About SYPA


A National Photography Award on Sustainable Development
An initiative by the late Mr Kwek Leng Joo since 2005

Presented by City Developments Limited (CDL), the Singapore Young Photographer Award (SYPA) aims to promote the art of photography amongst young Singaporeans, as well as to recognise and nurture budding photographic talents. Initiated by the late Mr Kwek Leng Joo, Deputy Chairman of CDL, CDL SYPA is an extension of the photo tribute “To Singapore with Love”, in celebration of Singapore’s 40th birthday in 2005. Mr Kwek was a firm believer in youth development. An avid photographer, he dedicated his life to grooming the youth, especially in the areas of photography and corporate social responsibility.

This year, SYPA has been revamped to generate awareness and interest among youths on sustainability. Following the adoption of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Agenda in 2016, the world has 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.

Focusing on UN SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, SYPA 2018 invites young photographers to envision and capture their ideas of sustainable urban scapes and societies. According to the UN Sustainable Development Agenda, more than half the world’s population now live in urban areas. By 2050, that figure will have risen to 6.5 billion people – two-thirds of all humanity. To achieve sustainable development, we will need to ensure safe, clean and green cities, and equal access to opportunities and basic services.

The theme is split into two categories, ‘Sustainable Cities’ and ‘Sustainable Communities’, where participants may submit their Body of Works depicting the urban environment, or those that inhabit it. In line with CDL’s own commitment to ‘Conserve as we Construct’, this edition of SYPA intends to groom young photographic talents and future advocates for sustainability.