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YONGL

Yong Lin (first name) Tan (last name), also known as YongL is a self-taught Photographer & Digital Artist who creates and resides in Cyberjaya, Malaysia. Born in Penang Island, his passion for art and drawing began early on and it has stayed with him ever since. Throughout his journey, Yong has won a number of digital art and photography competitions both locally and internationally. Yong also obtained his fully sponsored Bachelor’s Degree in Animation & Visual Effects from Multimedia University.

Yong's personal mission is to make a positive impact in people’s lives through the beauty of art, all while expanding his local creative art scene on a global scale. He loves to create with a cause he believes in. A cause that will go beyond the boundaries, bring life to every pieces of precious memories and keep it eternally fresh in our world. He truly believe that the purpose of making art is to bring something to life, to deliver a message and feeling which could move the audience.

Awards & Recognition


• The Star Scholarship Award 2013 | Foundation leading to Bachelor of Multimedia (Hons.) (Animation and Visual Effects) 2013-2017
• Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival 2014 | Finalist
• World Palm Portraits Photography Competition 2015 | Grand Prize
 Fujifilm Street Photo Competition 2014 | Merit Award
• Nikon International Photo Contest 2016-2017 | Generation N Award
• Nikon International Photo Contest 2014-2015 | Generation N Award
• Sony World Photography Awards 2015 | Youth Photographer of the Year
• Sony World Photography Awards 2017 | Open Category Shortlist
• Nando's Art Initiative 2015 | Grand Prize
 Tropfest South East Asia Film Festival 2015, Finalist
 Digicon6 ASIA 2018 | Malaysia Next Generation Award


My Stories & Journey

YongL's photography journey has a humble beginning, he started his photography journey  in the paddy field of Alor Setar with a basic APSC Digital SLT camera purchased by his mother with a 3 years loan. Read his stories and follow his journey to winning the Youth Award of Sony World Photography Awards 2015 in London.

My Photography Journey