Every year, The Singapore Women’s Weekly shines the spotlight on 18 outstanding, powerful and high-achieving working women in the Great Women Of Our Time awards. Meet Arts & Media nominee, Sim Chi Yin, Singapore’s first Nobel Peace Prize Photographer:
“When there is no room in the industry or within the norms to give your ideas and potential a full run, going it on your own might be the only solution,” says Chi Yin, who left her cushy “expat” job living in China as a Correspondent for the Straits Times, to go freelance and pursue her love for visual storytelling.
Her body of photos since then got her noticed by the illustrious Nobel Peace Prize committee in 2017, who then commissioned her to cover the work of that year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner: the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Her commission took her on a two-month journey from the China-North Korea border to six states in the Western United States; travelling along the North Korean border near missile testing facilities, and decommissioned missile silos in US states like Washington, Arizona and Nevada.
Her work on that, titled Fallout, is part of a year-long exhibition called Ban the Bomb, in Oslo, Norway.
Today, Chi Yin’s work is recognised globally – but her success has not come easy. If you’re considering a freelance career, Chi Yin’s strategies for soldiering through the tough times on her own, will come in handy:
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