I was born in Medan, North Sumatera, Indonesia from Minang’s parents. However, I grow up in Surabaya, East Java and spent almost my whole life in this city. I love traveling, photography, and writing.

Photography Achievement:


  • Started to learn photography with Canon EOD 350D.


  • Vacuum time in photography.


  • Returned to learn photography with Olympus E-620.
  • Finalist on Minangkabau Photography Competition, held by Minangkabau Society in Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).


  • Winner on “Action” monthly competition, held by Karl Taylor Photography in London, UK.
  • Winner as Editor Choice on Southeast Asia Award Photography Competition for April 2010 edition, held by ASEAN Tourism Association.
  • 3rd Place on International Black & White 2010 Photo Competition, held by ePhotoAwards.
  • Accepted on 5th Malta International Photographic Exhibition & Competition, held by Malta Photographic Society.


  • Finalist on 2nd Water Integrity Photo Competition – The Urban Water & Corruption Challenge in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Diploma ISF from VI Salon Fotográfico Illes Balears 2011, Andorra.
  • Favorite Photo Category on Surabaya Heritage Photo Competition 2011.


  • One of 54 best photos on UNESCO-UNEVOC Photo Contest “Work Has Many Faces” and awarded to published in Third International Congress on Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Shanghai, China at 13-16 May 2012.
  • 1st Winner of 36th IPA (Indonesia Petroleum Association) Photo Competition 2012 in Jakarta.


  • 1st Honorable Mention of Surabaya Tourist Photo Contest.
  • Top 200 finalist of Garuda Photo Competition.


  • Photo finalist on Photo Competition – Tourism Authority of Thailand 2014.
  • 3rd Winner of 38th IPA (Indonesia Petroleum Association) Photo Competition 2014 in Jakarta.
  • Join as member of Perkumpulan Senifoto Surabaya (PSS).


  • 1st Winner (Business Category) of MedcoEnergi 35th Anniversary Photography Competition.
  • FIAP Honorable Mention and part of Indonesia Team on FIAP World Cup Biennial 2015.


  • FCF Gold Medal on I Salón Internacional del Fotografía Cubano, Cuba.
  • AAFR Silver Medal on 1st Campina International Exhibition of Photography, Romania.
  • Diploma Intercontinental Circuit of GaudiRfoto 2016. IV Saló Internacional de Fotografia, Spain.
  • Diploma Intercontinental Circuit of I Salón Internacional de Fotografía Dominicano, Dominika.
  • GPU Gold Medal of Cross Continental Circuit, Indonesia.
  • Honorable Mention of Cross Continental Circuit, USA.
  • IAAP Bronze Medal of Interfotoklub Vsetin, Czech.
  • FIAP Ribbon of Kazakhstan Diagama Salon, Kazakhstan.


  • SCPS Gold Medal of 24th SCPS International Salon, Singapore.
  • IPA Bronze Medal of Indian Photo-Art International Digital Circuit – MAP, India.
  • GPU Silver Medal of 5th Olympic Photo Circuit – Hermes, Greece.
  • Recognize as AFIAP Distinction.


  • 1st Winner of EPSON Color Imaging Contest 2018, Indonesia.
  • PSA Gold Medal of Estonia Photo Salon, Estonia.
  • FIAP Gold Medal of DEFSAD 2nd International Photography Exhibition, Turkey.
  • GPC Diploma of AFAN 2018 International Exhibition of Photography, Saudi Arabia.
  • FPSI Bronze Medal of 39th Salon Foto Indonesia-Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Recognize as QPSA Distinction.


  • CCW Gold Medal of 12th Holland International Image Circuit 2020 – Image Contest Wageningen, Netherland.
  • Recognize as A.FPSI* Distinction.


  • IPC Gold Medal of Indonesia Photo Circuit 2020 – LFCN Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • IPC Honorable Mention of Indonesia Photo Circuit 2020 – HISFA Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • Honorable Mention of Lomba Foto Dunia Sawit.


  • 50 Best Photos of Jawa Pos Lensa Minggu, Surabaya.
  • Certified as Jury of Salon Foto Indonesia.
  • 1st Winner of Lomba Foto Budaya Sumsel 2021.


  • 2nd Winner of 2021 MedcoEnergi Photography Contest.

email: elits0215@yahoo.com or afrinaldi.zulhen@gmail.com