06/06/2024 11:58 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 (Bernama) -- Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) photographer Mohd Izzul Farhan Ahmad Surianshah’s very first attempt at submitting a nomination for the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM)-100PLUS 2023 Awards has bagged him the award for Best Sports Photography.

Mohd Izzul, who works at the Negeri Sembilan Bernama bureau, had no idea that the photo he snapped when national track cyclist Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom crashed in the men's keirin event at the 2023 Asian Track Cycling Championships at the National Velodrome in Nilai, would be the jury’s pick to win the category at the SAM-100PLUS 2023 Awards held here tonight. 

“I thought another picture that shows the stunned expression of a child when Shah Firdaus fell would be more winnable but the opposite was proven today.

“Thank goodness my first attempt was worth it and I hope this win will strengthen my zeal to capture more interesting pictures in the future,” he said here.

The 29-year-old pocketed a prize money of RM3,000 and a trophy.

Also present at tonight’s event were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh.




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