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Singapore Young Photographer Award 2018

Presented by City Developments Limited (CDL), the biennial Singapore Young Photographer Award (SYPA) was launched in 2006. It aims to raise the standards of photographic art in Singapore and promote photography amongst the young by recognising and nurturing budding talents. Initiated by the late Mr Kwek Leng Joo, Deputy Chairman of CDL, SYPA is an extension of the photo tribute “To Singapore with Love” in celebration of Singapore’s 40th birthday in 2005.

About the Award Night and Exhibition

With growing concern about climate change and its threats on the planet and people, SYPA 2018 was revamped to raise awareness and cultivate stronger interest among youths in humanity and the environment. The United Nations (UN) adopted the Sustainable Development Agenda in 2015, where the world committed to achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, to promote prosperity while protecting the planet and its people. Governments, companies and civil society have taken up the mantle of the Goals to do their part in ensuring a socially and environmentally sustainable future.

In view of this, SYPA 2018 invited young photographers to submit body of work capturing their ideas on UN SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. Aligned with CDL’s corporate ethos of ‘Conserving as we Construct’ and commitment to youth development, this edition of SYPA aims to unearth talents who will champion sustainable development using their photographic works. On top of a total of $16,200 cash prizes, only 12 winners are selected to have their photographs exhibited at DECK. 

Award Night: 7 August 2018, 7 – 9pm
Exhibition Period: 7 – 26 August 2018

DECK at 120A Prinsep Street, Singapore 187937

Catch a glimpse of SYPA 2018’s Winning Entries

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Contest Details


You can choose to submit your Body of Work under either of these two age groups (Junior and Youth), and with two themes to choose from:

What does a ‘sustainable city’ look like to you? This category delves into the places and spaces we create, including our homes, schools, parks, neighbourhood, shopping malls, and recreational areas. The work could look at condition and efforts in prolonging use of places and infrastructure, means of transportation, buildings, technology and urban spaces that are designed and built in a more sustainable manner.

The works should inspire people to think about how cities can have a positive impact on societies and the environment.

Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. However, many challenges exist to maintaining cities that continue to foster vibrant, thriving and prosperous communities, while conserving the environment and shared resources. What comes to mind when you think of ‘sustainable communities’ and why is there an urgency to ensure these communities are ready for the future?

The work could explore the various relationships and values people have with societies and the environment around them.


Public Exhibition Showcase for SYPA 2018’s Winning Entries

On top of a total of $16,200 cash prizes, SYPA 2018 Winners’ works will be exhibited at DECK, 120A Prinsep Street.

CategoryAwardJunior (13-18 yrs old)Youth (19-25 yrs old)
Sustainable CitiesWinner (1)$2,000$2,500
Merit (2)$800$1,000
Sustainable CommunitiesWinner (1)$2,000$2,500
Merit (2)$800$1,000
School SubmissionsWinner (1)$1000 worth SIPF School Photography Education Workshop vouchers


Sustainable Cities Award and Sustainable Communities Award

Submit your Body of Work that answers to any one of the categories. You are also allowed to submit to both categories. Do explore the themes creatively in any photography genre. Your Body of Work should comprise not more than 20 images.
Please read the full set of Terms & Conditions here before submitting your works online.

Submission is Closed