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Anugerah Pewarta Foto Indonesia 2011

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Aaaannddd… This is an annual photo exhibit that you simply can not missed!

yes.. Anugerah Pewarta Foto Indonesia 2011.

This is the 3rd year of Indonesia Photojournalist Award, and despite some still argue that the year in the award title is misleading, we still proud of it.

The awarding night was last night, actually.. Friday night, October 5, 2012. And I personally had the best time ever, to see friends and colleagues from every corner of Indonesia. Photojournalists whom I only recognize from their works, finally shakes hands with me last night. Friends I havent met in years, sits down next to me as well. And we all enjoy the music and each other companions, surrounded by some of the greatest photojournalism works of 2011 on the wall.

It was a bliss.

But for you who missed last night’s party, there are some photo discussions that you can be part of, as part of the 2 weeks photo exhibit.

Saturday, October 6th 2012, 4 pm : Sharing and photo discussion with Agung Rajasa, the winner of APFI 2011 Photo of the Year. Find out the story behind the picture that all five judges agreed upon in making it Photo of the Year, simply in a matter of seconds!

Tuesday, October 9th 2012, 6 pm : All about Citizen Journalism, y’all!! Tips in preparing yourself to be a good Citizen Journalist, because you are much closer to the news that happens around you, and not the journalist who needs to fight the traffic to get to where you are, when the story is happening.

Saturday, October 13th 2012, 4 pm : “PASSING” – a pictorial book by Edy Purnomo, one of the most recognized photojournalist in Indonesia. He will launch it here, and you get the chance to ask him all about the book and his works!

Thursday, October 18th 2012, 6 pm : Those cool and great photojournalists who are behind the SERIBUKATA.com will give you some insights about “How Inclusive Photography Work, Develops Appreciation of Future Photojournalism”. It’s gonna be a serious photo discussion, but also can open your mind to a bigger problem that Photojournalism world is struggling with, nowadays. You just need to be there and speak out your ideas!

And not just that.. You can also buy the book!

Gosh.. You’d loooovveee the book!!

Not only those juicy pictures that have won the award, but the book itself is also a real collectible items. This year is printed on a much nicer paper, beautifully edit, carefully designed, and you just need to pay 100.000 IDR, to get a copy of the book.

Dont forget to ask for previous edition, because they are truly a collectible items, and it selling fast! I managed to help in selling 30 copies of the book, only in an hour!

So, if you love photography, you’re a big fan of photojournalism works, you want to get to know the photojournalist behind those works, or you simply love the crowd, do come!!

Dont forget, Kuningan City, Jakarta, 5-21 October 2012, Photo exhibit and more about Anugerah Pewarta Foto Indonesia 2011. 

See you there!!

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By the way, me and some colleagues just talked about APFI last night, after the opening ceremony.. We proudly believe that only Indonesia, from other South East Asia countries, that has this kind of awarding. Although it has many sponsors, this Photojournalism Award stands by itself. Self organized by (extremely busy) photojournalists in between their (extremely busy) work schedule.

It’s an award, that refers to World Press Photo kinds of awarding, yet still trying to find its own color. We got lots to learn, but at least we’ve bravely start it.

I could not be more proud to my friends who put their hard works, their ideas, and their time to make all this happen. And hopefully, will continue to happen in many years to come.

Viva Pewarta Foto Indonesia! Bravo Indonesian Photojournalist!

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October 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Reading (Winning) Pictures

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When I was in college, I got a few semesters of photojournalism classes. But back then, it was only about how to operate cameras, how to developed the film in dark rooms (which I still cant do by myself until today, for I consider me as a digital kid), and what does one set of aperture makes different effects in image’s depth of field, comparing to another set. They never taught us to read pictures. It is the internet that offers -sort of- unlimited communication to see and read what others have to say and think, even if they are from another part of the earth, which finally gives me an understanding, that most of the best images of all times, are more than meets the eye. And that you have to read in to it.

