The Open Call for 8th SIPF 2022 begins now!
Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is an international platform which aims to promote the arts and the appreciation of photography arts, as well as critical thought and academic discourse on photography in Southeast Asia. The first edition of SIPF was launched in 2008 and the festival is now one of the major photography platforms held in Southeast Asia. In each biennale edition, SIPF hosts some of the biggest names in photography, uncover new talents, and promote understanding of the world and society through creative photographic expression.
The open call runs independent of the festival theme as we hope to uncover a wide spectrum of works, both completed and ongoing. Ultimately, SIPF seeks diverse proposals from the international community to present in Singapore.
From the open call submissions, the esteemed jury members will select 20 portfolios to present across various art spaces in Singapore. There will also be three awards from the open call: Best Portfolio, Best Published Photobook and the Publishing Prize.
Please send a physical copy of your photobook by 30 April 2022 to the address below:
Attn: Jay Lau
Singapore International Photography Festival
26 Teck Whye Lane
Best Portfolio Prize
SGD$2,000 cash prize
Best Published Photobook Prize
Shortlisted Artists receive
The production of a showcase at 8th Singapore International Photography Festival in various arts and cultural spaces in Singapore alongside recognised contemporary visual artists
Inclusion in the Festival's programmes and collaterals
Inclusion in the Festival's communication marketing campaign
Dedicated profile feature on the Festival website
Being seen by a substantial number of visual arts professionals and media
All shortlisted photobooks will be archived as part of the DECK Photobook Library
A free Festival Pass (inclusive of exhibitions and programs)
All submitting artists will be entitled to the following perks:
The Singapore International Photography Festival is a biennial gathering of minds from around the world with the common pursuit of advancing the art and appreciation of photography. It aims to be a much-needed arena for critical thought and academic discussion on photography in Southeast Asia.
The SIPF will also function as a key platform to discover, nurture and propel Southeast Asian photographers onto the international stage. Through its associate 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.
SIPF is organised by DECK, an independent art space for photography. Art Photography Centre Ltd (DECK) is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2022.
Submitted photobooks that are not shortlisted may be incorporated into the DECK Photobook Library, subjected to discretion of the DECK team.
Biography with up to 1500 characters
CV with up to 2000 characters (or PDF file)
0 to 1 projects per submission
7 to 20 images per project
File type must be JPG
At least 3000px on the long edge
Ang Song Nian
Artist, Educator, Founder of The Book Show
ANG Song Nian works with materials and traces of human behaviours made visible within landscapes through photographic documentations and installation.
Song Nian's work has been awarded the Grand Prize in the 41 st edition of the New Cosmos of Photography award organized by Canon Inc.
Song Nian currently lectures in the Photography department at the School of Art, Design and Media at NTU, Singapore and is the founder of THEBOOKSHOW.
Director of Singapore Art Book Fair
Renée Ting is the festival director of the Singapore Art Book Fair, an annual multi-day festival specialising in contemporary art books & zines. She is also the former manager and creative director of BooksActually, where she helmed some of their major projects including the Book Vending Machine, and the 24-Hour Bookstore Event.
Beijing based photographer and curator Ruben Lundgren made a name within the conceptual photography duo WassinkLundgren with publications as Empty Bottles (2007) and Tokyo Tokyo (2010). FOAM showed a retrospect of their work in 2013.
He is an independent curator of Chinese photography. Together with Martin Parr he co-edited The Chinese Photobook (2015). In 2021 he edited the book Ellen Thorbecke: From Peking to Paris, and published Real Dreams with his journalistic works made all over China.
Jeong Eun Kim
Founder and Director of The Reference Seoul
Jeong Eun Kim is editor-in-chief of IANN, the contemporary art magazine in Asia, and founder of IANNBOOKS. Serving as chief coordinator of DAEGU PHOTO BIENNALE 2012 and curator of SEOUL PHOTO FESTIVAL 2010, she is widely involved in curatorial activities within the field of photography. She is currently the director-founder of The Reference Seoul.
Curator, Researcher, Founder of Reminders Project
Yumi Goto is an independent photography curator, editor, researcher, consultant, educator and publisher who focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders.
She is now based in Tokyo and also a co-founder and curator for the Reminders Photography Stronghold which is a curated membership gallery space in Tokyo enabling a wide range of photographic activities.
Founder and Director, Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, Educator
Daniel Boetker-Smith (b.1974, Australia) is the Director of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive as well as the Course Director at the Photography Studies College, Melbourne. His expertise is in photographic publishing, photobooks and zines, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. He regularly curates Australian and International photobook exhibitions and art events as well as write and critique for various art and photography publications.
Curator and Executive Director of Museum of Contemporary Photography
Since 2011, Natasha Egan has served as the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP), where she was previously the associate director and curator since 2000.
She has organized over sixty exhibitions with a focus on contemporary Asian art and artists concerned with societal issues, such as the environment, war, and economics.
For over a decade, she taught in the photography and humanities departments at Columbia College Chicago, and holds a BA in Asian studies, MA in museum studies, and MFA in fine art photography.
Nakamori is Senior Curator, International Art (Photography), TATE Modern
Yasufumi Nakamori is Senior Curator, International Art (Photography) at the Tate Modern, London since October 2018.
Prior to joining Tate Modern, Nakamori was department head of photography and new media at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. He was responsible for numerous key acquisitions which transformed and diversified the museum’s photography collection. Nakamori was curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Curator, Foam Photography Museum
Mirjam Kooiman is an art historian and recently started working as a curator at Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Amsterdam, with a special interest in postcolonial approaches in the arts and museum studies.
She recently graduated from the M.A. program in Museum Curating from the University of Amsterdam and the VU University Amsterdam, during which she worked as a curator in training at the photography collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Independent Curator, Researcher
He Yining is a curator, writer and translator specializing in photography and visual culture. Her work is principally focused on the way in which photography is able to freely straddle the boundaries of contemporary art, responding to and raising questions about contemporary and historical social issues through effective, diverse, and interdisciplinary means.
Her publications include Photography in the British Classroom among others. She launched the Go East Project in 2014, which aims to promote contemporary Chinese photography in the West.
John Tung is an independent curator and exhibition-maker. Highlights from his former position as an Assistant Curator at the Singapore Art Museum (2015 – 2020), includes serving as a co-curator for the Singapore Biennale 2016 and 2019. The artwork commissions he curated were finalists for the prestigious Benesse Prize, of which one was a winner.
He brings with him over a decade of involvement across different fields in the arts, culture, and creative industry.
Founder and Artistic Director, Singapore International Photography Festival
Gwen Lee is the Director and co-founder of the Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) and DECK, launched in 2014, an independent creative container art space for photographers.
Lee has curated various photography showcases in Asia. In 2016, Lee curated the first solo exhibition of Daido Moriyama in Singapore, and a photobook exhibition with Steidl Publishing at DECK. On a regular basis, she participates as a jury and portfolio reviewer in Asia and Europe.
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Is the selection of works/ photobooks related to the festival theme?
No, the open call selections are not bounded to the festival theme.
Is there a concession for students / non-working participants?
There are no concession rates for students / non-working participants. All participants are required to pay the stated registration fee. However, there is an early-bird rate for portfolio submissions made before 20 December 2021.
Will I be refunded if I choose to withdraw from the open call/ if my work is not selected? No. All payment made are final and SIPF will not offer any refund for withdrawn or rejected submissions.
Please contact Picter if you have any technical issues with the payment.
Attn: Jay Lau
Singapore International Photography Festival
26 Teck Whye Lane