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'Celebrating LIFE in the Heartlands' Photography Competition 2018

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What is your idea of a lively and vibrant neighbourhood?

Is it the children having fun at the playground, neighbours mingling at the void deck, or families enjoying the shared spaces within their HDB estate?

Take a look at our lively and vibrant neighbourhoods, and heart-warming stories of community ties in the heartlands captured by our competition winners. These photos are exhibited at HDB Community Week 2018 which is held at Yishun Town Square from 19 to 25 May 2018, and at Our Tampines Hub from 26 to 27 May 2018.

 

Open Category

Open Category, 1st Prize
First Prize
“Playground Unites!” by Ong Yi Chao

Open Category, 1st Prize

First Prize
"Playground Unites!” by Ong Yi Chao
I visit Punggol often to photograph the beautiful architecture of the new HDB blocks. On a particular weekend evening, I chanced upon this group of children having fun at the playground. Their cheerful faces and laughter lit up my day and brought back fond memories of my own childhood, where I had lots of fun playing and forging friendships at the playground!
 
 

 

Open Category, 2nd Prize
Second Prize
“Eng Hoon Street Comes Alive” by Khng Hwee Hoon

Open Category, 2nd Prize

Second Prize 
“Eng Hoon Street Comes Alive” by Khng Hwee Hoon
Eng Hoon Street in Tiong Bahru Estate comes alive every Lunar New Year as the community gathers to enjoy the vibrant Dragon Dance performance. This is all thanks to one of the trading shops on Eng Hoon Street that invites residents of the estate to join in their festive celebrations yearly. As a fairly new resident in the estate, I felt welcomed and was touched by the warmth of this quaint neighbourhood.

 

Open Category, 3rd Prize
Third Prize
“‘Dishu’ (Ground Calligraphy)” by Chen Wen Yun

Open Category, 3rd Prize

Third Prize
“‘Dishu’ (Ground Calligraphy)” by Chen Wen Yun
This was taken at a void deck of Bedok South. I read about ‘dishu’. Having a strong interest in Chinese culture, I was thrilled to check out the void deck of Bedok South where a group of seniors gather weekly to practise calligraphy. It was an amazing scene to see these seniors, dipping their home-made gigantic ‘brush’ in water and waving them gracefully on the cold, hard cement floor to form beautiful chinese characters of poems. It was heartening to see our seniors spending their free time in an unconventional yet meaningful way.

 

Open Category, 1st Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“Peace of Mind” by Chan Wai Meng

Open Category, 1st Merit Prize

Merit Prize
“Peace of Mind” by Chan Wai Meng

Soaking in the morning sun with a yoga workout at Bishan Park and finding balance in our lives.

 

Open Category, 2nd Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“Morning Walk” by Kwan Sai Hoe

Open Category, 2nd Merit Prize

Merit Prize
“Morning Walk” by Kwan Sai Hoe

There is nothing quite as magical as spending the beautiful morning at the neighbourhood park with our loved ones.

 

Open Category, 3rd Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“Adventure Time!” by Chua Tiew Eng

Open Category, 3rd Merit Prize

Merit Prize
“Adventure Time!” by Chua Tiew Eng

 “Look at me! I’m having great fun at this watermelon playground right at my doorstep!”

 

Open Category, 4th Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“A Brand New Day” by Peh Siong San

Open Category, 4th Merit Prize

Merit Prize
“A Brand New Day” by Peh Siong San

Cycling through light and shadow in the serenity of dawn as a brand new day awaits.

 

Open Category, 5th Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“Under The Same Sky” by Ahmad Iskandar Bin Abdullah

Open Category, 5th Merit Prize

Merit Prize
“Under The Same Sky” by Ahmad Iskandar Bin Abdullah

This is my HDB estate, a lively and vibrant place where love and friendships bloom.

 

Open Category, 6th Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“Wheeling Good Times” by Xu Ling

Open Category, 6th Merit Prize

Merit Prize
“Wheeling Good Times” by Xu Ling

One, two, three, let’s go! Watch our trolleys roll! It’s such a breeze for residents to do their daily grocery shopping with these ramps and handrails.

 

Open Category, 7th Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“Splash!” by Leonardus Novianto Depari

Open Category, 7th Merit Prize

Merit Prize
“Splash!” by Leonardus Novianto Depari

Gotcha, my net is faster than any fish! A big smile captured in the shutters of the camera as this little boy caught his first catch of the day!

 

Open Category, 8th Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“Eye On The Goal” by Tan Jian Kai

Open Category, 8th Merit Prize

Merit Prize
“Eye On The Goal” by Tan Jian Kai

Watch out! Quick reflexes, laughter ensues, smiles all around!

 

Open Category, 9th Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“Dancing Under The Sun” by Steven Liew Seng Leong

Open Category, 9th Merit Prize

Merit Prize
“Dancing Under The Sun” by Steven Liew Seng Leong

Gracefully swaying their bright red fans under the sun as a way of keeping healthy and fit together as a community.

 

Open Category, 10th Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“Teamwork Makes The Dream Work” by Ng Chin Leong

Open Category, 10th Merit Prize

Merit Prize
“Teamwork Makes The Dream Work” by Ng Chin Leong

Go, go, go! The team pushing on to the end point as the loud cheers from the crowd spurred them on.

