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

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.

GLITZ AND GLAMOUR TAKE CENTRESTAGE AT JURONG BIRD PARK THIS DECEMBER

Vicky, a great pied hornbill, flies to a Show Presenter in the High Flyers Show

Singapore, 31 October 2012 – Shows have been synonymous with Jurong Bird Park for 30 years. This December holidays, the Birds n Buddies Show will make way for the conservation-driven High Flyers Show. In line with the new show, guests visiting the Bird Park this December will experience
glitz and glamour the moment they arrive at the Park.

From the Palm Plaza to the ticketing entrance, guests will enter a world where colour lives, resplendent with colourful macaws and golden hoops centered around showbiz. Next stop – the Penguin Coast walkway, which transforms into a Walk of Fame! One photo wall will be lined with photographs of Shows dating back 30 years, and the other will showcase bird stars from the High Flyers Show. To satisfy the need for posing with flair, a giant photography backdrop with props awaits at Penguin Coast for guests to feel like stars. During weekends at 1.45pm, head back to Penguin Coast where all-time bird stars will make a special guest appearance at the Walk of Fame. Guests will hear more about their stories of stardom from the presenter, and have a chance to take a photograph with the bird stars.

More photography opportunities abound – A flock of young flamingos are eager to have their minutes of fame! Happening daily after the High Flyers Show, for 15 minutes at 11.45am and 3.45pm, guests can mingle with them and have an exclusive photograph taken with them after the new High Flyers Show at the Pools Amphitheatre.

An exclusive segment with a great photographic opportunity has been added to the weekend Penguin Feeding sessions. As guests learn more about these tuxedoed creatures, one lucky child who can answer a simple question will be invited to try his / her hand at feeding the African penguins in this up-close opportunity.

After seeing and taking pictures with so many feathered stars, it is also time to ponder – what makes a star? Held over the December weekends at 10.30am and 11.45am at the Breeding & Research Centre (BRC), A Star is Born is a programme for children between the ages of 6-12. Here, they will find out why birds are talented and gifted with abilities to sing, dance and draw from our avian experts!

After a day out at Bird Park, hang out at Terrace Kiosk right next to the Pool’s Amphitheatre for some yummy treats! Available all day throughout December, these cool treats and snacks are available at special combo prices starting from $7.90 for a hot dog set with fries and a drink. While at the Bird Park, do grab some specially priced retail merchandise at Wings, Feathers and Lory Loft while stocks last, like the motif mug at $22.90 which comes with a choice of either a free flamingo or penguin plush worth $15.90.

December will be a star-studded one out west at Jurong Bird Park, so make tracks here soon! There is no extra charge for the activities, but normal admission rates of $18 (adult) and $12 (child) apply.

An Avian Keeper feeds the African penguins during the Penguin Feeding session.

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