This is the second time that Fan Hui Ling has won the SIPA Top Award. She said, “the award will serve as an encouragement for my endeavours in sharing the joy of photography with a wider audience”.
Fan became interested in photography seven years ago, after she attended a course on how to take better photographs for her vacations. Within a year after graduating from the course, her works were accepted at national and international photo competitions, winning several top prizes along the way.
She would travel to exotic places where she could make pictures to share how she feels about a place, its culture, and its people. She never forgets her trip to Nepal in 2008. The amenities there were lacking, and she had to travel on outmoded trains with overcrowded carriages. Commuters hardly had any room to move about, and those who could not find a place in the train would take a ride on its roof, or hang on to its sides.
She had to put up with the rough and tough conditions, in order to share her first-hand experience of the harsh realities of life in this place, and show how individuals dealt with their experiences. “It was a satisfying trip despite the hardships, and the amazing spectacle provided good opportunities for great travel pictures”, said Fan.
Apart from travel photography, she has a strong interest in photographing birds in the wild. Her images on birds have won her numerous top prizes, and were featured in international exhibitions worldwide. She enjoys capturing the precision of birds diving for their prey in the sea, and the way they glided in the air. “It gives me the thrills and sense of liberation”, she said.