14 July 2011

Biodiversity in Singapore: NParks photo and video competitions

Share your favourite nature photo in NParks' “City in a Garden” Photography Competition!

Attractive prizes, worth more than $29,000, to be won. Winning entries may be exhibited at various venues and at selected NParks events. At the same time, there is also a video competition focusing on our parks.

“City in a Garden” Photography Competition: various closing dates
Despite being a largely urbanised city, Singapore is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, with more than 3900 species of plants, 295 species of butterflies, 98 species of reptiles, 52 species of mammals, 25 species of amphibians and 12 out of the 23 species of seagrasses found in the Indo-Pacific region. This is part of Singapore’s vision of becoming a “City in a Garden”, where greenery and biodiversity exists in harmony with our daily lives.

Themes and closing dates
Our Parks and Gardens: 15 August 2011
Trees and Forests: 26 September 2011
BiodiverCity: 5 March 2012
My City in a Garden: 7 April 2012

More about the themes (pdf).

The prizes
  • Overall Best amongst the four themes: $3 000 cash and a fully paid exploration expedition with a renowned ethno-botanist to a village in Burkina Faso, West Africa, worth $20 000 sponsored by Clarins
  • Winners of each theme stand to win the following prizes:
  • 1st Prize: $2 000 cash
  • A Lumix camera sponsored by Panasonic
  • 2nd Prize: $1 500 cash
  • 3rd Prize: $1 000 cash
  • 8 Merit Prizes: $ 250 cash each
  • Each merit award winner under the “My City in a Garden” theme, in addition to the $250 cash, receives a Vanda Orchid Travel Kit sponsored by Grand Hyatt Singapore
  • Junior Category presented by Clarins: Cash prizes worth $5 000
  • Youth Category: Cash prizes worth $5 000 supported by CDL SYPA – Singapore Young Nature Photographer Award

More details on the NParks website.

The Parks Festival 2011 Video Competition: closing date 31 Jul 2011
Celebrate our green spaces by producing a video with the theme ‘A Park for Everyone’, and stand to win attractive prizes! Winning entries will also get their videos showcased during the inaugural Parks Festival.

Videos should be within 100 sec, and should showcase activities and the diversity of people’s experiences in at least 3 different parks from 3 different ‘clusters’. (A list of the parks in each cluster may be found at www.nparks.gov.sg). The video should focus on people’s experiences (rather than natural habitats, animals, landscapes etc), and convey the Festival’s objectives of (in no order of importance):

‘Parks — the Preferred Place to Play’
'A Park for Everyone'

Psst: humour usually scores more brownie points, so be as creative as you can be!

1st Prize: Panasonic Videocam SD900 x 1 unit (worth $1,999)

2nd Prize: Panasonic Videocam HS80 x 1 unit (worth $1,449)

3rd Prize: Panasonic Videocam SD80 x 1 unit (worth $999)

More details on the NParks website.

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