A Malaysian Photographer Just Won An International Award For Photos Of Rohingya Migrants

Stunning shots.

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

These are the thought-provoking photos that helped clinched a major award for Malaysian photographer Mohd Samsul Mohd Said at this year's Sony World Photography Awards

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

The photographer is recognised for his series 'Life inside the Refugee Camp', which focuses on the ongoing Rohingya crisis, where thousands of migrants have fled violence in Myanmar.

Mohd Samsul hopes that his photos can shine the international spotlight on the plight of Rohingya refugee crisis

"I hope the reality of the misery depicted in these pictures can draw the attention of the world to help these people, regardless of the background of religion and race. They 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 as quoted in a press release sent to SAYS. 

As a Professional category winner, he received flights and accommodation to the awards ceremony in London, Sony digital imaging equipment, publication in the winners’ book, and the work is included in the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London

Mohd Samsul was one of the 10 Professional category winners announced yesterday alongside the prestigious Photographer of the Year title, which was presented to the British photographer Alys Tomlinson, who snapped a series of powerful images at Christian pilgrimage sites around the world. 

The prize-giving ceremony of this year's Sony Photography Awards ended last night, 19 April

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

The 11th 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.

Congrats, Mohd Samsul! :D

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You can check out the full list of winners here

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