While you’re at it, don’t forget to #SaveDeck as well

If you’ve always fancied yourself somewhat of a photographer or photography enthusiast, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is and join in the happenings at the ongoing Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF).

A biennial event that’s back for its seventh edition from now till Jan 30 2021, find exciting exhibitions held islandwide, alongside guided photography walks and tours, online discussions, masterclasses and so much more.

With this year’s theme decided on Departing and Arriving, SIPF 2020 will highlight the festival’s outlook on the human condition through the medium of art. Plus, the hybrid festival programming will allow participants flexibility and accessibility in exploring modern human movements and perceptions against societal constraints.

As for where the exhibitions are held, check out the mainstays at a variety of venues. Not only are there key photographs at the newly conserved 37 Emerald Hill and Esplanade Tunnel, but the artworks can also be spotted across six Downtown Line MRT Stations. Meanwhile, photography gallery Deck that’s fighting its own battle (aka #SaveDeck) will be a participating locale as well, and you should give the spot all the support you can to avoid seeing its closure.

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The photography festival will also be collaborating with the ArtScience Museum once again. There, find Margins: drawing pictures of home, where the works of five contemporary Singaporean photographers reflect on timely topics important to the nation. Through the lens of the artists, the photos capture intimate stories which carry their hopes and dreams for Singapore while defining familiar places that make the city-state home.

However, if you’re more of a novice on the photography front, fret not. Sign up for guided tours and photography walks as those will be conducted as part of the SIPF’s programme, allowing participants a chance to understand the festival’s theme as intended by the artists.

And in addition to the main exhibitions held at physical spaces, the festival also promises a slew of virtual programmes lined up for enthusiasts as well.

Simply check out the Asia Meet seminars to hear from the experienced panel about their take and influences that shape their craft, or ramp up your photography skills with the various virtual masterclasses available.

Either way, the Singapore International Photography Festival 2020 will give you a chance to discover Singapore in a new light.

The Singapore International Photography Festival will be held from now till Jan 30 2021. More information available here.