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About TAN LIP SENG 陈立诚

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Tan Lip Seng Hon. PSA.,F.R.P.S., E.F.I.A.P., F.P.S.A., M.P.S.A.,HON.F.PSS.,Hon.FPSNJ., HON.F.SCC., HON.OPC.BSC., HON.PFR., EP.PSM., HON.F.SEAPS., HON.F.PCKBC., HON.F.NPAS., HON.F.PSG.,Hon.F PSM HON.E.HKCC., HON.E.CPA., HON.OG.PH., HON.O.C., MH.F.C.FOIX, A.C.F.C., MHFCBA., HMFCA., A.C.C.P., HON.F.SCPS., SE 35mmPS., ASIIPC., A.B.I.P.P., HON.F.FCM.,HONPESGSPC., PSA 2nd DIAMOND GALAXY, SINGAPORE CULTURAL MEDALLION AWARD.

Tan Lip Seng Hon. PSA., FRPS., FPSA., MPSA, EFIAP., ABIPP., born in Singapore in 1942 and took up photography as a hobby when he was only twelve years old.

AWARDS FROM INTERNATIONAL SALONS

  • From 1962 to 1997, his colour transparencies gained a total of 6005 acceptances in 2439 international salons.
  • During this period, he won 1079 awards in international salons including 34 PSA Gold Medals for the “Best Slide Of The Show”, 8 FIAP Gold Medal and 241 other Gold Medals.
  • He is ranked as one of the world’s top ten pictorial colour slides exhibitors and has held this position for 19 years (1969 to 1988).

MEMBER OF PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA

  • since 196 he has been a member of the Photographic Society of America
  • 1970,awarded Five Star Exhibitor of the PSA Colour Slide Division
  • 1985,obtained his Diamond Galaxy Exhibitor rating and became the 1st person in Asia to obtain this rating.
  • 1994,awarded APSA
  • 1996,obtained his 2nd Diamond Galaxy Exhibitor rating and became the 5th person in the world to obtain such a rating.
  • 1997,awarded EPSA (Excellence member of the Photographic Society of America) and became the 1st person in Asia to obtain this honour.
  • since 1997,appointed as the International Representative in Singapore for the Photographic Society of America
  • 1998, he was awarded the “Best Country Representative of the Year”.
  • 1998, PSA Orlando Convention, he presented his topics on “Creative Montage with Color Transparencies” as well as the “PSA Best of Singapore Slide Collection”.
  • 1999, PSA Toronto Conference, he was honoured as a Fellow of the Photographic Society of America (FPSA), the first Singaporean to receive this honour.
  • 2011, PSA Colorado Springs Conference, he was honoured as a Master of the Photographic Society of America (MPSA).
  • 2013,appointed as Liaison Officer for Singapore
  • 2015 Elected as Hon. PSA, Honorary Member
  • 2015 presented “My Journey from Nature to Culture, A Glimpse of Indonesia Through My Travel” at the West Yellowstone International Convention

MEMBER OF THE ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN

  • since 1964,he has been a member of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain.
  • 1964,gained the distinction of ARPS in Black And White (Pictorial category
  • 1970, he had the distinction of being the first person in Singapore to be awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain (FRPS) for his achievements with Pictorial Colour transparencies.
  • 1986-2010, appointed as the Overseas Service Representative of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain
  • 1993,invited to present a series of lectures to the Royal Photographic Society’s Members of North Western Region
  • 1996,delivered a series of lectures to the members of the Royal Photographic Society’s North East Region, Cumbria Region and the Northwest Region in September
  • 1998,awarded the Fenton Medal by the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and enrolled as an Honorary Life Member (the first ever Chinese recipient for this award) for his distinguished service to the Society .
FIAP AWARD
  • 1972,obtained his EFIAP
JUDGING AND CONFERENCE
  • Over the years, he has attended more than 100 international photographic events as an exhibitor, speaker and adjudicator.
  • 1980, speaker on “Creative Montage with Colour Transparency” at The Singapore World Photographic Congress, one of the largest photography events in Southeast Asia
  • 1980, conducted a workshop on “Creative Montage with Colour Transparency” for Candra Naya Photographic Society, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1986,invited as a guest speaker of the Photographic Society of Australia Convention in Adelaide
  • 1988,represented Singapore to attend the 5th Symposium on ASEAN Travelling Exhibition of Painting, Photography and Children’s Art, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1993,invited to judge the 21st Paisley International Salon, Scotland. In the same year, he was also invited to lecture to various photo societies at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Paisley, Kilmarnoch, Dundee and Glasgow in Scotland
  • 1996,judged the Northern Counties International Salon in the United Kingdom.
NATIONAL ARTS SERVICES AND AWARD
    • In 1985, the Ministry of Community Development of Singapore awarded him the Singapore Cultural Medallion (Singapore highest award in Arts) in recognition of his artistic talent and creativity and for his commendable achievement in photography.
    • From 1986 to 1998, he served as a member of the panel of the Photographic Art Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Community Development of Singapore, Ministry of Information And The Arts and the Singapore National Arts Council.
    • From 1998 to 2008, he served as an Arts Advisor of the Singapore National Arts Council.
He has served as a member of:
      • 1994,served in the Advisory Panel on Visual Arts Exhibitions, Ministry of Information And The Arts
      • 1997 to 1999,served in the Theatre/Annual Grants Assessment Panel, NAC
      • 1995, 1997, 1999, served in the Planning and Organising Committee of Singapore Art, NAC
      • 2000,Renaissance City Report, Ministry of Information And The Arts
Other NATIONAL ART SERVICES and ACHIEVEMENTS:
  • 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, chaired the Photography Specialist Panel for Cultural Medallion And Young Artist Award, NAC
  • 2002,served as Vice-Chairman of Photography Specialist Panel for Cultural Medallion And Young Artist Award, NAC
  • 2000 to 2002, served as NAC External Assessor For Visual Arts
  • In July 2003, he was featured in the “Self-Portrait II” of the Arts Central Channel (Media Crop, National Television Channel) on his life and achievement as a photographer.
  • 2005 July, named by Ngee Ann Cultural Centre as “Photographer of the Year”
  • 2007, awarded National Arts Council Cultural Medallion Grant
  • 2010, interviewed by National Archives of Singapore for “Oral History” (Photography)
HONORARY FELLOWSHIP

