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M'sian Shutterbug Wins Major Prize At Sony World Photography Awards In London

KUALA LUMPUR: Striking images of struggle and desperation helped Malaysian photographer Mohd Samsul Mohd Said win a major prize at this year's Sony World Photography Awards.

A freelance photographer from Kuala Lumpur, Samsul, who specialises in international news, won the top prize in the Professional Current Affairs & News category.

He was recognised for his series Life Inside the Refugee Camp, which focusses on the ongoing Rohingya crisis, with hundreds of thousands of refugees having fled genocide in Myanmar.

Samsul said he hopes that his photos can shine an even brighter spotlight on the plight of the Rohingya, many of whom are now living in crowded, filthy camps in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Image via Mohd Samsul Mohd Said , Malaysia, 1st Place, Professional, Current Affairs & News (Professional competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

"I hope the reality of the misery depicted in these pictures will draw the attention of the world to (these) people. (The Rohinigya) are human beings just like us, who dream of a perfect life.

"I would like thank Sony World Photography Awards and the World Photography Organisation for selecting my images to win this year," he said in a press release sent to SAYS.

In addition to the rare accolade, Samsul will receive flight tickets to and accommodation in London to attend the awards ceremony; and Sony digital imaging equipment. His work will also be published in the Winners’ Book; and included in the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House in the UK.

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s most diverse photography competition.

This year’s edition saw a record-breaking 320,000 submissions by photographers from more than 200 countries and territories, presenting some of the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year.