The winners of the 2022 Singapore Prize were announced in a ceremony held at Ritz Carlton-Millenia. The award celebrates influencers in niche sectors who have raised the bar for excellence. This year, the winners were selected from the food, travel, tech and beauty industries. The awards also served as a networking platform for global business leaders.
During the ceremony, several new categories were introduced. These included the Cinema Icon Award, which recognises a film’s contributions to Southeast Asian cinema, and the FIPRESCI Award, which is a regional critics’ choice. The awards are based on a combination of public voting and industry votes. The FIPRESCI Award is being reintroduced after a break in its history, when it was part of the Singapore International Film Festival.
In addition to the grand prize, finalists from the different categories will receive S$50,000 in funding. The funding is intended to help the winners scale up their innovations. The winners are expected to use the funds to further develop their ideas, build partnerships and expand their market reach. The winner of the overall Grand Prize will be awarded S$100,000 in cash and a trophy. The remaining S$50,000 will be awarded as seed capital to support the development of the winning idea, and a mentoring programme to help the winner implement their plans.
This year’s ceremony will take place in November. The Prince of Wales will visit Singapore for the first time to attend the awards ceremony, and meet Earthshot finalists. The visit will be an opportunity for the royal to learn more about how local organisations are fighting environmental challenges. He will hear how the finalists are tackling issues such as illegal wildlife trade, protecting rainforests, and nurturing and scaling up their innovations.
The NUS Singapore History Prize, which is a biennial prize administered by the Department of History at NUS, was established in 2014 with an endowed gift from an anonymous donor. The prize is open to books published in English, or translated into English, on any aspect of Singapore’s history, from the earliest times to the present day. In addition, works that incorporate significant historical themes and are written in other languages may be nominated. The judges are drawn from a wide range of fields and backgrounds, including historians, literary figures, museum curators, teachers and curriculum developers. A complete list of the shortlisted titles is available here. In addition, consumers will be able to vote for their favorite book in the Readers’ Choice category from September 19 to November 23. The four winners—Ali Bin Salim, Daryl Qilin Yam, Pan Zheng Lei and rma cureess—will be notified in early November. More information on the NUS Singapore History Prize is available here.