Sunday, October 19, 2008

Raise n' shine

Just to let you all know, we've raised S$1,122 for the Cat Welfare Society from the exhibition to date and a cheque has been posted to them! But there are a few magnets and many gorgeous photos from the 2007 & 2008 collections to be bought at only S$30 each, so do approach me or go to our Facebook group to view the collection! A big thank you to everyone who have helped - from the photographers, friends, sponsors and cat lovers.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

"Cats Of The World" On FaceBook

Ciao! The photo exhibition has sadly come to an end last weekend. Funnily we took so long to put it together and so fast it's over! That's why the organisers have decided to make it at least 3 weeks next year (tentatively in June). We are currently sourcing for venues and sponsors for more whacky framing / presentation ideas, so do contact us if you have any input!

On a happy note, we sold another cat photo to a Canadian reporter as we were taking down the photos. According to the Arts House, visitorship for 'Cats' has been high, and they saw people just coming in for the exhibition (yay!). And many of you have given us a lot of encouragement (thank you) so we're definitely pushing on with a stronger show next year.

To encourage greater accessibility to 'Cats', we have created a Group called "Cats Of The World Photo Exhibition" on FaceBook so do join us as a member! All the 40 photos are also put up on this platform so do view them online if you haven't been to the exhibition and would like to buy a photo for just $50 (hint hint)! Ta ;)

P.S: That's my tuxedo cat Jarvis in the photo if you're wondering.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Preview party report

The preview party of 'Cats Of The World' was a success with a good turnout and support from the photographers, sponsors, and friends. We also managed to sell close to $300 worth of the cat photo magnets (courtesy of Ferne) - just $5 for 2, they will be on sale this Sunday at the Arts House from 3pm to 6pm. We also sold 5 photos at $50 each and hope to sell the rest within the next month.

Gorgeous cat photo magnets at just $5 for 2! Online sale can be made by emailing

Special thanks to Michelle, Kailing and her team at Cat Welfare Society!

Come view the exhibition at the Arts House!

Also special thanks to the media who have given us much support, such as The Straits Times, 8 Days, I-Weekly, I-S Magazine, Time Out Spore, Maxim, New Man and Live 93.8FM radio station!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Finalmente - pronto!

We're all set - the 40 photos are finally selected from the many entries that you have sent in over the past 3 months - all in all, there are 22 contributing photographers this year compared to 13 last year! Our adopted group, Cat Welfare Society, will be gracing our preview party on 20 May Tuesday evening at 7pm and showcasing some of their CWS brochures and selling their merchandise that night.

We hope to raise some funds for CWS via a sale of the gorgeous cat magnets (courtesy of Ferne) as well as the cat photos from this year's and last year's collections (each photo costs just S$50 and sale will be on a first-come-first-serve basis). All cheque proceeds go directly to CWS, so do support us! For more info, please contact me at

< A Big Thank You to our Sponsors >
The Arts House -
Hewlett-Packard (HP) Singapore -

P.S: It's a shame our framing sponsor has pulled out last minute. Better luck next year! If you wish to sponsor next year's show, let us know earlier!

Here are the 22 photographers:

Alexandra Jen Wong is a student at ACS (Independent). Her favourite things include postcards and polaroids, the sound of the sea, and her typewriter. She longs for more drizzly days spent in the company of good books, as well as her two dogs and six cats.

Ashley Choo and her cat Baileys love each other to pieces even though it’s war everyday for them. If she points and laughs at him for sleeping awkwardly, he takes revenge by sleeping on her forehead the next morning. If she retaliates by introducing smelly socks to him, he will tumble and shed fur in her wardrobe.

Barnie Leow is a professional photographer and an avid fan of all things feline. Many of his photographs are featured in “The Real Singapore Cat”, a publication of the Cat Welfare Society. His other photographic works have also won honourable mention at international awards.

Brad Bertrand was born a cat person. A native of Canada, he has been living abroad for the past five years. Although teaching pays the bills, his true passions are photography and travelling. He thinks of his monster 8-kg kitty cat Odin in Toronto, just as much as his parents and friends. Visit

Carlyn Law is a PR consultant, part-time photojournalist and blogger who longs for her own organic farm in Italy where her three cats - Jarvis, Ripley and Mimi - can roam free. She relishes photography, travelling, food, cats and nature – usually all at once on her frequent voyages.

Chew Li Sie loves cats and started photographing local cats last year. For her photograph, she initially stumbled upon the two loving cats, which were her main focus, then ‘Third Party Cat’ entered the picture. She has since adopted the cat, FaFi, who is now happily settled in her new home.

Cristian Calangiu is an IT specialist from faraway Romania who has loved Asia as long as he can remember. He thinks he must have been Chinese in a previous life. He always loved dogs and lately has grown to love cats, thanks to a special friend. He hopes to get both a dog and a cat after he manages to move to his dreamland.

Dave Law currently is looking at life through different lens. He hopes to see the beautiful in the ordinary and vice versa. He also just started to explore the wonderful world of photography with his secondhand EOS400D and finds the opportunity to shoot whenever he can. He also often wonders why people treat animals better than they treat other humans.

Eunice Poh - photographer, musician and designer - draws inspiration from the workings and movements of daily life. She loves to play and talk to all the stray cats whenever they cross her paths. Harvey, her playful six-year-old cat, is her constant company for the hide-and-seek games at home.

Gay Sen Min is currently working part time while waiting to be matriculated into University. He takes pictures in his free time and aspires to be a professional photographer in future. He hopes to travel to third world countries on mission trips and capture images that will inspire and have an impact on people.

