FEAST YOUR EYES ON THE VIBRANT ENERGY OF BIRD SHOWS CAPTURED THROUGH THE LENS OF PARK VISITORS

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PHOTOGRAPHERS PAY TRIBUTE TO 30 YEARS OF SHOWS AT JURONG BIRD PARK IN ‘PICTURE THE COLOUR’ COMPETITION

Singapore, 5 December 2012 – As part of the festivities to celebrate 30 years of great shows, Jurong Bird Park organised ‘Picture the Colour’ photo competition for the second year running and drew close to 900 entries from park visitors which captured amazing avian action.

Under the theme of ‘Shows’, a key criteria was for the photograph to have a show presenter and birds in the shot, making it a real challenge for participants. Aside from the main theme, participants were also judged on composition, subject, technical detail, and creativity.

Ms C.S. Ling, a Nikon Professional Photographer, as well as professional industry photographers including Mr Lee Tiah Khee, Chief Photographer from Lianhe Zaobao, Ms Joyce Fang, Chief Photographer from The Straits Times and Mr Terence Tan, a freelance photojournalist, were among the panel of distinguished judges.

The judges concurred that, “the winning photographs in the Professional category stand out on their own creative merits, portraying the interaction and action between the presenter, audience and birds. The winning entries are candid, well-captured and well-composed, all requiring a measure of technical skill. The first prize winning entry drew us immediately into the moment. The photographer could have gone up close, but instead chose to show a mixture of foreground and background in two different dimensions, which made the photograph clearly stand out from the rest.”

They added that in the Amateur category, “to create a lively shot with limited camera functions is a challenge, and these photographs are winners in their ability to tell a story, and to capture emotion and action. In animal photography, what matters is the photographer’s eye for detail. Capturing the birds in sharp focus is important, but capturing the defining moment is the key.”

Every photograph submitted also had another chance to win through a Facebook voting contest, where members of the public could vote daily for their favourite pictures.

The newly crowned winners walk away with Nikon products such as the D7000, D5100 and D3100 DSLR camera kits, the Nikon 1 J1 and other cameras from the COOLPIX series. Other prizes include vouchers from Cathay Photo, as well as Jurong Bird Park merchandise.

Selected photographs from this competition will be showcased in an exhibition from 14 December 2012 – 27 January 2013 at the Jurong Regional Library. Two photography talks on 29 December 2012 will also be conducted by Nikon Professional Photographer, Ms C.S. Ling, who will showcase some of her most iconic photographs in her career as a wildlife photographer and illustrate how each fleeting moment is captured on camera. Towards the end of the talk, she will share thoughts on photographing birds, and audiences will have the opportunity to ask questions as well.

“We are heartened that through ‘Picture the Colour’, the life and energy of our shows are so perfectly encapsulated in individual frames that tell the story of bird shows at Jurong Bird Park. It was very moving to go through the entries sent in by park visitors, and see the show in stills through their eyes,” said Mr Raja Segran, General Manager, Jurong Bird Park. “This competition would not have been possible without the staunch support of our partners, namely Cathay Photo, Nikon, and the judges.”

For more information on ‘Picture the Colour’ photography competition, please visit: http://www.birdpark.com.sg/events-promos/picturecolour-12.html

Winners in the Professional category:

Winning picture in the professional category in Jurong Bird Park’s Picture the Colour photo competition by Gan Ai Lee, taken with a Nikon D5100. Titled ‘Pelicans Feed,’ it was taken during the daily 2pm Pelican Chitchat feeding session, featuring more than 50 birds from seven pelican species.

Winning picture in the professional category in Jurong Bird Park’s Picture the Colour photo competition by Gan Ai Lee, taken with a Nikon D5100. Titled ‘Pelicans Feed,’ it was taken during the daily 2pm Pelican Chitchat feeding session, featuring more than 50 birds from seven pelican species.

First runner up in the professional category in Jurong Bird Park’s Picture the Colour photo competition by William Heng Ser Kheng, taken with a Canon 7D. Titled ‘A falconer on his steed’, it was taken during the daily 10am and 4pm Kings of the Skies Show, featuring 28 birds from 15 species.