Who have the rights to claimed a picture as THE BEST picture in the world? Well, when it comes to photojournalism, one of the most acknowledged group of people who are granted such rights, would the the members of the jury in World Press Photo. The annual photo competition that involves submission from thousands of photojournalist around the globe. I only entered the competition once, knowing that I couldn’t possibly win any category, but at least, I can get a copy of the book showcasing all the winning pictures. –pathetic, but true–

I still dont think I have enough knowledge to bare my own opinion as I am still learning to read pictures. But since every pictures winning the World Press Photo always raised such controversy, I would like to share some of “the pros” (pros as in professionals, sadly not pro to the jury’s verdict) thoughts and comments I have read in a few blogs and forums. (thanks to twitter and google to make it easier for me to find these)

Below is a shared opinion about World Press Photo winning picture, by Oscar Motuloh, one of the most respectable photojournalist of all times, here in Indonesia, also a curator in Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara (Antara Photo Journalism Gallery). — it’s a translation – which I tried not to reduce the meaning :

Photo of The Year 2011 – World Press Photo version

THE REBIRTH OF MICHELANGELO

Members of the jury of the most prestigious photo awarding in photojournalism, World Press Photo, in its 55th annual events took place at its headquarters in Amsterdam, Friday (10/2), declared a picture by Samuel Aranda, a Corbis contributor from Catalunya, as the best picture or World Press Photo of The Year 2011. The picture taken at a field hospital in Sanaa (Oct 15, 2011), showing a woman wearing black burqa holds a body of a man (her relatives) who was injured in a big scale demonstration against Yemen government ran by the President Ali Abdullah Saleh which then fled to US. It is a piece of simple photojournalism work, yet contains a deep humanity meaning. The image itself is one of the images taken by Aranda during his assignment for the New York Times.

A woman holding a wounded relative during protests against president Saleh in Sanaa, Yemen October 15, 2011. Photograph © Samuel Aranda for The New York Times

Aranda’s work is a metaphor which raised in a form inspired by a famous sculpture during Renaissance era called “Pieta” (1498 – 1499). It was a masterpiece by Michaelangelo Di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564) which now hang in a corner of St. Peter Basilica, in Vatican. This famous work of art which carved in Carrara marbles, depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion in Golgota. La Pieta was made as a monument in French Cardinal Jean de Bilheres’ tombstone.

photo copied from website http://gardenofpraise.com/

Michaelangelo’s Pieta has inspired a number of photojournalism works, long before Aranda took that winning picture in Sanaa. One of the most recognized was Eugene Smith’s when he made an essay about mercury poisoning in Minamata which showing Tomoki Eumura who was helpless from suffering the Minamata disease and being bathe by her mother, Ryoko. The picture itself later on known as the Minamata Pieta.

Tomoko Uemura in Her Bath (Minamata, 1972). Photograph © W. Eugene Smith.

another example of picture with resemblance of Pieta, A boy experiencing severe pain from TB meningitis is comforted by his mother at Svay Rieng Provincial Hospital, Svay Rieng, Cambodia. Family members provide much of the personal care at hospitals in the developing world. Photograph & Caption © James Nachtwey/VII.

Even though Aranda’s picture wasnt showing the expression of the woman, for she was hidden under the black burqa, nevertheless, her two hands holding the weak victim can still strongly showing compassion. Which is the basic of humanity itself. Also a representation of a struggle made by the weak. A fight from the heart, which spread fast as a form of revolution in the Middle East, which called by the term, “Arab Spring”.

One of the WPP jury, Koyo Kouoh said,  “It is a photo that speaks for the entire region. It stands for Yemen, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria, for all that happened in the Arab Spring. But it shows a private, intimate side of what went on. And it shows the role that women played, not only as care-givers, but as active people in the movement.” Mean while, the jury Chairman, Aidan Sullivan added, “The winning photo shows a poignant, compassionate moment, the human consequence of an enormous event, an event that is still going on. We might never know who this woman is, cradling an injured relative, but together they become a living image of the courage of ordinary people that helped create an important chapter in the history of the Middle East.”

Maybe Sullivan was right, but the truth is, for the people in the “East” which are “emotionally closer” with the domino effect erupted in the Middle East, Aranda’s picture is a symbol of a fight against arbitrariness, people who are fed up of endless corruption and the government’s negligence to its people who needs to keep on crawling to reach justice.

