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First National Digital Defence Art Competition Results

1st Prize Winner: Cheng Ka Ki  

Source: The Right Spin Public Relations for Green Dot Internet Services (GDIS)

The winners of the first-ever nationwide Digital Defence Art Competition was announced by the organiser of the event, Green Dot Internet Services Pte Ltd (GDIS), the operator of MIW (www.miw.com.sg) the National Servicemen (NSmen)'s portal.

Supported by MINDEF, Singapore Art Museum and People's Association, the competition attracted some 300 entries from Singaporeans from all walks of life, with varied interpretations of the theme, 'Our People, At the Heart of Defence.'

The top prize was awarded to Cheng Ka Ki, a 25-year old student from Temasek Polytechnic, whose art piece depicted the Singapore homeland in shadows of the military, with a solitary individual carrying his rifle over a green field.

Launched in March this year, the Digital Defence Art Competition aimed to unleash Singaporean's creative juices to capture the essence of defending our nation through digital art. The competition saw participants crafting their individual perceptions, values and aspirations about the nation's defence and expressing them through the use of digital photography, multi-media design and other digital media.

"This competition is a timely reminder of Total Defence in our nation as we celebrate Singapore's 39th birthday," said Dr Francis Yeoh, CEO, Green Dot Internet Services, the company behind MIW. The contest, which was open to all Singapore citizens and permanent residents, also aimed to raise the importance of civic duty and the need to build and maintain strong bonds between the different races and religions.

"I am heartened by the level of participation in this defence digital art competition. It is an excellent way for Singaporeans, both young and old, to express their thoughts and views about Total Defence through art. We hope that through these digital images, portraying Total Defence from different perspectives, the public will get a deeper insight and appreciation of what Total Defence is and means to us as a nation", said COL Bernard Toh, Director of Public Affairs for MINDEF, who will be giving away prizes to the winners.

Participants were judged on several factors: (1) Originality - where the art piece should posses an X-factor or significant visual impact, (2) aesthetics - how colours, images or special effects are used in the art piece, (3) interpretation or articulation of theme - how well the theme "Our People, At the Heart of Defence" is addressed by the art piece and how well the visual communicates with the theme and (4) Skills/IT Competency - this measures the participants' design flair using the IT medium.

Determining the winners for the competition is a panel of distinguished judges comprising of well-known faces in the arts industry, including Jean Wee, manager of the Education department at the Singapore Art Museum; June Yap, assistant curator of the Programmes Division at the Singapore Art Museum; Dr Eugene Tan, Director of Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts; Dr. Fischer Cai, Programme Director of NTU's Strategic Research Program for Virtual Reality and Soft Computing and Mr Woon Tien Wei, a local artist.

"This competition brings out a lot of pride among Singaporeans for their homeland. It is evident that Total Defence is important to Singaporeans. Some of the entries were remarkable for their artistic flair but for the first prize, we were looking for something that comes closest to the hearts of Singaporeans. Cheng Ka Ki's piece summed up essentially what the theme of the competition conveyed," said Dr Eugene Tan.

Cheng Ka Ki won himself $5000 cash, a Colorvision Spyder with PrintFix worth $1,300 and one unit of Adobe Photoshop CS worth S$1,239. Lee Feng Quan, an 18-year-old student from Temasek Polytechnic and Erene Teo, a 21-year-old freelance designer, won the second and third prize respectively. 15 consolation prizes were also awarded to the runners-up in the contest.

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Content Contributor: The Right Spin Public Relations for Green Dot Internet Services (GDIS)

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