NATURE & LIVING CREATURES

PHOTOGRAPHY
THEME

Short brief about the theme

This particular theme can be interpreted in many ways including animals, insects, or other living creatures which are in the oil palm farmland or plantation areas, or the majestic landscape view of the plantations. Or, it can creatively focus on living creatures in relation to palm-based products.

What can you shoot?

Landscapes, Wildlife, Flora and Fauna

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BELVINDER SRON

Head Judge

As the Deputy CEO of Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) and a Director of its Promotions & Communication Division, with over 27 years of experience in the palm oil industry, Belvinder constantly initiates impactful programmes involving among others, strategic communication
with stakeholders, and intensive promotion for mass consumers.

World Palm Portraits Photography Competition has always elicited enormous public interest with special focus on palm oil. It is the gateway to a positive impression on the palm oil industry through beautiful images that capture the grit of small farmers, the serenity of oil
palm farmlands, the biodiversity in plantations, and the versatility of the golden oil.

With vast experience in the industry and a discerning eye for details, that earn her rightful
position as the head of the judges, she balances the needs between aesthetics and reality.
The ability to appreciate images that have captured the essence of palm oil, the people, and
the industry, is very much needed when going through thousands of powerful photographs.

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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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Ulet Ifansasti

Guest Judge

Ulet Ifansasti graduated from University of Trisakti, Jakarta, majoring in Art and Graphic Design in 2001. He is a photojournalist and documentary photographer, with an interest in social environmental and cultural issues. Born in Papua,  Manokwari on October 24, 1983, and currently based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Ulet joined the international photo agency Getty Images in 2008 and has been a regular contributor and stringer since. As a freelance photographer, he is currently working on assignments for editorial and commercial clients and remains committed to exploring personal projects.

His works have been published in many leading publications including National Geographic, GREENPEACE, World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, STERN, The Guardian, TIME Magazine, USA Today, LIFE, National Geographic Traveler,  etc. Since 2013, Ulet received 6 awards from Istanbul Photo Awards, Getty Images APAC News, China International Press Photo, and the Indonesian Photojournalist Award

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