Once again, hundreds of fantastic photos flooded EL’s inboxes, making our sixth annual Photo Competition the most hotly contested to date. Thank you to everyone who entered their beautiful images, whether it was a close-up of a snow monkey in Japan, a colourfully dressed Peruvian alpaca or a scene from a morning wet market in Myanmar – there’s serious talent here in Singapore. Here are this year’s winners.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Adelene Ng – ‘A Farmer and His Water Buffalo’
‘A farmer and his water buffalo, on their way to the fields, in the village of Yangjiaxi, Xiapu County, in eastern China.’
“I love the complex background and well-balanced composition.” – Framing Angie
Susanne Boehme – ‘Up in the Air’
“This picture was taken at the colourful Paro Festival in Bhutan – amazing sights and sounds. The monks delivered a captivating performance and gave us a magical moment up in the air.”
“A fun, easy image that has a little bit of everything in it – culture, movement and colour.” – Chris Churcher
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Terryl Villablanca Eugenio – ‘Batad Rice Terraces’
‘A sunrise shot of the magnificent Batad Rice Terraces in Ifugao Province, The Philippines.’
“For me, this illustrates beautifully the sense of how small we humans really are against nature and the great outdoors. This image picks up a sense of community versus the remoteness and isolation of the location.” – Chris Churcher
Susan Boehme – ‘Hello There’
Izzy Walker – ‘What You Lookin At?’
Calvin Chan Wai Meng – ‘Colours at Gardens By The Bay’
‘As night closes in, Gardens by the Bay is beautifully lit up, adorned with greenery and a water fountain. It’s a nice place to stroll or enjoy the natural breeze after a long working day.’
“Great twilight image – and I like the viewpoint. There’s good exposure to soften the waterfall while still producing a sharp image.”– Kate Griffiths
Lianne Manley – ‘Raffles Place’
Nathalie Roy – ‘Early Morning Taichi’
Nadine Bailey – ‘Bringing the Fish to Dry’
‘A lady at Ngapali beach sorting dried fish to be made into fish sauces and powders for our dinner. The whole process of sorting and drying and collecting was so mesmerising, I could have watched it for hours.’
“Lovely colour and composition.” – Chris Churcher
Lavanya Ullas – ‘The Secret Ingredient Is…’
Milla Kantola – ‘Cheers for Summer’
CULTURE AND HERITAGE
Joseph Goh – ‘Yi Peng Lantern Festival Celebration’
‘People watched as thousands of Lanna-style lanterns, made from rice paper, were released into the night sky. This was a time to pay respect to the higher deities. The lanterns filled up the sky with warm light that made me feel like time had stopped completely.’
“A stunning photo exposed perfectly to get the image sharp and reveal the details in the areas of light and shadow.” – Kate Griffiths
Julie Lavigne – Fixing the Long Tail Boat’
Juhae Chae – ‘Burma’s Bright Future’
Jureni Pasaribu – ‘Daddy, You Look Great!’
‘A really sweet moment of a wife taking a picture of her husband, with a kid’s direction. It was taken in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. ‘
“I really appreciate the effort put into this shot.” – Framing Angie
Flordeliza Juera – ‘Grandfather and Grandson’
Kendall Hamill – ‘Elevator Selfie’
The grand prize winner receives a three-night, five-bedroom stay at Semara Luxury Villa Resort in Bali, plus two round-trip KLM flights.
The runner-up receives a creative photography session with Littleones Photography and a desktop photograph from the acrylic range.
Category Winner Prizes
• One category winner receives a barbecue buffet dinner for two at Grand Hyatt Singapore’s Oasis Restaurant, including a free flow of wine, beer, margaritas and soft drinks.
• Another category winner receives Sunday brunch for two at mezza9 at Grand Hyatt Singapore, including unlimited champagne, wine, beer, bloody Marys, mojitos and soft drinks.
• Three category winners receive Sunday champagne brunch for two at Pan Pacific Singapore’s Edge restaurant, including unlimited Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut, wine, beer and classic cocktails.
Again, thank you to everyone who entered. Be sure to start filing away your best photos for next year’s competition. Thanks also to our panel of judges – Chris Churcher of REDSEA Gallery, Kate Griffiths of Littleones Photography, and Angie of Framing Angie – and to all our very generous sponsors of prizes.
This story first appeared in Expat Living Singapore’s April 2015 issue.