The Singapore Prize recognizes excellence in arts and sciences across various fields, through an initiative from Singapore Government to recognise outstanding achievements across multiple fields and encourage a vibrant cultural scene in Singapore. Winners are selected by a panel of judges made up of leading academics as well as professionals in various disciplines.
At an awards ceremony, winners are recognized with a prize package including a monetary award of SGD25,000 ($5,915) as well as online and print coverage on Vogue Singapore, an exclusive trophy designed specifically for them, feedback from global industry leaders as well as meeting potential investors to secure funding opportunities.
Historically, prizes have been given in various fields from fashion and science to popular video game design; but this year’s theme centres around understanding how technology impacts society and individuals’ lives as well as our environment. According to its organisers, understanding its effects is vital to understanding their significance for human life as well as for environmental sustainability.
Attended by celebrities from around the globe – including singer-songwriters Ed Sheeran and Scott Vincent – the awards ceremony featured special performances by internationally acclaimed musicians. Additionally, some Earthshot Week winners will gather together with global leaders, businesses, investors and more in Singapore from November 6th – 8th in order to explore new opportunities for their innovations.
This year marked a first since the COVID-19 pandemic began: awards were handed out in person at Victoria Theatre. Both veteran writers and debutantes alike won top awards; Suratman Markasan and Wang Gungwu made history by becoming recipients, while Tamil writer RMa Cureess picked up two awards, one each in fiction and reader’s favourite categories.
Since 2013, The Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography has organized an annual competition, offering two prizes worth USD 1000 each to the best graduate student paper written in each of two categories (theoretical papers and empirical/methodological papers). Winners of this journal’s Editorial Board competition are chosen by members. For more information about it, visit its website; submission deadline for undergraduate and postgraduate students worldwide is 31 March. As part of their application process, interested candidates can submit their submission through the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography’s official website and apply through their free membership of this journal. It provides students an excellent way to showcase their work internationally while increasing international recognition of their efforts. The winning papers will be published in a journal, giving students an invaluable chance to showcase their work and make an impactful statement about geography. Furthermore, this provides them with an opportunity to build connections and network with scholars in their field.