EXPOSURE+ PHOTO 2021 Open Call : Selected Photographers

Congratulations are in order!

We are happy to announce the 11 photographers whose projects will be exhibited this year at EXPOSURE+ PHOTO 2021 in Kuala Lumpur. We received a total of 92 proposals from Malaysia-based photographers to the Open Call in February.

They will begin a time-line to produce their projects over the next few months.

A sincere thanks to all who submitted their proposals. We request your continued support to create a successful event to bolster the photo communities and followers in Malaysia.













Workshop : Writing Project Statements and Proposals / NEW

UPDATE : 4.3.2021 This workshop is now full.

You’ve asked and we’ve answered!

We are putting on a new single session WRITING PROJECT STATEMENTS AND PROPOSALS Workshop with Exposure+Photo co-founder Steven Lee.

Ideally for Exposure+ Photo Open Call submitters who are finalizing your proposals before the 12th March extension, for anyone who missed the first two workshops in February, and also those who may want to brush up on statement writing in general eg. for grant applications, contests or photography festivals etc.

Because this is a condensed version, there will be some preparation beforehand.

Workshop Date: 09 March 2021, Tuesday
Workshop Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm⁣
Mentor: Steven Lee, Founder Director of KLPA⁣
Fee: RM80 / pax ⁣
Malaysia based participants only.

Workshop Description: ⁣
Are you able to write concisely and effectively to convey your project to your viewers? Are you stuck at voicing the points of your story? Are you repeating your content or over-thinking your narratives? This one day online workshop focuses on simple, effective, and successful statement writing to elevate your projects and proposals. ⁣

To register, please send an email to :


Workshop in Self-Portraiture


Historical Reference and Modern Applications + Self-portrait Workshop

Saturdays 20 & 27, February, 2021 : 5pm ~7pm UTC+8 Malaysia Time

Duration : 2 x 2 hours : RM250 pp

Early registration : RM200 pp [before 14 February 12 noon]

Facilitators : Steven Lee & Nadirah Zakariya

L : Daguerreotype, Victorian circa 1850s R : Antique-Daguerreotype of a Romany Gypsy Child – unframed-circa 1860s

Day 1 .This workshop begins with Steven Lee presenting a brief historical overview of the ‘portrait’ from medieval representations of the person in paintings through to the Renaissance masters, the invention of the camera and daguerrotypes, to the modern day photographic portrait masters of the 20th century.

In the second part, Nadirah Zakariya will introduce selected contemporary photographers who are known for their self-portrait expressions, and discuss how this sub-genre of portrait photography have become a growing phenomenon of self-expressionism in today’s fleeting digital world.

All participants will be asked to attempt a practical self-portrait session in their own time over the course the week, having each determined a thematic approach and style.

Day 2. Each participant will be able to present their completed self-portrait studies to the rest of the group. Further analysis, feedback & discussions amongst participants.

Bonus : All participants will be given the opportunity to have their self-portrait studies projected at a special Digital Screens event at EXPOSURE+ PHOTO in September, 2021 in Kuala Lumpur.

Suitability : For all levels of photographers, artists and enthusiasts wanting to develop an interest in self portrait photography. Now open to all Malaysia and non-Malaysia based participants.

Requirements : Suitable camera and tripod.

Participants : Limited to 10 pax

To register for this workshop please email


Steven Lee

Steven is the founder director of Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards, co-founder of KL20x20 and EXPOSURE+ PHOTO. He has been a portfolio reviewer in several international photo festivals and ran workshops in portraiture, and personal development aspects in photography. He is also a nominator for the 6X6 Global Talent for World Press Photography and Leica Oskar Barnack Award.

Nadirah Zakariya

Nadirah is a Malaysia-based photographer who specialises in creative portraiture and commissioned projects. She has led many workshops and presentations in recent years, and exhibited internationally. Nadirah is the co-founder of KL20x20, EXPOSURE+ PHOTO and Layar Lucida, a women lead creative studio that focuses on film, commercial and music video projects. She is also a 2020 Generation T Asia honoree.

