Opening the KLPF 2012 was His Excellency Dato’ Hon Choon Kim, former deputy Minister of Education in Malaysia. A well-known figure and keen photographer himself, His Excellency’s first visit inside the festival was to the HIPA stand which instantly caught his attention. Mr. Kim was presented with an official HIPA publication and was very grateful for the efforts shown by HIPA in promoting photography on a global and regional level.
His Excellency Dato’ Hon Choon Kim visiting the HIPA stand at KLPF 2012 / Courtesy of HIPA
The HIPA stand was also visited by the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Malaysia, His Excellency Nasser Salman Al Aboodi. Al Aboodi expressed his pride at how “HIPA represented the United Arab Emirates to the world by showcasing the art of photography”. He congratulated the HIPA team on their “commitment and achievement of being the standout exhibitors at KLPF 2012”.
Photo in the header: Ambassador of the UAE in Malaysia His Excellency Nasser Salman Al Aboodi presented with a HIPA publication / Courtesy of HIPA
Sahar Al Zarei, the Assistant secretary general of HIPA commented “by taking part at KLPF 2012, we targeted an international exposure like no other. The huge Asian photographic community has really shown their interest in our award at the fair, and we hope that many photographers from this part of the world will take part in our award as a result”.
Established upon the vision of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, HIPA is currently in its second season of competition. It is set to boast the largest grand prize award in the world of US $120, 000 and an overall prize pool of $389,000.