Photographer Spotlight: Mohamad Hud Zaqwan

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Black and White Category December 2020 Winner, taken in Pahang, Malaysia, captioned “Yak on the Hills

As ASIAN Geographic’s annual Images of Asia (IOA) 2020 Photo/Videography Competition looms closer, submissions to our IOA Monthly competition – the precursor to our annual event – are pouring in. We have received stunning photos across the categories, and are now featuring our monthly winners in an exclusive interview!

Below is our interview with one of this month’s spotlight, Mohamad Hud Zaqwan, the IOA Monthly December 2020 Winner in the Black and White category.

AG: What is the story of your beginning and journey to creating great images?

Hud: I have always been passionate about photography since I was really young, due to my exposure to documentaries such as National Geography, Animal Planet and so on. I started taking images using my phone, experimenting and exploring everything for photography. I’ve explored everything from sunsets and sunrises to people faces, and even macro photography. In the year 2013, I owned my camera and ventured deeper into the world of photography.

AG: How would you define your style and concepts you enjoy exploring?

Hud: For me, I would prefer to venture to what is unknown to other people. I love
when people ask me “where was this photo shot?”

Being a photographer, for me, is to make Ordinary Thing/Places/Moments, into something Extraordinary, through images that I captured.

AG: What is great photography to you, and are there any photographers you would like to work with?

Hud: I would love to work with Micheal Yamashita, a National Geographic photographer.
The reason is that I love the way he takes the images, as for me, they are very beautiful and meaningful. Another reason is that he has covered quite a lot of China Landscapes, which is one of my favourite countries to go to.

AG: What is your preferred imaging gear to work with and why?

Hud: I have been working with Nikon since the first day I got my DSLR. Personally, gears
are secondary value in photography, the primary value is the knowledge to take a photo. I
have been working with Nikon 3100, Nikon D610, and am currently working with my D810

AG: What is the next Asian destination you’d like to explore and why?

Hud: It’d most probably be China. China is a large country, with various cultures and
landscapes. I’ve been there several times, yet I am still longing to go there again. You can have a large green field with flowers landscapes in the daytime, and a magnificent Milky Way Galaxies view at night. You can find a small town with old peoples and full of cultures, next to a green field with a waterfall there. I hope to be there again sometime soon.

AG: Can you share more about your current and upcoming projects?

Hud: I have been exploring my own hometown, Pahang (Malaysia) for greater landscape
photos, and I am planning on shooting landscape photos, where other photographers have never shot before.

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Congratulations once again to Mohamad Hud Zaqwan for being the Images of Asia (IOA) Monthly Winner in the Black and White Category! You can check out Mohamad Hud’s Instagram here!

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Love shooting photos of the vast and beautiful Asia? Submit your entries today! More details of Images of Asia Monthly here.

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