Singapore Young Photographer Award

Singapore Young Photographer Award is back for its 8th edition!

Presented since 2005 by City Developments Limited (CDL) and initiated by the late Mr Kwek Leng Joo, Deputy Chairman of CDL, the Singapore Young Photographer Award (SYPA) is a national award that aims to promote the art of photography amongst young Singaporeans, and to recognise and nurture budding photographic talents. Mr Kwek was a firm believer in youth development. An avid photographer, he dedicated his life to grooming the youth, especially in the areas of photography and corporate social responsibility.

This year, SYPA boasts a brand new take on current sustainability methods by presenting the theme ZERO, aimed to provoke rethinking of climate related problems around us and how we should change for a more sustainable future. The new theme invites creative interpretation and presentation of issues related to sustainability. It can be about zero waste, zero energy, zero marine pollution, ideas that link to UN Sustainable Development Goals 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. ZERO opens up various possibilities for participants to express their creativity in communicating the urgent message of sustainability, to maintain and cherish life as we know it. 

Submission for the award is open to all students age 13 to 25 years old based in Singapore, including international schools. Participants will submit via sypa.sg to either the Junior or Youth categories. There will be cash prizes worth S$10,000 as well as cameras by Canon Singapore, the official camera supporter for SYPA 2020. It will also be the first time that SYPA will be part of the Singapore International Photography Festival, one of the biggest photography platforms held in Southeast Asia. A series of fringe events powered by the National Youth Council will take place to spur young photographers to explore the theme ZERO and to improve on their technical skills to present their submissions. 


All SYPA 2020 winning works will be presented at a Public Exhibition Showcase during the Singapore International Photography Festival 2020

Youth (19 - 25 Years Old)

First Prize

Merit x 2

Canon EOS RP and lens + $3000

Junior (13 - 18 years old)

First Prize

Merit x 2

Canon EOD M6 Mark II and lens + $2000