Aranda’s picture won the first place in People in the News category, and with it also selected by the international members of the jury (of 19 juries with Vice President Photo Assignment at Getty Images as the Chairman) as the Photo of The Year, means it represent the subjectivity of the members of the jury which practically can be concluded as a representation of testimony and voice of photojournalists around the world. Statistically, this year, there were 57 photojournalists from 24 countries (Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Iran, Irlandia, Italia, Jepang, Mexico, Belanda, Norway, Polandia, Rusia, Afsel, Spanyol, Sweden, England dan US) who won the contest’s nine categories. They are selected from 5,247 photojournalists representing 124 countries, with 101,254 works which viewed by the jury in 13 days.

Again, Aranda’s work is a metaphor of strength of the weak people. An image that reminds us to the anti violent protest by Mahatma Gandhi, but also brings memory to such nightmares of violence against humanity which continue to erupt in Nigeria, and several places around the globe, and also in the corners of Indonesia. The spirit raised from Aranda’s picture would be some sort of a light that lit the world’s civilization which always stained by blood and endless anger. The picture clearly spread a tranquility which as if offered by a woman’s graceful touch and a form of true meaning of life. Because the soul is a blow of God’s spirit and life itself is God’s creation, thus it needs to be honored by mankind, no matter what his faith and ideology is.

Regarding to my lack skill in reading pictures, I found some blogs that is not as “approve” as Oscar is, with the WPP juries’ decision.

http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/2012/02/arandas-world-press-photo-of-the-year-pietas-and-burkas-and-just-plain-obscurity-oh-my/ for example, is a response of another opinion by two contributors of the website which made when the picture itself first appeared in New York Times in October 2011. Interestingly, it argues about the Burqa (a symbol of muslim women in Arab) and how it is related to Pieta, which is a form of Christianity work of art. As I quote ;

The Christian imagery may clash with the content, but it doesn’t drag with it the rest of the baggage you would associate with “religified” images of suffering. The bare style, the off-centered framing of the pair stop this suffering from becoming glorious or romantic. There’s something loose about it. To add to this contrast, the aesthetic is modernist. It has a dreamlike, surreal quality that speaks of an inner psychology rupturing through to the surface. The faces, swallowed by darkness, the strangeness of the white-gloved hands, the muscular shapes of the jaw and arms: it is an aesthetic that is current and interesting. The angles and shadows are almost cubist. It reminds me of a Francis Bacon portrait in its twisting expressiveness.

Another blog (http://politicstheoryphotography.blogspot.com/2012/02/uses-of-pieta-criticisms-of-world-press.html) still relate it to such thing called complex politics of Islam. Maybe they considered it as a part of the Arab Spring.

Finally, how does this image encourage “understanding” of the complex politics of Islam? Not only does it reduce politics to the personal, it does that by assimilating the stereotypical burka-clad woman to deeply Christian iconography. We don’t even get universal humanism here. We here in the west are encouraged not to appreciate the realities and particularities of another world. Instead we are encouraged to see others as essentially just like ‘we Christians.’

IMO as a muslim, and a photographer, and even as Indonesian (the so called most populated muslim country), my tiny – simple mind dont even bother with the fact that a picture taken in the Middle East, showing a portrait that looks similar with an art work by a Christian made centuries ago. Inspirations can come from anything. When I read an interview with Samuel Aranda in http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/10/a-painterly-world-press-photo-winner/ , I cant even spot any remarks that showing he has the whole intention to do or truly being inspired by Michaelangelo’s La Pieta, which means Pity. He only stated,

“I got back to my place and I saw the photo in the screen and I was like, ‘Wow, The woman is not just crying. It was something more. You can feel that the woman is really strong.”

He was simply overwhelmed with what happen there, and shot a picture that from his point of view, can represent what he was seeing. The beauty of sadness, and a hidden message that he believed was there as he took the picture. And it just happens to have resemblance or have “the Pieta” moods.

