2018 Winners

Meet the Winners

Congratulations to all our CDL SYPA 2018 winners! We would like to thank all participants, sponsors and supporting partners for being part of this biennial event. The 6th SYPA has come to a close, but it is our hope that young photographers will continue to unleash their creativity and experience the endless possibilities that photography has to offer. We look forward to receiving more exceptional works from young talents at the 8th SYPA in 2020.

Sustainable Cities Award (Junior)

Overall Winner
in Junior Category

Sustainable Cities Award

Klaus Tan Yihong 18, Student of Anglo Chinese School

Space Sustainable
Sustainability means that our rate of consumption is lesser than our rate of resource production – social and economic progress are the end rewards. This project, shot exclusively within Singapore, features 5 microcosms representing the spaces we spend our life in – housing spaces, relaxation spaces, work spaces, transportation spaces and city spaces. Each photograph tells a unique story of how the featured element contributes towards sustainable living in Singapore, and emphasises the beauty of adopting a sustainable style in city development.

Merit Winner
in Junior Category

Sustainable Cities Award

Vanessa Lim Zhi Yi 17, Student of Raffles Institution

Topology of a City
This photo series shows a different side of the city: one where density can be beautiful, urban spaces can be simple, humble and functional, and solitary, lonely lights can be found in the quiet corners of the city. In embarking on this journey to see the city in a different light (literally at times), I venture beyond the central business district into the heartland, the suburb, the parts of the city where another side of urban life resides.

Joash Lee 15, Student of Anglo Chinese School

The Evolving World
The world is constantly evolving. Old things constantly become outdated, with new things taking the lead. Inventing sustainable designs is crucial to remaining at the top of the game. I have curated a series of photographs that showcase the evolution of times, featuring sustainable designs throughout the world. These photographs were taken in various renowned cities – Singapore, Hong Kong and Finland, and depict both old and modern designs that have proven to be sustainable.

Sustainable Cities Award (Youth)

Overall Winner
in Youth Category

Sustainable Cities Award

Woong Soak Teng 24, Student of Nanyang Technological University

Some Pictures of Representation
These are pictures of pictures and representations of representations. Observing the fabrication of nature imagery in Singapore, nature as a social construct becomes self-evident. This attempt to make sense of how nature exists as simulacra has made the world a little more senseless.

Merit Winner
in Youth Category

Sustainable Cities Award

Adar Ng Ai Qing 24, Student of Nanyang Technological University

We No Longer Follow The Stars
We leave the lights on while the city sleeps. Throughout the night, the lights serve as an unwavering support. With the privilege to keep them on, we diminish the need for our celestial guides, polluting the night sky with light.

Dave Lim Wei Jing 24, Student of Yale-NUS College

The State of Nature
The State of Nature is an investigation into how we think of nature in Singapore. Between pruning it, eating it and admiring it, we are surrounded by our relationships with nature. The work reads as series of diptychs to question the relationships and the boundaries and categories that we create to relate with nature. These categories such as ‘green’, ‘grey’ and ‘nature’ can then questioned and understood from there.

Sustainable Communities Award (Junior)

Overall Winner
in Junior Category

Sustainable Communities Award

Lu Yixin 18, Student of River Valley High School

A Land Where No Ghosts Roam
In December 2016, I visited the soon to be demolished Rochor Centre. By then, majority of the residents had already moved out. However, there were still some residents that chose to remain, the light from their windows being the only signs of life in an otherwise empty estate.

As of 1 April 2017, the entire building has been barricaded and the carpark permanently closed.

Merit Winner
in Junior Category

Sustainable Communities Award

Woon Rae 15, Student of School of the Arts

A Different Kind of Family
A Different Kind of Family explores how people from different backgrounds and cultures come together as a community and family in their unique ways. All communities face challenges, and it is the responsibility of each person within the community to work together and ensure that everyone feels safe, united and integrated in a system that serves each individual. This collection of photos feature shots from various different countries such as Singapore, Vietnam, India and Thailand.

Oliver Edward Mark Ogden 17, Student of Tanglin Secondary School

Sustaining the Rich Culture of Asia
My body of work aims to convey sustainability through typical and often historical practises throughout the South East Asia Sub-continent. Wether it be from tourism, fishing or the conservation of wild animals, Asia’s rich culture manages to preserve its beauty while maintaining their environment which is what my images hopefully manage to capture!

Sustainable Communities Award (Youth)

Overall Winner
in Youth Category

Sustainable Communities Award

Teo Rong Brian 19, N.S.

A Timeless Tradition
Lao Sai Tao Yuan, a century-old Teochew Opera troupe in Singapore, continues to breathe life into a tradition that is no longer the main source of entertainment in modern day society. While many other Chinese Opera groups have closed over the years, Lao Sai Tao Yuan continues to have regular performances. My inquisitiveness about their survivability led to this body of work, an observation of their way of life and an attempt at understanding sustainable communities.

Merit Winner
in Youth Category

Sustainable Communities Award

Shannon Sim Pei Xin 22, Student of Nanyang Technological University

Seats For All
‘Void decks’ are the open common space on the ground floor of Singapore’s public housing. Aside from planned seating areas, occasional personalization can be spotted with seemingly random or misplaced chairs added by residents.

Previously belonging to private homes, these chairs have now taken on a new identity as shared property. They extend the comfort and intimacy of a home to the public sphere, transforming the void decks into the likes of a private home for everyone.

Lee Jian Wei 23, Student of National University of Singapore

Last In Its Line
With more than 35 years of experience, the Goh brothers are the only ones in this business of traditional coffin making based in Muar, Malaysia. Each hand-crafted coffin will take a month to complete by the pair. Nowadays with the advancement in technology and innovation, coupled with the attraction of more lucrative careers, many in the younger generation are unwilling to take on the jobs of these dying trades.

School Submissions Award

Winner

School Submission Award