19-Year-Old Penangite Wins World's Best Youth Photographer Of The Year Award

The wining photo was taken in the back alley of the photographer's grandmother's house in Alor Setar, Kedah.

Cover image via Yong Lin Tan

The 2015 Sony World Photography Awards have been announced, and this stunning photograph of an alley behind a house in Kedah where 19-year-old Tan Yong Lin grew up has made him the 'Youth Photographer Of The Year'. Tan titled the photo as 'Back alley'.

Image via Yong Lin Tan

Tan flew to London from Penang to attend the event. While speaking on his winning photo, the 19-year-old Penangite said, "This is the back alley of my grandmother's house in Alor Star."

Tan Yong Lin

Image via NST

"I shot this during Chinese New Year when the sky was the clearest and brightest with stars. A flower plant can also be seen flourishing with limited resources and space," he said, adding that there were a lot of cats wandering around the back alley usually after dinner time, waiting to be fed by the people around there.

Tan's 'Back Alley' was chosen out of 6,675 entries worldwide!

The event also saw another winner from Malaysia, Mong-yong Sim. He was selected from over 87,000 entries to the Professional competition for a series called "Greenvironment".

Sim's photo was awarded third place in the Still Life category.

Image via Mong-yong Sim

Describing the series Sim comments: “From new life bursting out from the cracks on concrete walls to moulds that lay quietly against red bricks. You’ll be amazed how much “green” you have missed in your everyday life. If you pay more attention to your surroundings, you’ll notice the tubes underneath a pot of hanging plants actually makes a nice stand for it. You’ll also find that branches struggle to get away from the glossy window so that you’ll get to see them greeting you. Greenvironment wishes to send out a friendly reminder so that we all cherish the green around our environment.”

The work of both Malaysian photographers will be shown at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London and will be published in the 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book. Last year, Malaysia's Hairul Azizi Harun had won the Split Second category award:

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