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Overwhelming response for "Green Shots" photography competition
- Three winning shots from more than 2,000 entries that depicted what green buildings meant to users of the built environment
Singapore, 22 September 2011 - An overwhelming 2,000 over entries were submitted for the "Green Shots" photography competition from more than 600 photo enthusiasts. The prizes for the top three winners and 10 merit winners were given away today by Guest of Honour Dr Amy Khor, Mayor of South West District and Minister of State for Health, at the BCA Green Building exhibition, which is the last in a series of eight roving exhibitions.
In an attempt to raise awareness on the importance of environmental sustainability in the built environment in a fun and interactive manner, BCA partnered the Photographic Society of Singapore to organise the first photography competition, which was conducted solely online in Singapore. The competition was held from 1 July to 1 September 2011. Photographers had to take pictures of any BCA Green Mark buildings in Singapore.
Grand prize winner Ms Zhang Qi took home S$3,000 for her winning shot of the Mapletree Business City with its lively koi garden, depicting harmonious living in a sustainable environment.
First runner-up Mr Tan Cheng Tong won himself S$2,000 for his photograph of the Khoo Teck Puat hospital, showcasing a green hospital built to heal both patients and the Earth.
Second runner-up Mr Glen Ojebera Espinosa came in third in with his photograph of the iconic Marina Barrage, where green features such as rain sensors are incorporated into its sophisticated and beautiful fašade. He won himself S$1,000. All three winners' photographs were of Green Mark Platinum building projects.
"Photography is one of the best ways to create public awareness of critical issues such as environmental sustainability. Through this competition, they get to see for themselves that keeping our densely built-up environment green isn't easy and it should not be taken for granted," said Mr Goh Kim Hui, Vice President of the Photographic Society of Singapore.
The winning photographs (see Annex (1.6MB .pdf), along with other shortlisted photographs, have been pieced together to form the first BCA Green Mark building montage at the Green Building Exhibition at VivoCity from 22 to 25 September 2011. The exhibition was started in December 2009 as part of BCA's plan to place more emphasis on users' behaviour and cultivate them to play a greater role in Singapore's green building movement.
Annex - Winning shots from BCA "Green Shots" Photography Competition (1.6MB .pdf)
Portable document format version of the media release is also available (1.6MB .pdf).