The theme for 2022 is Renewable Coexistence.


The Silvana S. Foundation Commission Award 2022 seeks original and creative photographic works that address environmental concerns, wildlife preservation and humanitarian issues, with a focus on Renewable Coexistence

Emphasising both artistic innovation and environmental sensibility, the award lies at the intersections of art photography and nature photography. It welcomes photographic works which simultaneously expand upon artistic possibilities and prompt humanitarian reflection on urgent global issues. 

The inaugural edition of the award (2020) was won by visual artist Robert Zhao Renhui. As the winner, Zhao was commissioned to create new works, which will be showcased in January 2022.

The Theme

Renewable Coexistence.
The pandemic prompted widespread, collective reflections on the changes that are needed for a more equitable and sustainable world. How are our individual lives intrinsically intertwined with the lives of other human beings and species? How can we co-exist in sustainable ways that benefit human beings and the planet? This edition of the award welcomes explorations of renewal, regeneration, and synergistic co-existence with a sensitivity toward the conditions needed for our shared survival for generations to come.

The prize

The final winner of the Silvana S. Foundation Commission Award 2022 will not only receive a monetary award, but also an opportunity to showcase their work and create philanthropic impact.

The $20,000 award will support the creation of new works which will be part of a fundraising solo exhibition showcase with Jada Art Gallery in early 2023. Profits from the sales of works will benefit both the artist and the charity chosen by Silvana S. Foundation.

About the organisers

The award is a partnership between Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF), the largest biennial international photo festival held in Southeast Asia, and the Silvana S. Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by the late Silvana Regina Sutanto which aims to raise awareness for humanitarian and environmental issues through photography.

How to Enter

The deadline for submission is 30 April 2022 (23:59 GMT+08). All submission must be made via picter platform.

The organisers

Award Commissioner – Silvana S. Foundation

Silvana S. Foundation is a non-profit organisation which builds upon the legacy of Silvana Regina Sutanto, an award-winning photographer who supported underprivileged children and environmental conservation throughout her life. The foundation continues her life’s work through initiatives which unite photography and philanthropy to bring hope to children and wildlife in the Asia Pacific region. 

Open Call Organiser – Singapore International Photography Festival

The Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) is a biennial gathering with the common pursuit of advancing the art and appreciation of photography. 

Now entering its 8th edition, the festival is a key player in driving critical thought and academic discussion on photography in Southeast Asia. As a pivotal platform for discovering, nurturing and propelling Southeast Asian photographers onto the international stage, it has drawn international attention both from and for emerging and established artists.

Judging Criteria

Submissions would be judged based on how the works addresses the theme in regards to environmental, wildlife preservation, and humanitarian issues. Each body of work would be assessed by an esteemed jury of photographers and curators, who will select the finalists. The finalists will then be interviewed by representatives from SIPF, the Foundation, an appointed gallerist who will select the final winner.

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