Invited Photographers 2016

liew tong leng
Mr Liew Tong Leng took up photography in 1992 under the influence of friends who were photography enthusiasts. His passion eventually led him to bigger things.

Formally trained as an engineer, Mr Liew gravitates naturally to the science of photography where he would research intensively on the mechanics of his cameras and experiment with various techniques and effects. In combination with his creative eyes, he is able to create images that are technically superior with beautifully crafted aesthetics.

As a testimony to his technical and artistic talent, Mr Liew has clinched hundreds of photography awards, including the Great Eastern 4th Photography Competition (2004), Best of Asian Aerospace Photography Contest (2004), and The Big Shot (2010), a reality TV programme aired on MediaCorp Ch5. More than winning competitions, he treasures the lessons that he had drawn from these competitions.

One of Mr Liew’s passions is to travel and capture images of faces and places to share with others what he sees through his lens.

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yeo yeow kwang
Born in Singapore, Yeo Yeow Kwang has been involving in photographic activity since his school days in the 1970s. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society of United Kingdom in 1988, Galaxy Exhibitor Distinction of the Photography Society of America in 2013 and The Photographer of the Year 2013 by Singapore Ngee Ann Cultural Centre.

Yeo-Kwang’s works includes social documentary, travel and fine-art photography. He has won more than a hundred international photographic awards including the most recently the Best Single Image of The Travel Photographer Of The Year Award 2011 and first place in the Sony World Photographic Awards 2013.

He is a certified photographic instructor and has been involving in a wide array of photographic activities such as photographic education, assigned documentary photographic projects and digital editing. He has also contributed as member of jury of several international photographic competitions.  

His photographs published on several renowned journals, news paper and year books including the Royal Photographic Society’s portfolio collection etc. He has more than 250 photographs exhibited in international exhibitions. His images have been used by commercial firms and professional organisations.

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Koon Peng took up photography as a hobby in 1979. He switched to digital photography and attended courses with The Photography Society of Singapore (PSS) in 2004. He has achieved Associateship distinction ARPS FROM The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and Fellowship distinction FPSS from PSS. Koon Peng held his first solo photographic exhibtion entitled “A Fading Performing Art: Street Opera” in 2013. He is Vice President of PSS curently.

Koon Peng is also an award-winning photographer. Throughout the years of his photography journey, he has won more than 100 local and overseas photography awards. His works have been published in Asiaweek; Lianhe Zaobao; The Strait Times; Garuda International Airlines magzine; HDB Annual Report; MTI Economic Report; PUB; MICA and NTUC publications.

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Raymond Chua Seng-Chye, Chinese, began his interest in photography during school days in the 70’s. However, it was only since 1979 that he really began actively winning awards and recognition both in the local and international arena.
 
Today, he has held many solo exhibition of his works in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), East Malaysia (Sabah), China (Guizhou),  including one locally, with the theme “Stage Photography” that is titled “Dance Impression”, one of his specialized field which was held in conjunction with the Singapore Dance Festival in 1987.
 
Apart from being the Chairman of the SAFRA Photographic Club for two terms from 1991/92 and 1992/93, Raymond is also currently the techniques advisors to the Singapore Colour Photographic Society, SAFRA Photographic Club, Kampong Glam CC Photo Club, MacPherson CC Photographic Club and the Photographic Society of Johore, Malaysia etc.    

Actively promoting photography arts, he has also contributed to judging both local and international photographic competitions. His current contributions include expanding his field in nature and tavel photography and holding talks and workshops relating to photographic arts.