Announcement Event

Workshops in February

03.03.21 UPDATE : New Workshop announced : Writing Project Statements and Proposals on 9 March, 2021 8-10pm : RM80 pax by Steven Lee

18.01.21 UPDATE : Extra Workshop sessions :

02/03 February : Writing Project Statements by Steven Lee 10 pax RM100 pp Closed

04/05 February : Projects in Isolation by Nadirah Zakariya 10 pax RM100pp Last few places remaining

EXPOSURE+ will be running a series of online Workshops in February in response to the open call feedback we had in 2020.

They are suitable for those who may be planning to submit project proposals to the 2021 Open Call which closes on 28 February.

To register for the workshops, send us an email :

Workshop 01 : Writing Project Statements and Proposals : Are they fit for purpose?

Sat and Sun : 30 & 31 January 2021 : 8.00 pm~10.00pm : RM100 pp : Max. 10 pax Closed

Your statement or proposal needs to communicate effectively to your audiences. It is therefore a vital part of your entire presentation but is often left as an after-thought to the process of photo editing and sequencing your images.

Are you able to write concisely and efficiently to convey your project across to your viewers? Are you stuck at voicing the points of your story? Are you writing too much off-topic? Are you repeating your your content or over-thinking your narratives? These are some common encounters among many artists.

This workshop is a 2 x two-hour session on simple, effective and successful statement writing to elevate your projects and proposals.

Helpful to photographers planning to submit to the Open Call and other proposals. Facilitated by Steven Lee.

Workshop 02 : Projects in Isolation

Sat and Sun : 6 & 7 February 2021 : 11.00am to 1.00pm : RM100 pp : Max. 10 pax Closed

As Malaysians enter into another period of lockdown and movement restriction, creatives can continue to make projects within our confined boundaries.

Aimed at all levels of photographers, this 2 x two-hour session workshop will explore various methods and processes that can help you to expand and research new ideas and concepts through association, metaphors, and allegories during isolation.

This workshop is suited to all photographers wishing to explore new ‘ways of seeing’ and creating fresh imagery and stories.

Facilitated by Nadirah Zakariya.


Steven Lee

Steven is the founder director or KLPA, co-founder of KL20x20 and EXPOSURE+ PHOTO. He has been a portfolio reviewer in several international photo festivals and ran workshops in portraiture, and personal development aspects in photography. He is also a nominator for the 6X6 Global Talent for World Press Photography and Leica Oskar Barnack Award.

Nadirah Zakariya

Nadirah is a Malaysia-based photographer who specialises in creative portraiture and commissioned projects. She has led many workshops and presentations in recent years, and exhibited internationally. Nadirah is the co-founder of KL20x20, EXPOSURE+ PHOTO and Layar Lucida, a women lead creative studio that focuses on film, commercial and music video projects. She is also a 2020 Generation T Asia honoree.

To register for these workshops please email :

Announcement Event

Open Call : BELONG

Update : 13 March, 2021


The OPEN CALL is now closed. We would like to thank all of you who sent in your proposed photo projects, and it was exciting to see a late flurry of submissions right down to the last minute before midnight!

We will now collate all the projects and their accompanying images and pdfs, and we can’t wait to read through each of your submissions carefully. We may be in touch with some of you to obtain further clarification on your proposals, concepts or methodologies over the next few weeks.

We are very glad to have received more submissions than predicted, and have also greatly surpassed what we had for KL20X20 last year! Thank you to everyone who shared and promoted the open call on your own channels. We are confident the message reached a wider audience than before.

Keep following us on @exposureplusphoto

Steven & Nadirah

Update : 25 February, 2021


Friday, Midnight 12 March, 2021

There’s extra time to submit your proposals!

Many of you have recently posed questions about the process and the theme and we have answered them in our recent Instagram Live post (Please view the video @exposureplusphoto)

We are excited to announce the Open Call for Project Submissions for EXPOSURE+ PHOTO. This call is open to Malaysia-based photographers at all levels to submit project proposals that will form the core of the festival event in Kuala Lumpur, and will be exhibited to the public at multiple venues across the city in September.

As a follow-up event to KL20X20 in addition to the exhibitions, EXPOSURE+ PHOTO is planning to organise workshops, talks on photography as well as digital public screenings of international works and portfolio reviews over a 3 week period.


