It is a small world blown up to our dimensions, or so it feels like in this year’s Travel Photographer Society (TPS) Awards winning shot where a small damselfly peeks at the camera through a hole in a leaf. Taken in Colorado in the US, this photograph by Raed Ammari is part of a project called A Window Into Nature, which shows insects of all shapes and sizes peeking from behind leaves.

It is a sight most people rarely have the chance to see up close, but here it is – a window into another world, and many others you will come to know at this photography exhibition, which gathers the top 60 best shots of the fourth TPS photography competition under one roof.

For four days only, these photographs will be exhibited at White Box, Publika in Kuala Lumpur, from April 26 to 29.

In September, the show will move to Australia where it will be shown at the Tourism Centre Art Gallery in Port Pirie, for a month.

This is the first time the exhibition will be showing outside home turf.

Raed Ammari’s winning photo of a leaf-eating damselfly picked up the top prize at this year’s Travel Photographer Society awards. It was taken in Aurora, Colorado, United States.

TPS, founded by photographer and entrepreneur Ahsan Qureshi, provides a platform for photographers to compete and display their work, as well as to share the powerful and magical world of photography with everyone.

It offers 10 categories in this year’s photography competition, up from last year’s four: street, people, landscape, wildlife/animal, black and white, architecture/cityscapes, sports, fashion, wedding and stories (documentary).

Fifteen judges from different countries were part of the selection process. It took them months to sift through the 2,562 entries from 92 countries that were received for the TPS photography competition this year, with just over a third of the entries submitted by Malaysian photographers.

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Nick Ng Yeow Kees The Opera, taken in KL. It won the category: People prize.

Penang-based Kaan Yuan Chiam’s photograph of riders cutting through the vast grasslands in Xinjian, China, clinched him the second runner-up prize.

The first runner-up is Bernard Recirdo’s (Philippines) shot of a dragon boat race in Manila, a popular water sport in The Philippines.

Another four Malaysian photographers walked away as category winners: Tuck Mun Leong under the Stories (Documentary) category, as well as Jacky Wong and Khaichuin Sim under Wedding.

The TPS photography competition welcomes participation from both professional and amateur talent.


The Travel Photographer Society photography exhibition is on at White Box, Publika, Solaris Dutamas in KL from April 26-29. Opening hours:10am-4.30pm (April 26), 10am-7pm (April 27-29). Free admission. More info: travelphotographersociety.com.

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