ClickArt's International Photographic Talents Profile Singapore's Arts Heritage and Lifestyle In Photo Essays


Best Photo Essay Award clinched by Shanghai photojournalist


Singapore, 13 October 2004 – The vibrancy of Singapore’s art scene was in the spotlight in 18 countries, thanks to the ClickArt World Photojournalist Meet 2003. Vying for the ClickArt Best Photo Essay Award, photojournalists who attended the inaugural event held in Singapore last December have published over 40 photo stories in newspapers and magazines between January and August 2004.


These published essays were among the entries that featured photographs taken by participants during 10 hours of gruelling shootout sessions around the island.


The Best Photo Essay Award entries were judged on visual impact, the ability to tell a story and overall composition by a panel of judges. The panel comprised Mr Masahiko Yamamoto, Photo Editor of Asahi Shimbun; Mr David Tay, Chairman of ClickArt Organising Committee and President of The Photographic Society of Singapore; Mrs Susan Loh, Co-Chairman of ClickArt Organising Committee and Director, Corporate Communications of National Arts Council and Mr Chua Soo Bin, 1988 Cultural Medallion recipient for Photography.


The First Prize was awarded to Mr Wang Rong Jiang, a photographer from The Shanghai Daily, an English newspaper in China. His one-page photo essay entitled ‘Click Singapore’ was published on 2 January 2004, a few weeks after his return from Singapore. Each of the chosen photographs depicted the five themes in the competition – Space, Behind The Scenes, Reaching out, Asian Roots and Arts at Work.


“ClickArt was an exhilarating experience for me as I was able to explore many fresh and interesting subjects. Being my first trip, I was fascinated by the racial and cultural diversity in a modern citystate. At the event, I was very impressed with the pictures submitted by delegates for the Best Photography competition that I felt inspired to showcase my best shots in the photo essay,” said the 47-year-old photojournalist who has been with the Shanghai Daily for five years.


The second prize went to Mr Brett Phibbs of The New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) with his entry, ‘Fling Singapore’. The third prize was won by Mr Andrew Bernard Ingram, the Chief Photographer of Weekend Argus (South Africa). His submission is titled ‘More than just a shopping mall’.


All three winners received their prizes from Dr Balaji Savadisan, Senior Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts. Mr Wang took home a trophy and US$2,000. Mr Phibbs and Mr Ingram received US$1,500 and US$1,000 respectively. 


Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Liu Thai Ker, Chairman of the National Arts Council, said the organisers were pleased that the first ClickArt event has successfully helped to profile Singapore as a vibrant arts city.


Said Mr Liu, “ClickArt 2003 extends beyond a gathering of renowned photojournalists and avid photographers. It has provided a creative platform to document Singapore’s vibrant arts scene. The prize winning and shortlisted photo essays in the international media have helped profile Singapore as a global city for the arts and reinforced our national efforts of marketing Singapore as a world class city to live, work and play.”


ClickArt 2003 saw 219 top-notch photojournalists and photographers, representing 32 countries and regions, taking part in workshops, a keynote presentation and a panel discussion.


The shootout sessions were led by master photographers, Steve McCurry (USA), Chip Simons (USA), Masahiko Yamamoto (Japan) and Tay Kay Chin (Singapore). Participants scoured various parts of the island to capture the vibrant arts scene and lifestyles in Singapore.


ClickArt 2003 was jointly organised by the National Arts Council, Singapore Tourism Board, Contact Singapore and Singapore Economic Development Board, in partnership with The Photographic Society of Singapore, Singapore Press Holdings, MediaCorp Press and Meeting Planners International.