Photographer Spotlight: Felix Hug
Apart from having one of the most welcoming surnames Felix Hug is also an amazing travel photographer and, luckily for us, a contributor to Lonely Planet Images.
Felix was born in Switzerland at the beginning of the carneval (Fasnacht) season in 1964, the 11th day of the 11th month, at almost at 11.11 am to be precise.
How much that indicated, what would become, an unconventional lifestyle is unknown, but heavily influenced by his late father (who was passionate about painting) he followed his passion for design and the arts.
In the 1980s he started a career in design and architecture, only to be interrupted when an offer to shoot hoops in a basketball team in Europe was too interesting to turn down.
Felix then began his journey as a professional basketball player, and with basketball came lots of travelling. Armed with the Konica he had inherited from his beloved father his first travel images were born.
However, it took Felix until 2003 to turn his back completely on his attempt at a traditional career in Project Management to decide that travel photography is what he loved and would be doing for a living.
Since then he has tirelessly worked on a career in travel & destination photography that has brought him worldwide recognition in the field. He has won First prizes or Grand prize Awards in the following competitions:
@ 2004 Asian Geographic Grand Prize, Singapore
@ 2005 International Photography Awards, USA, 1st prize
@ 2007 Go Indie (PDN), Travel Professionals, 1st prize
@ 2008 American Photo, Image of the Year Nature
@ 2008 Travel Photographer Of The Year, Best Image in a Portfolio
@ 2009 The New York Photography Awards, Editorial Image of the Year
Many runner ups, 3rd prices and mentions, inlcuding a finalist spot at the Nat Geo World in Focus contest. His clients include Singapore Airlines (Silk Air), Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts and others. His images have been published in countless magazines, Including GEO, GEO Saison, PHOTOGRAPHIE, Nat Geo Traveler, Australian Traveler, Conde Nast, Travel & Leisure. He writes a travel photography column for the Asian Geographic Passport magazine in Singapore.
In 2007 he and Jamie Boyd founded the company Eyes On Asia in Singapore, where Felix now runs travel photography workshops in the region. The aim: Inspire people through positive travel images to have an alternative view on life.
He lives in Singapore and his images can be seen in changing exhibitions at the restaurant SPRUCE in Singapore, run by chef Travis Masiero from Boston, as well as within the Lonely Planet Images collection here