Singapore's best single photograph revealed by the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
© Lester Koh Meng Hua, Singapore, 1st Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
· World’s largest photography competition announces Lester Koh Meng Hua, as winner of Singapore National Award
· Full list of National Award and Open competition category winners announced today
· Images available for publication at press.worldphoto.org
(SINGAPORE, 28 March2017)–The judges of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards today announce the photograph “Singapore at dawn” by Lester Koh Meng Hua, as the winner of Singapore National Award.
The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s largest photography competition, and the National Awards is a global program open to photographers of all abilities. It aims to find the best single photograph taken by a local photographer in 65 countries.
Lester Koh Meng Hua’s winning image "Singapore at dawn" captures the rustic charm of one of Singapore’s oldest public housing, with residents proudly displaying the Singapore flag outside their apartment. “The very simple geometric design of squares and circles somehow intrigued me”, Lester commented. He was not satisfied with the shots taken on his first attempt, which led to him deciding to explore taking the shot at dawn on 14 August 2016, during Singapore’s 51st National Day celebration month instead, resulting in the discovery of the perfect combination of warm and cold corridor lighting.
Lester Koh Meng Hua is a photography enthusiast interested in different genres, such as abstract, nature, sports, architecture, people, street photography, and cultural events.
Commenting about his success, Lester Koh Meng Hua says: “I did not expect that my simple architectural image would have caught the attention of the panel of distinguished judges. I was pleasantly surprised, elated and deeply honoured when I was notified that my image had won the prestigious National Award.This award will definitely inspire me to pursue my photography hobby with even greater passion.”
The runner-up positions for Singapore National Award were given to:
· 2nd place: Albert Tan for the image "Mongolia Yurt"
· 3rd Place: WilliamChua for the image "Kazakhs"
© Albert Tan, Singapore, 2nd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
William Chua, Singapore, 3rd Place, National Awards, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
Winners and runners-ups across all 66National Awards were announced today, and can be viewed here.
Lester Koh Meng Hua’s winning work will be shown alongside the awards’ other winning and shortlisted images at the Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition in London from 21 April – 7 May and published in the annual winners’ book.
Sony World Photography Awards
Produced by the World Photography Organisation, 2017 sees the 10th anniversary of the Sony World Photography Awards and a decade-long partnership with its headline sponsor, Sony. The Awards recognize and reward the very best contemporary photography captured over the last year, and incorporate four competitions -Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus. The overall winners of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards will be announced on 20 April.
Images by all National Award and Open category winners are available for publication at press.worldphoto.org
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