Singapore’s best picture is one of HDB during National Day

Every August, households around Singapore quietly unfurl their national flags and hang them up in anticipation for National Day. To the random observer, this phenomenon can be rather puzzling. After all, entire HDB blocks with their facade decorated with flags of Singapore make for a rather confusing spectacle.

And this spectacle was what won Lester Koh Meng Hua the Singapore National Award at the Sony World Photography Awards 2017.

Capturing the charm of the classic HDB corridor, “Singapore at dawn” is basically Singapore in a nutshell. Our pride, our way of life, and our traditions are thoroughly captured in one frame. Lester was first attracted to the juxtaposition of circles and straight lines, but had to wait to finally get a shot he deemed good enough.

That day was the dawn of 14 August 2016, in the midst of our 51st National Day celebrations. The result? A perfect combination of warm and cold corridor lighting, and geometry. The image was also shortlisted as top ten in the world in the Open Architecture category.

Lester will now compete to win the Open Architecture category — winners will be announced March 28.

Other Singaporean winners

Coming in 2nd and 3rd in Singapore are:

Albert Tan for the image “Mongolia Yurt”,

William Chua for the image “Kazakhs”.

Congratulations to our Singaporean photographers!

All images courtesy of Sony Electronics (Singapore)