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Singapore Creator Awards 2019 celebrates sustainability and communal spirit

Singapore, 10 May 2019 - Designs celebrating sustainability and communal spirit were honoured at the Singapore Creator Awards (SCA) 2019.

Organised by Singapore Press Holdings’ Chinese flagship daily Lianhe Zaobao, the annual awards were presented this evening at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. Into its second year, SCA is a design competition which aims to spur innovation and creativity that best express Singapore culture.

Ms Sun Xueling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs & Ministry of National Development, presented the trophies to the top winners. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners walked away with $5000, $2500 and $1000 cash prize respectively. 

Using bright and vibrant colours with quirky illustrations, 45-year-old Graphic Designer Andy Koh Boon Peng’s set of beautifully designed nursery rhyme stamps garnered the Gold Award in the Graphic Design Category. Drawing inspiration from Singapore’s multi-cultural background, he hopes that his design can be used to educate young Singaporeans on the values of cultural and racial diversity.

Silver Award winner Lee Xin Li’s “Come! Makan Makan!” created a snapshot of local dishes. The 31-year-old architectural-trained illustrator translated these images onto buildings on the map of Singapore to echo the rich cultural convergence in the tiny red dot.

The Bronze Award went to 25-year-old Choo Jia Hui, a User Interface Designer who showcased the uniquely Singapore Sign Language through her minimalistic hand-drawn graphics featuring the local signs of Singapore's prominent landmarks.

Smart Lock Producer igloohome’s versatile, remotely managed security solution that provides users with convenient access control to their properties and assets emerged top in the hotly contested Lifestyle Product category. The igloohome Smart Padlock allows users to manage access via an app by creating PIN codes or bluetooth keys.

Other winners in the Lifestyle Product Category are Jessica Wong, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Scene Shang, and David Jonathan Ui, a design student from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, who received the Silver and Bronze Awards respectively.  

Jessica paid homage to culture and tradition with her ‘XUAN’ Table. Using geometric diagrams and rotational curves, the mahjong table can be transformed from a slim console to a triangular table or to a square one.  David, a merit winner last year, made a strong comeback by clinching the Bronze Award. Using minimum structure to achieve a balance between lightness, function and aesthetics, his “Outline Rattan Stool” repackages nostalgia with a contemporary look to appeal to the younger generation.

DBS “Recycle more, Waste less” Award

A new subsidiary category, the DBS “Recycle more, Waste less" Award, was launched this year to honour innovative ideas that will help solve environmental problems in Singapore.

Winner – Temasek Polytechnic students Emily Chan and Chan Xiao Lin were awarded $3000 for their refreshing entry of the "Lobang Loot" app. Contrary to what many people think, food with imperfect appearances is equally nutritious. They hope that their app will change the negative mindsets about “ugly food” to reduce food wastage.

Merit award winner – designer Sim Zong Yan of "Kampung Spirit App" strives to reduce food wastage with his food sharing app. He hopes that his app will harness the spirit of volunteerism and rally people to work together for the benefits of "kampong spirit".

Said Claire Wong, Head of DBS Foundation, “At DBS, we recognise that we have a part to play in building a better, more sustainable world. Our ‘Recycle more, Waste less’ initiative aims to help build a more socially conscious society, where our collective efforts can reap significant long-term benefits here in Singapore. In this partnership with

SPH on the Singapore Creator Awards 2019 for the DBS ‘Recycle more, Waste less’

Award, we are heartened to celebrate the creativity of so many young talented local designers who wish to drive meaningful change with their innovative ideas.”

The winners of the two main categories are selected based on the combined results from a panel of judges and public voting. More than 2,500 took part in the public voting contest. Kitty Jeun from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts charmed the public with the entry of “Tropical is the Flower in a Sunset” in the Lifestyle Product Category, while Eugene Wong’s “Love is a warm brew” came up top in the Graphic Design Category. Ten voters who picked the top winners won $100 worth of shopping vouchers in a lucky draw. All winners will be notified.

Temasek Polytechnic was also awarded the “Highest Participation School” Award with a cash prize of $500.

Ms Loh Woon Yen, Managing Editor of Chinese Media Group, SPH, said: “We launched this competition in 2018 with the objective of spurring innovations and designs which are infused with Singapore culture from all walks of Singapore. We are very heartened by the high-quality submissions and overwhelming enthusiasm from our designers in the competition. More than 350 entries were received this year, a remarkable increase from 120 entries in 2018. This would not be possible without the strong support from all our partners.”

The Singapore Creator Awards is organised by Lianhe Zaobao; presented by DBS and supported by Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC), Design Singapore Council and Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).

The panel of judges for the 2019 Singapore Creative Awards includes Theseus Chan, Lim Sau Hoong and Nathan Yong, who are recipients of the Singapore President’s Design Award Designer of the Year from 2006 to 2008; as well as Mark Wee, Executive Director of Design Singapore Council; Ng Kok Wan, Assistant Chief Executive Registries of IPOS; Karen Ngui, Managing Director and Head of Group Strategic Marketing and Communications, DBS Bank, and the Co-chairs of the awards organising committee, Maureen Ho and Lim Fong Wei of SPH. Kelley Cheng, The Press Room Founder and Creative Director and Wendy Chua, Co-Founder and Creative Director of forest&whale, were judges in the preliminary round.

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