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After an impressive and much praised Inaugural 2009 awards, and Time Out KL are now calling for entries for the 2nd international KL PHOTOAWARDS 2010 contemporary portrait photography competition.

The Portrait Story category is added to enable photographers to enter portraits in a series, along with accompanying narrative. Identifying strong visual narrative that speaks to the viewer is a criterion the judges will be seeking in this category, as artists that use photography creatively rather than camera operators will be rewarded. We feel that understanding the processes of an artist and his or her ability to bring concept to fruition in a series of pictures exemplifies the creativity in the art.


Portraits are the most photographed genre in photography, from one’s family snaps to a full studio session and not forgetting those special occasions. Contemporary portraits however may be derived from a wide range of disciplines in photography, from social images like documentary, reportage and editorial fields, to the more considered studio or ‘staged’ styles of conceptual ‘tableau’ images.

As in the previous year, the judges will be seeking to unearth new talent and vision from emerging and established artists alike. For the 2010 event, there will no longer be a distinction between Professional and Non-Professional categories. Instead, entrants may submit portraits either as Individual entries or as a Story.

In the Individual Portrait category, the judges will be looking at overall technical skills, composition and challenging aesthetics in a single, stand alone portrait that rises above the rest.


Submit your portrait photographs in the following categories:

  • Portrait Individual
  • Portrait Stories


  • Portrait Individual:
    • 1st prize: USD $2,500 & Trophy
    • 2nd prize: USD $1,250 & Trophy
    • 3rd prize: USD $ 700 & Trophy
  • Portrait Stories:
    • 1st prize: USD $2,500 & Trophy
    • 2nd prize: USD $1,250 & Trophy
    • 3rd prize: USD $ 700 & Trophy

50 Finalists images will be included in a keepsake catalogue to accompany a public exhibition at The Annexe, Central Market in May 2010.


  • The KL PHOTOAWARDS 2010 is open to all photographers, over 14 years, from full time students, enthusiasts, semi-professional to professional photographers.
  • All photographs must have been taken in 2009 or 2010.

KL PHOTOAWARDS 2010 Complete Rules and Guides

How to enter?

Entries may be submitted online only from 1 – 31 March 2010 following a simple payment process. Follow the detailed instructions given on the official website.

Entry fee

  • Portrait Individual entrants may submit up to 8 images at USD $10 per image.
  • Portrait Stories entrants must submit a minimum of 5 up to a maximum of 8 images at USD $50 per series.