Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2019

KLPA are proud to announce the Call for Entries to the 11th instalment of Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2019 for Portrait Photography.

Following on from a memorable 10th instalment, this year are focusing our attention on the many talented photographers around the world who are photojournalists or involved in photo-documentary projects, making and telling visual stories with their committed skills.

The 2019 theme ‘UNYIELDING GAZE ~ Portraits in Photojournalism’ in the THEME Category will seek single-image portraits taken by journalists and documentary photographers in their pursuit of factual news events and socially engaged photo-projects. Special emphasis will also be given to photographers who push the boundaries of conventionality, to producing imaginative, fresh visually arresting portraits and personally driven and well-researched stories.

An OPEN category will also be available to photographers who may wish to submit portraits from any creative genres or styles, highlighting their individuality and personal visions.

Opening: February 1, 2019

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Entry fee: Single Image: 1–4 images – $15 per image, 5–10 image – $75 flat rate. Photo Story: $65 (6–12 images)

Prizes: from $500 to $5,000, valuable prizes



1st Prize USD$3,000 + TROPHY

2nd Prize USD$1,000

3rd Prize USD$500


Trophies have always led the prize structure of KLPA since our inception in 2009.


First prize winners from each category will receive cash prizes of $3,000 as well as a newly commissioned trophy to cherish. In addition, all 50 finalists will have their entries exhibited at ILHAM Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in September 2019. To further extend and increase visibility and be seen by audiences from new regions, KLPA is teaming up with several international photography organisations to present the 2019 finalists at the following festivals :


June – Auckland Festival of Photography, New Zealand

August – Mt.Rokko International Photography Festival, Kobe, Japan

November – Photolux, Lucca, Italy


November – Yakushima Photo Festival, Japan