Youth photography mentorship programme

The Shooting Home Youth Awards is an annual mentorship programme that selects 10 motivated  photographers aged between 15 to 18 to develop their technical skills and deepen their understanding of the creative and professional possibilities in photography. Through the programme, participants will develop their storytelling abilities, critical thinking skills, and a familiarity with different genres of photography. This programme is best suited to students looking to pursue photography, media studies, visual communications, or fine art in their tertiary studies, or as a career down the road.

Participants will develop a photo project over a period of 4 weeks through 5 intensive sessions, where they will be guided by some of Singapore’s foremost young artists and photographers through lectures and critique sessions. They will have access to Objectifs’ resources and have opportunities to pursue internships with professional photographers. With “shooting home” as a central theme, we encourage the participants to draw inspiration from their existing environments, and to create projects around issues, places and people that they best understand.

At the end of the programme, participants will have created a personal portfolio of work, and have their works showcased in an exhibition.

Formerly known an Junior Shooting Home, the programme is an off shoot of Objectifs’ Shooting Home mentorship programme, and has been running since 2011.

Submit your works by Friday 13 October 2017 here! Applicants will need to submit a portfolio.

Submission deadline: Monday 2 October 2017
Selection results: 20 October 2017
Apply online here

Workshop dates:
#1 – Saturday 11 November 2017
#2 – Saturday 18 November 2017
#3 – Saturday 25 November 2017
#4 – Tuesday 28 November 2017
#5 – Friday 1 December 2017

About the mentors

Grace Baey is a Singapore-based photographer with an interest in social issues. A human geographer by training, she uses photography as a way of engaging more intimately with these issues. Of interest to her are questions of place, identity, and belonging. Her current work deals with issues of social marginalisation, with particular focus on the transgender community in Singapore.

Irvin Tan’s current project, For the Greater Good, uses photography to explore questions with no binary answers. It questions our willingness to concede to power and authority, and our investment into a system so pragmatic that there is little room for our selves.

Apart from his work with photography, Irvin is experienced in running a design and photography studio, freelance writing, startups and cooking whenever possible. Almost a decade in, he is just beginning to make sense of the experiences that stem from his documentary and conceptual projects.

Joseph Nair is a Singapore based photographer and visual artist. His 2006 work, blank. was a solo show at the Month of Photography 2006 and published in Amsterdam/London as part of a select global thought collection ‘The Pars Foundation- Findings on Ice’ in 2007.  In October 2013 his work ‘Brownian’ was included in a group exhibition to accompany a conference on the ‘Future of Urban Living’’ by the Eisenhower Fellowships Societies in Singapore and Malaysia. Joe also creates through commissioned site-specific installations, appropriating and re-purposing images upon different space. His works include commissions for NOISE Singapore and Lit-up 2012.

He pays the bills as a freelance photojournalist, specialising in news and sports assignments. Starting as freelancer for The Straits Times in 2007, Joe currently strings regularly for The Business Times, The Associated Press and takes on other corporate and commercial assignments. He is a regular mentor for the Shooting Home Youth Awards.

Nurul Huda is an educator, researcher-writer, and photographer interested in the study of narratives as medium, the spatial and bodily (gendered and other) as visual and sentient manifestations, and articulates them through written and visual projects. She has exhibited in group exhibitions, published in anthologies featuring women’s stories, and is currently working on a project entitled “Women in War”.

Charmaine Poh is a Singaporean-Chinese documentary photographer and artist whose work concerns memory, gender, youth, and solitude. She is dedicated to unfolding narratives across Asia. She has made work on class divide in Bangladesh, women in a transitioning Burma, and LGBTQ rights in Cambodia. Her latest personal projects focus on young adulthood in Singapore.

Born in 1990, she graduated with a B.A. in international relations from Tufts University in 2013, where she was also a student in the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice. She also co-founded Clicking Together, an education initiative in India that uses photography to bridge socio-economic and cultural gaps in society. She recently underwent the VII Masterclass Berlin, and was a selected participant in the New York Portfolio Review.