gee Ann Photographer of the Year 2016-Teo Yong Kang

Teo Yong Kang

Mr Teo Yong Kang started his interest in photography in 1978, the year in which he joined the Singapore Colour Photographic Society (SCPS), and enrolled for a basic course in photography.  Soon after he completed the course, he participated in a National Photographic Competition organised by Radin Mas Community Centre. To his surprise, his work won the first prize which was $300. That spurred him on and, since then, there was no looking back for him as he went on to win more awards and prizes.

Mr Teo was so passionate about photography, and was very keen to share the joy of his hobby, that he gave up his full time job as a salesman to become a fulltime printmaker in the 1992. Because of his artistic talent and excellent technical skills, many local photographers had their competition prints made by him. He did not only make prints for his customers, he also offered them advice in terms of technicalities and composition. He also encouraged them to participate in competitions internationally.

By the year 2000, silver-based photographic prints began to give way to digital prints. Mr Teo recognised the trend, and knew that unless he quickly upgrades himself on the techniques of an “electronic darkroom”, he could be out of job. The following years were very challenging for him as he had to get to know the ropes about Photoshop from scratch. He persevered in upgrading his skills in digital post-production work. Within a short period, he succeeded in becoming an established post-production photographic artist in his own right and, at the same time, rebuilt his customer base.

Apart from winning more than 1,000 international awards, Mr Teo has also garnered a long list of photographic distinctions and honours, making him one of the most “decorated” international exhibitors from Singapore. Among those distinctions and honours are the coveted Fellowship of The Royal Photographic Society of United Kingdom (FRPS), Master of International Federation of Photographic Art (MFIAP), Master of Photographic Society of America (MPSA) and honorary fellowships of Singapore Colour Photographic Society (HonSCPS).

He was also listed by the Photographic Society of America (PSA) in the “Who’s Who” as one of the Top Ten exhibitors in the Colour Print Division (PPD-C) for the years 1991 to 1994, in addition to the PSA’s Galaxy 2 Award in Digital Colour Images Division (PIDC).