ILHAM & Obscura Festival are running an Instagram contest in conjunction with the “we will have been young” photography exhibition currently on Level 3 of the Gallery.

The theme of the contest is “Youth & the Future”: post a photograph (or several) on Instagram that you feel best encapsulates this notion. The contest runs for the duration of the exhibition – from today, 20 October, to 18 November – and is open to anyone who calls Southeast Asia home. You can send in as many entries as you want. All we ask is that with each entry, you tag at least one other person asking them to join in the contest.

All entries must be original work.

To make sure we don’t miss your shots, please tag @ilhamgallerykl and @obscurafestival and use the hashtags #WWHBYX, #ilhamgallerykl & #obscurafestival


There will be six prizes in all, including one Grand Prize. All six will win the “we will have been young” photobook and a set of ILHAM publications.

The panel of judges will comprise members of the ILHAM and Obscura teams. Winners will be announced on all our social media platforms (@ilhamgallerykl) by 26 November.

Details of the workshop will follow. In the meantime, happy snapping!

Terms and conditions apply.


  • Participants agree to indemnify and hold ILHAM Gallery and Obscura Festival free from any losses and liabilities (including lawyers’ fees) for any copyright infringement or any other claims arising out of the #WWHBYX Contest selection or use of the Contest Entry (“Entry”).
  • Participants agree not to make any claims against ILHAM Gallery and Obscura Festival arising out of the use of Entry.
  • Participants are not entitled to any compensation for the use of Entry, other than any Contest prize expressly listed.
  • Participants waive any right to inspect or to approve publications or reproductions of Entry.
  • In exchange for the opportunity to participate in the #WWHBYX Instagram Contest participants grant to ILHAM Gallery and Obscura Festival’s agents, contractors and assigns, in an unlimited, non-exclusive and irrevocable license, the right to use, screen, post, copy, display and distribute entrants’ social media handles, name, and Entry in all forms and media and in all manners, in whole or in part, at ILHAM Gallery’s and Obscura Festival’s sole discretion, for the Contest as well as for any other promotional uses.