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.

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

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/

TAKE A PEEK-TURE OF COLOURS THROUGH YOUR LENS

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/

Join in the fun and test your skills

JURONG BIRD PARK USHERS IN THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT WITH FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND FLAMINGO PARADE

SINGAPORE, 26 January 2011 – Chinese traditions and avian species are coming together in a unique celebration this February as the Jurong Bird Park welcomes the auspicious Year of the Rabbit 2011 with a colourful flamingo parade, lion dance performances, zodiac trail, sumptuous Yu Sheng meals, and cartoon character meet-and-greet session.

Over 50 greater flamingoes will flaunt their pink hued plumes and do their long legged strut in the Bird Park in a first-of-its-kind parade this festive season. Flamboyant, beautiful and gregarious, these birds are the pink jewels of the Bird Park. The largest species of flamingo with average heights of 110–150 cm, these striking birds are found in parts of Africa, southern Asia and southern Europe. Predominantly pink and crimson in appearance, greater flamingos also have black on their flight feathers and on the tip of their bill. Visitors to the park from 3-6 and 12-13 February at 4:45pm can follow their delightful walk-about and savour the chance to admire these stunning birds up-close. All visitors will get a chance to take some close up pictures of the flamingoes, but 5 lucky visitors who answer the questions correctly will have a rarer photo opportunity – past the barricaded area with the birds.

To top it all, 8 rabbits will be making a special appearance at the Bird Park’s Penguin Coast in a pen, and guests can take pictures and have a look at these special rabbits daily from 3- 13 February. For an up close session, guests can come up close and stroke the rabbits from 2 – 2:30pm.

Visitors curious to find out their fortunes in the Year of the Rabbit can embark on the Bird Park’s Zodiac Trail, which features 12 Chinese zodiac characters foretelling the challenges and golden opportunities ahead. The younger ones in the family can also learn about the origins of Chinese New Year the fun way through an interactive story-telling session at the Pools Amphitheatre with popular Nickelodeon character Kai-Lan from the show “Ni Hao, Kai- Lan”. Selected kids will get a chance to go on stage to solve puzzles and win prizes. Parents can then whip out their cameras and take pictures of their kids as the Kai-Lan mascot will appear for 20 minutes for a photo-taking session.

After a full day of activities, families can dig into a healthy treat of prosperity salmon Yu Sheng at Bird Park’s Hawk Café to usher in prosperity and good health. Interested parties should make reservations at the café for meals from 3 – 13 February. As part of the festive celebrations, patrons will receive a 20% discount off Yu Sheng with every main course ordered.

With so much to do and see over Chinese New Year at the Bird Park, it’s time to hop over! For more information, please visit www.birdpark.com.sg

Event details

Dates Activity Venue Time
3 – 13 Feb (daily) Flamingo Parade Pools Amphitheatre 4:45pm
3 – 13 Feb (daily) Fortune Rabbit photography and contact session Penguin Coast 8:30am – 6pm 

2 – 2.30pm (contact session)

3, 4, 5, 6, 12 and 13 Feb (weekends only) Northern Lion Dance Performance Palm Plaza to Pools Amphitheatre 10:30am and 2:30pm
3, 4, 5, 6, 12 and 13 Feb (weekends only) Story telling session on Kai-Lan’s Chinese New Year and mascot photo taking session after Pools Amphitheatre 11:30am & 1:30pm
3 -17 Feb (daily) Zodiac Trail All around the Park 8:30am – 6pm
3 -17 Feb (daily) Penguin Mascots meet and greet Penguin Coast 8:30am – 6pm
Flamingo Parade