Capturing Special Moments

CapitaLand- National Geographic Channel Photography Competition 2012 calls for pictures that focus on “Building People”

Issue: Apr 2012

In its third year, CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” photography competition engages stakeholders to  capture snapshots of interactivity between people and properties
In its third year, CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” photography competition engages stakeholders to capture snapshots of interactivity between people and properties

Photographs are more than pictorial records of people, places and events. A truly good picture is one that can tell a story, or evoke an emotion. A truly good picture connects people, drawing them to a moment in time or a memory from long ago. CapitaLand appreciates this. Into its third year, the theme for this year’s CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” photography competition remains focused on the idea of the integration of people and properties, and the special moments in life that unfold within CapitaLand’s properties around the world. Beyond aesthetics, the ability of the shutterbugs to make the properties come alive are integral to their chances of winning. The popular competition will take place from mid April to end May 2012 and the results will be announced in August this year.

In line with CapitaLand’s Because iCare campaign this year, which focuses on increasing efforts on caring for staff, stakeholders and society under the auspices of the Group so its various programmes and initiatives are uniformly implemented, the CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel’s photography competition continues to encourage the public to share their experience at CapitaLand properties through their lens.

Growing Popularity and Reach Engages More

Since the first year when the competition was introduced to mark the 10th anniversary of CapitaLand, it has grown in popularity and reach. In 2010, more than 600 entries across the Asia Pacific were received. The following year, the number of entries doubled. More than 1200 entries were sent from Asia Pacific and Europe, including countries such as Singapore, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, France, and for the first time, Australia and Indonesia.

The CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel photography competition calls for entries of CapitaLand buildings worldwide and how these properties interact with people
The CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel photography competition calls for entries of CapitaLand buildings worldwide and how these properties interact with people
Photo credit: Ben Tan Teck Choon (Singapore)

The CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel photography competition required participants to send in photographs not only of CapitaLand buildings worldwide but also of how these properties interacted with people living, working or shopping in them. The participants rose to the occasion, though. Photography enthusiasts welcomed the chance to stretch their abilities and enjoyed the opportunity to learn from their experience. Last year, in addition to the top three prizes, another three “Special Commendation” Awards were given out. A “Voters’ Choice” Award was also given to the contestant who received the most number of public votes during the online voting period. (read Emotive Pictures Captured Imagination and Praise)

Drawing Interest with Celebrity Judge

What made photographers participate and gun for the win, apart from artistic pride, was the fact that every year, the competition involved a renowned photographer from National Geographic Society that not only judge the entries along with CapitaLand’s panel of judges but also go on a exclusive CapitaLand photography trail with the winners. The oppportunity to learn and interact with such experienced photography talents was just too hard to miss.

The inaugural competition invited Jeff Hutchens, a National Geographic veteran who has won numerous awards and is known for conveying transcendent moods and subtle beauty. Last year, Catherine Karnow, a experienced travel photographer and National Geographic alumnus, was invited to share her extensive experience in photography. Princes, paupers, movie stars and war victims, Karnow has photographed them all, telling their stories through her lens. On top of the photography trail, Karnow conducted a photography seminar, sharing with them personalised photography tips.

The award winning Annie Griffins joins the panel of judges for the CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel photography competition 2012
The award winning Annie Griffins joins the panel of judges for the CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel photography competition 2012

This year, one of National Geographic’s first women photographers to work with the magazine, Annie Griffiths will join the CapitaLand panel of judges for the CapitaLand-National Geographic photography competition. Griffiths has worked on several magazine and book projects. She has won several awards and has published books about photography. Like CapitaLand who cares for the community and the environment, Griffiths is also equally committed to giving back to society and the planet. She photographs for aid organisations around the world and is the Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document the programmes that are empowering women and girls in developing countries, especially as they deal with the adverse effects of climate change. She will share tips with the winners from her illustrious career that has taken her to every Continent on the planet.

So, look out for more news on this year’s CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel’s photography competition that is coming your way soon. Don’t miss this chance to expand your portfolio, challenge yourself, and meet and learn from an acclaimed photographer. So, snap to it and send us your entries!


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