Project proposals must be guided by the theme above. You may interpret the theme in its widest sense, literally or metaphorically in any photography genre, with specific reference to social and environmental aspects.

It is a word that is full of depth and meaning. It is about familiarity and kinship, power and politics, hierarchical relationships, heritage and borders, ownership and freedom, knowledge and division, and so much more. Photograph the word literally, conceptually or allegorically. It is entirely up to the bounds of your creativity. Projects may take the form of any photography formats including video.

We are seeking potential projects that will form the core of the EXPOSURE+ PHOTO city-wide exhibitions planned for September, with expert printing proudly sponsored by Canon Malaysia.


Prepare your proposals with an accompanying statement and supporting images, screenshots, sketches in pdf format. These can be uploaded using the link to the online form below.


We would only accept projects that are from traditional analogue or digital capture, with a limited amount of post processing or enhancements, including video works. Montages, multiple exposures and splicing are acceptable. Projects that are primarily digital graphic art are not accepted. We are seeking projects that have strong social interest narratives, high standards of photography and visual content.

Each project in its final edit should consist of up to 10 or 12 images.


Submission period : 16 January to *28 February, 2021 (*extended to 12 March, 2021)

Selection : Mid – End March, 2021

Project execution : April to July, 2021

Final selection, edits, prepare for print : August, 2021


Participation is free and all submissions must be received by Friday 12 March, 2021, midnight, Malaysian time. *

Please submit using this form :


Submissions will be shortlisted and the final selection of projects will be decided early April 2021 by the co-founders of EXPOSURE+ PHOTO Steven Lee and Nadirah Zakariya.

If you have any questions please contact us at :

We are looking forward to receiving your proposals!

General Terms for Successful Proposals

  1. EXPOSURE+ PHOTO event is a non-profit, community centred initiative, run by volunteers.

2. Successful photographers whose proposals are selected for exhibition must be fully committed to producing their projects in the allocated time scale and communicate regularly with the organisers on their progress.

3. Gentle guidance will be provided by the co-founders to provide a hands-off assistance to making progress or advising on edits prior to completion of projects.

4. Selected photographers will be responsible for executing their proposals in terms of funds for travel, materials etc.

5. The organisers will produce and print, and display all selected projects for the exhibitions.

6. The organisers, sponsors and partner locations are bound by the latest local government guidelines during the current global pandemic in terms of staging the exhibitions and public gatherings. Cancellations of public displays will be communicated as early as possible. In the event of cancellations of physical exhibitions, completed projects will be posted online as an alternative.

7. Any potential sales enquiry will be handled between the interested party and the photographer directly, subject to alternative arrangements at locations.

8. All copyright of the exhibited works remain with the photographer.

Announcement Event

Exposure+ is back!

Greetings and a Happy New Year to all our alumni and followers. The Exposure+ platform for personal development in photography and visual literacy is back in with a brand new program for 2021.
Keep reading to discover more..

KL20X20 photographers and team, missing a few Opening Night @REXKL 10 September 2020 Kuala Lumpur

Goodbye KL20X20


To those that have visited and enjoyed the KL20X20 exhibitions held in Kuala Lumpur in September 2020, the co-founders Steven Lee and Nadirah Zakariya are excited to announce a follow-up event in 2021 with even greater public participation. They are extremely grateful and proud to have Canon Malaysia as the event’s sponsor once again. Being involved in the ever growing photo-communities in Malaysia, Canon has dedicated substantial expertise and resources in championing photography education and personal development, in-keeping with Exposure+’s primary mission.

EXPOSURE+ PHOTO will be held over 3 weekends in September managed by the same support team of Munirah Rohaizan and Stacy Liu, and assisted by our alumni artists.

EXPOSURE+ PHOTO will be announcing an Open Call for Projects that will be included in the September exhibitions very soon. The selected projects will be exhibited at various partner venues around Kuala Lumpur. Be sure to look out for this Call, especially aimed at younger and emerging photographers based in Malaysia.

EXPOSURE+ PHOTO, adhering to its original objective as a Mentoring Photo Program which began in 2013, will select in-depth projects inspired by a specially proposed theme, and will offer the chosen photographers hands-off mentoring and guidance for project development and execution, to final editing and preparation for exhibition.

