Makoto Shibata
Portfolio Reviewer


The 5th Portfolio Review aims to bridge the distance between photographers, curators, critics and editors who are based in different continents around the world. Photographers will meet the reviewers of their choice one-on-one for discussion, advice and guidance on their existing works and career development.

Each participant can meet up to five or eight reviewers of their choice over three days. Each individual review session is 20 minutes long. Participants will be selected based on their submitted portfolios.

For the first time in the history of SIPF’s Portfolio Review sessions, one portfolio will be chosen by the panel of reviewers to be presented with the CAPA Prize for Best Portfolio. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of SGD$2,000 and have his/her portfolio featured on CAPA Asia, the best-selling magazine on photo and camera in Japan.

The prize will be presented on 9 October (Sunday), at the final session of the Evening Presentation.

About the Reviewer
Makoto Shibata (b. 1964, Japan) is a Japanese freelance photo journalist based in Hong Kong. He has covered business shows, art fairs such as Photokina, China P&E, CP+, Paris photo and Photo Festival in Asia. Shibata has also contributed to various magazines and web magazines. He is currently the director of CAPAasia, a comprehensive web site of camera and photos for asian photographers. He is also a member of Japan Photographers Society (JPS), Photographic Society of Japan (PSJ), International Photographic Council(IPC), and The Japan Hong Kong Society(JHKS).

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