  • 1975, Hon.F PSS of the Photographic Society of Singapore
  • 1976, Hon.F SCC of the Siam Colour Slide Club, Thailand
  • 1985, Hon.F SEAPS of the South East Asia Photographic Society, Singapore
  • 1986, Hon.F SCPS of the Singapore Colour Photographic Society
  • 1987, Hon.F FCM of the Photographic Society of Macau
  • 1996, Hon.F FSAPS of the Sabah Art and Photographic Society, Malaysia
  • 2002, Hon.F PSP of the Photographic Society of Penang, Malaysia
  • 2004, Hon.F NPC of the Nusantara Photographic Club, Indonesia
  • 2004, Hon.F PASBP of the Photo Art Society Batu Pahat, Malaysia
  • 2014, Hon.F PSM, of the Photographic Society of Malaysia, awarded in recognition of contributions to the advancement of the arts and sciences of photography
  • 2016, Hon.F PSNJ, of the Photographic Society of New Jersey,USA
  HONORARY PRESIDENT

  • 2002, Elected as a Honorary President of the Nusantara Photo Club, Indonesia
  PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
  • A number of his colour slides had been included in the PSA Permanent Collection (1969, 1993) and in the PSA’s Tops in Photography (1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998.)
  • 1996,30 Colour Prints for International Kameraklub Bilderbank Collections, Camera Club Linz, Austria
  • 2001, Invited to contribute twelve slides to The Grace Lock Memorial APS Permanent Collection of Slides (Australia)
  • 2005, Ngee Ann Cultural Centre (20 colour prints, Singapore)
  • 2008, National Museum of Singapore, National Heritage Board
  • 2009, Ngee Ann Cultural Centre (10 colour prints, Singapore)
  • 2009, China Overseas Chinese Museum, Beijing (10 colour digital images)
  • 2014,Photographic Society of America Permanent Collection (6 Prize Winning Images)
  • 2015,Ngee Ann Cultural Centre (2 colour prints, Singapore)
SINGAPORE ENCYCLOPEDIA AND E-RESOURCES

  • 2006, Featured in Singapore: The Encyclopedia published by National Heritage Board
  • 2014, Featured in an article, eresources, National Library, Singapore Government
  TRIBUTE SINGAPORE

