGORY

THEME : SENSE OF SELF

1st PRIZE  USD$2,000

2nd PRIZE  USD$1,000

3rd PRIZE  USD$500

 

How do you define yourself or someone else? What are the traits and characteristics that make a person who they are? How can you photograph these 'selfs' and make them stand out as an individual in a creative and meaningful way? Portraits can delve deep into a person's psyche and reveal what is superficially masked on the surface.  You may enter portraits of other people you have taken or of yourself. We are looking for that special creative composition and context which relates to the theme.

B. SINGLE IMAGE OPEN CATEGORY

1st PRIZE  USD$2,000

2nd PRIZE  USD$1,000

3rd PRIZE  USD$500

 

In this OPEN Category, photographers may submit portraits that do not have to adhere to the theme but represent a personal vision and creativity, no matter which genre they are captured in. Portraits can be of any genre, format and style.

C. PROJECT GRANTS

3 X USD$1,000, 10 Finalists

Following a great success last year, the 2021 jury will again be selecting the ten best projects and awarding USD$1,000 each to the top three photographers. This year priority is given to new and unrepresented photographers who may require extra funding to fulfil their projects or cover living expenses due to the pandemic restrictions. There will be no theme; however, we just want to see visually strong human interest stories which are portraiture-based.

 

In addition, all Malaysia-based participants who submit to any of the A & B. SINGLE IMAGE CATEGORIES will have their entries automatically entered into the KLPA CANON MALAYSIA AWARD 2021. This special award is sponsored by Canon Malaysia to encourage greater Malaysian participation in conjunction with the EXPOSURE+ PHOTO event that will take place in Kuala Lumpur in September 2021.

 

These entries will be separately judged by Canon Ambassadors Annice Lyn and Fazry Ismail and the top 3 winning photographers will be awarded Canon cameras.

Exclusive : KLPA CANON MALAYSIA AWARD 2021*

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VISIBILITY

As in previous years, KLPA will continue to collaborate with international photography festivals through digital screenings in 2021. Greater regional audiences will get to see all our winners and finalists works through these partnerships and collaborations.

  • San José Foto, Uruguay

  • Auckland Festival of Photography, New Zealand

  • Exposure+ Photo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Photolux Festival, Lucca, Italy

  • Uganda Press Photo Award, Uganda

  • Suwon Photo Festival, South Korea

"KLPA2020 has been a very engaging experience: the competitive standards were high with incredible photographers from all over the world, and the team and the judges were exceptional. The opportunity to reach international visibility thanks to its multi-located exhibitions made the participation extremely rewarding."

ALESSIO MAXIMILIAN SCHRODER 

Project Grant Winner KLPA2020

"Being awarded the 2nd prize in the KLPA singles image category has meant a lot to me; both regarding the international exposure I have received afterwards, but most importantly by bringing focus to my project and the neglected tropical disease onchocerciasis."

MARCUS TRAPPAUD BJØRN

Single Image 2nd Prize Winner 2020

 

JUDGES

WAWI NAVARROZA

Wawi Navarroza is a Filipino contemporary artist known for her works in photography, actively exhibiting in galleries and museums both in the Philippines and internationally. Her approach to photography is malleable, with a focus on exploring Self and Surrounding as seen in her works in self-portraits, constructed tableaus, and contemporary landscape.

 

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www.wawinavarroza.com

DIANA LUI

Diana Lui is an artist, photographer and filmmaker of Chinese and Punjabi origins from Malaysia.  She was sent in the 1980's at age 14 to further her studies in Los Angeles, California. After 12 years  in the United States, Lui moved to Europe, first to Belgium and finally to France in 1998. Based both in Kuala Lumpur and Paris, she has been working between Asia and Europe for the last 30  years. Her transient life between three different continents has developed in her a heightened sense  of “rootlessness”. This "loss of self” became later the center from which her art took shape.  Consequently, her work for the last 3 decades questions the changing definition of cross-cultural  identities, past, present, future identities, hybrid identities as well as non-identities.  (Pic © Vignes Balasingam)

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www.99medusas.com

RUBIN KHOO

Rubin Khoo previously held the post of Editor-in-Chief of August Man Malaysia and Prestige Malaysia, overseeing all editorial aspects of both magazines. He brings with him more than 20 years of journalistic experience, having covered many aspects of news, business and features. He previously held positions as feature writer at The Star and a newsreader and broadcast journalist at TV3. He now holds the title of Associate Publisher at Burda Luxury KL.

www.augustman.com/my

TERESA ENG

Teresa Eng is a Chinese-Canadian artist whose work merges personal histories and the sense of place into a form of visual poetry. She completed her MA in Photography at the London College of Communications and lives and works in London, UK. She is interested in the materiality of analogue photographic processes and the photobook medium for her long term projects. 
 

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www.teresa-eng.com

@teresaeng

JEFFREY LIM

Jeffrey Lim’s artistic expression stems from his cultural work in social art projects using mapping, installation and photography. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he has also been active in social activism & advocacy. As an artist, Jeff considers himself more as a cultural narrator, utilising forms of conceptual representation with imagery, found-object, and space. His recent work with Kanta Portraits has seen him travel between Malaysia and Taiwan in social exchange with indigenous communities on their narrative & the nationalistic-construct, presenting portrait prints in return using his self-made box camera.

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www.studio25-my

SUBMISSION DEADLINE 30 APRIL 2021

“Thank you KLPA2020 for having such a great competition and an extremely professional team following up and updating finalists and winners on all fronts – it makes working with you an absolute pleasure. In addition, to hold a live exhibition for all the winners at the beautiful ILHAM Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, during the pandemic is truly remarkable. I would like to thank all of the KLPA team for your hard work and commitment to all the photographers involved. Thank you.”

TARIQ ZAIDI

Project Grant Winner KLPA2020

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