History: Countdown to the premiere of Photo Face-Off


Premiering 23 September, every Tuesday at 10:30pm (Singapore Time) on HISTORY (Starhub TV Ch 401), Photo-Face Off will keep viewers at the edge of their seats as five photographers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam are competing for the assignment of a lifetime - an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to photograph some of the world's biggest stars and a trip to the Canon Photo Clinic in Japan. 

To prove their worth, they must pass the screening process from hell - a three-round battle with photography fiend Justin Mott to show how far they will go to get the perfect shot. 

This is photography as you've never seen it before. This is Photo Face-Off!

"Photography is one of the most celebrated ways to capture history. We developed Photo Face-Off as an original series for HISTORY™ to showcase the unique cultures and diversity in Asia,” said Michele Schofield, Senior Vice President, Programming & Marketing, A+E Networks Asia. “Canon recognized the opportunity to integrate their cameras into the series and be our presenting sponsor."

"We saw a good synergy between Photo Face-Off and our Canon PhotoMarathon and are thrilled to be working with HISTORY on this unique series,” said Hideaki Nishimura, Senior Director & General Manager, Regional Imaging & Consumer Products Division, Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. “At Canon, we believe anyone is capable of capturing his or her special moments in a beautiful manner and we hope to inspire more people in continuing to do so."


Photo Face-Off: Singapore
Sep 23, Tuesday 10.30pm
Encore Sep 25, Thursday 11pm

In this episode, the challenge is issued by student Tan Jia Jun. His first task is a commercial photography shoot. Can he please the client, sell the product and outdo Photo Face-Off resident photographer Justin Mott in just 30 minutes? Next, Justin and Jia Jun head to Gardens by the Bay – a great place for photography in general, yet unsuited to the theme that they are given. The final challenge sees the pair balancing several storeys above the ground on a bobbing, bouncing slackline while trying to take the best photograph.

Photo Face-Off: Malaysia
Sep 30, Tuesday 10.30pm
Encore Oct 2, Thursday 11pm

In this episode, relief worker Christy Yeoh takes on Photo Face-Off resident photographer Justin Mott. Round one is a photography shoot out involving untamable, un-trainable free-range chickens. Round two takes contestants to Suria KLCC, where a blend of concrete and greenery makes for endless choices in the theme challenge. Finally, the two square off in a honey farm surrounded by a writhing mass of bee and, yes, someone does get stung. Four times.

Photo Face-Off: Indonesia
Oct 7, Tuesday 10.30pm
Encore Oct 9, Thursday 11pm

Willy Lesmana, award winning amateur photographer, steps into the ring with Justin Mott in Bali. The first challenge seems simple enough – capture the perfect sunrise at Sanur beach. But with the sun rising fast, can Willy push his shot from “nice” to “perfect” to more perfect than Justin’s? The theme challenge takes place in the surfer’s paradise of Kuta. Finally, the two square off in Negara to photograph a buffalo race. But when the buffalos run amok, how close will Willy dare to get in his quest for the perfect shot?

Photo Face-Off: Thailand
Oct 14, Tuesday 10.30pm
Encore Oct 16, Thursday 11pm

Richard Silaraks takes on Justin Mott. There’s an old saying in photography – don’t photograph babies or animals. Unfortunately, the speed challenge for this episode is to photograph a happy baby near the Ayutthaya floating market. The theme challenge takes us to the famous Wat Chaiwatthanaram. Finally, contestants head to the Royal Elephant Kraal for their extreme challenge – to pose and photograph two elephants. Justin may be the professional but his inability to speak Thai hampers communication with his subjects. Who will prevail?

Photo Face-Off: Vietnam
Oct 21, Tuesday 10.30pm
Encore Oct 23, Thursday 11pm

Vietnam’s challenger is fashion retail owner Hoang Thi Lan Phuong. The speed challenge takes place in Tao Dan Park, where contestants must cycle a trishaw through the park, picking up locals then convincing them to pose for the perfect shot. The theme challenge takes place at the enormous Ben Tanh Market. Finally, the contestants head to Cai Rang Floating Market to take pictures of the local vendors… while riding in a basket boat!

Photo Face-Off: Taiwan (1hr Season Finale)
Oct 28, Tuesday 10.30pm
Encore Oct 30, Thursday 11pm

In the grand finale, the five contestants gather in Kenting, Taiwan, location for the filming of Life of Pi. The speed challenge takes contestant underwater as they compete to take the best shot of Kenting’s abundant marine life. The theme challenge takes them to Kenting Stony Brook Nature Farm, a windswept cattle farm. Finally, the extreme challenge takes contestants up in the air as they struggle to take a great photograph while paragliding.

Find out more about the cast and the amateurs at historyasia.com/photofaceoff