SMALL FARMERS & FIELD WORK

PHOTOGRAPHY
THEME

Short brief about the theme

More than 450,000 small farmers are part of the Malaysian palm oil industry. This is their source of livelihood, the way to a better future with education opportunities for their children. These small farmers, and many more around the world are benefiting considerably from the palm oil industry. Balancing economic pursuit and environmental conservation, Malaysia has a credible and internationally recognised national palm oil certification scheme, promoting sustainable management of oil palm in Malaysia, called Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO). Capture the expressions and identity of the small farmers, individual or collective workers in relation to the oil palm farmland, plantation, palm oil production, etc. While portraiture typically focuses on the face, emotions and stories can be shown in other ways as well.

What can you shoot?

Photographs that focus on people, or a person. Environmental or studio portraits. Posed or completely natural/candid shots

Here are some inspirations from our previous participants

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Shamshahrin Shamsudin

Main Judge

With his education background in photography from UiTM, Shah Alam Malaysia, Shamshahrin joined the STAR as a staff photographer until 1999. Later on, he became the photographer for a French newswire agency, Agence France-Presse (AFP) . 

His works have been published in local and foreign newspapers and magazines such as Life magazine’s website (photo of the day), IHT, Time, Asiaweek, Far Eastern Economic Re- view, The Star-Ledger (NY), etc. Conducted and shared his knowledge with several local universities like University Technology Malaysia (UTM – SPACE), International Islamic University (IIUM), Open University (OUM) and University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF). 

He was also Invited as an External Assessors for a photography module for Ministry of Human Resource (HR). The Ministry of Education has also appointed him to be the panel member of assessors for the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) while the Malaysian Creative Content Industry Guild (CCIG), named him as a panel member of Photography Accreditation. Between 2004 to 2017, Shamshahrin had worked with the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) in Kuala Lumpur, became a yearly mentor for Kinabalu Photo Festival, assisted Dr Shahidul Alam, a member of Board of Advisor for National Geographic & MAGNUM Agency for his Photojournalism Masterclass in Kuala Lumpur. 

Shamshahrin’s artwork exhibitions were shown to public since 1994 at various photography exhibitions such as Photography As An Art 1994 in Kuala Lumpur, `Conjunction Points’ Asian Photography, and Film Exhibition 2005, Gwangju, Korea, `Close Encounter’ Photo Exhibition 2010, Jeju Museum of Arts, Korea, and MPPA News Photographers Exhibition, MATIC KL

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Ahmad ‘deNy’ Salman

Guest Judge

Trained and certified by WorldPress Photo Foundation, Deny has more than fifteen years of experience as a trainer/coach in photography. He specialises in teaching photo story and visual literacy in various workshops, from local to international level. Among those are Permata Photojournalist Grants, and Kinabalu Photo Festival.

Deny works mainly on photo exhibitions and photography books. Started his career in early 2000, he joined djakarta! – the city life magazine, and then Jiwa Foto Agency for several years, before deciding to focus his career on photobook editing, including Edy Poernomo’s PASSING, Ng Swan Ti’s ILLUSION and Mamuk Ismuntoro’s Tanah Yang. ‘Vivere: dare to Live’ – Mamuk Ismuntoro’s solo exhibition in 2008 at Mamipo, Malang, was his first curatorial work, followed by many more photo exhibitions. In 2014, together with Lans Brahmantyo & Kurniadi Widodo, he curated his first photobook exhibition: Germany, Japan & Indonesia PhotoBooks. During his temporary stay in Melbourne, Australia, he presented an exposition about ‘Contemporary Indonesian Photography’ at Photography Studies College (PSC), 2015. He is a member of Jakarta International Photo Festival (JIPFest) 2019 curators’ team.

A former photojournalist, his works were published in TIME, Far Eastern Economic Review, Australian Financial Review, NRC Handelsblad, The New York Times, The Guardian, Bloomberg, Marie Claire, Travel & Leisure, etc

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