First runner up in the professional category in Jurong Bird Park’s Picture the Colour photo competition by William Heng Ser Kheng, taken with a Canon 7D. Titled ‘A falconer on his steed’, it was taken during the daily 10am and 4pm Kings of the Skies Show, featuring 28 birds from 15 species.

Second runner up in the professional category in Jurong Bird Park’s Picture the Colour photo competition by Oliver Kau, taken with a Nikon D90. Titled ‘Synchronised flight,’ it was taken during the daily 11am and 3pm Birds n Buddies Show, featuring more than 80 birds from 14 species.

Second runner up in the professional category in Jurong Bird Park’s Picture the Colour photo competition by Oliver Kau, taken with a Nikon D90. Titled ‘Synchronised flight,’ it was taken during the daily 11am and 3pm Birds n Buddies Show, featuring more than 80 birds from 14 species.

Winners in the Amateur category:

Winning picture in the amateur category in Jurong Bird Park’s Picture the Colour photo competition by Tan Meng Liang, taken with a Sony HX 9V. Titled ‘A Feathered Balance,’ it was taken during the daily 11am and 3pm Birds n Buddies Show, featuring more than 80 birds from 14 species.

Winning picture in the amateur category in Jurong Bird Park’s Picture the Colour photo competition by Tan Meng Liang, taken with a Sony HX 9V. Titled ‘A Feathered Balance,’ it was taken during the daily 11am and 3pm Birds n Buddies Show, featuring more than 80 birds from 14 species.

First runner up in the amateur category in Jurong Bird Park’s Picture the Colour photo competition by Tay Heng Lai, taken with a Panasonic DMC LX5. Titled ‘An eagle swoops’, it was taken during the daily 10am and 4pm Kings of the Skies Show, featuring 28 birds from 15 species.

First runner up in the amateur category in Jurong Bird Park’s Picture the Colour photo competition by Tay Heng Lai, taken with a Panasonic DMC LX5. Titled ‘An eagle swoops’, it was taken during the daily 10am and 4pm Kings of the Skies Show, featuring 28 birds from 15 species.

Second runner up in the amateur category in Jurong Bird Park’s Picture the Colour photo competition by Ayu Permatasari, taken with a Nikon COOLPIX S80. Titled ‘Right here waiting,’ it was taken during the daily 2pm Pelican Chitchat feeding session, featuring more than 50 birds from seven pelican species.

Second runner up in the amateur category in Jurong Bird Park’s Picture the Colour photo competition by Ayu Permatasari, taken with a Nikon COOLPIX S80. Titled ‘Right here waiting,’ it was taken during the daily 2pm Pelican Chitchat feeding session, featuring more than 50 birds from seven pelican species.

Winners in the Facebook voting category:
Professional:

Winning picture in the Facebook voting professional category in Jurong Bird Park’s Picture the Colour photo competition by Josef Emilio Uriarte Campos, taken with a Nikon D7000. Titled ‘Two birds in hand,’ it garnered 1,694 votes and the picture was taken during the daily 11am and 3pm Birds n Buddies Show, featuring more than 80 birds from 14 species.

Winning picture in the Facebook voting professional category in Jurong Bird Park’s Picture
the Colour photo competition by Josef Emilio Uriarte Campos, taken with a Nikon D7000. Titled ‘Two
birds in hand,’ it garnered 1,694 votes and the picture was taken during the daily 11am and 3pm Birds
n Buddies Show, featuring more than 80 birds from 14 species.

Amateur:

Winning picture in the Facebook voting amateur category in Jurong Bird Park’s Picture the Colour photo competition by Ayu Permatasari, taken with a Nikon COOLPIX S80. Titled ‘A vulture lands on an elated guest,’ it garnered 1,447 votes and the picture was taken during the daily 10am and 4pm Kings of the Skies Show, featuring 28 birds from 15 species.

Winning picture in the Facebook voting amateur category in Jurong Bird Park’s Picture the
Colour photo competition by Ayu Permatasari, taken with a Nikon COOLPIX S80. Titled ‘A vulture
lands on an elated guest,’ it garnered 1,447 votes and the picture was taken during the daily 10am
and 4pm Kings of the Skies Show, featuring 28 birds from 15 species.