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ee hon teck

Hon.F.SCPS., Hon.F.SAFRAPC., Hon.F.OCPSG.,
F.SEAPS., F.PSNY., A.FIAP., PSA5star.,
A.CPA.,A.PSC.,A.E.PSP

Mr Patrick Ee Hon Teck is a renowned photographer in Singapore. A retired teacher, Mr Ee has developed and nurtured his love for photography for more than 50 years. He is creatively diverse and is equally at ease with digital photography. Portraitures, nature, night scene, and travel photography, are amongst the various genres he is adept at working in. From black and white to color photography, film processing to photo enlargement, Mr Ee takes a hands-on approach to them all.
                                                                                                        
The numerous awards his works have won and the many local as well as international exhibitions his works have been in attest to Mr Ee’s talent and success as an artist. In 1986, he obtained Honorary Fellowship titles from the SAFRA Photographic Club and the Singapore Colour Photographic Society. Additionally, he was awarded another Honorary Fellowship title from the China Guizhou Overseas Chinese Photographic society in 1989. Subsequent to these, he has gone on to receive a number of other photographic titles from local and overseas photographic societies.

As a leader in the field, he has been a judge for photography in various photo contests and exhibitions and has also given presentations and led talks on photography both locally and in China. To share his knowledge and skills and to promote the art of photography, Mr Ee has lectured on colour photography for the Photo Art Association of Singapore, SAFRA Photographic Club, Singapore Colour Photographic Society, as well as the photographic societies of many community clubs. His outstanding performance has seen him appointed as advisor to the SAFRA Photographic Society and he is currently the advisor for the Singapore Colour Photographic Society.

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yip hoi kee

Hon FSCPS, ESFIAP, ARPS, Hon FSAFRAPC, APSS, AIPS, DIP PHOTOG, Hon FPSS, Hon FSEAPS, Hon FPSP, Hon FPPC, A.FIAP

Mr Yip Hoi Kee took up photography in the late 1959. In his earlier years as a teacher, he often used photographs as his teaching aids. Encouraged by a school inspector, he went on to pursue photography professionally. He enrolled in the University of Singapore (currently known as National University of Singapore, NUS). For 42 years, photography became a big part of his working life.

In 1968, Mr Yip was conferred with an Associateship of The Royal Photographic Society of England. He is now the Life Member of the society. He is often invited to judge in competitions at national and international levels. Mr Yip is known to be “The Mentor of Mentors” in the local photographic scene. He had chaired seminars, gave talks and conducted courses. His works had been exhibited numerously. He has served as Advisor for several local photography organizations.

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tham joo kit

A volunteer consultant to 4 NGOs located in Asia, Thomas steps forward to help in building better life for the disadvantaged people. He involved in infrastructure, social and life skill programmes and connecting NGOs to galvanize and share resources from each other.

His interest in Photography developed from just a hobby to a medium with a sole purpose to help, to tell the stories of disadvantaged people, especially the children who have been forsaken, through his pictures. As a humanitarian, photographer and a teacher in photography, Thomas aims to bring about awareness of suffering children to the world and in turn better their lives, for he believes that children today are our future.

Thomas is an accredited photography instructor with The Photographic Society of Singapore.

AWARDS:
2009 – Epson/ Steve McCurry 2nd Runner-up on “Unguarded Moment”
2010 – Children Of The World, International Photo Competition and Exhibition FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique)
Silver Award
2012 -“Street, Culture, and Protest Photojournalism” International Photo Contest 1st Placing

2013 – WES Biennial Photography Competition on Environmental Sustainability
Best Local Entry and 2 x FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique) Silver Awards

2013 – “Street, Culture, and Protest Photojournalism” International Photo Contest 1st Placing

EXHIBITIONS:
2012 – Lomography Photography Exhibition entitled “Pro(ana)logue” at Haji Lane’s studio in Singapore
2012 – Photography Exhibition entitled “The Children of Angkor” at Antwerp, Belgium
2013 – Solo Exhibition in Singapore entitled “Lamentation Of Hope” at the Photographic Society Of Singapore
2013 – Photography Exhibition entitled “The Smokey Mountain Children” at SITEX, Singapore

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APSS, ARPS, Hon FPSS.

Mr Lim Chu Teik is a veteran photographer. He joined The Photographic Society of Singapore (PSS) in 1997 and has been serving in the Council since 1999.  

