Photography Mentor

All our teachings are headed by our photography mentor ALAN LIM. Over the years he has taught many students locally and internationally, and mentored many photographers whom some going on to win awards.

As an International Award-Winning Photographer himself, Alan’s approach to teaching is fun, refreshing and inspiring. He is known to his students as a very engaging instructor with a deep passion for the craft of photography. The blend of his ability to distill very technical aspects into simple to grasp concepts and his generosity to share his decades of experience as a Professional Photographer makes his teaching both invaluable and effective.

A belief that nothing is impossible has made Alan Lim a photographer who can visualize a concept in a fresh and exciting way. Brimming with ideas, especially in the visual communication arts and photography, he sees a piece of white paper as a canvas for all possibilities.

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Alan started in the commercial photography world after graduated with a degree in photography from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, USA in 1995, and was soon attracted to the fast pace of the newsroom, he joined The Straits Times, Singapore’s main English-language broadsheet in 1997. During his time there, he produced countless images for cover pages, celebrity portraits, and documentary photos. His work has won him many local and international awards, including Lucie Awards- International Photographer of the Year, Nikon Photojournalism Awards and WAN-IFRA. Over the next 12 years, he became the paper’s most sought-after feature photographer and was promoted to senior Executive Photographer.

After leaving The Straits Times in 2009, as passionate as ever about photography and visual communication, after Alan left his high post in the paper, he set up Alan Lim Studio and Eleven Photography to continue doing what he does best, turning a piece of white paper as a canvas for all possibilities. In the same exciting year, one of Alan’s highest achievement in his career happened when he was awarded by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to conceptualize a series of his portrait. Just a few years before he was assigned to photograph the Prime Minister’s father, the late Lee Kuan Yew for his memoir.

In early 2010, Alan founded the School of Photography Singapore to share his experience and knowledge with all photography lovers. As a photographer mentor and educator, Alan’s goal is simple, to broaden photography culture and pass down his knowledge to anyone who embraces photography. By the end of 2012, the total enrollment to his courses has reached a total estimation of 2500 students from all over the world.

In 2014, Alan was appointed by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore(IPOS) as the IP Creative Partner in Photography to broaden the awareness of copyright protection in photography.

In 2015, Alan was selected to produce three important books to celebrate Singapore 50 years since independence:

    • Not Born in Singapore- NUS Law
    • Design District Singapore- Alan’s Street Photography showcase
    • From Clementi to Carnegie- Siow Lee Chin’s memoir

In early 2018, Alan was appointed by Brilliant Prints Singapore as their ambassador.

View some of Alan’s personal work:


2012 – Eleven Photography
2010 – School of Photography Singapore


2015 – Design District Singapore, Red Dot Design
2015 – Not Born in Singapore, National University of Law
2015 – From Clementi to Carnegie, Siow Lee Chin
2012 – Reliving ITE’s Transformation, ITE
2005 – To Singapore with Love
2004 – Shaping Singapore, Urban Redevelopment Authority
2003 – Positive/Negatives, The Straits Times
2002 – Got Singapore, Richard Lim


2018 – Lucie Awards, International Photographer Awards
2015 – Monochrome Awards
2013 – Amazing Cambodia Photo Competition
2007 – IFRA, Feature Photographer of the Year
2005 – Lucie Awards, International Photographer of the Year
2000 – Nikon Photojournalism Contest


2016 – Tell-tale Lines @The Substation and German Center
2015 – Design District Singapore @Red Dot Museum
2015 – Myanmar’s Dreams @ION Art Gallery
2014 – Singapore Street Photography @IPOS
2011 – Walk with Me @School of Photography Singapore
2002 – 759 @MICA


2018 – Beijing Street Photography Masterclass
2018 – Bank of Singapore
2018 – People Association of Singapore
2018 – West Spring Secondary School
2018 – Sembawang Secondary School
2017 – American Club
2017 – AMRO
2017 – Special Olympics Asia Pacific
2017 – Nanyang Technological University
2016 – Leica Singapore
2016 – SLA Celebrating Places and Memories Photo Talk
2015 – Visual Asia Expo
2015 – The Straits Times
2014 – Manfrotto
2014 – Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
2014 – St. Margaret’s Primary School
2013 – Nikon Day
2013 – Leica & World Gourmet Summit
2013 – Citibank Gold Class
2013 – Chatsworth Mediart Academy
2013 – Society for the Physically Disabled
2012 – Wildlife Reserves Singapore
2012 – British American Tobacco
2012 – Nikon Day
2012 – MCYS
2011 – Microsoft
2011 – Yahoo!
2011 – National Library Boards, Singapore
2011 – Shell Petroleum International
2011 – Far East Organizations
2011 – Saint Joseph Institute
2011 – Australian International School
2011 – Ministry of Education
2007 – The Straits Time School Pocket Money
2008 – Samsung
1999 – NUS
1999 – NTU


2016 – PUB- My Take on Water
2016 – SNCF- Co-op Hot Shots
2016 – SLA- Celebrating Places and Memories
2015 – SNCF- Co-op Hot Shots
2013 – Asian Environmental Journalism Awards
2013 – PUB- My Take on Water
2013 – The New Paper- The Big Picture Photo Contest
2013 – Snaptreats Photo Contest
2012 – The New Paper- The Big Picture Photo Contest
2011 – Big Shot Season 2
2011 – Citigold Photo Contest
2011 – Freshness for Life Photo Contest
2011 – The New Paper- The Big Picture Photo Contest
2011 – Point & Shoot Photo Contest
2011 – AVA Pet for Life Photo Competition
2011 – Changkat Father’s Day Photo Competition
2011 – AJCC, My Home, My Town Photo Competition
2010 – Crow Bar Award
2008 – Canon Photo Marathon Competition

TV Projects:

2011 – TV reality show SupermodelMe season 3- Art Director and Guest Photographer
2011 – TV reality show Big Shot season 2- Photographer Mentor


2015 – Art & Hope
2014 – Make The Change
2013 – Yayasan Kasih Peduli Anak Foundation
2013 – Green Gecko Foundation
2013 – American Women’s Association
2012 – Baobei Global Concern
2011 – Red Cross Japan Tsunami Relief
2007 – The Straits Times School Pocket Money


2018 – Brilliant Prints Singapore
2010 – Nikon Singapore