Discover Mandai

‘3 Wildlife Parks; 7 Sony Alpha Photographers; Open a window into the lives of animals, relive the thrilling encounters with nature and uncover hidden facets through the eyes of these local photographers.’ 

About the Photographers

Bryan is an award-winning commercial and editorial photographer based in Singapore. His photographs have appeared in international publications including: Time, Time Asia, Newsweek and The Washington Post.

 

"One of the great things about shooting at Mandai is the proliferation of subjects to shoot. What interests me most is the interaction of visitors with the animals and with each other."

Chester Chen has lived and worked in Toronto, San Francisco and London. He shoots professionally at corporate events, is a brand awareness campaigner, and licenses his content globally.

 

‘‘If and when I need a break, I look forward to visiting Mandai parks - a one stop destination for me to photograph from morning to night."

Darren is a full-time independent photographer with a particular interest in architectural and landscape photography. He has been placed in international photography awards including the Commonwealth Photographic Awards, the Prix de la Photographie, Paris and the Architectural Photography Awards.

 

"Everyone has some baseline expectations of what they might get to see at the parks, but the reality is actually a lot more intimate and surprising in many ways."

Photographer. Explorer. Entrepreneur. Julian W. is a renowned photographer who has worked with both local and international organizations, including Animal Planet, Asian Geographic, Lonely Planet and many others.

 

‘‘Coming to Mandai means homecoming. I’ve had a special connection with nature and wildlife since a young age and the parks always have a special therapeutic effect on me."

Kelvin Koh is the founder of the highly sought-after wedding and family photography brand, Lightedpixels. It is the only photography studio to have been awarded Best of Singapore for 17 consecutive years.

 

"Mandai parks allow me to photograph animals and human's interaction with nature. I especially enjoy capturing the sense of awe and wonder expressed on the faces of visitors."

Individually and together, the Tripeaksimagery duo has created notable timelapses and cinematic films, such as "Graphicity", "A Beautiful Day", "For You I Dance" and "Wildlife of Singapore". Besides being curious filmmakers, they are also adventurous landscape photographers and environmental activists.

 

"Mandai – Come to Life means bringing out the innate curiosity and love for nature that we all have within us."

Strong Hold – Wee Han & Charmaine

The curved toes and fingers of an Orang Utan coupled with its immense grip strength allow them to traverse through forests with much ease.

Viewing the Striped Hyaenas – Darren

The walking trails in The Night Safari lead you from one vantage point to another and every one of these huts or enclosures has a surprise waiting for you. Here, the viewing hut for the Striped Hyenas looks like a lighthouse or oasis in the dark, beckoning you forth from the dark trail.

Pleated Gibbons with Bokeh - Darren

There are a pair of pleated gibbons living on the same island as the Bornean Orangutan exhibit, free-ranging and performing theatrics high up in the trees. Sometimes they take a breather on the platforms built for them and that’s how I made this image of one of them with the foliage completely out of focus behind it.

At Play - Kelvin

As a photographer, I look for interactions between the animals. When they are at play, I am transfixed at their actions. It's not knowing what happens next that keeps me rooted. These actions also constantly remind me of how close we are with the animal world. We share many similarities.

Mother and Child - Kelvin

Most of us would be able to relate to an image like this, especially the kids. The zebras are one of the most photogenic animals in the zoo and one of my favorites to shoot.

Stars of the Ecosystem - Julian

The fragile forest exhibit is an ecosystem consisting of various birds and wildlife. Most visitors would notice the stars in the exhibit, but the smaller inhabitants can offer wonderful photo opportunities too.

Peeking Into My World - Julian

The leopard is one of the hardest animals to spot in the wild. Not at the Singapore Zoo, of course. The challenge of zoo photography is to capture shots of wildlife that look natural, and I am always inspired by what I see through the viewfinder.

Homegrown Bamboo - Bryan

Bamboo grown on the land around Singapore Zoo is harvested and transported to the Panda Enclosure by some of Mandai's unsung heros.

The Prep - Bryan

A large team of staff start from 8am and work all the way till about 4pm weighing, chopping and portioning the food for the various animals. Portioning is essential to assure that the animals are neither under, nor overfed.

The Stare Down - Chester

The Singapore Zoo has become a place for the Black and White Lemur where it can live comfortably without fear for its life from a predator or from human encroachment and poaching.

Let’s Get Physical - Chester

A pelican gets some daily exercise with a quick take-off and landing. Like humans, they too must not be lazy and complacent with their sedentary life hanging out in the pond and fallen trees looking pretty.

White-faced Saki preens herself – Wee Han & Charmaine

The Fragile forest is a place for immersive experiences. When I first saw the White-faced Sakis 2 years ago, they were a little shy. Today, the female sakis are a lot more comfortable with humans,“flying” around from branch to branch in front of our eyes and even preening itself right in front of us! She got my interest for a good half hour.


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