Travel photographer shines bright at Maybank Photography Awards.
MALAYSIAN photographers Yaman Ibrahim and Hairi Zulhyrie Mansoer made the headlines at the Maybank Photography Awards Grand Finale last night in Kuala Lumpur by bagging the Photographer Of The Year and Street Photography awards respectively.
This ambitious sophomore edition of the Maybank Photography Awards (MPA) went beyond local shores as it included submissions from nine Asean member countries (except for Laos). Initiated last year, the MPA increased its entries tremendously with this year’s second edition which saw 67,000 entries from across the region.
Last year’s inaugural edition, which was limited to Malaysian entries, attracted 19,000 entries. There was also a significant jump in local entries with 24,000 recorded for this year’s MPA.
The competition was open to all residents of Asean countries aged 18 and above. The theme for this year’s awards was Inspiring Asia with sub-categories such as Culture and Heritage, Portraits, Street, Nature, Press and People’s Choice. The Photographer Of The Year award went to the best photographer with submissions in more than two categories.
“We are proud to play our role to support this passion and to support the diverse facets of arts and culture which photography represents,” said Adam Wee Abdullah, Maybank group chief marketing officer.
The competition offered US$35,000 (RM113,000) in prize money, excluding a grant by Maybank for the Photographer Of The Year award.
The Klang Valley-based Yaman, 47, a professional photographer, was all smiles as he walked away with the MPA’s top prize.
“This year’s MPA theme of Inspiring Asia was really up my street. For photo assignments and opportunities, nothing beats the wonders and mysteries of Asia. I have travelled a lot but I have to say some of my best photos have come from this side of the world,” said Yaman, who is a well-respected travel photographer.
Yaman took part in all the categories at this year’s MPA except the Press award. His photo submissions included his travels to Sabah, India and Indonesia.
Elsewhere, Penang-based freelance photographer Hairi’s spontaneous shot of a morning rush-hour crowd at an LRT station in Kuala Lumpur won the Street Photography award category.
“That shot captured the blur of people on their way to work – it’s my take on hectic everyday life in a photo,” said Hairi.
The other main winners: Myanmar’s Yar Dee Bar (Culture and Heritage award), Indonesia’s Zero Sepanto (Nature award), Philippines’ Carlos G. Zamora (Portraits award) and Indonesia’s Agus Susanto (Press award).