New Life

PhotographerRichard W J Koh
Prize1st Place in Nature / Other_N
CompanyAmaranthine Photos
City/CountrySingapore, Singapore
Photo Date2011
Entry Description

A day or two after a heavy downpour, I found fungus growing from an old log left in the garden. At night, I was preparing to photograph it when I smelt something unusual coming from it. Under careful lighting, I discovered that the fungus was smoldering with what I guess must be its spores! It was a rare amazing display of new life. Richard W J Koh, Amaranthine Photos, Singapore

About Photographer

Richard W J Koh is a Singaporean photographer who considers photography a mystical art where one harvests light which comes from Above. Although Richard holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and had three design patents to his name in just three years at HP (Singapore), he made a mid-career switch in 2003, from R&D engineering to photography. This unusual career move was featured on TV. Richard’s photographs have been exhibited in Singapore, Dhaka, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong and they have represented Singapore at ASEAN Day in Bangkok. He has received multiple international photo competition awards, including several from International Photography Awards and Prix de la Photographie, Paris. One of his rare photos using light painting was featured in National Geographic Magazine. Richard’s clients range from the government to Fortune Global 500 MNCs to editorial clients from around the world. Most of his assignments are in corporate and industrial work. He has photographed Emmy Award winning director Gale Edwards for Sony and Michael Bolton in concert for the Handa Foundation. In the air, Richard has photographed urbanscapes and landscapes from planes, civilian and military helicopters, and hot-air balloons, covering Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, Myanmar and the US. Currently based in Singapore, Richard runs Amaranthine Photos, mainly focusing on architectural, corporate, industrial, aerial, editorial and fine art photography. The landmark book Over Singapore launched in July 2015 contains extensive rare aerial photos of Singapore taken by Richard. Whether in the air or on the ground, Richard strives to photograph what is real, rare and of lasting value in novel ways. Website: Email: