KUALA LUMPUR: A photograph taken by a Malaysian student during a family trip to Malacca has been shortlisted for the world’s largest photography competition.
Nursyafiqah Azlan’s photograph, titled “Unforgettable Memories”, was submitted for the Student Focus competition of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.
The image shows Nursyafiqah’s grandmother being reunited with her youngest grandchild, while the joy and sorrow of her life journey are rendered as framed photographs on the wall.
“Unforgettable Memories” was one of only 10 selected by a panel of judges looking for the best single image answering the brief, Memories.
Entries were submitted by students from more than 300 institutions worldwide.
The Student Focus shortlist was revealed today, the same day as those photographers shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards’ Professional, Open and Youth competitions, to which a total of 227,596 images from 183 countries were entered.
Nursyafiqah, 18, from Kuala Lumpur is a foundation year student at Multimedia University (MMU) in Cyberjaya.
MMU Specialist Kamarulzaman Russali called Nursyafiqah a hardworking student with a great passion for photography.
“She is a person who never gives up, always learns through mistakes and tries to improve herself through discussion and exchange of ideas with lecturers and friends.”
Meanwhile, Nursyafiqah said: “Winning is just a step to success but creating good pictures is the real satisfaction.”
As a shortlisted photographer, Nursyafiqah received a prestigious Sony α7 full frame which she will now use to complete a second photography challenge set by the judges.
The photographer’s work will be shown in London as part of the Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr-2017 Exhibition, and published in the 2017 edition of the awards’ book.
Nursyafiqah will later be flown to London for the competition and also attend the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony on April 20.
The winner of the Student Photographer of the Year title will be announced at the ceremony and will receive the grand prize of €30,000 (about RM140,000) worth of Sony equipment for his/her university.
World Photography Organisation CEO Scott Gray said the Student Focus competition is “an integral part to the Awards programme as it aims to uncover young, fresh photographic talent and works to propel them forward in their career.”
Added Student Focus judge Andrea Kurland: “This year’s shortlist helps cement why awards like these are more important than ever. The work submitted was original, thoughtful and brave — a healthy reminder that talent will always win out and rise above the noise.”
Students who entered the competition were judged on a single image. The other shortlisted photographers are:
• Argentina – Michelle Daiana Gentile, Motivarte
• Australia – Tayla Martin, Charles Sturt University
• Germany – Nadine Hackemer, Nuremberg Institute of Technology Georg-Simon-Ohm Faculty of Design
• Germany – Sarah Schrimpf, Academy of Fine Arts Munich
• Japan – Tatsuki Katayama, Kyoto University of Art and Design
• South Africa – Cole Ndelu, Stellenbosch Academy of Design & Photography
• UK – Ruby Gaunt, Nottingham Trent University
• UK – Stewart Main, Edinburgh Napier University
• USA – Shravya Kag, School of Visual Arts
The shortlisted images can be viewed and downloaded at www.worldphoto.org/press
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