Chu Teik achieved the APSS, Associateship of the Photographic Society of Singapore in 2000, and the ARPS, Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain in 2002.

Chu Teik is an award winning photographer, who travels intensively for photography. One of his travel photos had won him the Nikon PSS Photo of the Year 2010-2011.  

As a product engineer by profession, his creative designing instincts prompted him to invent the Softlight Diffuser in 2007, which offers as an interesting soft lighting without the need of bulky boxes, solving harsh shadows found in flashlight photography.  

He was awarded Honorary Fellowship, Hon.FPSS from The Photographic Society of Singapore in 2011 for his outstanding photographic achievements and contributions.

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michael ee

Photography has been Michael’s hobby since the 80’s. He enjoys travel photography, which has given him countless opportunities to develop his flair in capturing the essence of a place at a given moment. His appreciation of nature enables him to produce aesthetically pleasing and moving images that truly capture the beauty of nature.

Michael’s passion in photography sees him winning numerous medals and awards in International Photography Salons. He was the winner of the Singapore International Photography Salon (SIPA) 2011 and has attained his EFIP in 2012.   

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tay puay koon

Mr Tay Puay Koon is a passionate self-taught photographer. He started photography when he was in his twenties. His first camera was a China-made Shanghai 4 twin-lens-reflex camera, which he bought it at $64. His love for photography grew stronger after he joined The Bras Basah Community Centre Camera Club and The Photo-Art Association of Singapore. Since 1978, he has been actively participating in photographic salons and exhibitions. In 1997, he became the Top-Ten Exhibitor in the Projected Images of The Photographic Society of America and in 2001, he was awarded with 5 Star Exhibitor by The Photographic Society of America.

Mr Tay has contributed significantly in promoting photography in Singapore.  He served as Chairman of Phto-Art Association of Singapore, Advisor to International Salons, Honorary Auditor, Journal Editor and Digital Photography Course Lecturer.  Mr Tay is the current Vice-President of Photo-Art where he has served at since 1996.  For the past 10 years, his monthly Digital Photography Sharing Session not only attracted members of Photo-Art but also photo buffs from other clubs as well.

For the past 20 years, Mr Tay has received recognition from international bodies including The Photographic Society of America, International Federation of Photographic Art, The Federation of Asian Photography Art, The Photographic Society of Malaysia and The Photo-Art Association of Singapore.

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desmond teo

Mr. Desmond Teo began his photography journey in 1988 after his brother gave him his first manual SLR camera. He took on his first basic photography course in 1993 and proceed on to monochrome, colour and studio photography courses conducted by SAFRA Photographic Club. During this period, he won the Best Student Award. Through his course of study at the photographic club, he learnt a lot from the senior photographers and found his passion for Black & White Photography.

In 1996, Mr Teo joined the SAFRA Photographic Club committee and was in the Executive Commitee from 2001/2003, then Secretary in 2003/ 2004 and later served as the Chairman from 2005 to 2007. Presently, he is the Vice-Chairman. Mr Teo was the Advisor for “SAFRA Photographer of the Year” competition in 2000, 2002 and 2004. From 2005 till present, he is serving as Advisor for Ngee Ann Photographic Exhibition. Mr Teo is also a member of the Society of Worldwide Ethnic Chinese Photographer.

Mr Teo also shares his passion for photography and imparts his knowledge to the next generation. In 1998, he was invited to conduct the monochrome course for the SAFRA Photographic Club and for the decade, he has taught in the Civil Defence Force, various schools, community clubs and private organizations.

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Mr Foo Tee Jun had served in the Ministry of Environment as their resident photographer for more than 20 years and had documented numerous sites of environmental concerns. After retirement, Mr Foo continued to pursue nature photography. Started his first introductory course in 1962, Mr Foo pursues his interest ardently and was awarded as the Cultural Medallion Recipient in 1989.

