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 in two main categories – Single Image open and a Project-based or themed category. 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.
The Single Image Theme for 2021 is Sense of Self. Many of us have been self-isolating at home over the last 12 months. 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, through self-portraits or portraits of other people.
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.
Following a great success last year, the 2021 jury will again be selecting the ten best proposals and award USD$1,000 each to the three photographers with the most deserving projects. 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; however, we just want to see visually strong human interest stories which are portraiture-based.
www.klphotoawards.com
Closing date – April 30, 2021
Prize pool – SINGLE IMAGE THEME CATEGORY THEME : SENSE OF SELF 1st PRIZE USD$2,000 2nd PRIZE USD$1,000 3rd PRIZE USD$500 SINGLE IMAGE OPEN CATEGORY 1st PRIZE USD$2,000 2nd PRIZE USD$1,000 3rd PRIZE USD$500 PROJECT GRANTS 3 X USD$1,000, 10 Finalists
Entry fee – 1 image USD$15.00, 2 images USD$30.00, 3 – 6 images USD$45.00, 7 – 10 images USD$55.00
Eligibility – Worldwide, all levels, over 16 years on 30.04.2021
Selection process – Judged
Copyright policy – The Photographer always retains the copyright of all submitted images at all times, except in relation to the previous provision (e &f), that is, any free use shall only be in connection with the promotion of KL INTERNATIONAL PHOTOAWARDS by print, web or projection by the organiser, its partners, sponsors and media companies. ​
Usage Rights policy – Entrants agree that their work may be exhibited by the organisers and festival collaborators at an appropriate venue, and subsequently at any other exhibition tour venues organised by them for 3 years from the close of the contest. f. USAGE 2 : Entrants agree that the organisers may use any entries featured in the exhibition without any payment to the Photographer, model or any third party for any sales, marketing, educational and publicity use on, and in, all media worldwide including catalogues, posters, postcards, the Internet and within a television documentary related to the exhibition for 3 years from the close of the contest. However, such free use shall only be in connection with the KL INTERNATIONAL PHOTOAWARDS and its promotion or featured activities by the organisers or third parties; and the photographer, and if appropriate their agency, will receive credit for such use. ​