 

Open Category, People Choice
People’s Choice Award
“Dancing to the Same Beat” by Chow Kian Yew

Open Category, People Choice

People’s Choice Award
“Dancing to the Same Beat” by Chow Kian Yew

Perfection through practice; graceful as one.

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Instagram Category

Instagram Category, First Prize
First Prize
“My Favourite Shopkeeper” by Chan Wai Meng

Instagram Category, First Prize

First Prize
“My Favourite Shopkeeper” by Chan Wai Meng
A joyful smile, a friendly wave, as I go pass my favourite shopkeepers at the neighbourhood market. I was looking for a subject to photograph, and was attracted by this jovial stall owner and his neatly arranged goods. This particular scene reminded me of the traditional stalls that I used to patronise during my younger days. There are fewer shops like these nowadays, therefore I feel that it is a precious moment to be captured.
 
 

 

Instagram Category, Second Prize
Second Prize
“All Hands Up!” by Ahmad Iskandar Bin Abdullah

Instagram Category, Second Prize

Second Prize
“All Hands Up!” by Ahmad Iskandar Bin Abdullah
The HDB heartlands is a melting pot of cultures. Regardless of race, language or religion, residents in Jurong were wowed by the captivating dragon dance performance. As the audience went wild with their cameras to capture the beautiful performance, I was enticed to record such a moment and slice of life in the heartlands.
 
 

 

Instagram Category, Third Prize
Third Prize
“Bird(-lovers) of a feather flock together” by Mohamad Yusof Bin Noor

Instagram Category, Third Prize

Third Prize 
“Bird(-lovers) of a feather flock together” by Mohamad Yusof Bin Noor
This was taken at a lush open field in Keat Hong. It is a weekly gathering for my bird enthusiast friends, where they train their birds to free-fly together. This growing hobby not only brings fellow bird lovers together, but attracts curious onlookers to join us and watch as the colourful birds soar high in the sky.

 

Instagram Category, First Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“Time Is Love” by Hoong Qi Hao

Instagram Category, First Merit Prize

Merit Prize 
“Time Is Love” by Hoong Qi Hao
Love is simply about the time we spend together.

 

Instagram Category, 2nd Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“Kopi Connects” by Chen Wen Yun

Instagram Category, 2nd Merit Prize

Merit Prize 
"Kopi Connects” by Chen Wen Yun
Grandparents enjoying their morning coffee at a neighbourhood coffee shop and chuckling in response to the endless ‘Whys?’ from their inquisitive grandson.

 

Instagram Category, 3rd Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“Chess Buddies” by Goh Koon Boh

Instagram Category, 3rd Merit Prize

Merit Prize 
“Chess Buddies” by Goh Koon Boh
Heartland friends deep in concentration in a battle of wits.

 

Instagram Category, 4th Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“A Void Deck Date” by Steven Sung Hong Meng

Instagram Category, 4th Merit Prize

Merit Prize 
“A Void Deck Date” by Steven Sung Hong Meng
A couple sharing a moment as they stroll hand-in-hand towards home.

 

Instagram Category, 5th Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“Fun Times, Fond Memories” by Wong Chek Poh

Instagram Category, 5th Merit Prize

Merit Prize 
“Fun Times, Fond Memories” by Wong Chek Poh
The open field at a Tampines estate came to live when hundreds of residents gathered to enjoy the National Day carnival.

 

Instagram Category, 6th Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“Dragon Delight” by Goh Teck Leong

Instagram Category, 6th Merit Prize

Merit Prize 
“Dragon Delight” by Goh Teck Leong
A spectacular dragon dance performance at a HDB heartland that never fails to amaze the residents.

 

Instagram Category, 7th Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“Joy of Dance” by Chow Kian Yew

Instagram Category, 7th Merit Prize

Merit Prize 
“Joy of Dance” by Chow Kian Yew
Leading a fun and healthy lifestyle is easy when you dance with your fellow friends!

 

Instagram Category, 8th Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“Bird Park” by Hong Yew Kwong

Instagram Category, 8th Merit Prize

Merit Prize 
“Bird Park” by Hong Yew Kwong
The void deck turns into a “bird park” as avian lovers gather every weekend, relaxing and listening to the melodious tunes by their precious pets.

 

Instagram Category, 9th Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“The Peaceful Punggol” by Goh Ngan Pin

Instagram Category, 9th Merit Prize

Merit Prize 
“The Peaceful Punggol” by Goh Ngan Pin
A picturesque view taken at a beautiful heartland, Punggol.

 

Instagram Category, 10th Merit Prize
Merit Prize
“Dazzling Lights” by Lim Leng Wee

Instagram Category, 10th Merit Prize

Merit Prize 
“Dazzling Lights” by Lim Leng Wee
Bedazzling night sky at the Pang Sua Pond.

 

Instagram Category, People Choice
People’s Choice Award
“Blocks After Blocks” by Ng Yao Zong Joshua

Instagram Category, People Choice

People’s Choice Award
“Blocks After Blocks” by Ng Yao Zong Joshua
Shades of red make my neighbourhood great!

Past Winning Entries

Take a look at the winning entries from our past photography competitions!