About Us

Our Mission

Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is a biennial gathering of minds from around the world with the common pursuit to advance the art and appreciation of photography. It aims to be a much needed arena for critical thought and academic discourse on photography in Southeast Asia. SIPF will also function as a key platform to discover, nurture, and propel Southeast Asian photographers onto the international stage. Through its satellite programmes, the festival hopes to engage the public and cultivate a larger audience. At the core of SIPF is a firm belief that photography can be enjoyed by all.

Director’s Message

The biennial Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) turns four this year, just two years shy of its 10th anniversary. We have come a long way, each round a step closer to realising our dreams. This year, we have increased our reach across the world to shore in submissions from 1,038 participants — almost a two-fold increase from our previous edition in 2012. We are strengthening our core focus on being a platform for Southeast Asian photography, with close to one quarter of selected submissions from the region. In addition we have a special showcase with Singapore Art Museum to showcase the contemporary photography practice in Southeast Asia.

New grounds are also broken, in SIPF’s collaboration with Noorderlicht International Photofestival in Groningen, the Netherlands, for a themed open call “An Ocean of Possibilities”.The partnership, which explores themes of challenging the status quo and searching for the path less travelled, translates to an opportunity for double exposure as selected artists exhibit their works at both festivals simultaneously. The act of “taking a leap of faith” could very well be the spirit of discovery SIPF has been embracing.

Within our shores, SIPF is also reaffirming its commitment towards student education in 2014 by expanding the programme to a year-long endeavour, beyond the previous duration of two months.

We have lined up an exciting and refreshing series of programmes focusing on raising levels of visual literacy amongst secondary and tertiary students, to be rolled out in July.

In the months ahead, our pop-up art space, a resource centre for contemporary photography in Asia shall come to fruition. The site will house a residency programme and library, amongst other amenities. It will also open up a third space of discourse for artists, curators and writers to undertake new research, develop their practice and produce new works. At the core of our education philosophy is a desire to cultivate a young generation of critical visual thinkers, and promote a love and appreciation for photography amongst the wider community.

The flowering season for photography has arrived in Singapore. This year in concomitance with Milan Image Arts (MIA) Singapore, the first photo fair in Southeast Asia will take place in Singapore. The fair is expected to set new buzz along with the festival when it happen in late October. We are also seeing lots of photographic blooms and cross-pollinations with special exhibition collaboration with the museums of Singapore.

In between all the planning, we will launch the first mobile photo resource centre in October. This is a brand new space for everyone to be engaged in photography and to create new synergies with one another.

See you in October in Singapore.


Warm Regards,
Gwen Lee

The Team

Co-Founder, Director Gwen Lee
Co-Founder, Production Director Jay Lau
Festival Executive Dawn Yeong
Education and Resource Manager Kong Yen Lin
Professional Programmes Coordinator Ho Hui May
Outreach Assistant Hairol Nizam
Designer Vanessa Ban
Web developer Carrie Yeo
Exhibition Assistant Liana Yang