PICTURE THE COLOUR RETURNS FOR A SECOND YEAR IN JURONG BIRD PARK

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DIFFERENTLY THEMED FROM LAST YEAR, THIS EDITION HIGHLIGHTS THE SHOW TEAM’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Singapore, 10 July 2012 – It’s time to get trigger-happy as Jurong Bird Park’s vibrantly coloured residents become subjects in the second edition of Picture the Colour. The overwhelming response of more than 6,700 entries for last year’s inaugural photo competition inspired us to run it again this year – albeit with a different theme.

A Show Presenter interacting with Vicky, a great pied hornbill from the Birds n Buddies Show

The owl parade during the Kings of the Skies Show, with the snowy owl in foreground.

This time, we celebrate Bird Shows, which have been a mainstay of the Park for the past 30 years. Over three decades, our shows have gradually veered towards edutainment, complementing the Park’s focus. Guests are often enthralled by our birds’ natural behaviours during shows, which makes it a good time for presenters to weave in conservation nuggets about each species. Finding out more about birds this way makes for an interactive learning experience. The Show team takes care of and trains the show birds, choreographs, pieces the music together and presents the show to visitors. Additionally, they look after some of the other Park exhibits. Shows form an integral part of the entire visitor experience, making this a fitting theme for the Park’s second photo competition.

Participants in the photo competition from 9 July – 30 September can choose to compete in one of two categories: Professional and Amateur. The Professional category caters to avid semi-professional photographers, challenging the skills of contestants in taking birds with DSLR cameras while the Amateur category is aimed at photography fans who use compact cameras. All photo entries are expected to be of presenters with birds in action during shows and feeding programmes at Jurong Bird Park.

The judging panel for Picture the Colour consists of professional photographers from the industry including Mr Lee Tiah Khee, Chief Photographer from Lianhe Zaobao, Ms Joyce Fang, Executive Photojournalist from Straits Times and Mr Terence Tan, a Freelance Photojournalist. They will also be joined by Ms C.S. Ling, a Nikon professional photographer who specializes in wildlife photography.

There will be three winners in each category who will be selected by the judges based on composition, subject, technical detail, creativity, amongst others. Fans of WRS’ Facebook page will also get the opportunity to pick their favourite pictures through a public vote, and a winner will be selected in each category for the ‘most liked picture’.

Supportive sponsors who have come on board to reprise their role from last year are Nikon and Cathay Photo. More than $8,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs. Prizes for this inaugural competition include Nikon products such as the D7000 kit, D5100 kit and the D3100 kit. Other prizes include vouchers from Cathay Photo as well as Jurong Bird Park merchandise. For more information about the ‘Picture the Colour’ photography competition, please visit: http://www.birdpark.com.sg/

WILDLIFE MEETS ELEPHANT ART AT SINGAPORE ZOO

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WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE UNVEILS 25 SCULPTURES AT THE ZOO AS PART OF ELEPHANT PARADE SINGAPORE ART EXHIBITION

Singapore, 13 November 2011 – This weekend, Singaporeans everywhere will come face to face with multi-coloured, life-sized baby elephant sculptures throughout the island, with the launch of the Elephant Parade two days ago. This open-air art exhibition across the world promotes and supports the conservation of the endangered Asian elephant, and the Singapore Zoo will have a collection of 25 such sculptures grazing on its grounds for over two months.

Painted by local and international artists, each ‘elephant’ is a unique piece of art, which will be auctioned off during two private events on 12 and 14 January 2012, to raise funds for the cause. Five percent of the proceeds from the auctions will be donated to Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund, the conservation arm of Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), which was set up with the primary purpose of conserving Singapore’s endangered native wildlife, and also supports capacity building, education and awareness programmes on key species and conservation issues in the Southeast Asian region.

One of the elephants was specially designed in collaboration with the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS). Seven artists, four from the MINDS – Woodlands Gardens School and three from the MINDS – Woodlands Employment Development Centre, came together to paint the ‘elephant’, called Love and Protect, which depicts a boy and girl linking protective hands around the elephant, in a field of grass.

Singapore Zoo has also scheduled several activities in conjunction with the inaugural Elephant Parade. A Nikon Photography Contest will be held on Facebook to encourage people to look for quirky photo opportunities with the elephant sculptures. To participate, visitors need to take a photo with the displays at the Singapore Zoo and upload them with the completed caption: “My wish for the Asian elephant is…” Winners will walk away with Nikon Coolpix cameras and Elephant Parade replicas.

