Two Malaysians – pharmacy student Nermesh Singh and dentist Dr Nick Ng – won prizes at the Siena International Photography Awards 2017, a major Italian photography event that attracted 16,762 entries from 150 countries.
“I felt proud when they pronounced the full name correctly…For me, [photography is] all about freeing your talent. You never know what is hidden in you,” he told Asia Samachar in a text message from Siena just hours after winning a prize.
Now into its third year, the competition is already Italy’s biggest photography contest. A scan of the winning photographs for the last two years reveal amazing photographs of all kinds.
Nermesh came out third in the Open Colour category and won Remarkable Award in Under 20 Category. He turns 20 in two weeks time. Dr Ng was second in the Open Colour and won the Remarkable Award in Storyboard.
Nermesh, hails from Taiping, Perak. His father is a businessman and mother a housewife.
He won Euro 6000 euros and received free stay in hotel, a free exhibition book and free world-wide entry for photography related competition.
Nermesh, a second year student at International Medical University (IMU), Bukit Jalil, had earlier won in competitions like the SDG United Nations competition in 2016 and the World Photographic Cup Team Malaysia.
He will be representing Malaysia for the next World Photographic Cup 2018 in Australia which has attracted at least 56 teams from 56 nations.
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