ST photojournalist Kevin Lim's Trump-Kim shots make media splash

The Straits Times executive photojournalist Kevin Lim's shot of the two leaders meeting in the courtyard of the Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa last Tuesday was used by The Daily Telegraph (left), The Courier Mail and Time magazine (right).
The Straits Times executive photojournalist Kevin Lim's shot of the two leaders meeting in the courtyard of the Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa last Tuesday was used by The Daily Telegraph (left), The Courier Mail and Time magazine (right).PHOTOS: TIME, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
(Clockwise from top) The Straits Times executive photojournalist Kevin Lim's shot of the two leaders meeting in the courtyard of the Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa last Tuesday was used by The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail and Time magazine,
The Straits Times executive photojournalist Kevin Lim's shot of the two leaders (above) meeting in the courtyard of the Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa last Tuesday was used by The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail and Time magazine, among others.PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM, TIME, THE COURIER MAIL, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
(Clockwise from top) The Straits Times executive photojournalist Kevin Lim's shot of the two leaders meeting in the courtyard of the Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa last Tuesday was used by The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail and Time magazine,
The Straits Times executive photojournalist Kevin Lim's shot of the two leaders meeting in the courtyard of the Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa last Tuesday was used by The Daily Telegraph (above), The Courier Mail and Time magazine, among others.PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM, TIME, THE COURIER MAIL, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
(Clockwise from top) The Straits Times executive photojournalist Kevin Lim's shot of the two leaders meeting in the courtyard of the Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa last Tuesday was used by The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail and Time magazine,
The Straits Times executive photojournalist Kevin Lim's shot of the two leaders meeting in the courtyard of the Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa last Tuesday was used by The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail (above) and Time magazine, among others.PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM, TIME, THE COURIER MAIL, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
The Straits Times executive photojournalist Kevin Lim's shot of the two leaders meeting in the courtyard of the Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa last Tuesday was used by The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail and Time magazine.
The Straits Times executive photojournalist Kevin Lim's shot of the two leaders meeting in the courtyard of the Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa last Tuesday was used by The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail and Time magazine. PHOTO: TIME

Time magazine, The Financial Times and The Telegraph are just some of the many top news publications that featured photos of the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore taken by The Straits Times' executive photojournalist Kevin Lim.

The 35-year-old was the only Singaporean photojournalist who had a chance to capture the historic first meeting last week between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

 

Of all the people the media outlets in Singapore put up for photo positions, he was the only one the White House chose to be pool photographer for Singapore.

There were five photographers from the US side and four from the North Korean state media.

The pressure to snap perfect pictures was immense, said Mr Lim, who has been with ST for nine years. Having woken up at 2.30am that day to prepare for the shoot, he was on edge up to the key moment.

"You imagine the worst. What if my photo is out of focus? What if I miss the handshake between the two leaders?" he said.

Despite stiff competition from foreign photojournalists in the press pool, Mr Lim's photos were widely distributed to media outlets in Singapore and beyond, including top news agencies such as Reuters and the Associated Press.

 


A CAREER FIRST

I never imagined this would happen; it's a career first for me.

'' THE STRAITS TIMES EXECUTIVE PHOTOJOURNALIST KEVIN LIM

Mr Lim said he was amazed and proud that the candid moments he snapped were shared so widely. "I never imagined this would happen; it's a career first for me," he added.

For more photos by Mr Lim of the two leaders at the summit, check out our gallery here.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2018, with the headline 'ST photojournalist's Trump-Kim shots make media splash'. Print Edition | Subscribe