2018 FINALISTS of the Invisible Photographer Asia Awards

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Announcing the 2018 finalists of the Documentary, Art, Young Portfolio and Photobook categories in the Invisible Photographer Asia Awards.

The 40 finalists, representing diverse territories from Nepal to Thailand to China, reveal a significant evolution of not only our awards five years ago, but the image-making landscape in Asia. As one of our jurors mentioned, the awards is as much a recognition program as it is a survey of sorts, not only of photography in Asia, but our times.

Award winners selected out of the finalists will be announced soon, and will win prizes from our partners G-Technology and Sony. Award winners will also be featured in an exhibition in Singapore at Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film in July. 

Congratulations to the following photographers and artists!

Documentary Award Finalists

I am Positif – Living Positively with HIV – Andri Tambunan, Indonesia
The Golden City of Boten – Huiying Ore, Singapore
Death in Hengdian – Matjaz Tancic, China
The Price Of Jade – Minzayar Oo, Myanmar
Lamalera – Rony Zakaria, Indonesia
Call Me Heena – Shahria Sharmin, Bangladesh
Ebbing away of Identity with the Tides – Sushavan Nandy, India
SIGNOS – Veejay Villafranca, Philippines
A Small City That Is Changing
 – Wang Pan, China
Saujana Sumpu – Yoppy Pieter, Indonesia

Art Award Finalists

The Power Box – Ashfika Rahman, Bangladesh
Concealed – Habiba Nowrose, Bangladesh
You Can’t Step Into The Same River Twice – Harikrishna Katragadda, India
LEFT 3 DAYS – Mak Remissa, Cambodia
AIN –  Riti Sengupta, India
Holy Boulevard – Sameer Tawde, India
Town Boy – Sathish Kumar Purushothaman, India
The East Was Red – Sheila Zhao, China
Something Here – Shin Noguchi, Japan
Raison d’état – Swasti Bharti, India

Young Portfolio Award Finalists

Amrita Chandradas, Singapore
Harit Srikhao, Thailand
Homayra Adiba, Bangladesh
Liu Liu, China
Minzayar Oo, Myanmar
Prasiit Sthapit, Nepal
Sharafat Ali, India
Sutirtha Chatterjee, India
Turjoy Chowdhury, Bangladesh
Wing Ka Ho, Hong Kong

Photobook Award Finalists

Saya Positif [I am Positif] – Andri Tambunan, Indonesia
31 – Bai Shan, China
Waking Up In Strange Places – Juliana Tan, Singapore
The Price Of Jade [Dummy] – Minzayar Oo, Myanmar
Yesteryears – Sean Cham, Singapore
Yes Madam, Sorry Ah Sir – Paul Yeung Tak Ming, Hong Kong
SIGNOS – Veejay Villafranca, Philippines
Dark Cities [Dummy] – Woon Shyue Jiun, Singapore
Raw Soul – Yehlin Lee, Taiwan
Saujana Sumpu – Yoppy Pieter, Indonesia

Finalists’ Showcase featured here: Awards Finalists 2018

“It was great to see that people were thinking beyond a narrow definition of what it means to document issues, and that applied to the art category too, but that wasn’t quite such a surprise because we’re used to seeing different approaches from artists.” Robert Godden, 2018 Awards Jury.

“We often, and quite directly, measure the value of photographs in monetary terms, because we are concerned with recognition that leads to good funding for our works. However, we cannot overlook the social values and meanings of photography. It is the best visual art form in documenting what happened in the past and present, for a future audience. Its values can be assessed, often in retrospect, within the larger historical context.” Wang Xi, 2018 Awards Jury.

“As the awards exhibition partner, I’m excited to challenge the audience here in Singapore and to encourage and inspire them to see the world and our surroundings in a new way.” Emmeline Yong, 2018 Awards Jury.

“Having an award that focuses on Asia is good because it narrows the focus and allows more specific conversations and dialogue.” Jessica Lim, 2018 Awards Jury.

Video interviews with our Jury Panel available on: https://vimeo.com/channels/ipaawardsasia

The Invisible Photographer Awards 2018 is proudly supported by G-Technology AP, Sony Singapore, GetIT Comms, Grenadier Press, Exactly Foundation, Photo Kathmandu, Spoon Creative and Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film.

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