There is a wide range of subject matters in nature photography to explore on. Prior to shooting an image, the photographer has to love and appreciate the wonders of nature. This involves a lot of research and experiments before one could capture the essence of the subject. Mr Foo hopes to evoke awareness of environmental and green issues through his photographs of nature.

Due to geographical constraints, Singapore is scarce of flora and fauna. Hence, many Singaporeans tend to be apathetic towards nature conservation issues. As such, Mr Foo aims to raise consciousness of environmental issues among Singaporeans through his photographs.

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Mr Goh Kim Hui is a professional photographer who specializes in Commercial Photography.

With more than 30 years of experience, he received global recognition from multiple international photography bodies which includes International Federation of Photographic Art, The Royal Photographic Society of UK and The Photographic Society of New York, Singapore and Malaysia.

In 2000, Mr Goh received the Honorary Excellent Distinction from the International Federation of Photographic Art for his outstanding contribution to photography.

His first solo exhibition, “Sky is not a Limit”, was held in 2000 at the Selegie Arts Centre, illustrating the 5 elements of nature in accordance with the “Yin and Yang” philosophy. After which, some of his works were collected by overseas museums and private collectors. Many of his works were exhibited and published by both local and overseas media, of which most are award-winning entries in local and international competitions.

Besides exhibiting his works, Mr Goh also shares his knowledge with his counterparts in Asia region such as China, Malaysia and Indonesia through photography seminars, workshops and courses.

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teo tiat how

ASAFRAPC, APPC, HON.SAFRAPC, HON.FSAFRAPC, HON.FSCPS

Mr Teo started photography as a hobby in 1985 and mastered all the courses conducted by SAFRA Photographic Club. This hobby has developed into a passion on him. Personally, he enjoy taking most of the sports & local events photography.  But nature & travel is still his favorites subjects, all his holiday trips are purely travel photography trips.

One of his most memorable events was organsing and participating in the “Alternative”, a Photography Art Exhibition held at the Singapore National Museum in 1998 by SAFRA Photo Club, the first local Photo Club to have their works exhibited there.  

The same pictures were subsequently chosen to participate in the “Earth Water Spirit” Nature Photography Exhibition held at UGO Mulas Photography Museum in Castello di Santirana, Italy from 4th Jun 1999 to 4th Sept 1999.

Mr Teo was also one of the official photographers for Singapore National Day Parade Souvenir Magazine from 1993 to 1997.

The biggest breakthrough was when Mr Teo was invited by the Beijing Municipal People’s Government to do a one-week shooting event in the Chinese Capital call “World Photographers Focus on Beijing” in May 2000.  The photos were included in an album to honor the Beijing 2000 Sixth Summit Conference of Major Cities of the World and displayed during the conference.  The event was held to promote Beijing prior to the nomination for the 2008 Olympic Games Host.

1986-1992, SAFRA Photo Club Committee
1993-1995, Chairman of SAFRA Photo Club
1996 till todate, Advisor to SAFRA Photo Club

AWARDS:
1998 – The first Great Eastern Digital Photo Contest “Life is Great” , 2nd Prize.
1996 – Discovery Singapore & The World Contest, 1st Prize for the World Section.
1996 – ASEAN Salon of Photography, Black & White Section Pewter Award.
1993 –  KPAN “Colours of Singapore “ Photo Contest, 3rd Prize plus Air Ticket to Hong Kong Image 1993 Photographic Convention.
1993 – Canon Asia Photo Contest, Honorable Mention for Colour Section
1992 – Visit ASEAN Year Photo Eassy Contest, 1st Prize Winner
1990 – Asia Magazine Photo Contest “Leisure in Asia” , Konica Prize Winner
1988 – Canon Asia Photo Contest, Honorable Mention for Black & White Section
1988 –  39th S’pore International Section by PSS, Local Best Gold Medal & Pewter Award for Black & White Section
1988 – Canon Asia Photo Contest, Honorable Mention for Black & White Section