“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.”
Project Grant Winner KLPA2020
© PERSIA CAMPBELL Mexico
No 1. Self-portrait. “Itinerary of a woman along the border”
PORTRAITS OF THE 'SELF'
©CHLOE ALEXANDRA DAVIES UK KLPA2020
Cup of tea, love?
©GIACOMO d'ORLANDO Italy, KLPA2020
Self Portrait, stuck in Kathmandu during COVID outbreak
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.
©WAWI NAVAROZZA Philippines 2016 / Silverlens Galleries
I Want To Live A Thousand More Years (Self-Portrait After Dengue, with tropical plants and fake flowers
KLPA continues to collaborate with other international photography festivals and 2021 will be no exception. To increase visibility of our top images, all winning and finalists images will be screened or displayed at
San José Foto, Uruguay
Auckland Festival of Photography, New Zealand
Photolux Festival, Italy
Uganda Press Photo Award, Uganda
Suwon Photo Festival, South Korea
Many of us have been self-isolating at home over the last 12 months. How have this 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 category KLPA2021 is seeking stand-alone artistic and creative interpretations of this theme, through self-portraits and considered studies of others.
WHO ARE YOU?
How do you define yourself or someone else? What are the traits and characteristics that make a person who he or she is? 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.
FREE ENTRY - SINGLE IMAGE CATEGORY
To encourage wider global audience participation, all photographers are able to enter KLPA2021 with one free entry in the Single Image category. We hope to see more participation from new regions of the world - South America and the African continent as well as the Middle East nations in particular.
SINGLE IMAGE CATEGORY
1st PRIZE USD$2,000
2nd PRIZE USD$1,000
3rd PRIZE USD$500
KLPA CANON MALAYSIA AWARD
In addition, all Malaysia-based participants who submit to the Single Image category will have their entries automatically entered into the CANON MALAYSIA AWARD. 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 and the winning photographers will be awarded :
1st Prize Canon EOS M50 with lens
2nd Prize Canon EOS M200 with lens
3rd Prize Canon G7 X Mark II
5 X USD$1,000
Following a great success last year, KLPA will once again be awarding USD$1,000 grants to 5 selected photographers with the most deserving projects that are work-in-progress and may be completed by August 2021.
This year priority is given to young 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 or criteria, we just want to see cohesive and creative portrait-led personal projects that connect us as human beings.
©BARBARA ZANON Italy, KLPA2020 Grant Finalist
Daily life of a family with three children with autism
"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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.