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Photo festival workshops prove popular

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A participant of the 2007 Angkor Photo Workshops, Bangladeshi photographer Munem Wasif returns five years later as one of this year’s festival guest curators. The festival will also be showing his evocative, personal series on his religion in response to global media's portrayal of Islam after the 9/11 attacks. Photograph: Munem Wasif/Agence VU

Popular local haunt The Warehouse will host this year's free 8th Angkor Photo Workshops, which will see its largest intake of 38 participants from 14 Asian countries.

Jessica Lim, Asia coordinator for the Angkor Photo Festival said the workshops will be held from December 1-8, and results can be viewed on the closing night on December 8 at FCC Angkor.

Created in 2005, the free Angkor Photo Workshops are held annually in Siem Reap for specially selected young Asian photographers, who are tutored by international volunteer photographers.

The workshops aim to provide affordable and accessible options for emerging professionals in the region, to enable Asian photographers to document their own cultures, societies and environment.

New elements this year include the involvement of Greenpeace International's Photodesk, which will head a group tackling issues on the environment alongside other groups specialising in photojournalism and conceptual photography.

The workshops will also involve young adults from local NGO Anjali House who are keen on photography.

A “bumper crop” of prizes will also be available for the 38 participants.

The 2012 Photo Prize includes a Canon EOS1100 professional camera from main partner Canon, a cash prize from well-known magazine Paris Match, as well as the first-ever Hope Francoise Demulder Award, supported by the association Un Déclic contre une Claque, which helps journalists and photographers in difficulties.

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