Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards PORTRAIT PRIZE 2023

The Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards [KLPA] is an annual global portrait photography competition initiated in 2009 by Steven V-L Lee, a Malaysian photographer.

This year’s theme is Portraits of Intimacy

 The theme is open to interpretation and in the main genres for eg. documentary, conceptual, fine art, photojournalistic.

Photographing intimacy requires trust between the photographer and the subject, as the camera becomes an intrusive object breaking that very moment it intends to capture. 

This year’s theme seeks portraits that depict the concepts of a much-photographed genre – the closeness of space and time, the weight of memory we fall back to, and the subconscious desires which set off an emotional response. Intimacy can be many things to many people and yet in photography, we see it as a vital ingredient or requirement as to what is an engaging portrait. Intimacy means stepping into unknown and unfamiliar territory, allowing instinct and beauty to take over. 

Self-portraits are in essence the ultimate in intimacy portraits where the roles of the creator and the created are one and the same.

Each photographer may enter up to 10 images per submission.


This year we will be awarding the following prize monies to 7 photographers decided by the panel of judges :

1ST PRIZE $2,000.00

2ND PRIZE $1,000.00

3RD PRIZE $500.00


40 photographers including the winners will have their portraits printed and exhibited at TEMU HOUSE, an intimate gallery space on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur from 8 September to 1 October, 2023 and will be part of the Exposure+ Photo festival schedule.


Each photographer may enter up to 10 images per submission, as follows :

1 image $15.00
2 images $30.00
3 – 5 images $50.00
6 – 10 images $75.00

Each photographer may only submit twice to the KLPA2023.

Deadline: 30 April 2023

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