Friday, October 19, 2012

KLPF 2012 - Seni and The City

Hi guys,

Today is the last day of the semester and final semester exams will be starting next two weeks. I'm already finished all of the assignments and the only things that I need to do - Studying for the exam.

This time I want to talk about the KL Photo Creator of the Year contest which was held during KLPF 2012 last two weeks at MidValley, Kuala Lumpur. As I mentioned in the previous post, I was one of the selected finalists for the judging event that took place that time. But due to the time and distance constraints, I had to pull of from the competition. The winner was this guy - Mohd Azlan Mohd Latib (known as The Minister). I added him recently on Facebook and took some time looking through his timeline, especially pictures that he made. Honestly, he deserved it to be the winner.

As for me, I was so lucky to be listed as the finalist, considering that I was the youngest among the finalists. And the series that I submitted was pretty crap and does not has any specific concept and message to be conveyed through - It's pretty general unlike the others that were so prominent.

Well, cut it off now. Since I wasn't given a chance to present my series of works in front of the judges during that event, I will write it here. So, here it goes:

Details About Myself:

My name is Mohd Nadly Aizat Bin Mohd Nudri. Currently 24 years old, I come from Taiping, Perak but now studying in Palmerston North, New Zealand. I spent almost 4 years here doing degree in chemical engineering at Massey University, which is to be completed by end of this year. I started doing photography since 2009 and found it really exciting. I love shooting landscape, sports, street and architecture pictures.  I love and admire landscape works by David Noton, Trey Ratcliff, and Ansel Adams. Not to forget the photojournalism series from Henri Cartier Bresson, Brian Brake and Steve McCurry. Apart from photography, I love reading and travelling around the country during my free time. If I were given chance and enough motivation, I would like to be a photojournalist myself and put aside the engineering career.  

People Living In The City.

I named my work series as “People Living in the City”. Basically, what I am trying to convey in this series is the daily life and routine of the people who are living in the city. The hecticness of the city cannot be told enough in form of stories. The situations are unique to each other and subjective. Noise coming out from the people, cars and surrounding really annoying but for some people, this is the place to earn for their living. The interesting part of photograph is the ability of capturing a scene which was unintended to be captured. In the city, anything could happened instantly and unintentional. What I am trying to achieve by this series is that I could be able to “freeze” few of these moments to be seen by the viewers forever.


Le Waiting Part 3
Ready to Board

Nasik Ganja Ipoh.
Lunch Time.

Stesen Bas Taiping.
How ya doin mate?

Going home.


Shouldn't I?

"Go my son and sin no more!!!"
The Street Preacher. Disclaimer - I am not promoting any particular religion through this image.

This Way.

Towards Each Other.

Main Street Terminal.
Main Street Terminal.

Le Waiting.
Forever Alone.

That's all for now. Thanks for your time.

Nadly Aizat. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Recent Published Works and Competitions Joined

Hey guys,

It's been a while since my last update. The semester is coming to the end and of course I am pretty busy with my studies. This gonna be my last semester for my studies in New Zealand and hopefully will be going back home early next year.

In this entry, I want to share with you some of my recent published works and the competitions that I currently joined.

PSNZ Inter-Club Salon 2012

I am currently representing my camera club, Manawatu Camera Club for this competition organised by Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ). Results will be announced next month.

Sony WPO Awards 2013

I was submitting two images so far for People and Travel category. Will consider to submit more pictures before the dateline.

Nikon Club Malaysia (Perak State Exhibition)

This event was held at Perak State Library around early of September. Few of my images were exhibited there. Unfortunately, I couldn't attend to see it myself.

There were two of my images here from right: Angel and Penang Ferry were displayed in this exhibition.

I was submitted a total of 15 images, seven for Street category and eight for Landscape. Three of the landscape images and none of the Street images were shortlisted and currently displayed in the gallery of the competition website. Firstly I thought it was a mistake when none of my street images were shortlisted so I sent an email to them. They replied that they already made that decision. So due to that reason I'm assuming that they don't want the same person to win more than one category. Fine, not a problem. Images that were selected:

Secluded Pier at Lake Brunner
Secluded Pier at Lake Brunner.