  • 2012,Featured in “Tribute sg” Exhibition and Website by Esplanade- Theatres on the Bay, Singapore (In celebration of 10 Anniversary). Tribute brings to the forefront of our cultural consciousness people who have made significant contribution to the development of the arts in Singapore. Tribute honours the many individuals who built the foundations on which our many arts and cultural institutions now stand
PROJECTS INVOLVED IN PAST YEARS
  • 1997 Singapore Today; Editorial Committee
  • 1999 Shanghai In The Eyes of World’s Top Photographers
  • 2000 World Photographers Focusing On Beijing (a project for 2008 Olympic application)
  • 2002 “Humanist Photography” (Month of Photography,Singapore )
  • 2003 “International Exchange of Photographs Exhibition, Kyoto, on Unesco World Heritage Sites” (May)
  • 2004 “10th Tribute to Colour” Netherlands (by invitation)
  • 2005 “To Singapore with Love” (Member of the Panel of Judges),
  • 2005 Judging the “Salonfoto Indonesia XXVI”, (August)
  • 2005 Chairman of the Judging Panel of 13th International Exhibition of Photography, Sri Lanka,(Oct)
  • 2005 Romania Exhibition (Invitation Exhibition with Eng Loy) at the Hall of Art School in Tirgu Mures, Romania, (Nov)
  • 2005 Invited guest of “The PSHK International Salon 60th Anniversary Celebration” (Dec)
  • 2006 Judging the Borobudur Photographic Competition, Indonesia,
  • 2007 “My Landscape Images”, a Jakarta Photo Club, Indonesia, invited presentation(Aug)
  • 2007 Singapore Art Show, Singapore Art Museum,(invited exhibitor)
  • 2007 “Digital Images and Me”,International Photographic Exhibition & Seminar. Kaohsiung, Taiwan (invited speaker & exhibitor,Oct)
  • 2007 “The Light Of Indonesia”, Pameran Fotografi Indonesia, Jakarta Photo Club, (Invited exhibitor), Nov.
  • 2007 “Travelling With Digital Imaging”, Indonesia Embassy in Singapore (invited speaker), Nov.
  • 2008 “Beautiful Attractions In Indonesia” Garuda Indonesia International Competition , Focus 2008 Photo Fair, (invited speaker), Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2008 Judge the Garuda Indonesia International Photo Competition, Jakarta,Indonesia,(August)
  • Golden Jubilee of the Photographic Society of Macau Invitation Exhibition, Macau (Oct. 2008)
  • 2008 “Bromo Land of Fire God” Exhibition at Java Banana Bromo Lodge (Nov 2008 to Feb 2009), Indonesia,(invited exhibitor)
  • 2008 “My Concept of Culture and Tourism In Photography” invited speaker and exhibitor at the INDONESIA PHOTOWEEK II Seminar – (Nov),Bandung, Indonesia,
  • 2009 Judged the Garuda Indonesia International Photo Competition,Jakarta, Indonesia,(August)
  • 2009 Judged the the 25th FIAP Projected Images Biennial in Bandung, Indonesia, (August)
  • 2009 Presented a solo exhibition entitled “Painting with Light & Shadow- A 50 Year Chronicle” at Ngee Ann Cultural Centre, Singapore, August
  • 2009 Published a book entitled “Light & Shadow – Tan Lip Seng’s 50 Year of Photography” August
  • 2009 Invitation exhibition of “World Renowned Photographer’s Exhibition” in conjunction with The Peoples’ Republic of China 60th Anniversary National Day Celebrations, held in Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Macau
  • 2010 Invitation exhibition of “17th International Joint Exchange of Photograph Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan, May
  • 2010 Judge the 1st Indonesia Salon Of Art Photography,Jakarta, June
  • 2010 Invitation to participate the Three Rivers International Photographic Festival,Xining,Qinghai, July
  • 2010 Chairman of the Judging Panel of 15th International Exhibition of Photography, Sri Lanka, Sept
  • 2010 Judged the Garuda Indonesia International Photo Competition, (October), Jakarta, Indonesia,
  • 2011 Judged the Garuda Indonesia International Photo Competition, semi-final (October), Jakarta, Indonesia,
  • 2011 Judged the Garuda Indonesia International Photo Competition ,final (December), Jakarta, Indonesia,
  • 2012 Judge the 2nd Indonesia Salon Of Art Photography, Jakarta, June
  • 2012 Exhibited in “Our Journey” of the Nusantara Photo Club, Indonesia
  • 2013 Exhibited in “Our Journney 2” of the Nusantara Photo Club, Indonesia
  • 2013 Invitation exhibition of Chinese Photographers World-wide, Huaian, Jiangsu, China, organized by the China Society Of Overseas Chinese Photographers
  • 2013 Invitation exhibition of “Who’s Who Masterpieces” PSEA 50th Golden Jubilee Celebration, Hong Kong
  • 2014 Permanent Collection Exhibition of the Opening of the Overseas Chinese History Museum of China, Beijing
  • 2015 presented “My Journey from Nature to Culture, A Glimpse of Indonesia Through My Travel” at the Nusantara Photo Club Annual Meeting at Jogjakarta, Indonesia
  • 2015 presented “My Journey from Nature to Culture, A Glimpse of Indonesia Through My Travel” at the Focus Nusantara, Jakarta,Indonesia
  • 2015 Invitation exhibition of the 2nd Chinese Photographers World-wide, Beijing, China, organized by the China Society Of Overseas Chinese Photographers
  • 2015 judged the 1st Cross Continental Circuit, Bali, Indonesia (Dec)
  • 2015 participated in ” To Measure the Depth of Ocean” Exhibition and Dialogue session organised by DECK, Singapore (Dec)
  • 2015 The Cultural Medallion and Visual Arts Exhibition, organised by Nanyang Institute of Fine Arts and National Arts Council, (Dec)
  • 2016 presented “My Journey from Nature to Culture, A Glimpse of Indonesia Through My Travel” & “A Photographer’s Footsteps In Singapore For The Last Half A Century” at the Princeton Library, New Jersey, organised by The PSA Metropolitan Chapter & The Photographic Society of New Jersey (Jan)
  • 2016 presented “A Photographer’s Footsteps In Singapore For The Last Half A Century” at the Delaware Photographic Society, Wilmington, USA (Jan)
  • 2016 Judged the 83th Wilmington International Salon, organised by the Delaware Photographic Society, Wilmington, USA (Jan)
  • 2016 Nusantara Photo Club Photo Exhibition, Surabaya, Indonesia (Dec)
  • Lipseng’s PhotoArt Gallery: This website “lipseng’s PhotoArt Gallery” was established in 2003, to date 1572 images has been posted and viewed by 167,346 visitors, 1133 has commended (updated Dec 2016)