The Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards [KLPA] is an annual global portrait photography prize seeking the very best and fresh entries from photographers of all levels. Initiated in 2009, KLPA is recognised as a significant and vital award in the photography calendar, supporting and rewarding contemporary portraiture practice especially in the South East Asian region. We invite submissions to the theme Portraits of Intimacy this year, with the top 3 winners receiving $2,000, £1,000 and $500 each, plus 4 prizes of $250 for the Judges Choice. All 40 finalists will also have their portraits exhibited in Kuala Lumpur and included in digital projections at our partner festivals in 2023/2024. Our judges this year are Sarah Gilbert (Features photo editor at The Guardian), Yasuyoshi Chiba (AFP Photojournalist), Danaé Panchaud (exhibition curator specialising in Photography) and Sharmin Parameswaran (Independent arts curator and program director of Temu House event space in Malaysia).
Photographing intimacy requires trust between the photographer and the subject, as the camera becomes an intrusive object breaking that very moment it intends to capture.
This year's theme seeks portraits that depict the concepts of a much-photographed genre - the closeness of space and time, the weight of memory we fall back to, and the subconscious desires which set off an emotional response. Intimacy can be many things to many people and yet in photography, we see it as a vital ingredient or requirement as to what is an engaging portrait. Intimacy means stepping into unknown and unfamiliar territory, allowing instinct and beauty to take over.
Self-portraits are in essence the ultimate in intimacy portraits where the roles of the creator and the created are one and the same.
Each photographer may enter up to 10 images per submission, as follows :
1 image $15.00
2 images $30.00
3 - 5 images $50.00
6 - 10 images $75.00
Each photographer may only submit twice to the KLPA2023.
More information on klphotoawards.com
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