Foggy Morning at Lake Brunner.

Stars gazing at Manawatu River.
The Stargazer.

Dunia Kamera Magazine, September Edition.

There were two of my images were published in this edition. One of them in "Momen" section of the magazine, which is "Secluded Pier at Lake Brunner", and another one in "Cabaran Dunia Kamera", which was "We are The Champion".

Featured Photographer, Nikon Club Malaysia.

Recently, I was featured in Nikon Club Malaysia website. It was an honor for me to be featured here. You can read the article and interview with me HERE.

Nikon Annual Photo Awards 2012, Nikon Club Malaysia.

I was shortlisted and the final judging will take place by end of the year. I have submitted my portfolio and hopefully it will attract the judges.

KLPF Photo Creator of The Year 2012

This competition was opened since mid year and I have submitted my series of works by the title, "People Living in The City". Alhamdulillah, I managed to reach the final stage of judging. But unfortunately, I couldn't attend the final judging event which was compulsory for all eight finalists. So I decided to let it go. But somehow I felt satisfied when I reached this level plus all of my works were displayed in the KLPF 2012 event which took place last week.

Picture courtesy of Ahmad Jaa @ fotokrapika.

National Geographic Photo Contest 2012

This is the biggest, and most prestigious photography competition that I joined so far. I have submitted one image so far, which I reckon the best of my works currently. The picture submitted is "Secluded Pier at Lake Brunner". Alhamdulillah, it was chosen as one of the Editor's Choice and currently displayed in the NatGeo website. Following that, many popular press websites, such as Huffington Post, Daily Mail UK and were publishing these shortlisted images including mine. They were indirectly giving my image free publicity where it went viral in Tumblr, Pin It and few other social sites online. 

Secluded Pier at Lake Brunner
Secluded Pier at Lake Brunner.

Thanks to the publicity given, I got an email from NatGeo support saying that there were three buyers who were interested to buy the print of this image. I already sent them emails, and so far two of them already replied with offered price. Alhamdulillah :)

Email that I got from NatGeo.

The results will be released on December 15, 2012. My target was not so high for this contest, considering the stiff competition from the best photographers all around the world. I will feel so grateful if I can make it to the final and if I win, then it is a bonus :).

Black + White Photographer of The Year 2012 (BPOTY2012).

This competition was organised by Black+White Photography Magazine based in East Sussex, UK. There were five categories that were enlisted. I submitted images for three of these categories and Alhamdulillah, I managed to get shortlisted in two categories. They required me to submit a print and digital file to UK which I have done last week. Final judging will take place two weeks from now and hopefully I could win something.

Email that I got for being shortlisted.

Nasik Ganja Ipoh.
Lunch Time. Shortlisted for "This Is Life" category.

Secluded Pier at Lake Brunner
Secluded Pier at Lake Brunner. Shortlisted for "Young B+W Photographer of the Year".

KLPF 2012 Photo Exhibition

Altogether with the KLPF Photo Creator of the Year 2012 exhibition, my pictures were also exhibited by one of the participants, which is Seven of my images were displayed here.

Seven of my images can be found here.

Digital SLR Photography Magazine, October Edition.

Alhamdulillah, my image was published again in this magazine and fortunately I won as the monthly winner for this edition. Again, my picture of foggy pier at Lake Brunner was published. I would like to thank Digital SLR Magazine Malaysia for the recognition and trust for my works as they were frequently publishing my images for the last few months.

Picture courtesy of Mohd Asri, taken from Facebook.

Image Sold on 500px.

Again, the picture of foggy Lake Brunner attracted people to buy it. This time it was from a photo-sharing website, Alhamdulillah.

By showing all of these, I am not boasting or being proud with myself. It is just a motivation for me to go further in photography, probably going full time in the coming years. I know it is not easy, but somehow I believe that I can make it. 

Thanks all for your time. Cheers.

Nadly Aizat.