IPA Mentorship Program

16TH EDITION Now Open For Application. Application Deadline: 25th July 2017
Program Period: SEPTEMBER–DECEMBER 2017 (Now 4 months).

4 Years Running with over 100 alumni mentees. Read TESTIMONIALS.

Coming to its fourth year, the IPA Mentorship Program is an intensive 4-month program by Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) for those who wish to further their personal photographic vision and goals and importantly, to strengthen their narrative conception and expression. The program, an extension of our traditional on-site photo workshops taught across cities in Asia, is conducted one-to-one and group sessions using the online platform. The aim is for mentees to conceive, continue or finish a photo project or series as a method to strengthen their photography and understand the concerns of their individual practice.

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IPA Mentorship participants have won awards and showcased their projects at Singapore International Photography Festival, FIRST DRAFT by THEBOOKSHOW, Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival (Japan), Angkor Photo Festival (Cambodia), China-ASEAN Photography Festival (Nanning China), and Odesa/Batumi Photo Days (Ukraine) to name a few.

Select projects completed in the Mentorship Program will be invited to be published in IPA MZ Editions.

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The 2 key ingredients of the IPA Mentorship Program are Collaboration and Time. The Program seeks to create an environment of collaboration between mentors and participants where the primary focus is to discuss, incubate, critique and develop the participants’ personal photography. The Program also recognizes the value of Time – time for in-depth discussions and mentor relationships, time for participants to react and respond to feedback, and inturn develop and realise projects or personal photography goals.

Fees for the IPA Mentorship Program is USD$700. Intake is through application and selection. Application is open to photographers in Asia and beyond, of beginner to intermediate levels, interested in all manner and categories of photography.

View Projects and Essays from the Program:

invisiblephotographer.asia/tag/ipa-mentorship-project +  vimeo.com/channels/ipamentorship

More about the Program and updates on IPA:

invisiblephotographer.asia/category/ipa-mentorship

Read Testimonials for the Program:

http://invisiblephotographer.asia/testimonials-ipamentorship

Program Application

Participation in the IPA Mentorship Program is by application and selection.

To Apply for Participation in the Program:
Program Format

  • The Mentorship Program will be facilitated through a series of online mentoring sessions administrated by IPA over the course of 3 months.
  • The Mentorship Program will be goals-driven with sessions focusing on identifying and discussing personal vision, visual literacy and self-curation, editing and sequencing, and visual story-telling through photography.
  • Online sessions will be a combination of one-to-one with mentors or wherever possible, group sessions with other participants or guest photographers and mentors.
  • Participants can expect progressive feedback & critique throughout the program on their development and/or projects.
  • Wherever possible, options for practical face-to-face consultation will be available.
  • Participants will join the IPA Workshop Alumni Network and be entitled discounts for future IPA Photo Workshops in Asia.
  • Selected projects and photography works from participants may be published on the IPA Website.
Program Technical Requirements

  • Google+ Account and Hangout capabilities using Video/Voice for Online Mentoring Sessions. Check here for required system requirements.
  • Access to Internet connection. Approximately 1–2 mbps bandwidth.
  • Computer with Software for Photo Editing
  • Suitable communication tools: Email and/or Social Media Profile eg. Facebook

The IPA Mentorship Program is currently mentored by IPA founder Kevin WY Lee.

For more information, please contact us with an email to [email protected]


Mentorship Gallery

Pictures from the program and exhibitions, festivals and events across Asia and internationally that mentorship participants and alumni have showcased and participated in. IPA Mentorship participants have showcased their projects at Singapore International Photography Festival, Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival (Japan), Angkor Photo Festival (Cambodia), China-ASEAN Photography Festival (Nanning China), and Odesa/Batumi Photo Days (Ukraine) to name a few.

Installation view of Shyue Woon's mentorship projects exhibited at FIRST DRAFT by THEBOOKSHOW. Shyue Woon's photobook dummies won the inaugural FIRST DRAFT Award.
Installation view of Shyue Woon's mentorship projects exhibited at FIRST DRAFT by THEBOOKSHOW. Shyue Woon's photobook dummies won the inaugural FIRST DRAFT Award.
Donna Chiu presenting her IPA Mentorship project "Somewhere only I know" at Singapore International Photography Festival 2016.
Tham Jing Wen presents his Mentorship Project at #EPHEMERA Exhibition at The Substation on 12th November 2016.
Donna Chiu's IPA Mentorship project exhibited at Rochor MRT Station as part of Singapore International Photography Festival 2016.
Zeng Liwei at the exhibition of his Mentorship Project at the China-ASEAN Photography Festival in Nanning China.
Shyue Woon presenting his photobook dummies and prints of his Mentorship projects at Mt. Rokko International Photo Festival 2016 in Kobe, Japan.
Clarice Lee presents her Mentorship Project "Island of Everlasting Utility" at Singapore Heritage Society's Ubin Day 2016 community event. Picture courtesy of Singapore Heritage Society.
Tahchoe Gooi, IPA Mentorship Alumni, exhibiting a new projection work at #EPHEMERA Exhibition at The Substation on 12th November 2016.
Aik Beng Chia's 05-856 Mentorship Project published in the Singapore +50 Publication (2016).
IPA Mentorship Program – Applications now open.
January 2015 Edition of the IPA Mentorship Program kicks off with a group meeting.
Tham Jing Wen's "SG Flat" Mentorship Project published in the Singapore +50 Publication (2016).
Anna Spelman presenting her Mentorship Project on the Jewish Diaspora in Asia.
Peter Teh's Mentorship Project presented as a slideshow at BlowUp at Angkor Photo Festival.
Philip Ho's "Sayang Sayang" Mentorship Project published in the Singapore +50 Publication (2016).
Philip Ho and Tahchoe editing their final set of images for the Mentorship Program.
IPA Mentorship Program – Applications now open.
Mentorship Participants presenting their final projects at PLUG & PLAY Slideshow Night in Singapore.
Installation view of Shyue Woon's mentorship projects exhibited at FIRST DRAFT by THEBOOKSHOW. Shyue Woon's photobook dummies won the inaugural FIRST DRAFT Award.
Program available through online platform and video conferencing.
Donna Chiu presenting her IPA Mentorship project "Somewhere only I know" at Singapore International Photography Festival 2016.
Zeng Liwei at the exhibition of his Mentorship Project at the China-ASEAN Photography Festival in Nanning China.
Jeffrey Liam editing his project during his participation at the Mentorship Program.
Shyue Woon preparing his book dummies for his exhibition at FIRST DRAFT by THEBOOKSHOW. Shyue Woon's projects won the inaugural FIRST DRAFT Award.

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