Joo Yau and Tara do not agree on everything. Tara loves cats while Joo Yau loves dogs. But they recently found a wonderful blend of their combined preferences in this suspiciously canine-like feline named Socks whom they’ve chosen to loosely adopt.

Ketan Shah picked up photography three years ago. He still has lots to learn but is having a great time learning it. In photographing stray cats, he saw facets of Singapore that we don't often see. He does not have any pets but often plays with his neighbour's cat, Duke Orange.

Kiera Roxanne - inspired by the captures of people like Boogie & Andy Mueller - is now more keen into capturing the emotions of people and street photography, ranging from kids smudging their faces with ice-creams to stray felines. Now she realizes her passion has become an addiction.

Ku and Meilam picked up two stray kittens on New Year’s Day of 2007. Xiao Huang, the male cat, is naughty and a big A$$ coward! Nonetheless, his mouth is pretty big when he yawns.

Little Ong is the design director of creative agency fFurious. In his spare time, Little likes to wander the streets to look for magic in the everyday, and the cats he encounters have certainly put their spell on him.

Lynn Gan is an internet marketing executive by day and a kitty chin scratcher by night. Once in a while, she takes time off to travel and see the rest of the world.

Noelle Tan is a cat lover who sadly does not own a cat - yet. That will soon change hopefully as she continues to appreciate the intrinsic elegant beauty of the feline species. This PR Consultant enjoys photography, cooking and travelling.

Rebecca Ho, a cat enthusiast, is active in running the Trap-Neuter-Release Management in her neighbourhood. Her new found hobby brought her to Pulau Ubin on a weekly basis. Over at the undeveloped island, she has befriended some of the native kampong cats and islanders.

Serena Teo is currently studying at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Since young, she has loved being with animals, and with the full support of her parents, her home became an adoption home to two dogs, three terrapins, two hamsters and a chinchilla. She misses her cat, Mao, who passed away.

Sharon Soh, a freelance writer/editor, enjoys photographing sleeping cats. “Cats are at their truest when they are asleep. That’s when they are totally at ease with themselves and environment, and they exude so much zen that you can’t help but feel a certain bliss just watching them snooze.” She and her husband Ben live with four cats and a mini pond of fishes.

Tetanus, author of A tiny blip in the continuum (, is 30, male and very Cancerian. He lives for the resonance of beautiful passages, cinematic magic and aural bliss. He dabbles in writing, photography, sketching and daydreaming in his free time when he’s not directing TV ads.

Veronica J. Zuzarte loves all God’s beasts. Her dogs, King and Caesar, and cat Garfield lived to a ripe old age of 17, 4 and 18 years respectively and are still dearly missed. Her favourite quote is “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” by Mahatma Gandhi.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Cats Of The World II - 20 - 31 May 2008

Ciao everyone!

Benvenuto or welcome to the blogsite for "Cats Of The World' photo exhibition aka 'Gatti Del Mondo' in italian.

After a successful inaugural exhibition last year at The Moomba, we're so pleased to announce that "Cats of The World II" 2008 photo exhibition will be taking place from 20 to 31 May 2008 at the Arts House! A BIG thank you to the kind folks over there at the Old Parliament House...

This year’s exhibition will be bigger and better, and continues to spread the message about the joys of our feline friends and that cats all over world are the same - lovable and purrrrfect!

A visual celebration of cats, the photos - contributed by amateurs and professionals - will showcase these furry animals in unique situations and settings (such as out-of-reach rooftops and Mediterranean islands!) in various countries, which also capture them in their element – graceful, lazy, sneaky, aloof, loving etc.

The idea of the exhibition first came about because a bunch of cat lovers realised they have a small collection of cat snapshots taken all over the world in exotic places such as Morocco, Italy, Turkey, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. And when we spread word about it, we got some lovely pictures of cats in Singapore too!

With this exhibition, we hope to create awareness that cats and animals in the bigger picture have a place in our society and heart. As our world becomes more developed and crowded, there seemed to be less public space and compassion for animals. So let us celebrate the joys of our feline friends and all creatures big and small!

"Cats Of The World II' Photo Exhibition
When: 20 to 31 May 2008
Where: The Arts House
Address: 1 Old Parliament House
Admission: Free

Photos Criteria:
- CONTEXT/ SETTING: cats in unique situations, settings & countries, that show their characteristics - lazy, aloof, loving, graceful, etc (please refrain from sending photos of your pets at home)

- STORY: photos with a story to tell, reflecting the flavours of that country/ unique situation/ setting

- QUALITY: photos have to be clear and at least 300 dpi to be blown into A4 size quality for exhibiting's purpose

What's New This Year:
- This year's collection will feature 50 cat photos, including a new section called "Mono-tones" that is devoted to black-n-white or sepia shots, so click away!

- We're also hoping to raise funds for our adopted Cat Welfare Society via a silent auction. Visitors can bid for each exhibited photo by emailing us their secret top bid amount. The photo will go to the highest bidder at the end of exhibition.

- Since this is an entirely self-financed project, each contributor is required to pay a nominal S$15 per photo for framing and admin costs. So if you have 3 photos shortlisted, kindly include S$45.

- This year, HP is sponsoring the printing of the photos so contributors just have to email us the hi-res photos once shortlisted. Framing and exhibition launch costs will be parked under admin costs.

- We are not profiting from this personal project which is meant to share everyone's love for cats and passion for photography. Contributors will get this chance to exhibit their works as well as "donate" their photos to raise funds for Cat Welfare Society - all for a good cause!

- The selection process is determined by the co-organisers and entry decisions made are final. Email us your entries from now untill 30 April 2008 - submission deadline.

- For more info/ submission, please email to or contact 9362 3626. Grazie mille! :)