PETALING JAYA: With an international award under his belt, Tan Yong Lin's place in the world of photography is cemented.
Tan, 19, was awarded the Youth Photographer of the Year title at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards on Thursday.
His winning entry, titled "Back Alley", was captured in the alley behind his grandmother's house in Alor Setar. "I shot this during Chinese New Year 2014 when the sky was the clearest and brightest with stars," he said.
He explained that his inspiration behind the photograph was the beauty of Malaysia.
"I want to share the sceneries of Malaysia with the world," he told The Star from London, where he has flown to receive his award.
The self-taught photographer said he became seriously involved in photography about three years ago after his mother bought him a camera.
He described his lecturer in Multimedia University, Che' Ahmad Azlan, as his biggest inspiration in the world of photography, adding that the latter taught him to be dedicated and patient in pursuing one's passions.
Another Malaysian, Mong-Yong Sim, won third prize for the Still Life category.