Established by Britain’s Prince William, a global environmental prize that recognizes innovative solutions to some of our planet’s toughest problems is coming to Singapore this year. Winners will each receive PS1 million (S$1.67 million).
The NUS Singapore History Prize is a biennial award given out in English books that focus on Singapore history (within this broad definition including works that deal with its place in the world). Established in 2014 and administered by NUS Department of History, this Prize seeks to “cast a wide net” for consideration of works related to history as it promotes greater awareness and knowledge of Singapore’s unique past amongst its residents.
Last year, the inaugural Singapore International Violin Competition awarded US$50,000 in cash prizes to violinists from around the globe. Held at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music on Wednesday 14 December, its grand final round saw Ukrainian violinist Dmytro Udovychenko emerge victorious against Danish violinist Anna Agafia Egholm and Hong Kong/Chinese violinist Angela Sin Ying Chan to claim first prize.
This year’s Singapore Literature Prize recognised the diverse writing in Singapore with 12 top winners across three categories of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Kamaladevi Aravindan won top fiction prize for Sembawang which explores life among ordinary Singaporeans over five decades; her win marks her debut win and will see her collect $10,000 along with a trophy and gift code to audiobook platform Storytel. Other winning works were Wang Jie’s novel The White Book by Jee Leong Koh’s poetry collection Snow At 5pm: Translations Of An Insignificant Japanese Poet by both authors respectively.
NUS also announced the winners of its second annual Visualisation Prize, sponsored by Lumion rendering software. This competition invited all WAF and Inside finalists to submit their most creative renders under three categories – Completed Buildings, Educational to Experimental projects, Health Masterplanning. Winners in each category will then present their work at WAF and Inside in Singapore (click here for full list).