If you are a Malaysia-based photographer working on long term or in-depth photo projects, we want to hear from you! EXPOSURE+PHOTO is looking to form a community of documentary photographers who possess the skills to tell compelling and interesting stories.

To get notified of updates about the Open Call and other planned events, please join us on our social media pages :

Facebook : @exposureplusphoto

IG : @exposureplusphoto

Twitter : @ExpPlusPhoto


The EXPOSURE+ Photography Mentoring Program is a time-limited program where our mentors assist and guide photographers in identifying stories, ideas or concepts that can be executed into photography projects. Participants work through research and planning, photographing, editing, sequencing and ultimately, creating a visually flowing photo project ready for an exhibition or to be printed into self-published photo-books.

EXPOSURE+ Photography Mentoring Program was initiated in 2013 in Kuala Lumpur and ran for 6 cycles until 2017 when it was paused.

Steven V-L Lee
Steven Lee is the founder-director of Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards (KLPA) and initiated Exposure+. He is actively involved in international photography events as portfolio reviewer, mentor and workshop lead. He is currently a nominator for the World Press Photo 6X6 Global Talent Program and Leica Oskar Barnack Award (LOBA).

Steven is also a photographer who began his career in fashion and portraiture, as well as travel documentary work in the early 2000s, and has self-published several books.

Nadirah Zakariya

Born (1984) and raised in Malaysia, Nadirah Zakariya draws inspiration for her work through her non-specific geographical upbringing. Currently based in Kuala Lumpur, she received her Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC in 2010.
Nadirah is an internationally published photographer with works in numerous publications such as Bloomberg News, The New York Times Magazine, NYLON, VICE, Dazed and Confused, Refinery29 and Vogue Italia. Her works have been exhibited in cities including New York, London, Paris, Milan and Kuala Lumpur.

In 2011, Nadirah was invited to hold her first solo exhibition, “Daughters Ago” in New York, in 2016 a solo exhibition, “GIRLHOOD” at the Leica Gallery in Kuala Lumpur and her series “Fuji-San LoveLetters” was shown at Ilham Gallery in 2018. Other international group shows include “We See You, We Hear You” in London (2018), “I Am The Woman I Am” during PhotoVogue Festival in Milan (2018) and Tokyo Curiosity 2020 at The Bunkamura Museum in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Nadirah is the co-founder Layar Lucida, a women lead creative studio that focuses on film, commercial and music video projects. She is also a 2020 Generation T Asia honoree.

ig : @nadirahzakariya @layar.lucida

Munirah Rohaizan
From Kuala Lumpur, Nurul Munirah Rohaizan is a self-taught photographer who discovered photography when she was a business student in Dublin, Ireland and is currently based in Kuala Lumpur as Project Manager for the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards. She is also part of the committee and contributor for and was the assistant curator to the MOCA Fest visual art team in conjunction with the World Islamic Economy Forum (WIEF) in 2015.

ig : @nurulmunirahrohaizan

Stacy Liu

Stacy Liu is a photographer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Working in both digital and B&W film, her recent works mainly focus on landscape, abstract and observational photography. While photography gives her a reason to explore, capture her ideas and experiences, she also hopes to create curiosity through her images.

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ig : @stacyliup


Announcing Exposure-X


Dear Exposure+ Followers!

After a long silence, we are back with a brand new program to offer photographers.

Photography Mentorship Programme

Exposure+ is proud to present Exposure-X, a new photography mentoring programme specially developed to guide progressive intermediate to advance photographers in elevating their work. Utilising a research-based approach, our mentors will work with participants over six months, developing ideas and concepts; doing research, plans and execution of projects; culminating in a public exhibition and project dissection with selected panelists.


Working in collaboration with OUR ArtProjects, Exposure-X is an expanded version of the original Exposure+ Photography Mentorship Programme, which was introduced in 2013 by Steven Lee, founder of Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards. Activities will include vital enhanced group sharing and discussion sessions to enable critical thinking, project evaluation and feedback for the participants.

