Shutterbugs unite

Photography enthusiasts had their skills enhanced at the Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival (KLPF) 2014 over the weekend at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre recently.

Touted as one of the biggest photo-imaging events in South-East Asia, the exhibition brought together works that captured the beauty of Malaysia and other countries, as well as photography tools and services under one roof.

Several renowned names in the international photography arena, including Chiyoko Tsuchida (Japan), Dr Oh Soon-Hwa (South Korea), Nurulita (Indonesia), Lin Sheng (Taiwan), Alex Ng (Hong Kong), Jamason Chen (the US) and Yang ZiXiong (Malaysia) converged on Kuala Lumpur.

The main exhibition was themed Vibrant Festival while two other travel photo exhibitions showcased the beauty of “Lazy Mediterranean” and “Landscapes of the American West”.

Winning works from the “Time for Taiwan” travel photography contest and those in the running for the Photo-creator of the Year Award with the theme “Freedom” were also exhibited.

High-school students as well as 20 clubs and societies were also invited to share their work, among them Cancerlink Foundation, Malaysian Nature Society Photography Club (MNS) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia.

The event was organised by PCP Publications, a publisher of photography and travel magazines.

“This year, the event aimed at promoting the appreciation of our diverse cultures through the theme Vibrant Festivals.

“It was also a timely reminder that it is a blessing to live in harmony in a melting pot of cultures,” said general manager Jessica Chan.

Chan highlighted that the “KL As I See It” International Photography Dialogue was a newly introduced programme whereby the seven invited photographers specialising in different genres exchanged their views and works of KL.

Other interesting programmes were Photo Review in which Chen and Ng reviewed the works of participating photographers,

In Photomania, photographers gave presentations covering different genres, while photography forums titled Street Photography in Malaysia and Who owns the copyright? were also held.

Movie Seminars and Forum-Chinese Film Association of Malaysia presented two seminars about working behind the camera with directors and producers were invited to share their experiences.

There were a number of on-site photography contests and activities for shutterbugs to hone their skills, including the intangible cultural heritage of Petaling Street and floral art arrangement.

Free Independent Travel Exchange (FITE) which was tagged to the photography event, also provided a platform for travel industry operators and organisations to engage with the public.

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