Born and raised in Singapore, Yong Teck (b. 1989) is a text and visual storyteller and a hardcore sports junkie, having played basketball competitively from young.
After picking up photography, Yong Teck honed his skills as a student photojournalist covering local sporting events for sporting news site, Red Sports, and eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication at SUNY Buffalo in Spring 2015. Thereafter, he worked with several agencies including the Associated Press, Reuters, and Singapore's national broadsheet, The Straits Times.
While specializing in sports, Yong Teck is also versatile in other photographic forms and his creative vision secured him commercial work with clients such as Fédération Equestre Internationale, Red Bull, Lagardère Sports and Entertainment, Singapore National Olympic Council and Sport Singapore, including various National Sports Associations. Yong Teck was also part of Reuters' remote processing team for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Editorially, Yong Teck's work has been published in several major publications, including The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and several of the world's leading newspapers.
Currently based out of Singapore, Yong Teck is available for assignments and commissioned work both locally and internationally. Yong Teck works well under extreme pressure and is fully capable of transmitting assignments remotely on site. His hunger helped him produce consistent and compelling work, and coupled with his eye for different angles, helped him establish good rapport with his clients. He is also a fluid writer and can function effectively as a single reporting unit in the field.
In his time outside of assignments, Yong Teck revels in giving back to society and spending time with the love of his life, Nicole. He currently teaches migrant workers and the underprivileged basic photography skills and coaches basketball to junior and high school students.
Yong Teck has been featured in:
AP's top Asia photos from 2017: https://apimagesblog.com/blog/2017/12/27/year-in-photos-asia
AP's top Asia photos from 2016: https://apimagesblog.com/blog/2016/12/29/top-asia-news-feature-and-sports-photos-of-2016
FEI Through The Lens: http://www.fei.org/stories/through-the-lens-yong-tek-lim