This stunning capture by Yen Sin Wong has been shortlisted for the Open competition at the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. — Picture courtesy of World Photography OrganisationKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 — Nine Malaysian photographers will be recognised for their work today by the judges of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards, who will shortlist and commend their photographs as the top 50 in the world in the Awards’ Professional and Open competitions.

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s most diverse photography competition which sees a record breaking 320,000 submissions by photographers from over 200 countries.

The international range of entries display a huge diversity of imagery in terms of genre, style and subject matter across the Awards’ 4 competitions: Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus.

In the Professional competition, two Malaysian photographers have been recognised for strong bodies of work, while two other Malaysian photographers are featured in the Open competition which rewards the best single image across 10 categories. A further five photographers have been placed top 50 in the world (commended).

In the Professional competition, Klang-based photographer Mohd Samsul Mohd Said Samsul Said’s series focuses on the ongoing Rohingya crisis, where thousands of migrants have fled violence in Myanmar. Jack Yong’s series Space Project 2088 meditates upon space travel through visits to various space related sites in Malaysia

The shortlisted images across the Open competition are drawn from a range of inspirations.  A Malay/Muslim wedding which fused English bridal dress with Indian henna tattoos, attracted the attention of Azida Azizan, an engineer based in Penang who was shortlisted in the Culture category. Yen Sin Wong was influenced by the unique sight of a fisherman at work with fly fishing nets at sunset in Xiapu county, China.

The five photographers in the Awards’ Open competition include Jessie Lyee, Kaan Yuan Chiam, Kai Fatt Eng, Kok Tien Sang and Khaichuin Sim.

Kok’s work was influenced by beautiful sights at Leh in India for his two commended images in the Landscape and Nature category, while full-time musician and travel enthusiast Khaichuin captured a striking image of zebra running away from Nile crocodiles while crossing a river in Zebra Crossing.

The stunning masterpieces of the shortlisted and commended photographers will be exhibited at the Sony World Photography Awards 2018 Exhibition in London from April 20 to May 6.

The winners of the Open competition will be announced on March 20 while the winners for the overall and Professional category will be revealed on April 19. For more details, visit www.worldphoto.org.

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