Gain insights from industry professionals on starting a personal photography project and exhibiting your work

The Shooting Home Youth Awards (SHYA) is a platform for Singapore-based 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.

Through working with 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

The following online events by guest speakers are open to the public.

While these are free events, please consider donating to Objectifs if you are able to. Your contribution goes directly to supporting our programmes, and the freelancers and artists we work with during this difficult time.



by Dennese Victoria
Wed 8 Dec 2021, 8pm – 9pm (SGT) via Zoom

A raft you send down river, and other ways of starting a personal photography project

Learn about different approaches to working with images from artist and photographer Dennese Victoria. Dennese will share about her approach to a range of projects spanning personal explorations, collaborations with the public, as well as her most recent work, Sitting together in the dark, a short video built around 14 borrowed sunrises.

Please click here to read a recap of the session on our Journal.

Born in October 1991, Dennese Victoria is an artist living and working in the  Philippines. Working across photography, moving image and installation, her work  touches on truth, memory, personal history, and the exchanges that occur between herself and those that are reached by the forming and the sharing of her  work. 

Receiving a degree in Journalism from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila in  2012, she has since worked as an educator, cultural worker, and cinematographer, including filming for Shireen Senoʼs second feature, Nervous Translation.

by Kamiliah Bahdar
Sat 18 Dec 2021, 2pm – 3pm (SGT) via Zoom

 Curator Kamiliah Bahdar will share her thoughts about what artists and photographers should consider when presenting their works in an exhibition. These include working in a gallery space, sizing, layout and how to work effectively with curators.

Please click here to read a recap of the session on our Journal.


Kamiliah Bahdar has worked across numerous exhibitions, programmes and projects as curator, organiser, collaborator, researcher, and writer. Her first foray into curating was as a participant in Curating Lab 2012, a programme organised by NUS Museum to train young curators. Having developed an interest in the conditions of art production, she pursued an MA at Nanyang Technological University in 2015 where she wrote a thesis on microresidences in Indonesia, with a focus on how residency programmes support contemporary art practices. In 2017, she received the inaugural IMPART Awards for the curator category. She is now beginning a new cycle in her curatorial practice and looking into the role of art in education and visual literacy.