Participants will meet with the programme group at regular intervals in OUR ArtProjects, the newest contemporary gallery in Kuala Lumpur and part of The Zhongshan Building arts hub. They will also engage with their personal mentors in their own time, and forge essential peer relationships where the steering of ideas and unlocking of potentials may take place.


We kick off the new program with a Showcase Exhibition of new projects from 8 selected photographers from the Exposure+ alumni. Come and meet the mentors and photographers and also join in on the Project Dissection session with a panelist of three prominent members from the local art community. Discover what the new program entails and what is required of you. Our mentors will be on hand to answer all your questions.

We request the pleasure of your company at the opening of :

Exposure-X Showcase

EXHIBITION OPENING / Thursday, 10th August 2017
TIME / 7:00 – 9:00pm
VENUE / OUR ArtProjects @ The Zhongshan Building
No.80 Jalan Rotan, Off Jalan Kampung Attap, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Refreshments will be served
Kindly RSVP

Exposure-X Showcase exhibition : 10-12 August, 2017

Project Dissection

In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be a project dissection with panellists K Azril Ismail, Liew Kung Yu, and Yee I-Lann on Saturday, 12th August 2017 at 3:00pm. Open to Public.

Seats are limited. Kindly RSVP


Registration for the Exposure-X programme is now open.





Wang Seok Mui


I am a third generation ethnic Chinese born in Malaysia. My great grandfather left Hui-Yang, Guang Dong, China and settled in Malaysia in the early 1900s. Fascinated by my ancestral lineage, I travelled together with my sibling and cousins, on our maiden trip to our ancestral house in October 2015. We had with us a “Zhu Pu”, a book recording our family tree, which was passed down from our great grandfather, and we were able to trace our ancestral lineages, ancestral house and contact our Chinese relatives.

This photo project is an on-going personal exploration, documenting my journey to trace my ancestral lineages and ancestral home. I chose to photograph my family in Malaysia and at the ancestral home in China.

Through this project, I am rekindling family memories and encouraging people to learn about their roots, in order to define their future.




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Wang Seok Mui

I am an amateur photographer who shoots everything under the sun, including the moon. However, I have a keen interest towards street and documentary photography. I have never participated in any photography exhibitions or won any photography contest.

Seok Mui was mentored by Cheryl Hoffmann. (Exposure+6)


Time to show

Announcing a public exhibition by the Exposure+6 cohort to take place at the brand new Nikon Centre gallery in Kuala Lumpur! Participants that will be exhibiting their projects are Marie-Claire Lacey, Mohamad Fitri bin Jalil, Wang Seok Mui and Lawrence Cheong. The Exposure+6 session began in September 2015.

On Saturday 23 January, the participants based in Malaysia will be sharing their projects with their friends and visitors, along with the mentors. All are welcome.

Venue :

Nikon Centre Kuala Lumpur
Lot GF 003 -006, Ground Floor
Federal Arcade
No 7, Jalan Bintang
Off Jalan Bukit Bintang
Bukit Bintang Central
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03 2142 0218/9


Moving Forward

* Registration for the next instalment of Exposure+7 will open shortly. Our programs will now run for 6 months (instead of 3) to enable participants to delve deeper into their research, photography and ultimately, stronger portfolios. More info on this new format soon.



Mohamad Fitri b. Jalil


Sejak akhir-akhir ini saya terfikir melayu itu bagaimana. Patutkah dikaitkan Melayu itu dengan Islam, atau adakah Melayu itu Melayu dan Islam itu Islam patut dipisahkan.

Namun persoalan itu akan terjawab dengan sendirinya terserah kepada penilaian pendapat setiap individu.

Dari sudut pandangan saya amalan budaya dan adat adab Melayu itu berkait rapat dengan terapan ajaran Islam. Adakah ini kebetulan atau sememangnya Melayu itu Islam dan Islam itu Melayu.

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Mohamad Fitri b. Jalil

I bought my first DSLR last March 2015. I didn’t participate in any workshops before. I just learned by myself how to handle  the camera in manual mode from the information in the manual booklet.  I am learning basic photography rules from the internet and sometimes I meet my mentor (commercial photographer) once a month to discuss my photography and he would ask me to join him to shoot when he has assignments,  mostly on KL tourism.

Mentor : Eiffel Chong (Exposure+6)