PRIDE OF PARA ATHLETES – Creative Portraits Photography
In this creative portraits photography and videography series, we traveled to all 10 ASEAN countries to document their para athletes. The representatives were presented with a 50cm x 70 cm portrait of their country’s athlete during the closing ceremonies. The program booklets and multi media projection on the LED screens featured this images during the opening and closing ceremonies.
Strength and Determinations
The creative direction in this project was to create 10 strong images and videos of the para athletes. The focus is not on their disability but rather how they strive as athletes with the limitations that they have. The main objectives was to illustrate the pride and fighting spirits that each individual has. The path to success is never easy. For them to persevere, they have to put in additional amount effort to push themselves further mentally and physically.
Capturing their spirits in these environmental portraits
They maybe just starting on their path as a para athlete or they maybe veteran who have won numerous awards or even a Para Olympian. They have one thing in common. That is the determination to overcome disablility. Their relentless training for long hours to perfect their sports, their love for their sports and the pride they showed when they speak about being able to represent their countries in the 8th ASEAN Para Games 2015 held in Singapore.
It was an awe inspiring experience working with these athletes as they showed their immerse determination during the shoot. When we are dwelling in complains of our problems and difficulty in work and life, these para athletes literally sets the bar at an all new different level.
8th ASEAN Para Games 2015
Aishah Samid – Singapore
Team Singapore’s national shooter Aishah Samad, posing at Fullerton bay for the 8th ASEAN Para Games 2015
Aishah Samad – ASEAN PARA GAMES 2015. This image was shot in front of Marina Bays sands hotel and the Singapore Flyer.
People have been telling Aishah that what she is doing is impossible, but what motivates her is the fact that she tells them that she is possible and she can do things if you set your mind to it. Aishah Samad – ASEAN PARA GAMES 2015.
Aishah’s proudest moment in her sport was when she went to the International shoot and made it to the finals when others least expected it. Aishah Samad at the rifle shooting range in Safra Tampines.
Group photo with the crew members that helped on the day of the video & photo shoot with Aishah at the Marina Bay Sands.
Shari Hj Jummat – Brunei Darusalam
Brunei’s national javelin thrower Shari Hj Jumaat, for the 8th ASEAN Para Games 2015. He is positioned in front of the famous Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque.
National javelin thrower Shari Hj Jumaat faced many difficulties and challenges in life and was ashamed of his disability in society.
Shari loved sports since young and with such passion within, he finds that as his motivation.
In 2012, Shari received the world ranking number #1 in the F55 category and till this day is proud of his achievement.
Team Brunei’s national javelin thrower Shari Hj Jumaat with his fellow team members and friends during his photoshoot.
Srun – Cambodia
A shot of Team Cambodia’s national sprinter Srun, while she was doing her drills before the training starts.
Osrita Muslim – Indonesia
Indonesia’s national table tennis player Osrita Muslim, photographed here at the famous national monument, Candi Borobudur.
The journey up the flight of stairs to get to the location for the portrait shoot was tough, but it was definitely worth the effort. Media release here.
Osrita wants to raise the dignity of people with disabilities through table tennis and her sheer determination.
Celebrating Osrita’s 49th Birthday with her friends and fellow table tennis team mates, as they cheered on.
Soukdavy Saysomphou- Lao People’s Democratic Republic
National Goalball player Soukdavy from Lao People’s Democratic Republic, photographed in front for the famous Pha That Luang in Vientiane
Creative location portraits with Team Laos’ national player as they cheered on for the 8th ASEAN Para Games 2015.
Group photograph of Team Laos’ national Goalball players as they prepare for the upcoming 8th ASEAN Para Games 2015.
Ingyin Khin – Myanmar
Ingyin Khin from Myanmar is the youngest para athletes in this photoshoot series. We photographed her in a sprint starting position with her prosthetic leg at the famous Shwedagon Temple.
Ingyin Khin Posing with her new prosthetic leg which was specially built for running.
Myanmar’s national sprinter Ingyin Khin, warming up with her drills amid the setting sun.
In a shot distance sprint, nothing is more important then getting a sprint start ahead of other runners.
Ingyin Khin Kept on practicing her drills and sprints so that she could attain a better timing for the upcoming competition.
Gary Bejino – Philippines
Creative location portraits with Team Philippines’ national swimmer Gary Bejino, for the 8th ASEAN Para Games 2015.
Gary’s proudest moment was when he won three gold medals in the 7th ASEAN Para Games in Myanmar.
There are times when old injuries resurfaces for Gary, but for him, endurance is the key in moving forward to bring honour for his country.
Gary chose swimming because it is something that makes him happy and to prove to himself that he is able to do what others can also do.
Wasana Kuthawisap – Thailand
Creative portraits photography with Team Thailand’s national Archer Wasana Kuthawisap, as she drew her bow to pose in front of the
For Wasana, having the determination to hit the center is a key factor as hitting the yellow center is the most important thing in order to win.
“When I want to do something, I need to do it well and succeed.”
The highest award that Wasana has received was a Silver medal in the Paralympics in Athens. However, she hopes to receive a Gold medal in next year’s Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil.
Nguyen Binh An – Vietnam
Vietnam’s national weightlifter Nguyen Binh An’s pride for his country is in full display as he posed confidently in front of the Statue of Ho Chi Min.
An’s main motivation was to be able to represent his nation in competitions; Secondly, have everlasting passion to the sport; and finally, to improve his family’s standard of living.
Despite being far away from home during his trainings, An knows that he had to try his best to focus and remain calm in his trainings.
Nguyen Binh An’s goal for the 8th ASEAN Para Games 2015 would be to watch the Vietnam flag fly the highest amongst all and to sing his national anthem.