In addition, WRS will set up an educational booth, “Mad about Elephants”, at the Ele-fun play area at the Elephants of Asia exhibit for five weekends from 19 November. Visitors can view elephant artifacts and specimens at a show and tell session. This activity aims to highlight how Asian elephants are dying in the wild – from 200,000 a century ago to a fifth of that population now.

Ms Claire Chiang, WRS Chairman and Ambassador of Elephant Parade Singapore said: “We are very proud to be part of this meaningful initiative, which brings global attention to the plight of these beautiful animals in the wild. WRS runs a very successful captive breeding programme for these Asian elephants, which has recently resulted in the birth of one-year-old Nila Utama at Night Safari, the first of its kind to be born at our parks in nine years. Through partnerships with organisations like the Elephant Parade as well as tie-ups with voluntary welfare organisations such as MINDS, we hope to raise awareness and encourage the wider public to join the effort to protect these charismatic creatures for future generations.”

Ms Claire Chiang (left), Ambassador of Elephant Parade Singapore and Chairman of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, and Mike Spits, Managing Director of Elephant Parade, get ready to unveil the elephant sculpture called ‘Love and Protect’ painted by seven artists from the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS).

Ms Claire Chiang Ambassador of Elephant Parade Singapore and Chairman of Wildlife Reserves Singapore signing her name on the cast of the ‘We Love Mosha’ elephant. Mosha is the elephant that was the inspiration for Elephant Parade, an open-air art exhibition across the world that promotes and supports the conservation of the endangered Asian elephant.

Samba performers and real elephants in quirky finery livened up the launch of Elephant Parade Singapore at Singapore Zoo.

TAKE A PEEK-TURE OF COLOURS THROUGH YOUR LENS

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BIRDS AT JURONG BIRD PARK BECOME MODELS AND SUBJECTS FOR UPCOMING PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

SINGAPORE, 29 June 2011 – Get ready for some camera action while experiencing a vivid spectrum of colours with a photography competition organised by world’s largest bird paradise. From 1 July to 30 September, Jurong Bird Park will present its colourful and fascinating avian residents as subjects in ‘Picture the Colour,’ a photography competition designed to promote and encourage avian conservation and awareness. In line with the Bird Park’s 40th anniversary, the competition underscores the importance of protecting our colourful feathered friends as they face the pressures of rapid urbanisation and the destruction of their natural habitats. Best of all, the winning prizes – Nikon cameras as well as Cathay Photo vouchers – are up for grabs for the most outstanding photo submissions. Participants can choose to compete in two of three categories: Old Skool Professional, Old Skool Amateur and Shoot From The Hip.

Old Skool Professional category caters to the avid semi-professional photographers, challenging the skills of contestants in taking birds with DSLR cameras while the Old Skool Amateur category is aimed at photography fans who use point and shoot cameras. Lomo fans fret not; Shoot From The Hip gives them a chance to capture fun and creative photos with any toy camera or mobile phone camera with the use of lomography photo applications. All photo entries are expected to be of birds in the exhibits, wild or even migratory birds at Jurong Bird Park.

The judging panel for Picture the Colour consists of professional photographers from the industry including Mr Lee Tiah Khee, Chief Photographer from Lianhe Zaobao, Mr Desmond Foo, Executive Photojournalist, from Straits Times, Mr Then Chih Wey, Photographer, Xinhua News Agency and Mr Terence Tan, Freelance Photojournalist. They will be joined by a representative from Nikon as well.

There will be three winners in each category, who will be selected by the judges based on composition, subject, technical detail, creativity, amongst others. Fans of WRS’ Facebook page will also get the opportunity to pick their favourite pictures through a public vote, and a winner will be selected in each category for the ‘most liked picture’.

Prizes for this inaugural competition include Nikon products such as the D300s DSLR camera, as well as D5000 kit and D3000 kit. Other prizes include vouchers from Cathay Photo and vouchers for toy cameras, as well as Jurong Bird Park merchandise. For more information about the ‘Picture the Colour’ photography competition, please visit: http://www.birdpark.com.sg/

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