World Palm Portraits Photography Competition 2015
World Palm Portraits Photography Competition, a photography competition, organized by Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), was launched by the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas on 12th February 2015.
The international competition, which is in its third year, is an initiative to educate the public on the biodiversity of plantations, life of plantation workers, and palm oil’s multitude applications, as well as to inculcate an appreciation of the industry.
Amateur and professional photographers submitted their entries to four categories; Black & White, People & Portraits, Nature & Wildlife and Fine Art & Photo Manipulation. The first three categories may be on images of plantations, farmers, and wildlife while the last category is introduced to allow manipulation of pictures by photographers who may not have access to palm oil or palm fruits. Photographers may then submit aesthetically photographed food or non-food products, among others.
Submissions for the competition have been steadily rising with almost 600 and 1000 entries in 2013 and 2014 respectively. More than 5,000 entries have been received this year since 15th March 2015 from more than 45 countries, which garnered attention from as far as Brazil, Latvia, and United States of America.
The competition, which ended on 30th June 2015, has three experienced judges carrying the responsibility of determining the deserving winners. They are Shamshahrin Shamsudin, a former European Press photographer; Che’ Ahmad Azhar, A Multimedia University lecturer; and Ms Belvinder Sron; MPOC’s Director of Promotions & Branding.
Judging was done on 29th July 2015, where judges spent the whole day going through the submissions. Their decision is based on the subject, composition, lighting, balance of colours and depth, and especially the meaning that they carry,
The best eight photographs are announced during the prestigious Palm Oil Industry Leadership Award 2015 dinner on 7th September 2015.
The winners are Robert Anton Aparente (Philippines) and Sairien Nafis (Malaysia) for first and second place respectively in the Black & White category; first-place Anna Katrine Miranda (Philippines) and second-place Achmad Setiawan (Indonesia) for People & Portraits; Muhd Fuad (first prize) and Daimasara Abdullah (second price), both Malaysians for Nature & Wildlife; and Malaysians Yong Lin Tan (first prize), and Azman Ahmad (second prize) for Fine Art & Photo Manipulation.