Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia , 31 January 2012 – Commemorating the arrival of over 160 award winning press photographs from all over the world an official opening event was held today at the exhibition’s first location in Malaysia, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

This unique one of a kind travelling photo exhibition, organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and sponsored by TNT Express Malaysia, was opened to members of the public yesterday and will continue to be displayed at the Centre until February 12th before moving on to the next location at the Balai Seni Lukis building in Melaka.

The exhibition, which brings together award winning photographs from over 55 press photographers representing over 23 different nationalities is expected to attract thousands of visitors over the two week period.

His excelency Mr Paul Bekkers, Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Malaysia, said in his welcoming speech, “Together with the exhibition’s local sponsor, TNT Express  Malaysia, we are delighted to have the opportunity to be bringing indication of how important art and culture are in fostering ties between nations as they illustrate these two aspects in the most ‘real’ form”.

The grand event, which was attended by more than 300 guests was attended by Yang Berhormat Datuk Dr Seri Ng Yen Yen as distinguished Guest of Honour. Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen was guided through by Ms Tessa Hetharia, Project Manager of the unique travelling exhibition and received a token of appreciation for her gracious attendance form his excellency Mr Paul Bekkers.

Speaking at an earlier press conference held on the same day, Mr Chong Siang Chung, Managing Director of TNT Express Malaysia, the main sponsor of the exhibition shared “ In conjunction with the World Press

Photo Exhibition here in Malaysia, we are proud  to share that TNT Express will be organizing photography workshops in two locations, Klang Valley and Penang on February 11th and March 11th consecutively. We will be inviting more than 30 underprivileged children to experience the world of photography by teaching them the basics as well as take part in a fun photography projects assisted by more than 30 of our very own TNT staff members. Through these workshops, we hope to be able to give the children the opportunity to understand the world of photography on a deeper level and one day, tell a story of their own through their own eyes’’

Supported by host venue, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre as well outdoor media sponsor, Katchi Group Sdn Bhd the World Press Photo ’11 Exhibition will be opened daily from 10 am to 10 pm daily until February 12th.

The following three locations include the Balai Seni Lukis building in Melaka from February 14th to 23rd  the Borneo Shopping Complex in Kota Kinabalu from February 27th to March 8th and the Penang Town Hall from March 11th to March 19th.

World Press Photo receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon and TNT. World Press Photo is an independent nonprofit organization based in Amsterdam where World Press Photo was foundedin 1955. Its main aim is to support and promote internationally the work of professional press photographers. Over the years, World Press Photo has evolved into an independent platform for photojournalism and the free exchange of information.

In order to realize its objectives, World Press Photo organizes the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest. Educational projects play an important role in World Press Photo’s activities. Seminars and workshops open to individual photographers, photo agencies and pictures editors are organized in developing countries. The annual Joop Swart Masterclass, held in the Netherlands, is aimed at talented photographers at the start of their careers. They receive practical instruction and professional advice from leaders in the profession.

Website: http://www.worldpressphoto.org
Events site: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/Exhibition/2011_Kuala-Lumpur

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