chew yen fook

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chew yen fook


", for me is a supreme moment captured with a single shot."
Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004)

Hello, my name is Chew Yen Fook (aka Lionel Chew) and I am an editor and a natural history photojournalist. I was born in Singapore and now lives in New Zealand. In my 30 years of involvement in the creation of visual images, I have practically covered all aspects of photography ranging from news, events, fashion, product, food, architecture, nature and wildlife to photomicrography (photography through the microscope).

My philosophy is : "Through the language of photography, I strive to inform, educate and entertain."

Mobile : 021-1892279

A bit of my past ...
*Photojournalist based in Singapore from 1980 to 1996.
*Awarded Silver Medal at the WORLD INTERPRESS PHOTO COMPETITION (1985) held in Moscow.
*Was a judge at the 1990 Miss SIngapore/Miss Universe for NIKON's Miss Photogenic
*Commissioned by SONY to produce Asia's first CD-ROM entitled "Birds of the Orient" (1995)
Books published:
Three photo guides and one Travel book by New Holland Publishers Ltd (LONDON). Available at
1)Photographic Guide to the Birds of Singapore and Malaysia
2) Photographic Guide to the Birds of Borneo
3) Photographic Guide to the Birds of Thailand
4) The Magic of Singapore
Others published in Singapore (no longer in print):
*Naturally yours, Singapore (National Parks, Singapore) - Foreword by Prof Tommy Koh, Former Chairman of UN preparatory Council for the environment and Singapore's former ambassador at large
*More than a Garden City (Parks and Recreation, Singapore)
*Birds in Our midst - Foreword by S Dhanabalan, Singapore's former National Development Minister. Introduction by Eric Hosking, OBE
*Wild Birds of Singapore - Foreword by Lady YP McNeice, former trustee of the World Wide fund for Nature (WWF)

**ALL PHOTOGRAPHS©CHEW YEN FOOK. Files are all downsized. They cannot be used without my permission. Infringement of copyright is a very serious offense and will lead to legal action. I have a large collection of photos, interested parties should contact me for more information on the usage of pictures.**
***This website is constantly updated.***