A mentorship programme for photographers aged 15-23

Application Deadline: 30 October 2020
Applications are now closed for the Shooting Home Youth Awards 2020. Thank you for your submissions.

2020 Mentors: Grace Baey, Joseph Nair, Marvin Tang, Nurul Huda Rashid
2020 Guest Lecturers: Neo Xiaobin, Lenne Chai

The Shooting Home Youth Awards (SHYA) is a platform for students aged 15 to 23 years old to develop their photographic skills and ambitions. The programme has been running since 2011, and has mentored more than 90 students to date.

Themed around the idea of home, the programme encourages participants to draw inspiration from their surroundings and the issues most important to them. As such the photographs address a variety of subjects that are close to the photographers’ hearts such as their families and friends.

Under the tutelage of some of Singapore’s foremost young artists and photographers as mentors and guest lecturers, participants in SHYA will have the opportunity to

  • Learn about crafting their own style and making their photography stand out
  • Build a strong portfolio
  • Exhibit their work publicly
  • Network with industry professionals. Many of the participants have continued to pursue photography through their studies and on a professional basis.
  • Deepen their understanding of the creative and professional possibilities in photography
  • Benefit from the resources and network at Objectifs, which is one of the foremost visual arts spaces in Singapore

Only 12 participants will be selected for this programme.

Submission deadline: Friday 30 October 2020
Selection results: Tuesday 10 November 2020

Workshop dates:
#1 – 23 Nov 2020, Monday, 12pm to 5pm
#2 – 27 Nov 2020, Friday, 12pm to 5pm
#3 – 7 Dec 2020, Monday, 12pm to 5pm
#4 – 14 Dec 2020, Monday, 12pm to 5pm
#5 – Dec 2020 / Jan 2021 – individual group meeting to be arranged with members of your small group
#6 – 9 Jan 2021, Saturday, 12pm to 5pm
#7 – 16 Jan 2021, Saturday, 12pm to 5pm

Feb 2021 – exhibition opening

Shooting Home Youth Awards Faculty

Grace Baey is a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Singapore. Trained as a human geographer, she has a keen eye and sensitivity for crafting human-interest stories that are authentic, meaningful, and engaging. Her work often deals with issues of social marginalisation and community development, and her personal projects focus on transgender and queer identity in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

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 and The Associated Press and takes on other corporate and commercial assignments. He is a regular mentor for the Shooting Home Youth Awards.

Marvin Tang is a Singaporean artist who uses photography, moving images, and objects to visualise phenomena that surfaces through the act of control. His research questions the linearity of historical narratives, examining the notion of collective identities. His work builds on the multiple layers of cause and effect propagating from political decision-making to shifting social structures. He is particularly interested in applying this research to Singapore, attempting to investigate its own historical account and relationship to her expanded narratives across the globe. 

Marvin is a recipient of Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Photography (2015), Singapore International Photography Festival Portfolio Review Prize (2016), and 8th France + Singapore Photographic Arts Award (2017). His works have been presented at international festivals such as Promenades Photographiques, Thessaloniki PhotoBiennale, Nooderlicht International Photofestival, and Odesa Photo Days. He is also a creative producer at Superhero Me; a non-profit inclusive arts movement that arms children from special needs and less privileged communities with creative confidence. 

Nurul Huda Rashid is a visual artist and writer currently pursuing her PhD in Cultural Studies in Asia. Her research interests focus on images, narratives, visual and sentient bodies, feminisms, and the intersections between them within the digital world. Her current research project, Women in War, is a survey of images of women in war, critiqued through lenses of gender and violence, politics of the visual, and the roles of the algorithm and archive as methods.

“Phase 3: Notes to Her” (2018), part of her Women in War project was produced and performed as part of a studio residency with Objectifs. She has exhibited previous projects: Hijab/Her (2012), Untitled (2011), and Sufi and the Bearded Man (2010) with Objectifs, NUS Museum, and The Substation. Nurul develops and facilitates Photography and Sex Education workshops with Objectifs and AWARE respectively, and has taught across various tertiary institutions on various subjects. She is also a part of the collective Bras Basah Open: School of Theory & Philosophy.

Shooting Home Youth Awards Guest Lecturers 

Neo Xiaobin (b. 1983) is a photojournalist with The Straits Times. She believes that good visual storytelling has the ability to reach and communicate, to move and connect people. Xiaobin currently manages Home in Focus, a weekly series of photography features produced by The Straits Times picture desk, which documents different facets of the quirky, compassionate and ever-changing in Singapore.

Raised in Singapore and based in New York, Lenne Chai is a photographer and director who once fell into the sea while photographing Lily Cole. Having shot for magazines since the age of 19, her work has been featured in titles such as DazedEsquireL’OfficielHarper’s Bazaar, Elle, Teen Vogue, WWD and more.

When she’s not working with commercial brands such as SK-II, Samsung, Canon, H&M, Spotify, Uniqlo, and Puma, just to name a few, Lenne enjoys creating sociopolitical personal work inspired by her dystopian homeland of Singapore.