At the recent Sony World Photography Awards 2021, Yoganathan Loganathan was revealed as the Malaysia’s National Award winner by World Photography Organisation and Sony Malaysia.
The National Awards program is an initiative set up by the World Photography Organisation and Sony to support local photographic communities around the world, with 53 countries taking part this year.
Over 330,000 images from 220 territories were submitted to the Sony World Photography Awards 2021 and over 165,000 were entered to the Open competition (from which the National Awards winner was selected).
Yoganathan Loganathan was anonymously selected by judges for his photograph “Ray of Hope”, entered into Natural World & Wildlife category of the Open competition. This photo of long-tailed macaque also known crab-eating macaque was photographed in mangrove forest of Kuala Gula, Perak. He was walking through the mangrove forest searching for birds or snakes to be photographed during the evening. Then, he saw a group macaque foraging through the mud for their last meal of the day before the Sun go downs. This particular photo was taken under ray of sunset that fell on the macaque when it looks up picturing a gesture of hope for future from the animal.
Yoganathan Loganathan is a marine biology graduate who aspire to be an animal welfare officer. His career dream is still in the works, but he found a way to turn his passion and enthusiasm for animals through the lens. As a wildlife photographer, he believes that it is his responsibility to not only bring out the extrinsic beauty of animals and nature to the attention of general public, but also to capture the moments that tell the story of nature and its importance.
Commenting on his win Loganathan said: First of all I would like to thank the World Photography Organization for this award. I would like to thank my family and friends to support my passion. I was always criticized to have strange ambition by general circle of friends. Nevertheless, believing this & learn from everyone, follow no one; I have walked my own my path learning from everyone and everything life throws at me along the way.
As Malaysia’s National Award winner, Yoganathan Loganathan receives Sony digital imaging equipment.
The overall winners in the Student, Youth, Open and Professional competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2021 will be announced on the 15 April 2021 via the World Photography Organisation’s digital and video platforms. For more information about winners and shortlists please visit www.worldphoto.org.