SINGAPORE, 16 November 2011 – The long awaited results of Jurong Bird Park’s ‘Picture the Colour’ photography competition are out! Held in conjunction with the Park’s 40th anniversary, the three-month-long competition received an overwhelming response of more than 6,700 entries, which included photos of exotic and beautiful bird species taken at the park.

Participants could choose to compete in one Old Skool category and Shoot from the Hip. There were two distinctions within Old Skool – Professional and Amateur. The first category was catered for avid semi-professional photographers, while the Old Skool Amateur category was aimed at photography fans using point and shoot cameras. Lomo users competed in the Shoot From The Hip category, using any toy or mobile phone camera which featured lomography photo applications.

The newly crowned winners walk away with Nikon products such as the D300s DSLR camera, as well as the D5000 and D3000 kits. Other prizes include vouchers from Cathay Photo and toy camera vouchers, as well as Jurong Bird Park merchandise.

The participants were judged on composition, subject, technical detail, creativity, amongst other criteria. C.S Ling, Professional Photographer from Nikon as well as professional industry photographers including Mr Lee Tiah Khee, Chief Photographer from Lianhe Zaobao, Mr Desmond Foo, Executive Photojournalist from The Straits Times, Mr Then Chih Wey, Photographer at Xinhua News Agency and Mr Terence Tan, a freelance photojournalist, were amongst the panel of distinguished judges.

“We were looking for something unusual – photographs which are unique to Jurong Bird Park, yet not apparent that they were taken in the Park. The winning photographs in the Professional category display a level of professionalism in artistry, composition, getting the action, sharpness and technical skill. Photography is also about having an element of luck in the process, and that, coupled with the above, make these photographs stand out,” concurred the panel of judges.

Every photograph submitted also had the chance to win Jurong Bird Park merchandise in a Facebook voting contest. Members of the public could vote daily for their favourite pictures in each category.

In collaboration with National Geographic Channel, photos from this competition will be showcased in a roving exhibition around Singapore at venues such as Tiong Bahru Plaza, and Century Square on 18 to 24 November 2011 and 9 to 15 December 2011 respectively.

“We are very happy with the public’s response to this inaugural competition. We received so many high-quality entries that the judges had a tough time choosing the winners in each category. This fun and interactive campaign was successful in highlighting the importance of conserving our natural heritage, which includes our colourful feathered friends as they face the pressures of rapid urbanisation and destruction of their natural habitats. We would like to thank all our partners, namely Cathay Photo as well as Nikon, the photojournalists who spent precious time going through thousands of photographs, as well as National Geographic Channel for their strong support,” said Mr Raja Segran, General Manager, Jurong Bird Park.

Winners of the Old Skool Professional category:

1st prize winner: Jervis Mun. Species: White crested hornbill, Taken with a Canon Eos 1 D Mark IV
2nd prize winner: Tan Choon Lai. Species: Red crested cardinal, Taken with a Nikon D5100
3rd prize winner: Bernard Poh. Species: Lovebirds, Taken with a Nikon D300

Winners of the Old Skool Amateur category:

1st prize winner: Erlina Husada. Species: Dalmatian pelican, Taken with a Canon Powershot G11
2nd prize winner: Saurab Viviek Nair. Species: Greater Flamingo, Taken with a Canon Powershot A450
3rd prize winner: Rick Lee. Species: Rhea, Taken with a Fujifilm Digital Camera

Winners of the Shoot from the Hip category:

1st prize winner: Choo Fai Cheong. Species: Moustached parakeet, Taken with a Samsung Wave S8500
2nd prize winner: Lawrence Ang. Species: Scarlet macaw, Taken with a Samsung Galaxy S2
3rd prize winner: Hester Tan. Species: African penguin, Taken with an iPhone 3Gs


  1. I wonder. Why is the 1st prize photo better than the 2nd and 3rd? Yes, a good lens was used to capture a simple image, which has been cropped nicely. However, there really isn’t anything happening. No story and emotion, like the 2nd. No “action” and anticipation, like the 3rd; and in terms of difficulty, the 1st prize is far far away. It also doesn’t add any value whatsoever to someone looking at it. It’s a photo that doesn’t mean anything besides the use of a good camera & lens and crop. I don’t see how this photo can be used for the Bird Park in any way except, “This is the eye of a white-crested hornbill. Isn’t it beautiful?” The judges decision may be final, but it’s disappointing, and I don’t even know any of the winners.

  2. i want to say big congratulation to jervish mun. i can feel that he’s the best no. 1 outdoor photographer in singapore cos’ i saw his many fantasic photos in facebook. i hope that he’ll be achieve to represent singapore for one day

  3. For me, I agree for the 1st and 2nd winners. They deserve it but I feel sad when I saw the picture for the 3rd winner. It looks like easy shot.

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