The Singapore prize is an annual award for outstanding publications in English that make a significant contribution to our understanding of Singapore history. It is administered by the Department of History at NUS and open to works that address any time period, theme or field of Singaporean history. The book must have been published between 1 June 2021 and 31 May 2024. It is open to authors of all nationalities, and the work must be primarily about Singapore or include substantial aspects of Singapore in its telling.
The prize for best Asian short film goes to Makbul Mubarak’s “Autobiography,” which has been on a winning streak with awards from Cannes, QCity and Jogja-NETPAC festivals this year. The panel praised the film for its “vivid character study, an urgent dissection of the fascist mindset and its persistence,” and called it “a bold and challenging masterpiece.”
Five winners will be honored at the ceremony in December, which is part of Earthshot Week. The event will feature performances by artists and musicians. Standard Chartered will join the other Founding Partners of the prize to support its mission of creating impact and supporting the Earthshot Finalists.
In the 2022 Singapore International Violin Competition, Ukrainian violinist Dmytro Udovychenko won first prize for his performance of Brahms Violin Concerto. Danish violinist Anna Agafia Egholm was second, while Hong Kong/Chinese violinist Angela Sin Ying Chan won third place.
The President*s Design (P*DA) 2023 recognized eight projects for their impactful designs in the areas of enabling economic transformation, improving quality of life and advancing Singapore’s brand, culture and community. Projects like Henning Larsen’s CapitaSpring, designed in collaboration with Carlo Ratti Associati, was recognized for its exemplary green skyscraper that offers lush office and residential spaces.
Other notable winners included the National Museum of Singapore for its exhibitions on the lives and work of the founding fathers, as well as the SG 50 Artisans project that celebrates fifty of the most renowned artisans in the country. The National University of Singapore was also commended for its research on the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi.
A total of S$1.3 million will be awarded to the winning teams of the Breakthrough Prize. The teams will receive seed funding, mentorship and access to potential funders and investors to help them accelerate their solutions to solve the climate crisis. In addition, they will get to showcase their progress and their impact at a global awards ceremony in Boston in 2022 and London in 2021. They will also join the network of fellow winners to collaborate, share best practices and create new opportunities for the global community.