Messages

J.R. Schnelzer​
FPSA, MPSA2, EFIAP, HonPSM, FAPU, HonFDCC, HonWPAI​
President
Photographic Society of America Worldwide

It is my great honor to be apart of the Asian Photographers Union opening of the 2021 Asia Photo Festival and wish all the outstanding photographers from around the world much success and enjoyment.

The Photographic Society of America Worldwide (PSA), was founded in 1934 as a world-wide organization providing resources for photographers, from novice to the professional. PSA provides a vast array of opportunities for its members including education. On-line learning, webinars, Monthly Photography Journal, study groups, competitions, exhibitions, mentors, and consultants. PSA international members are of utmost importance. The Society is now represented in over 82 countries and many of our most important volunteers come from outside the USA. This important international collaboration is in line with one of the PSA missions, which promote the art and science of photography as a means of communication across international boundaries, and as a means for image appreciation and cultural exchange. As the President of PSA my aim is to foster these values and work to share the PSA mission with all our photography friends worldwide.

I am honored and humbled to be a part of this very special 2021 Asian Photo Festival

Riccardo Busi
MFIAP, EFIAP/p, HonEFIAP​
President
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ART

I am pleased to be associated once again with the Asia Photo Festival presented by the Asia Photographers Union (APU).

I am glad to note that the Festival is in line with FIAP’s mission of promoting photographic art in every aspect with all kinds of photographic events and activities; regardless of nationalities, religions, or political ideologies.

Last year, amidst the Covid pandemic which restricted travelling and face-to-face meeting, APU has turned Asia Photo Festival into an online visual experience with success. I commend APU for its agility in adapting to the changing demands by bridging the distance between photographers in different parts of the world with digital transformation. Although some countries are now cautiously easing their border curbs, virtual events have become the new normal.

It is gratifying to note that this year’s Asia Photo Festival has been well supported by photographers worldwide. In addition to online lectures and seminars, this year’s Festival will also showcase 751 works of 383 photographers from 40 different countries. I am convinced that these online events will be a source of inspiration for aspiring photographic artists, and will help in deepening the engagements among photographers in different countries.

I wish the Asia Photo Festival success, and all of you an enjoyable and fruitful experience at this year’s virtual events.

Metzakis Manolis

GPU ZEUS, GPU CR5, EFIAP/P, ESFIAP, QPSA, APSA

President
Global Photographic Union (GPU)

Dear friends of APU,

Dear friends-photographers of the world, I am happy to hear that the 2nd Asia Photo Festival 2021 is a fact!

We, in GPU, are thrilled to join this initiative, the 2nd Asia Photo Festival for second time!

During this 2nd peculiar year, in which people are forced to stay away from each other, it is absolutely necessary to maintain our initial habits, which of course have to adjust to current conditions, for the sake of human health.

But health is not just physical, but also mental. So, is there a better way to improve our bad psychology rather than involving ourselves in activities related to what we mostly love? This is one the reasons why, we in GPU commend this effort.

We are here to present GPU to the people, as an international federation for the people who love photography! For the people who are truly interested in joining a universal entity, become part of it, connect with other people, gain real distinctions, join educative programs and further activities. Just to mention that just for 2020 and 2021, and despite the difficulties, among others, GPU has organized photographic webinars session for multiple photography topics, has prepared 2 issues of GPU magazine distributed globally, has evaluated and approved a lot of titles, Crown and VIP applications and has provided GPU licenses to international photographic salons. And the year has not come to its end. A number of interesting projects are on their way.

I hope this year to be the last one with all these restrictions. I hope to be free again to join our lives as we did till 2019!

At last but not least, we sincerely wish to thank Steven Yee Pui Chung and APU friends for their initiative, for their positive energy and for their service at the photography community!!!

Let’s enjoy the 2nd festival together!!!

Johnny Hendarto
Chairman
Federation of Photographic Society of Indonesia

Wholeheartedly, I would like to thank Steven and his team for organizing this festival. It is a great event that spreads huge encouragement and positive spirit to the photographers around the world to keep working and creating masterpiece artworks.

