The Singapore prize recognizes outstanding published works in Chinese, English and Malay written by Singaporeans; sponsored by the government of Singapore it serves as second highest literary award after Epigram Books Fiction Prize.
This year’s shortlist for the prize features historical books with a personal angle, such as Leluhur: Singapore’s Kampong Gelam by Hidayah Amin who was born in Gedung Kuning a heritage royal building at the heart of Kampong Glam and now lives there herself. Her non-fiction work sheds light on its history which has been overshadowed by more touristy areas; John Miksic of NUS history professor stated that Leluhur “defies traditional views of history as being about great figures or events”.
One Singapore prize winner this year was Professor Liu Zheng from Nanyang Technological University who invented an cost-effective and sustainable material to aid green hydrogen energy and semiconductor manufacturing. Liu was honored with this year’s Apec Aspire Science Prize which recognizes young scientists for their research and scholarly publications; winning also provided him with opportunities to collaborate with researchers from other Apec member nations.
At this year’s Singapore International Film Festival, film critic Khoo Gaik Cheng and filmmaker Lucky Kuswandi served as judges of the short film awards. They presented Smoke Gets in Your Eyes the best short film award – winning against 15 other nominees for an award worth SGD15,000. Other awards were decided by a jury panel comprised of academics and industry figures.
At WAFX 2023 at Marina Bay Sands from November 6 to 9, winners of the Earthshot Prize Awards ceremony will be honoured during WAFX. In addition to honoring them with awards, WAFX also serves as an event that brings together global leaders, businesses and investors who work collaboratively towards accelerating and realizing Earthshot solutions.
Participants of the Earthshot Prize event will discover exciting opportunities with the 2023 Earthshot Prize winners and finalists, engaging with them through local activations activities that showcase cutting-edge design and innovation in interiors while motivating people to take steps toward environmental issues. This event is supported by Ministry of Trade and Industry, National Environment Agency, Singapore Press Holdings.