Jointly organised by Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations (SFCCA) and Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), the 3rd “Heartstrings of Singapore” photography competition capped off with an awards ceremony today at SCCC, which was attended by some 200 guests. Minister of State for Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Ms Low Yen Ling, graced the ceremony as the Guest of Honour.
The “Heartstrings of Singapore” photography competition is an initiative that aims to promote social integration and build a sustainable platform for photography enthusiasts nationwide to showcase their skills. The competition comprises two distinct categories: Open and Student, and attracted a total of 154 participants aged between 13 to 77, with 14% of the participants being non-ethnic Chinese. Divided into three themes, namely “Singapore’s Chinese Culture”, “Singapore’s Multicultural Diversity” and “Heartstrings Special Series – Quietness and Liveliness of Singapore Buildings”, the competition received a total of 760 entries.
MOS Low Yen Ling mentioned in her speech that, the competition not only offers opportunities for Singaporeans from all walks of life to learn and pursue their passion for photography, but it also promotes artistic expression and cultural diversity in Singapore.
Vice-President of SFCCA, Mr Chan Kian Kuan said that the competition’s themes would deepen participants’ understanding and inject new vitality into the development of local culture. He also expressed his hope that the competition would strengthen cohesion among Singapore’s diverse communities and make positive contributions to social harmony.
Likewise, Chief Executive Officer of SCCC, Mr Low Sze Wee mentioned that a competition like this allows us to appreciate the many different perspectives and interpretations of Singapore and our local Chinese culture.
President of Photo-art Association of Singapore, Mr Seah Liang Bing, commented that this edition’s competition was highly competitive. After a careful and rigorous selection process by the judging panel, 42 winning entries were chosen. According to him, winning the competition requires not only excellent photography skills, but also the ability to emphasize and highlight the theme. Fortunately, in Singapore, with its diverse racial and cultural heritage, capturing relevant materials for the competition was not a difficult task.
Winners of the 3rd “Heartstrings of Singapore” Photography Competition
The 3rd “Heartstrings of Singapore” photography competition was co-organised by Sam Kiang Huay Kwan, Singapore Amoy Association and Singapore Lam Ann Association, with support from National Integration Council, Singapore Clan Foundation, Cultural Matching Fund and Photo-art Association of Singapore. The judging panel was composed of representatives from the Photo-art Association and other cultural circles, namely Mr Seah Liang Bing, Mr David Tay, Mr Goh Koon Peng, Mr Wong Beow Leng, and Mr Hun Chin Guan.
Watch the video below to view the winning entries of the 3rd “Heartstrings of Singapore” Photography Competition!