The winners of the 2023 Singapore Prize were announced at a glittering ceremony on Tuesday. The prize, which was started by Britain’s Prince William in 2020, honours five exemplary projects that work on solving key environmental issues. The winners were picked from a pool of 15 finalists. They work on creating a waste-free world, cleaning the air, fixing the climate, reviving oceans and protecting and restoring nature.
Winners were awarded a grant of S$1 million. They will receive funding to boost their business, and access to a network of experts and partners from the Singapore community. They will also be able to benefit from the prize’s global platform.
In its latest edition, the contest invited submissions from students across Singapore. They had to create a presentation on an artwork of their choice. They were judged based on their research, visualisation and presentation skills. Students who participated in the semi-finals and grand finals will be able to attend workshops by professional artists and art educators. They will also have the opportunity to showcase their presentations at a public event, WAFX 2023.
In the past, there have been many contests in Singapore that reward students for their efforts. These include the Singapore International Violin Competition, which awarded violinists Dmytro Udovychenko, Anna Agafia Egholm and Angela Sin Ying Chan in December. The award includes more than USD $110,000 in prizes and multiple concert engagements.
Singapore is known for its innovation and impact. It is a hub for technology and entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia. It is also a leading city in urban sustainability and resilience. As such, it was a natural choice to host the third Earthshot Prize awards on Tuesday. The event was hosted by the Singapore government and the Temasek Foundation, in partnership with the United for Wildlife coalition.
At the event, attendees saw Prince William try his hand at dragon boating and meeting people who are helping protect the planet. They also saw the prize-winning projects from Accion Andina, GRST, S4S Technologies and WildAid Marine Programme.
The NUS Singapore History Prize is administered by the Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at National University of Singapore (NUS). It was established in 2014 to broaden definitions of what constitutes history. The Prize aims to encourage writing that explores various perspectives and themes about Singapore’s history from both new and established writers. The Prize is open to works written in English by creators of any nationality. The Selection Panel will decide the Prize winner at the end of a three year cycle. They will announce a call for nominations at least a year before the prize is due to be awarded. The list of shortlisted works will be published together with the announcement of the prize. A closing nomination date will be set for each three-year cycle. It is important that nominations are made by reputable sources. Self-nominations are not permitted. For more information, visit the NUS Singapore History Prize website.