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Currently based in Singapore and Malaysia/ Present location: Singapore/ contact: +65 97923689 kookookookoo@gmail.com updated: 2011 Jan 31

I’m a freelance visual journalist based in Singapore. Currently, I working on various long-term projects and short-term assignments with a humanitarian angle and social impact. I’ve covered difficult stories in Nepal, Pakistan, China and India, both on self-generated assignments and editorial commissions.

I am now looking to work more closely with NGOs to give a journalistic edge over their communication efforts. My belief is that photojournalism and humanitarian work share the same cause – effecting social change. Many stories require independent visual storytellers who can excel in the most challenging conditions, to produce riveting multimedia stories. Through powerful visual narratives, NGOs can raise further public awareness of their causes, and communicate clearly to donors in a truthful and persuasive manner.

Prior to becoming freelance, I had worked five years as a staff photographer in a tabloid and a broadsheet in Singapore (2003-2008). I received four years of rigorous training in journalism, both written and visual, at the School of Communication Studies (now called Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information), at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.

PUBLISHED IN: GEO, Rhythms Monthly, Playboy and Global Post.

CLIENTS: Guinness World of Records, Little Sister Fund/ Asia magazine

AWARDS:
- Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography 2010
- UNHCR Photos of Risk contest: 1st Place
- UNICEF Photo of the Year 2009 3rd Place
- Atlanta Photojournalism Award 2009 (First Place -Feature Story)

EXHIBITIONS:
- 2nd Lumix Festival of Young Photojournalism 2009
- Photokina 2010
- UNHCR World Refugee Day 2009 Kathmandu, Nepal
- Bahini – Life of my Sisters (2009, 2010)

Edwin Koo 's current location:
Seremban , Malaysia ( KUL )

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