23 July 2007, Singapore - VivoCity has announced the winning entries for the My VivoCity Photography Competition - a platform for both aspiring and professional photographers to display their talents. To inspire and encourage these budding talents, the winner of the Professional category will be offered an all-expense-paid exhibition of his own works, to be held at VivoCity at a later date.
A total of nine winners were chosen out of the top 60 short-listed entries and consisted of three winners from each of the three categories - Professional, Amateur and Student. The Amateur and Professional categories were open to all Singaporeans and Singapore residents, while the Student category was only open to full-time students.
The winners were chosen by a panel of esteemed judges, comprising celebrity photographer Mr Russel Wong, Mr Pok Soy Yoong, photography enthusiast and Partner (International & Corporate Tax Services) at Ernst & Young, as well as, Mr Wong Mun Hoong, Chief Financial Officer of Mapletree Investments and a keen shutterbug himself.
The judges were exceptionally impressed with the entries, especially those from the Student category, which they considered to hold much promise and potential.
Justin Toh topped the competition in the Amateur category and was awarded the first prize. Lim Mu Yao won first place in the Student category. Both will walk away with an Olympus E510 Digital Camera worth $1,499 and $1,000 cash. In addition, both winners may also find their entries on display within VivoCity for the public to enjoy.
In the Professional category, Tang Xiao Wen walked away with the first prize, garnering for himself the top prize of $10,000 cash. Beyond the cash prize, Tang will also receive the opportunity to hold an all-expense-paid exhibition of his personal works at VivoCity.
"We wanted to give aspiring photographers an opportunity to showcase their talents," said Wendy Low, General Manager of VivoCity. "This is why we wanted to include an all-expense-paid exhibition as one of the top prizes, so that the winner will get a chance to showcase his own works and grow in his field."
Second and third place winners for the Professional category received $5,000 and $3,000 respectively, while the second and third place winners for the Amateur and Student categories walked away with Olympus SP550UZ Digital Cameras and Olympus Mju 770SW Digital Cameras respectively.
The photographers were not the only winners from the competition. During the exhibition, visitors were asked to vote, via SMS, for the pictures that they thought should win. Twenty lucky visitors, who voted for the winning entries, will walk away with an Olympus FE230 Digital Camera each.
The inaugural My VivoCity Photography Competition was intended to provide opportunities for both aspiring and professional photographers to nurture their talent and gain exposure for their works and it is towards this objective that the winner?s photography exhibition will be held.
About Mapletree Investments Pte LtdAbout VivoCity
With over 1 million square feet of lettable floor space attracting a diverse mix of over 300 retailers, large event spaces, including an outdoor amphitheatre, a 20,000sf open plaza and a 300m harbour front promenade, VivoCity is Singapore's largest and most diverse retail and lifestyle destination. Designed by world-renowned architect Toyo Ito, VivoCity is the centre-piece of Singapore's newest lifestyle hub at the HarbourFront Precinct, which also includes Sentosa, Mt Faber, the Singapore Cruise Centre and the St James Power Station.
Mapletree, the developer of VivoCity, is a leading real estate company with an asset base of approximately S$3 billion, comprising office, retail/lifestyle, logistics/industrial, and high-tech industrial properties. It is committed to shaping new ways to deliver value to its stakeholders from multiple real estate investments and services. With its significant expertise, diverse skill sets and intimate knowledge of the property industry in Singapore and Asia, Mapletree is well-positioned to be an ideal strategic real estate partner in providing innovative real estate solutions and real estate related investment products.