Next week, prepare yourself for the photography adventure of a lifetime – from the comfort of your own home.
This is photography like you’ve never seen before.
That’s because five photographers – from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, are facing it off in the ultimate photography reality show – aptly named Photo Face Off.
Who are the competitors?
The contestants are:
- Tan Jia Juan, a 22-year-old Singaporean student
- Singyuin Christy Yeoh, a 28-year-old relief worker from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Willy Lesmana, a 35-year-old experienced amateur photographer from Jakarta, Indonesia
- Richard Silaraks, a 48-year-old product promoter, who lives in Bangkok, Thailand
- Hoang Thi Lan Phuong, a 22-year-old Vietnamese fashion retailer, who is living in Hanoi
The five amateurs must compete against a US-born Photo Face Off resident photographer, Justin Mott in the screening process from hell, to show how far they will go to get the perfect shot.
But it will not be easy to beat the Vietnam-based Justin, who has not only won several photography awards and accolades, but has also had his work published in renowned media outlets, such as The New York Times, TIME Magazine and Forbes.
Competing for an all-expenses paid trip to New York City
The contestants are competing for an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to photograph some of the world’s biggest stars and a trip to the Canon Photo Clinic in Japan.
The Episodes in Brief
Premieres Tuesday 23 September, 10.30pm
Encore Thursday 25 September, 11pm
Taking place in Singapore, this episode sees Tan Jia Jun facing off against Justin Mott. He will first have to please a client in a commercial photography shoot. Then he must use his creative juices to take pictures at Gardens by the Bay – as the theme that they are given is unsuitable for the location. Finally, they must balance on a bobbing, bouncing slack-line several storeys above the ground – and try to take the best photograph.
Tuesday September 30, 10.30pm
Encore Thursday October 2, 11pm
In this competitive second episode in Malaysia, relief workers Christy Yeoh must battle it out against Justin Mott to photograph untameable, un-trainable free-range chickens, before facing it off at the Suria KLCC. Finally, they must square it off again in a honey farm surrounded by bees – where someone gets stung four times.
Tuesday October 7, 10.30pm
Encore Thursday October 9, 11pm
The Indonesian-based episode will see Willy Lesmana and Justin Mott battle it out as they capture the perfect shot of the sunrise at Sanur beach and photographing a buffalo race – with the buffalos running completely amok.
Tuesday October 14, 10.30pm
Encore Thursday October 16, 11pm
In this Thailand-based episode, Richard Silaraks will take on Justin Mott, to photograph a happy baby at the Ayutthaya Floating Market, followed by a trip to the famous Wat Chaiwatthanaram. Finally, they will pose and photograph two baby elephants.
Tuesday October 21, 10.30pm
Encore Thursday October 23, 11pm
In Vietnam, Hoang Thi Lan Phuong must cycle a trishaw through the Tao Dan Park, picking up passengers and getting them to pose for the perfect shot. She must then battle it out against Justin Mott at the Ben Tanh Market, before taking pictures of the local vendors from a basket boat – at the Cai Rang Floating Market.
Episode 6 (1 Hour Season Finale)
Tuesday October 28, 10.30pm
Encore Thursday October 30, 11pm
In the grand finale, the five contestants head to Kenting, Taiwan, where they must first battle it out in an underwater photography shoot of Kenting’s abundant marine life. They must then head to a windswept kettle farm, before attempting to take a great photo – while paragliding.
Photo Face Off premiers Tuesday, 23 September at 10.30pm on the HISTORY channel (STARHUB TV Channel 401)
For more information, please visit historyasia.com/photofaceoff