Founder director - Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards Portrait Prize
Member of the Jury
Steven V-L Lee is a Malaysian freelance photographer based in London. He began his photographic career as a documentary and travel photographer in the late 90s when he began writing travel-related articles for magazines and journals and delved into fashion and lifestyle work in the 2000s.
In 2009, Steven initiated the KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL PHOTOAWARDS, an annual international portrait photography competition centred in Malaysia, focussing on the best in contemporary portrait photography and has attracted the participation of some top international photographers. Steven believes in the importance of photography education and ran workshops through the EXPOSURE+ Photo Mentoring platform with other Malaysian photographers. In 2021 he co-founded EXPOSURE+ PHOTO FESTIVAL in Kuala Lumpur as a platform to discover and exhibit new artists as well as expose international works. Steven has been a regular portfolio reviewer at international festivals and currently serves as a nominator for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award.