Singapore Prize Winners Announced

The winners of the prestigious Singapore prize will pocket cash and perks like free tickets to other events. The top four will receive a total of $1,500 each.

The President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Awards (PVPA) is the pinnacle award and platform to recognise individuals and groups that have achieved excellence in giving. The PVPA is cause and sector agnostic, and is open to all who have given through a variety of channels including formal and informal means.

A housing complex for senior citizens topped flashier projects to win a coveted world building prize this week. Kampung Admiralty in Singapore beat hundreds of shortlisted entries to win the Earthshot Prize, launched by Britain’s Prince William to support innovative environmental solutions.

A novel that puts the story of average Singaporeans in the spotlight has made the shortlist for this year’s NUS History Prize. Kamaladevi Aravindan’s Sembawang is set in an estate of the same name and covers a five-decade span. It is up against the historical tome Seven Hundred Years of Singapore by historians Kwa Chong Guan, Tan Tai Yong, Peter Borschberg and Derek Heng. The six-strong list also includes non-fiction work with a personal slant, such as Imperial Creatures (2019, available here), by Timothy Barnard, who explores the relationship between humans and animals in colonial Singapore.

Another new award this year is the National Library Board’s inaugural Book Prize for Young Adults, which comes with $3,000 in cash and a trophy. The winners will be announced in October. The new prize will honour a book published in 2021 or later and suitable for young adults in the age group of 13 to 19.

In other Singapore prizes news, the prestigious Asia Television Drama Awards has named its best 10 shows this year. The winners will be presented at a ceremony in December. The nominees are based on their ratings in the previous year.

At the industry-facing Southeast Asian Film Lab, Gabriela Serrano and Rein Maychaelson won fellowship prizes that include a residency or script mentorship for their films. Gladys Ng and Giovanni Rustanto received special mentions for their projects.

The NUS Singapore History Prize is a biennial award for works that contribute to the understanding and appreciation of Singapore’s heritage, past and place in the world. The prize is open to all publishers of book-length, authored or co-authored works that explore any time period, theme or field of Singapore history and/or contain significant aspects of the country’s history.

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