5 August 2011, Singapore – CapitaLand and National Geographic Channel today announced the winners of the CapitaLand “Building People” Photography Competition at the opening ceremony of the “Building People” Photography Exhibition at ION Orchard. For the second year running, this regional photography competition received over 1,200, photo entries from Asia Pacific and Europe. This competition is judged based on capturing the moment for CapitaLand properties in Singapore and overseas, the winners were chosen by renowned National Geographic photographer Catherine Karnow, and the judung panel from CaptiaLand.
Here are the winning entries along with the judges’ comments:
First Prize – “Clarke Quay, Singapore” By Wong Chek Poh (Singapore)
Clarke Quay comes alive in this photo that methodically captures the bright lights and flamboyant colours at sunset. With its modern architecture overlooking boats of tradition, the image shrewdly implies the concordant relationship shared between old and new.
Second Prize – “Clarke Quay, Singapore” By Liew Tong Leng (Singapore)
A play on perspectives, the precision framing works wonderfully to focus attention onto Clarke Quay’s idiosyncratic buildings. Tall skyscrapers in the background provide the perfect contrast to denote the area’s laissez-faire temperament.
Third Prize – “Iluma, Singapore” By Thomas Phoon Kong Wai (Singapore)
Taken from below, the building’s beautiful attributes are embellished in expert manner. Surrounded by a cloudless evening sky, this photo of eccentric shapes, bold forms, and bright colours captures the charm behind Iluma.
Special Commendation Award – “ION Orchard, Singapore” By Suhaimi Abdullah (Singapore)
Leaving just enough to sneak a glimpse at the crowds beyond, this dramatic and similarly provocative photo is a tribute to the area’s night life hustle.
Special Commendation Award – “ION Orchard, Singapore” By Lee Ee Mian (Singapore)
Penetrating the depths of ION Orchard, this photo depicts people with various body languages as they pass through a luminous interior adorned by flowing, sinuous lines. The photo harmoniously blend people from all walks of life with the space in the unique architecture.
Special Commendation Award – “Raffles City Beijing” By Wang Da He (China)
Interpreted from the ideal position, the arcs form a proverbial frame to encapsulate one of Raffles City Beijing’s most striking elements: its unique budding lotus feature.
Additionally, the “Voters’ Choice Award” was also presented to Ben Tan Teck Choon whose entry received the most votes when entries were open to online public voting from 7 to 21 July 2011.
Voters’ Choice Award – “ION Orchard, Singapore” By Ben Tan Teck Choon (Singapore)
Voter’s comment: “The photo ingeniously captures the warmth and security offered by Mother Nature, a loved one and a trusted shelter, all in one.”
The top 3 winners and the Voters’ Choice Award winner won for themselves a chance to accompany Catherine Karnow on an exclusive CapitaLand photography trail, followed by a private photography workshop to glean expert opinion on their photos. Participants of the competition were also invited to an exclusive “Building People” Photography Seminar conducted by Catherine. During the seminar, Catherine shared unique insights on how to convey emotions and express oneself through photography. Drawing from 20 years of experience in the field, Catherine used examples from her portfolio to demonstrate secrets, tips and techniques aimed at helping participants improve their photography.
From 6th – 9th August, there will be public exhibition of the winning photos and a selection of more than 120 entries from the competition at the “Building People” Photography Exhibition held at ION Station, Basement 4 of ION Orchard for more information, click this link.
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