Another blog with a different point of view, which I think is more interesting is not about the picture, but more to criticize the juries decision to make Aranda’s picture as The World Press Photo of The Year 2011. It sarcastically writes WPP as Western Press Photo and it’s one of my favorite blog : http://jmcolberg.com/weblog/2012/02/the_problem_with_western_press_photo/ 

So we have a problem, a problem that has actually increased over the past few years. We have seen a great many photographers going to remote places, taking photographs. We have seen the news media, especially online, using more and more images to present events. But we have not seen any efforts to use these images to educate viewers what they are actually looking at. For this flood of images in the news to really make sense – to tell us more about the world – we need more context, we need better explanations, and we also need an increased visual literacy. We need to learn how to question images, to ask what we are actually looking at.

Funny thing that I found in the second link I mentioned above, the politicstheoryphotography blog, was in the comment section. One of the WPP jury, Nina Berman, actually commented,

I very much respect the comments on this blog. As a WPP jury member this year, I’d be curious to know which image the blog’s author, or any other commentators would have preferred and why.

Whoaaa… the comments are good reads as well though. And the reply for her was,

In all due respect, I think this is an ill-considered attempt to shift the burden of argument. Nothing I said suggests that the jury task is not enormous. But neither was I party to that enterprise. Nor were any of the commenters here. That said, Tom White offers an example in his opening comment above. That image, which I too find quite powerful, appeared along side of Aranda’s in the NY TIMES ‘year in photos’ spread. It suffers from none of the problems I point out in the post. I laid out what seem to me (despite disagreements from others) seem like quite reasonable qualms about the jury’s selection.

And the most interesting comment, in that same blog would be ;

Of course, the WPP is free to select any jurors that it pleases. But it should stop pretending that their collective wisdom represent some sort of universal standard of photographic excellence. In a world where the economic, political, and cultural center-of-gravity is rapidly shifting away from the West, the WPP’s insistence on using the word “World” to describe itself is looking decidedly provincial.

Hmm.. good debate is when we all agreed to disagree on something. Including when it comes to read pictures. The winning pictures.  🙂

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February 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

To Prepare a Submission

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Artist statement is actually critical for some jury! But you ought to make it short!

Thoughts on the Pre-screening process

These past couple of weeks I’ve been pre-screening the submissions for this year’s Photolucida Critical Mass program. I’ve never juried anything of this scale before and while I’m used to critiquing and reviewing work one-on-one with photographers, this is a completely new experience for me. 700 photographers + 7,000 images = a ton of work… and a unique opportunity. There have been countless times that I’ve submitted my own work to competitions and for juried shows, never to understand the perspective of those looking at the images, what they might be looking for, what order of priorities might be in place, what the level and quality of the other work submitted was. I thought that by writing my experiences in jurying, it might give my fellow artists a glimpse into how to better prepare for submissions. Let me preface all of this by saying that this is merely my own perspective. Other jurors, most likely, have different priorities when viewing work, and may have a different process for viewing work online

[ Read more : http://photolucidapdx.blogspot.com/2011/08/thoughts-on-jurying-from-photographer.html ]

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August 17, 2011 at 10:15 am

The Winners List of APFI 2010

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Okie guys.. I get it..

Some have been searching like crazy about Anugerah Pewarta Foto Indonesia 2010. The search resulted my website appears in the search engine. Most likely google. Here’s the list of APFI 2010 winners (mixed of bahasa and english – go figure it out)

Photo of The year : “Dihadang Polisi”
Fransiskus Simbolon (Harian Kontan)

Penghargaan Khusus : “Nasib Malang Harimau Pincang”
FB Anggoro (Antara Foto)

Pemenang Spot News :
1. “Korban Erupsi Merapi” – Susanto (Media Indonesia)
2. “Dihadang Polisi” – Fransiskus Simbolon (Harian Kontan)
3. “Tersangka Teroris” – Chaideer Mahyuddin (The Atjeh Post)

Nominasi Spot News :
1. “Anak Kecil” – Dwianto Wibowo (Tempo)
2. “Tembak Demo Anarki” – Adek Berry (AFP)
3. “Menghadapi Polisi” – Bayu G Murti (Suara Merdeka)
4. “Kerusuhan Sragen” – Andika Betha (Antara Foto)
5. “Antrian Open House” – Widodo S Jusuf (Antara Foto)
6. “Rumah Sakit Tergenang Banjir” – Heru Sri Kumoro (Kompas)
7. “Terkapar” – Trisnadi (Associated Press)

