The 1st Annual Surface Asia Avant Guardian Portfolio


Thanks to everyone who participated in the 1st Surface Asia Avant Guardian contest. We are delighted to congratulate the winner of our first ever Avant Guardian fashion photography competition, Hendra Kusuma and also to Adit Sombunsa, who has been voted the winner of the Readers’ Choice Award.

Voting began at the Surface Asia Avant Guardian exhibition held on September 1st and 2nd at the Goodman Arts Centre in Singapore. Voting for the readers. favourite continued at our online gallery. The online voting period was held from August 31 to September 30.

Thank you to those who voted and congratulations to lucky voters, Lim Chi Kah from Singapore and Ng Chong Ting from Hong Kong, who won a scarf from Labyrinth

The work of the six finalists will remain available to view at our Online Gallery

The six finalists are (in alphabetical order):

1. Adit Sombunsa (Thailand)
2. Hendra Kusuma (Indonesia)
3. Michael Agdeppa (Philippines)
4. Noran Bakrie (Indonesia)
5. Pakhin Suteerawong (Thailand)
6. Topaz Leung (Hong Kong)

We look forward to receiving your submissions for next year’s Surface Asia Avant Guardian!

The Judges

Dan Rubinstein

As Editor-In-Chief of Surface magazine, Dan Rubinstein is one of the foremost voices in contemporary design writing in America. He curated the New York Museum of Art and Design’s Home Front series of public programmes, and works as a freelance design consultant.

John Clang

Singaporean John Clang is one of the island nation’s leading photographic artists. His works have been exhibited throughout Asia and around the world from Los Angeles to Paris, and in 2010 he was the first photographer to be awarded the prestigious President’s Design Award for Designer of the Year.

Yasunari Kikuma

With Vogue Nippon, Dazed & Confused Japan, Vision China and Numero Tokyo credits to his name, and a celebrity portfolio that runs from Jane Birkin and Nicolas Ghesquiere to Victoria Beckham and Sarah Jessica Parker, Japanese photographer Yasunari Kikuma splits his time between Tokyo and Paris shooting stills and moving images.

Simon Upton

Australian-born photographer Simon Upton is one of the Asia-Pacific region?s foremost fashion and commercial photographers. After an Olympic-level swimming career, he turned to photography and has since worked with prestigious titles and clients throughout Europe, the United States and Asia.

Nat Prakobsantisuk

Bangkok-based Nat Prakobsantisuk is one of Asia?s leading fashion photographers, with credits in Elle, Harper?s Bazaar, Wallpaper* and Marie Claire. He also served as the visual director of the Bangkok Fashion City Project?s Bangkok Fashion Now & Tomorrow series.

Melinda Williams

Deputy Editor-In-Chief of Surface Asia Melinda Williams trained as a journalist and photojournalist in her home country of New Zealand. Over the last 15 years she has worked as a writer and editor for the region?s leading contemporary design, fashion and architecture magazines, including Dwell Asia, NO, Urbis, Vogue and Monument.



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