Three Singaporean photographers were honoured with the Singapore National Award at the prestigious 2013 Sony World Photography Awards. Yeow Kwang Yeo won the first place in the Singapore National Award and the same picture also made him the winner for Open Panoramic Category, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards. Finishing in second and third place for the Singapore National Awards are Justin Ng Chai Hock and Foo Choong Lim respectively.
Yeo Kwang Yeo, who has always had a deep passion for digital photography, quit his job a few years ago to pursue his hobby in picture-taking. In his winning shot, Yeo showcases an elderly man sitting in his house in a small village outside of Jakarta city. His image was unanimously voted as the strongest and most emotive submission out of more than 1,700 local entries by a panel of judges that include Mr Taisuke Nakanishi, Managing Director of Sony South East Asia and Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation (WPO).
“This image was chosen because it sent a powerful message about the love of a man for a place he calls home. Yeo’s panoramic shot was able to capture the little objects that he places at home and portrays how he lives his daily life – from watching shows on his little television set to having tea on his round table situated beside his kitchen.” – Mr Taisuke Nakanishi, Managing Director of Sony South East Asia
Justin Ng Chai Hock, who submitted an image that showed monks looking up at the magnificent night sky filled with thousands of lanterns during the Yi Peng Lantern Festival 2012.
“We were also impressed by Ng’s image, as it was able to wonderfully portray the essence of the Yi Peng Lantern Festival 2012 celebration on a warm summer’s night.” – Mr Taisuke Nakanishi
An image that captured the beautiful sunset at Singapore’s iconic Marina Barrage won Foo Choong Lim third place.
“Foo’s photograph of the Marina Barrage was able convey the feeling of Singapore being a place people call home, by encapsulating the image of people strolling in the evening.” – Mr Taisuke Nakanishi