National Awards 2021
Singapore Winner Announced
©Chek Poh Wong, Singapore, National Award Winner, Sony World Photography Awards 2021
(Singapore, 9 February 2021) – The World Photography Organisation and Sony Singapore are delighted to reveal Chek Poh Wong as Singapore’s National Award winner for the Sony World Photography Awards 2021.
The National Awards program is an initiative set up by the World Photography Organisation and Sony to support local photographic communities around the world, with 53 countries taking part this year.
Over 330,000 images from 220 territories were submitted to the Sony World Photography Awards 2021 and over 165,000 were entered to the Open competition (from which the National Awards winner was selected).
Chek Poh Wong was anonymously selected by judges for his photograph “Turn 1 2 3 4 5”, entered into the Landscape category of the Open competition. His photograph showcases a panoramic view of unused taxis parked on the roof top of a building. It presents a dire economic situation brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has badly affected people’s livelihood. Although vaccines are ready, it will take a long time for everyone’s life to return back to normal.
Chek Poh Wong is a photography enthusiast, who is keen to challenge himself and push his photography boundaries. Starting his photography journey around 40 years ago, he experienced the move from film photography to digital medium and from dark room processing to photoshop workflow. He does not have any specific favorite subject or interest. He simply shoots anything that moves and doesn’t move.
Commenting on his win Chek Poh said: During my photography journey, I have taken part in numerous photography competitions. This Sony World Photography Awards 2021 – National Awards is by far the most prestigious award I have received, and it will be the most treasured. I am thrilled. Having said that, I am still not the best. There are still many things left to learn and explore in photography.
As Singapore’s National Award winner, Chek Poh Wong receives Sony digital imaging equipment.
The overall winners in the Student, Youth, Open and Professional competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2021 will be announced on the 15 April 2021 via the World Photography Organisation’s digital and video platforms. For more information about winners and shortlists please visit www.worldphoto.org.
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About Sony World Photography Awards
Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards is one of the most important fixtures in the global photographic calendar. Now in its 13th year, the free-to-enter Awards are a global voice for photography and provide a vital insight into contemporary photography today. For both established and emerging artists, the Awards offer world-class opportunities for exposure of their work. The Awards additionally recognise the world’s most influential artists working in the medium through the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Awards; previous recipients include Martin Parr, William Eggleston and Nadav Kander.
About World Photography Organisation
The World Photography Organisation is a global platform for photography initiatives. Working across up to 180 countries, our aim is to raise the level of conversation around photography by celebrating the best imagery and photographers on the planet. We pride ourselves on building lasting relationships with both individual photographers as well as our industry-leading partners around the world. The World Photography Organisation hosts a year-round portfolio of events including the Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s leading photography competitions, and PHOTOFAIRS, leading international art fairs dedicated to photography. For more details see worldphoto.org. Follow the World Photography Organisation on Instagram (@worldphotoorg), Twitter (@WorldPhotoOrg) and LinkedIn/Facebook (World Photography Organisation). Our hashtags to follow are #sonyworldphotographyawards #swpa.
About Sony Electronics (Singapore)
Sony Electronics (Singapore) is responsible for the marketing and sales of consumer products, as well as professional products and solutions in Singapore. It also handles export business for Sony products from Singapore to various parts of Asia. Since establishing our presence in Singapore in 1973, we have grown steadily over the years to become a leader in the consumer electronics and broadcast markets. For more information on Sony’s products and services in Singapore, please visit http://www.sony.com.sg/
About Sony Corporation
Sony Corporation is a creative entertainment company with a solid foundation of technology. From game and network services to music, pictures, electronics, image sensors and financial services – Sony’s purpose is to fill the world with emotion through the power of creativity and technology. For more information, visit: http://www.sony.net/
Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc.
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