Pemenang General News :
1. “Buruh Anak” – Yusuf Ahmad (Reuters)
2. “Kehilangan Keluarga” – Lucky Pransiska (Kompas)
3. “Menahan Perih Cambuk” – Chaideer Mahyuddin (The Atjeh Post)

Nominasi General News :
1. “Jenguk Ayah” – Edwin Putranto (Republika)
2. “Sunatan Massal” – Susanto (Media Indonesia)
3. “Listrik Padam” – M Hilmi Faiq (Kompas)
4. “Lulus Ujian Nasional” – Irwansyah Putra (Antara Foto)
5. “Salam Jari Tengah” – Maman Sukirman (Seputar Indonesia)
6. “Tolak Diskriminasi” – Prasetyo Utomo (Antara Foto)
7. “Yang Tersisa” – Trisnadi (Associated Press)

Pemenang Daily Life :
1. “Memanen Jagung Yang Tersisa” – Fransiskus Simbolon (Harian Kontan)
2. “Monyet Nakal” – Hariyanto (Media Indonesia)
3. “Berburu Paus” – Oscar Siagian (Freelance)

Nominasi Daily LIfe :
1. “Solusi Kebutuhan Air” – Yudhi Mahatma (Antara Foto)
2. “Tetap Semangat” – Yusuf Ahmad (Reuters)
3. “Membersihkan Pura” – Hendra A Setyawan (Kompas)
4. “Asap Fogging” – Yusran Uccang (Antara Foto)
5. “Pergi ke Pasar” – Andry Prasetyo (Freelance)
6. “JPO Tak Beratap” – Panca Syurkani (Media Indonesia)
7. “Semua Terhenti” – Ricky Yudhistira (The Jakarta Post)

Pemenang Art and Entertainment :
1. “Festival Lima Gunung” – P Raditya Mahendra Yasa (Kompas)
2. “Bocah Baliem” – Ulet Ifansasti (Getty Images)
3. “Perang Obor” – Sundoyo (Seputar Indonesia)

Nominasi Art and Entertainment :
1. “Jiwa Tari Bedhaya” – Suryo Wibowo (Tempo)
2. “Atraksi Sembur Api” – Wahyu Putro Arinto (Antara Foto)
3. “Glow” – Jongki Handianto (Gatra)
4. “Dilarang Menyentuh Diponegoro” – Suryo Wibowo (Tempo)
5. “Wat Phra Si Sanphet” – Agus Susanto (Kompas)
6. “Wajah Kupu-kupu” – Boy Slamet (Jawa Pos)

Pemenang Environment and Nature :
1. “Gajah Tewas” – Sutanta Aditya (AFP)
2. “Ditangkap Warga” – Jessica Wusyang (Antara Foto)
3. “Lepas Tukik” – Jefri Tarigan (Freelance)

Nominasi Environment and Nature :
1. “Survivor” – Lasti Kurnia (Kompas)
2. “Burung Kuntul” – Bahana Patria Gupta (Kompas)
3. “Terowongan Mina” – Adam Dwi Putra (Media Indonesia)
4. “Tertidur Saat Rob” – Bahana Patria Gupta (Kompas)
5. “Patong Thunderbolt” – Angger Bondan (Jawa Pos)
6. “Di Bawah Abu” – Ulet Ifansasti (Getty Images)
7. “Hutanku Gundul” – Crack Palinggi (Freelance)

Pemenang Sports :
1. “Fanatisme Suporter Bola Indonesia” – Heru Sri Kumoro (Kompas)
2. “SMS-an Bukan Berjaga” – Mushaful Imam (Seputar Indonesia)
3. “Adu Mulut Anton VS Bustomi” – Arief Bagus Prasetiyo (Tabloid Bola)

Nominasi Sports :
1. “Terjembab” – Iwan Setiyawan (Kompas)
2. “Trik” –  Seto Wardhana (Tempo)
3. “Indonesia-Oman” – Hendra Eka (Jawa Pos)
4. “Terjepit di Udara” – Peksi Cahyo Priambodo (Tabloid Bola)
5. “Blok Penalti” – Evan Zumarli (Sumatera Express)
6. “Paralayang Agam” – Iggoy El Fitra (Antara Foto)

