The Singapore Prize is a prestigious award awarded to individuals who have a record of excellence in their fields of study. In addition to the prize money, recipients also receive an award certificate and a gold medallion. Those deemed to have merit are selected by a selection committee which includes nominees of the Society of Infectious Disease (Singapore) as well as the National University of Singapore.
This prestigious prize was initially launched in 2009 by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Singapore and the Centre for Liveable Cities. It recognises outstanding contributions to urban communities, and emphasizes cost-effective solutions and practical approaches.
The first ever Prize offered 12 top prizes of SGD10,000 each for the best works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s literature. In addition, a special mention and cash awards were given to two titles.
One of the winning works was “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”, by Alvin Lee. The movie carries a production services package worth SGD15,000 from Shooting Gallery Asia and Mocha Chai Laboratories. Another shortlisted work was “Further and Away” by Polen Ly.
Several other winners were rewarded with monetary bonuses. These include the prize winners of the Birmingham 2022 and the Singapore International Film Festival. Other winners of the competition include the Singapore players who won individual gold medals at the SEA Games. Also, Joseph Schooling and Amanda Lim were penalised for their cannabis use.
The Singapore Prize promotes thought-leadership and exchange of ideas between cities. The competition also encourages the development of Singapore as a clean, green garden city. Those who win the award will receive a gold medallion and a cash prize of $300,000. Those who submit their works for the 2022 Prize will be shortlisted in four categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, and Children’s Literature.
This is a biennial award that is presented in four languages, and recognises works of outstanding merit by Singaporean authors. As with other international literary awards, the Prize is supported by the National Arts Council and the National Library Board of Singapore. Among other categories, the Prize has a special focus on intercultural communication.
The prize is administered by the Prize Secretariat, which sits within the URA. To qualify, the winner of the Prize must have a track record of excellence in academic studies or public service. Those who win the prize are required to return a portion of the prize money to the national sports associations. If they do not, the Prize money will be taxable.
The prize was also awarded to “Gaga”, a drama of great sensitivity. Director Laha Mebow and ensemble cast of non-professional actors portrayed the characters in this film. This film was described by critics as a “dramatic ensemble” and a “drama of great warmth”.
The Prize is also given in cash. In the case of students, the cash prize will be awarded to the best student who has completed the first year of the Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) programme. There is also a prize for the best student in the Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial & Systems Engineering) programme.