GET READY TO RUN WILD AT SAFARI ZOO RUN 2013

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Singapore, 20 December 2012 – Get set to run wild amidst the lush greenery and majestic wildlife of Night Safari and Singapore Zoo at the upcoming Safari Zoo Run on 17 February 2013, and stand to win attractive prizes!

The run, into its fifth year, was conceptualised in memory of Ah Meng the Sumatran orang utan, one of Singapore’s most adored personalities.

Each participant will receive an exclusive Safari Zoo Run Tee (worth $39.90 for adults and $19.80 for kids) and other attractive goodies including 50% discounted admission into Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park. In addition, all runners walk away with an exclusive animal-motif finisher medal and one-day entry to Singapore Zoo on the day of the run.

Adventurous little ones and adults can participate in the 2.8km and 12km Safari Zoo Challenge competitive runs respectively. There’s also a 2.8km competitive category for adult-child pairs. Families looking for healthy walk amid nature can enjoy a more leisurely pace with the 6km Safari Zoo Fun Run.

The top three winners in each of the competitive categories will stand to win attractive prizes worth up to $2,000.

Early bird registration is now open until 31 December 2012. For more information, log on to www.safarizoorun.com.sg. Part of the proceeds from the Safari Zoo Run will go towards the care of endangered animals at Night Safari and Singapore Zoo.

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.

NIGHT SAFARI’S MYSTICA CHARMS WITH LIGHTS, MYSTERY AND DRAMA

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Mystica’s Tribal Queen (second from left) in her festive finery added an air of mystic and charm with her entourage as they strolled along Orchard Road.

Mystica’s Tribal Queen (second from left) in her festive finery added an air of mystic and charm with her entourage as they strolled along Orchard Road.

Singapore, 3 December 2012 – Ahead of the official opening of Night Safari’s Mystica on 7 December, spirited dreamforest folks turned Orchard Road into their playground last Saturday and added an air of mystery and charm to the bustling shopping belt.

Sporting lit-up costumes, the Bubbleman, Tribal Queen, Love Bird, Budding Flower and a pair of cheeky Wallaby Men mingled with delighted passers-by with their dramatic demeanour. Wherever they went, the entourage left a trail of bobbing blue lighted balloons, which were a popular takeaway with the young-at-heart. Some members of the public who joined in the fun and merriment even won Night Safari tickets and merchandise.

The fiery fire-eater from Night Safari’s Mystica, flanked by Love Bird and Budding Flower, shows off his flame-boyant skills.

The fiery fire-eater from Night Safari’s Mystica, flanked by Love Bird and Budding Flower, shows off
his flame-boyant skills.

Members of the public are invited to soak in the enchanting forest cheer and be captivated by the playful antics of the spirited dreamforest folks with Mystica at Night Safari this December. Mystica happens on Fridays and Saturdays, and Christmas Eve and Day, between 7-25 December.

Held for the second time running, this year’s installment beckons you into an enchanted wildlife wonderland inspired by Night Safari’s latest attraction – Wallaby Trail, which brings visitors through a fascinating discovery of flora and fauna in the Australasian region of Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand.

In addition to the spirited dreamforest characters, expect close encounters with a range of marsupials, including the parma and Bennett’s wallabies in a walk-through exhibit designed to let visitors get as close as possible to its residents. Other animals include Australia’s native bird, the tawny frogmouth, and the white-lipped python from Papua New Guinea.

Bubbleman from Night Safari’s Mystica and his fancy headwear were a hit with the crowd.

Bubbleman from Night Safari’s Mystica and his fancy headwear were a hit with the crowd.

Details
Dates: 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24 and 25 December 2012 (Fri and Sat, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Night Safari entrance and Wallaby Trail
Cost: Entrance festivities are free but usual admission of $32 per adult and $21 per child between 3-12 years applies for those entering the park

For more information, visit http://www.nightsafari.com.sg/events-promos/mystica-12.html