Pemenang People in the News :
1. “Berlindung Dari Bentrokan” – Maman Sukirman (Seputar Indonesia)
2. “Penonton Mirip Gayus” – Agus Susanto (Kompas)
3. “Di Bawah Kendali BNPB” – Widodo S Jusuf (Antara Foto)

Nominasi People in the News :
1. “Pepeng Tetap Gokil” – Dwianto Wibowo (Tempo)
2. “Hanung Bramantyo” – Dwianto Wibowo (Tempo)
3. “Video Porno” – Fedrik Tarigan (Jawa Pos)
4. “Relawanku Keluargaku” – Suryo Wibowo (Tempo)
5. “Tertutup Abu Vulkanik” – Ulet Ifansasti (Getty Images)

Pemenang Photo Story :
1. “Sia-sia Menunggu di Halte Transjakarta” – Dwianto Wibowo (Tempo)
2. “Sepotong Kisah Pencari Keadilan” – Desmunyoto P Gunadi (Jurnal Nasional)
3. “Ganasnya Wedhus Gembel” – Trisnadi (Associated Press)

Pemenang Citizen Journalist :
1. “Berlindung Dari Abu” – Lanang Guntur (Surabaya)
2. “Antusias Berbahaya” – George Ferns (Yogyakarta)
3. “Manusia Pasir” – Yuniar Fatmasari (Sidoarjo)

Nominasi Citizen Journalist :
1. “Sapa Umat” – Dian Kristiawan (Yogyakarta)
2. “Melepas Lampion” – Fikri Adin (Brebes)
3. “Kebakaran Pasar” – Fikri Adin (Brebes)
4. “Pemeriksaan Gigi JK” – Agung Pambudhy (Bekasi)
5. “Menembus Badai” – Totok Priharwanto (Jakarta)

You can check the exhibit at Blitz Megaplex – Grand Indonesia Shopping Town until this weekend, July 31 2011. In case you missed it, we are looking at the possibility to make a road show of APFI 2010 exhibit in outside of Jakarta, like Yogyakarta and or Bandung. But one thing’s (almost) certain, we’ll exhibit the winner photos at Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara, Pasar Baru (scheduled) on August 8 – 17, 2011. If you really want to see the winner photos with the controversy described very well by Beawiharta, one of the APFI 2010 jury in seribukata website, you’d better pray we can make those tours and the extended exhibit in Antara, guys.. 🙂

To see the glimpse of the winning pix, check http://pewartafoto.org/ or simply buy the book! Am telling you.. It’s collectible items! And it sold fast like nuts!

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July 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm

NG Indonesia – Foto Kita Award

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It’s a photo competition with population issue as the theme.

If you guys have a photo story or single shots that goes along with the theme, go ahead! Enter and try your luck!

I myself have entered and now trying my luck (though am not always that kind of a lucky person. I’ve learn that God seems to always want me to work my butt off harder than just give me a simple luck. 🙂 The reward tastes sweeter, I guess!), and submitted my story about the babies in Manila, Philippines. My dear friends had been pushing me to submit it.

Go see here ; http://fotokita.net/kisah/130223890300_0030309/terminal-bayi

I’d like to ask your kindness to vote it, of course. Pretty much pleeeeeeeaaasssseeee….. Add some comment here or there in Foto Kita gallery or share the links to your own submitted work in the contest! Thank you so much! Best of luck for all of us!

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April 20, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Indonesia in World Press Photo

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Indonesia and Indonesian are not something new in World Press Photo.

Back in 1980, Mochtar Lubis whose name is now being used for one of the most prestigious journalism award in Indonesia, was appointed as one of the jury. Many years before, in the mid 60s, a young Indonesian photojournalist worked for Associated Press that time, Piet Warbung, born in Manado, took a picture of a protest, where a soldier stand tall on guard position, facing demonstrators, one of which a young woman, with despair look for exhaustion being in the protests for many days. The picture didn’t win any award, but made its way through the catalog and being exhibited around the world, along with all the winning images.

