2013 has ended, and I wonder where all the time went.
This year has gone by fast for me, and I admit I enjoyed these past 12 months very much.
I would like to do a review of my year, and many of you here have been part of that journey. 5 quick points.
As a photographer.
The year started with a World Press Photo win, and this was honestly a big boost to my career. I have also been extremely busy as a photographer, logging 100 flights this year and doing work in 3 continents. I am grateful to be involved in multiple campaigns for corporations and agencies, and one particular highlight is a month long assignment in the Himalayas for Geo magazine, where I climbed alongside Swiss medical scientists and photographed the entire process. For me, combining my twin passions of mountaineering and photography is a 8 year journey coming a full circle since my Everest days. Simply sweet!
The World Press win
As a collaborator.
I am proud to say that ‘The Other Hundred’, a project that I serve as the photography director has been completed. This project is a counter to the rich list and celebrates the normal and modest launched its book this October and has already been featured in more than 100 media interviews and features since its launch. I am grateful to be working with some of the world’s greatest photographers and fantastic jury on this, and also got to understand a lot more on the industry behind it. I was also recently invited to Netherlands by their government as a high potential to visit some of their most creative industries and hopefully collaborate with them in time to come.
The Other Hundred Website. Buy the book too!
As a judge.
I was invited to judge at the Nikon Photo Contest in Tokyo and also judge Noise Singapore’s young photographer award this year. Both feature incredible and diverse talents, and it has been inspiring for me and my fellow judges on many levels. Talking to the fellow judges was just such a kick and life lessons for me. The exquisite ramen didn’t hurt, and it is heartening to know how far young talent in Singapore has come.
Jury at the Nikon Photo Contest in Tokyo
The Poverty Line.
This has been a fantastic year for the project. We were featured in BBC this year, nominated for both the prestigious Swiss Prix Pictet and Hong Kong biggest comtemporary art prize, WYNG prize. The project was also exhibited in Georgia, China and Hong Kong. We are proud with the interactive website launched this year, and we have just photographed our 21st country, England last week. Much more next year!
BBC features The Poverty Line
Lastly, as a father.
For the first time in my life, I felt that I am actually responsible for someone. Chow Jiahan was born this May, in the midst of all my travel, and she has been an absolute joy and a turning point in my life. I never imagined I would be a father to such a beautiful and happy baby, but it is true. I will spend the rest of my life worrying and loving for this little bundle. My wife and I are absolutely blessed.
The baby stares at the father
That’s it for the year. Thank you for being part of my journey, and I appreciate every step of the way. I wish you and your family a wonderful festive period ahead, and may you cherish every moment.