'Celebrating LIFE in the Heartlands' Photography Competition 2018
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.
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“Playground Unites!” by Ong Yi ChaoFirst Prize
"Playground Unites!” by Ong Yi ChaoI 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!
“Eng Hoon Street Comes Alive” by Khng Hwee HoonSecond Prize
“Eng Hoon Street Comes Alive” by Khng Hwee HoonEng 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.
“‘Dishu’ (Ground Calligraphy)” by Chen Wen YunThird Prize
“‘Dishu’ (Ground Calligraphy)” by Chen Wen YunThis 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.
“Peace of Mind” by Chan Wai MengMerit 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.
“Morning Walk” by Kwan Sai HoeMerit 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.
“Adventure Time!” by Chua Tiew EngMerit Prize“Adventure Time!” by Chua Tiew Eng
“Look at me! I’m having great fun at this watermelon playground right at my doorstep!”
“A Brand New Day” by Peh Siong SanMerit 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.
“Under The Same Sky” by Ahmad Iskandar Bin AbdullahMerit 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.
“Wheeling Good Times” by Xu LingMerit 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.
“Splash!” by Leonardus Novianto DepariMerit 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!
“Eye On The Goal” by Tan Jian KaiMerit Prize
“Eye On The Goal” by Tan Jian Kai
Watch out! Quick reflexes, laughter ensues, smiles all around!
“Dancing Under The Sun” by Steven Liew Seng LeongMerit 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.
“Teamwork Makes The Dream Work” by Ng Chin LeongMerit 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.
People’s Choice Award
“Dancing to the Same Beat” by Chow Kian YewPeople’s Choice Award
“Dancing to the Same Beat” by Chow Kian Yew
Perfection through practice; graceful as one.
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“My Favourite Shopkeeper” by Chan Wai MengFirst Prize
“My Favourite Shopkeeper” by Chan Wai MengA 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.
“All Hands Up!” by Ahmad Iskandar Bin AbdullahSecond Prize
“All Hands Up!” by Ahmad Iskandar Bin AbdullahThe 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.
“Bird(-lovers) of a feather flock together” by Mohamad Yusof Bin NoorThird Prize
“Bird(-lovers) of a feather flock together” by Mohamad Yusof Bin NoorThis 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.
“Time Is Love” by Hoong Qi HaoMerit Prize
“Time Is Love” by Hoong Qi HaoLove is simply about the time we spend together.
“Kopi Connects” by Chen Wen YunMerit Prize
"Kopi Connects” by Chen Wen YunGrandparents enjoying their morning coffee at a neighbourhood coffee shop and chuckling in response to the endless ‘Whys?’ from their inquisitive grandson.
“Chess Buddies” by Goh Koon BohMerit Prize
“Chess Buddies” by Goh Koon BohHeartland friends deep in concentration in a battle of wits.
“A Void Deck Date” by Steven Sung Hong MengMerit Prize
“A Void Deck Date” by Steven Sung Hong MengA couple sharing a moment as they stroll hand-in-hand towards home.
“Fun Times, Fond Memories” by Wong Chek PohMerit Prize
“Fun Times, Fond Memories” by Wong Chek PohThe open field at a Tampines estate came to live when hundreds of residents gathered to enjoy the National Day carnival.
“Dragon Delight” by Goh Teck LeongMerit Prize
“Dragon Delight” by Goh Teck LeongA spectacular dragon dance performance at a HDB heartland that never fails to amaze the residents.
“Joy of Dance” by Chow Kian YewMerit Prize
“Joy of Dance” by Chow Kian YewLeading a fun and healthy lifestyle is easy when you dance with your fellow friends!
“Bird Park” by Hong Yew KwongMerit Prize
“Bird Park” by Hong Yew KwongThe void deck turns into a “bird park” as avian lovers gather every weekend, relaxing and listening to the melodious tunes by their precious pets.
“The Peaceful Punggol” by Goh Ngan PinMerit Prize
“The Peaceful Punggol” by Goh Ngan PinA picturesque view taken at a beautiful heartland, Punggol.
“Dazzling Lights” by Lim Leng WeeMerit Prize
“Dazzling Lights” by Lim Leng WeeBedazzling night sky at the Pang Sua Pond.
People’s Choice Award
“Blocks After Blocks” by Ng Yao Zong JoshuaPeople’s Choice Award
“Blocks After Blocks” by Ng Yao Zong JoshuaShades of red make my neighbourhood great!
Past Winning Entries
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