Kuala Lumpur Photoawards PORTRAIT PRIZE 2023

1ST PRIZE $2,000.00 2ND PRIZE $1,000.00


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.


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.


KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL PHOTOAWARDS is open to photographers - professionals and amateurs - from all countries.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

Entrants agree that their work may be exhibited by the organisers and festival collaborators at an appropriate venue, and subsequently at any other exhibition tour venues organised by them for 3 years from the close of the contes