Sustainable Cities and Sustainable Communities Awards
Juniors (13 – 18 years old) and Youths (19 – 25 years old) will be judged separately.
Each category with each theme will have one winner and two merit recipients.
The award will be judged according to the breakdown below, with an emphasis on the key message of the work and its relevance to the theme.
School Award to be given to schools with the highest participation-based numbers of entries.
An esteemed panel of judges comprising of professional photographers and sustainability experts will select the winning entries for CDL Singapore Young Photographer Award 2018.
Bernice Wong (b. 1988) is a documentary photographer based in Singapore. An avid traveller with a keen interest in social issues, she uses her work as visual stories to cast light on under-reported segments of society, with particular attention to the fortitude and fragility of the human condition.
In 2014, she was awarded top prize for “Themed Body of Work” as part of the CDL Singapore Young Photographer Award. Bernice was also later invited to be part of PLATFORM’s TwentyFifteen.sg initiative, which celebrates Singapore’s 50th anniversary, where she published her first photo book School of Hard Knocks. She was also selected for the “Women in Photography” exhibition hosted by Objecitfs in 2017. More recently, she dedicates her time working with and documenting the marginalised and underbelly of Singapore society.
A sociologist by training, Darren Soh is presently a full-time architectural and landscape photographer. Darren’s personal works are an extension of his curiosity about how we live and the spaces we create as well as leave behind. He has a particular obsession with vernacular architecture and nocturnal spaces that are deemed too banal or insignificant to be noticed. He mostly photographs new pieces of architecture for work, but he also leads a double life documenting places and spaces that are in danger of disappearing.
A pioneer CSR practitioner for over 20 years, Esther is instrumental in building up City Developments Limited’s (CDL) sustainability leadership. CDL is the first and only Singapore company listed on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World for 8 consecutive years and is currently ranked the top real estate company.
Esther has been on the judging panel for various environment-focused competitions, such as the Presidents’ Award for the Environment, Asian Environment Journalist Award, the Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year Competition and the CDL E-Generation Challenge. A member of the World Green Building Council’s Corporate Advisory Board and the Urban Land Institute Women’s Leadership Initiative Singapore Steering Committee, Esther is also a committee member of the Global Compact Network Singapore, which is the local network of UN Global Compact for CSR. The founder of the Women4Green network, Esther is committed to engaging and empowering women in the male dominated green industries to drive the sustainability agenda.
Michael Aw is an award-winning underwater photographer, author, publisher, and the founding director of OceanNEnvironment, an NGO which promotes and initiates preservation projects, and documents the status of coral reefs, bio-diversity and the impact of man-made pollution through research programs, and measurable conservation projects. With OceanNEnvironment, he initiated the Napoleon wrasse protection program in the Maldives in 1998, turtle nest adoption program in Indonesia 1999 and Say No to Shark Fins campaign in the South East Asia 2002.
Aw is also founder and publisher of Ocean Geographic Magazine, a quarterly publication showcasing the underwater realm and promoting conservation of our water planet.
Michael’s work on environmental issues and natural history have been featured in BBC Wildlife, National Geographic, CNN, CNBC, Asian Geographic, GEO, Times, Nature Focus, Action Asia, Scuba Diver, Smithsonian magazine, Forbes, Asia Week, DIVE, Unterwasser, and Tauchen. Michael has published 35 books, and was a contributing author to another 11 books. His photographs have received more than 65 awards from several international organizations including the prestigious Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year on four occasions.
Robert Zhao Renhui
Singaporean visual artist Robert Zhao Renhui (B. 1983) works mainly with photography but often adopts a multidisciplinary approach by presenting images together with documents and objects. His recent exhibitions include the Moscow Biennale 2017, Jakarta Biennale 2017, Sydney Biennale 2016, Arles Discovery Prize 2015, Daegu Photo Biennale 2014, Moscow International Biennale of Young Art 2014, PhotoIreland 2014, Singapore Biennale 2013, and President’s Young Talents 2013. He has exhibited in Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Format Festival, Fukouka Asian Art Museum (Japan), CCP (Melbourne), Seoul Arts Center (Korea), GoEun Museum of Photography (Korea) and Shanghart (Shanghai). He is a nominee for the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award 2017.
Known for her interdisciplinary approach to photography, video and installation, Sarah Choo Jing’s (b. 1990, Singapore) work depicts identifiable moments and characters within contemporary urban society suggesting a plethora of private and often solitary narratives. Choo has clinched the Gold Award in the 2016 PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Fine Art Category and been awarded First Place in the 2015 Moscow International Foto Awards. She was recently shortlisted as a Finalist in the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2017 and was awarded the ICON De Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award and Kwek Leng Joo Prize of Excellence in Still Photography Award in 2013.
Stefen Chow (b. 1980) is a Malaysian-born, Singapore-raised photographer. Stefen undertakes long term projects with social conscience. Stefen is the co-founder of ‘The Poverty Line’, a global visual project that contextualises poverty. The project was referenced by the World Bank and exhibited as large scale installations at the Les Nuits Photographiques in Paris, PMQ in Hong Kong and the CAFA museum in Beijing. The project has been extensively featured in international media and is currently in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. His editorial and commercial work has garnered awards from World Press Photo, National Geographic and International Photo Awards. Stefen has also been on the jury for the Nikon Photo contest and head jury at Asia’s Crowbar Awards. He has been invited to speak at the APEC Women Summit, TEDxKyoto, TEDxTaipei, TBWA Singapore, IDEO Shanghai, Hong Kong BODW, University of Science Po (Paris), School of Visual Arts (New York) and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore). Stefen reached the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 25 and has been involved in more than 10 Himalayan expeditions. Stefen is grateful to be living his dream; he currently lives and works in Beijing