Childhood memories of photographer create winning shot of “Happiness” in the regional CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition

Childhood memories of photographer create winning shot of “Happiness” in the regional CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition.
Photo: Edward Tian. (Better known to rest of us as Edward Adios)

15th August 2014, Singapore – The childhood memories of a photographer helped him to clinch the top prize of the fifth CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition. Mr Edward Tian’s entry, ‘Happiness comes in a cone’, at Clarke Quay, won the judges over from more than 3,500 entries submitted for this year’s competition.

This year’s Competition called for photographs that captured ‘Happiness’ generated by the characteristics of CapitaLand properties, including their ambience, shape, colour and texture.

Mr Tian’s heart-warming shot of the interaction at Clarke Quay between a woman buying ice-cream, and the vendor serving her, encapsulates happiness. Despite challenging lighting conditions, the combination of the moment, composition and vivid colours produce a technically perfect image.

Mr Edward Tian said: “This is my third time participating in this competition. Last year, I won the ‘Voters’ Choice Award’ for my photograph of the Ascott Raffles Place Singapore. This year, I am simply ecstatic to learn that my photograph of ‘Happiness comes in a cone’ at Clarke Quay was picked as the winning entry. I have never grown out of my childhood love for ice-cream, which always brings me that tingling sense of happiness.”

Mr Tian won the grand prize of a three-day, two-night trip to China, including an exclusive photography assignment under the mentorship of Pulitzer Center grant recipient and National Geographic Creative Photographer, Sean Gallagher. He also walked away with S$2,000 worth of CapitaVouchers, as well as complimentary stay at one of CapitaLand’s serviced residences (Ascott, Citadines or Somerset) in Asia-Pacific.

In addition to clinching the top prize, Mr Tian won the ‘Best CapitaMall Photo’, the best shot of a shopper engagement captured at a CapitaMall.

The prize presentation was held in conjunction with the opening ceremony of the “Building People” Photography Exhibition (Exhibition) at ION Orchard (B4, ION Station). More than four hundred photographs, including the winning entries are showcased at the exhibition. Held from 7pm on 15 August to 19 August 2014, the Exhibition is open to the public and admission is free. The entries can also be viewed online at:

Mr Tan Seng Chai, Group Chief Corporate Officer, CapitaLand Limited, said: “We are delighted to see the concept of ‘Happiness’ interpreted in various ways in over 3,500 submissions. These photographs depict our belief that ‘Happiness’ is an emotion that is fundamental to our business as a real estate developer. Bringing ‘Happiness’ to our stakeholders is in line with our credo of ‘Building People. Building Communities.’. Our commitment to develop high-quality real estate products and services, and the well-being of our shoppers, tenants, serviced residence guests and homeowners is driven by our aim to bring ‘Happiness’ to those who live, work and play at CapitaLand properties. A good building brings people together, and its role as a backdrop for many memorable moments, is a simple, yet important one.”

Mr Sean Gallagher, one of the judges for the Competition, said: “I am impressed by the different interpretations of the ‘Happiness’ theme as seen through the eyes of the region’s budding photographers. As a photojournalist, I find that the best photographs are always the ones where any viewer who sees them can relate, and be moved by the story behind the visual. That makes the visual much more compelling.” (Please refer to Annex C for Sean Gallagher’s biography.)

Mr Simeon Dawes, Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales & Partnerships at FOX One Stop Media, commented: “The response to the ‘Happiness’ theme this year, and the talent reflected in the entries year-on-year, is an inspiration to us in providing this annual showcase.”

He added: “We are very pleased to have completed another successful campaign with CapitaLand, a competition that underscores both CapitaLand’s and National Geographic Channel’s ongoing support for, and encouragement of, the art of photography in Asia-Pacific.”

Other noteworthy participants include Mr Wong Chek Poh with his shot, ‘Raffles City Singapore’ and Mr Alvin Leow’s ‘ION Orchard, Singapore’, which took second and third place respectively. Their images reflect touching moments of happy connections among CapitaLand buildings, the environment and people.

Mr Terryl Villablanca’s entry achieved the most number of votes to win the ‘Voters’ Choice Award’ with his entry, ‘The Warped Rainbow’, which depicts shoppers riding an escalator, under a stunning rainbow of colours from the lighted ceiling.

All four winners will join Mr Gallagher on a photography trail in Singapore on 16 August 2014, receive CapitaVouchers, as well as a complimentary stay at any of CapitaLand’s serviced residences (Ascott, Citadines or Somerset) in Asia Pacific.

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