With beauty as his inspiration, one can only expect beautiful images to come from UKay.

As a fashion and advertising photographer, UKay has worked on a wide range of projects with international fashion brands, magazines, and clients from all over Asia and Europe, such as Guerlain Paris, Chanel, Loewe, Burberry, Harpers Bazaar, Prestige, and SingaporeBrides amongst others. His corporate clients include Singapore Parliament House, Ministry of Manpower, NTUC, Accor Hotels, Meritus Hotels and Resorts, and Macau Tourism board.

UKay won his first major award in 2008 when the Master Photographers Association (UK) conferred him the title of Singapore Master Photographer of the Year 2008. He has gone on to win many more accolades in the international photography arena. His latest award is International Fashion & Beauty Photographer of the year 2012.

What is photography to me?

Photography means something different to me at different stages in my life. At 15, I bought my first SLR camera with some money I saved. Taking beautiful images was something I enjoyed doing as a hobby, until a friend gave me my first commercial job years later shooting portraits for her company. It became a dream job, getting paid to do something I enjoyed, soon after I took the leap of faith and became a full-time photographer.

That’s when it totally consumed me.

As someone who is not big on words, photography has gradually become a means of communication for me to reach out to those who care about the same things I do. People have come to understand me through the intricacies of the meanings found in my images; photography is after all like an extension of my mind.

After a decade in the industry, photography has evolved into a profession, but I say that only because I take my job seriously. Whether it is commercial photography or fashion photography, my task is to sell a concept or a product. That doesn’t mean I can’t have fun doing it or turn it into an art form. With freedom of expression, great things can be achieved.

My work has taken me across the world. My work has also been used across all kinds of media platforms. What hasn’t changed is that I am still amazed when I see people of different cultures appreciating and understanding the world through my eyes. I am still that boy who bought his first camera at 15, and I am still learning, still growing, and still in awe of beautiful things.

I keep these moments and experiences very close to my heart. And that is what photography means to me.

 

CLIENTS

Guerlain Paris

Chanel

Loewe

Harpers Bazaar China

Goethe Institute

Esprit

Singapore Parliament House

National Library Singapore

Brother International

BHP Billiton

Fuji Film

Canon Cameras

Sony Handycam

Razer Gaming

Baccarat Magazine

Spring Court Restaurant

Venezia Gelatria

Scarlet Hotel

Marina Mandarin Hotel

Meritus Hotels and Resorts

Grand Mercure Hotel

The Mandarin Gallery

OUE

IPP International

Ministry of Manpower

EpicSoft

NTUC FoodFare

Lippo Group

URS Engineers

Dockwise

Shin Kushiya

Starbucks Singapore

 

GQ China

Singapore General Hospital

Singapore Health Services

Ensco Marine

Happy People Group (Shanghai)

Leet Magazine

BottomSlim New York Pte Ltd

Singapore Youth Foundation

Singapore Brides

Blissful Brides

Yun Nam Haircare

New York Skin Solutions

Slim Spa

London Weight Management

Apu (Mongolia)

NTV (Mongolia)

K-Gold

Moteris Magazine (Lithuania)

Lappland Eräsetti Safaris (Finland)

T3 Magazine

Starhub Cable

Grand Shanghai

Giant Hypermarket

Akamai Consultants

Hardware Zone

Swan Ph (Lithuania)

Tokyo Bust Express

Neither Noir (Shanghai)

Advantage Communications

RiverView Hotel

NTUC FoodFare

Prestige(Hong Kong)

AWARDS

2008 Singapore Master Photographer of the Year,

2009 MPA Awards, 9 merit awards

2010 MPA Awards, 5 merit awards

2010 IPA Honorary Mention,

2011 ePhoto Awards Finalist,

2011 Best Shot Award, 2nd Place,

2011 WPGA Pollux Awards 2nd Place Fine Art,

2011 WPGA Pollux Awards 1st Place DI,

2011 IPA 3 HM awards,

2011 MPA Classical Portrait Winner

2011 MPA Contemporary Portrait Winner

2011 MPA Advertising Winner

2011 MPA PR Category Winner

2011 MPA 5 Awards of Merit

2012 Canon Ambassador Singapore

2012 MPA International Fashion & Beauty Photographer of the Year

EXHIBITIONS

2008 Singapore Largest Photowall Exhibit (solo)

2010 Joint Exhibit. Professional Photographers Association, Singapore.

2012 International Biennial Exhibition of Fine Art And Documentary Photography