I particularly like the theme of this year, “Home”. Staying at home a lot during the lockdown period makes me think what “home” actually means to me; I think many other people had the same experience, thinking of what or who their home is. So, I cannot wait to see beautiful heart touching pictures of people’s interpretation of “Home”.

To all the fellow photographers, it doesn’t matter whether you are professional or amateur, don’t let the pandemic hold your imagination or spirit to work, let’s inspire one another through our portfolios; moreover, learn from each other through seminar and discussion.

I wish all the best for this festival and APU.

Kyaw Kyaw Winn​
Hon.FPSBP, Hon.FPI, Hon.UMPS, FAPU, PMPS​
President
Myanmar Photographic Society

Mingalabar!

Congratulations to the Asia Photo Festival 2021 hosted by Asia Photographers Union. The Myanmar Photographic Society is proud to participate in this photo festival for two consecutive years. The theme for this year’s Asia Photo Festival 2021 is “Home”. It is said that the world is now a big village. So photography is a home in that huge village. All photographers live in this same home together. We can share photography skills with each other. We can learn the photography together in this home.

Thanks also to Asia Photographers Union for allowing us to participate in this year’s Asia Photo Festival 2021 again. This is a collaboration not only at the ASEAN level but also at the global level. Photographers living in the same home should be friendly. We started to grow together under one roof. Through this Asia Photo Festival, photo societies can interact with each other. We believe that cooperation will increase. I wish Asia Photo Festival a long and successful one.

胡航生
会长
马来西亚摄影协会

欣悉亚洲摄影家联盟今年再次举办第二届亚洲摄影节,本人谨代表马来西亚摄影协会向贵会表示最热烈的祝贺。

虽然在这二年来全球受到疫情肆虐,摄影活动受到阻滞,但贵会在会长余培钟领导下 ,促进与世界各国摄影家和摄影团体的创作 ,以线上交流,增进大家友谊,合作等方面作出了巨大的贡献 ,取得了丰硕成果 ,相信在贵会的努力下 ,定会更加闯出辉煌灿烂 成绩。

我深信两会有着深刻友谊 ,希望更加紧密合作 ,交 流,共同推动两国摄影界繁荣与发展 。

Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Hassan
PIPC President & Founder
www.pipcegypt.com

Dear Friends

Greeting from Pharaohs International Photographic Club - PIPC (( Egypt ))

It is a great pleasure for PIPC - Egypt to be part of such a great photographic event like Asia photo Festival , on behalf of me and my club members i would like to thank Mr. Steven and his team for arranging the festival every year in Singapore . Asia photo festival is a great opportunity for all photographers all over the world to exchange their knowledge and experience in one place . I wish all the best for Asia photo festival and i hope for every photographer around the world to reach his/her dreams in the photographic field .

Wolfgang Lin
GMUPHK, FUPHK, GMPSA, EFIAP/g, SPSA​
President
United Photographers Hong Kong

It is UPHK’s honor being invited to participate into the APU 2021. As one of the photography club based in Hongkong China, we promote “photography as art” in Hongkong and worldwide. In APU 2021, UPHK has the honor to present the beautiful views and sceneries to you.

We wish a successful launch of APU 2021 and we believe that APU 2021 is a good platform for us – all artistic photographers around the world – to share, to meet, to discuss and to enrich our experience in photography.

Wimal Amaratunge
EFIAP, Hon.FNAPSL, Hon.FISLP, Hon.MICS, Hon.FAPU​
Executive Director/President
National Association of Photographers -Sri Lanka

Being an associated photographic organization of the Asian Photographic Union we, the National Association of Photographers-Sri Lanka (NAPSL) are very happy to send this congratulatory message on the occasion of 2nd Asian Photographic Festival. It is highly commendable to organize such a valuable event to keep the morale of the world photographic community amidst this devastating Covid-19 pandemic.

Actions are much more important than dreams in order to achieve something really great. We believe that you will present the audience with a successful event. We wish you every success in your future photo endeavors.