Kartono Ryadi, a legend in Indonesian photojournalism, and one of Kompas’ most valuable photojournalist, received certificate from the World Press Photo, twice. The first one would be in 1974, showing Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, holding an orang utan, when he visited the Ragunan Zoo, in Jakarta, Indonesia, as the president of the World Wildlife Fund. The other picture took in 1980, a story about the birth of the dolphins in Ancol, Jakarta Bay. Those pictures, received the WPP certificate for “Happy News” and “Sequences”.

Another Indonesian photojournalist who also received a certificate for Spot News category, would be Zaenal Effendi. He’s also the father of my fellow photojournalist in Tempo News Room, Gunawan Wicaksono. His black and white picture of a worker who got electrocuted and died hanging on the top of electric poles in the streets of Jakarta, taken in 1977.

Then finally, in 1995, Sholihuddin, a reporter with a camera, won the WPP’s 1st prize for Spot News category. He worked for JawaPos when he took the winning image.

A military truck carrying over 100 youths keels over under its heavy load. The passengers were supporters of local football club Persebaya, enjoying a free ride home and waving flags to celebrate their team's victory. The truck - one of 24 made available by a military commander - capsized after only one kilometer. Most of the passengers escaped unharmed, but 12 were hospitalized with minor injuries.

Tarmizy Harva from Reuters, has also awarded for Honorable Mention for Spot News Singles category in WPP 2003. The quiet guy with long frizzy hair always looked serious and hardly smile. Maybe because he had all the tough times in Aceh. His picture was about a 20 years old Muzakir Abdullah, a pesantren teacher (Islamic boarding school) in northern part of Aceh, who was killed during Military Emergency era in Aceh, Indonesia.

Another image taken in Aceh was,

Destroyed palm trees line near Banda Aceh two months after the massive tsunami that swept over the area. It is estimated that the height of the wave exceeded 15m when it hit the shore. Almost all buildings, trees and vegetation around Lhoknga were washed away. Low-lying agricultural land behind the town remained under salt water for four days after the tsunami, with severe consequences for farmers. In some places nearly all of the sand on the beach was removed by the wave.

NOT made by Indonesian photojournalist, but a photographer based in Rome, instead. The Italian Massimo Mastrorillo, won the 1st prize, in Nature category.

That picture, for me-personally, was a big loss. Not just because there are alot of Indonesian photogs who were also there, covering tsunami in Aceh, and come back home with haunted memories of the dead bodies there, but also because I know there’s a similar angle took by Indonesian photojournalist, Maha Eka Swasta, shot at the same spot, and didn’t win.

Photo by ANTARA FOTO/Maha Eka Swasta

Well, am not saying I know better who can be the winner, since I never even won any award! Duh.. But am just saying, how close it was, you know.. But yes, the winning picture was more intriguing.. and seems more – quiet, alone and .. haunting..

But it was then..

NOW, the result of World Press Photo 2010 has been announced. An Indonesian photojournalist, shooting in Indonesia is awarded for 2nd Prize Stories this year. BRAVO!! Congratulation for Kemal Jufri for his winning pictures of the Eruption of Mount Merapi, Central Java, Indonesia, shot in November 2010. His work was selected among 108059 images that were submitted to the contest. The number of participating photographers in WPP 2010 itself, was 5847, representing 125 different nationalities.

Kemal is one of Indonesia’s leading photojournalist. [ Heck, he was Asia’s leading photojournalist, and now, he’s taking the world. ;p ]. He’s one of a very very few Indonesian photojournalist who decided to be freelance, going pro, all the way and built his carrier in the hard way for many years when others preferred to be in a settled media institution. His work has been paid off. Again, CONGRATULATION! He is officially the first Indonesian Photojournalist who put Indonesia in the winners’ list.

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February 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm

The Bill of Rights for Competition

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Any photo contests/competitions around the globe, if they actually sincerely meant to support the photographers to continue working and make the best out of their works while spreading messages to mankind, then they should go for ;

because not every people (in this case, photogs) can really understand implicit law terms, including those bunch of details filled with ambiguity in their work contracts.

We all must learn of course, to protect our own works, because they’re our babies. We produced them, with all our hearts.

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December 30, 2010 at 12:05 pm