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The Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF) held its Co-op Hot Shots 7 photo competition from 15 February to 31 March this year.

As compared to previous years which focused on co-operative values such as care for community and mutual help, the theme for this year is “A Better Society” to encapsulate ideas and feelings about the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Co-operatives play a part in helping Singapore realise sustainable development goals. Co-operatives, or co-ops in short, are social enterprises formed by members for members and work on the principles of self-sustenance and mutual help. Co-operatives do not profiteer but instead, share surpluses with members and further help communities. They also provide for members’ well-being through schemes such as bursaries and health benefits. Take a look of SDGs through  a photo journey from the perspective of a Singaporean and you will perhaps understand why we too have to pay attention to SDGs.


Ready, Get Set, Shoot!

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More than 1,200 entries were received from 35 countries, including new participating countries like Belarus, Ecuador, Mozambique, Netherlands and Spain, to name a few.

The top three winners of the respective International and Local Open categories were selected by a panel of judges comprising Documentary Photographer Mr Edwin Koo, InstaSG Founder Mr Santo Thie and CEO of SNCF Ms Dolly Goh.

The judging held on 4 April 2019 saw them coming together to select the top three winners from each categories.

Mr Santo added, “It's very encouraging to know that SNCF keeps doing this to nurture the sense of caring for community - it's the 7th year that this competition is organised - and with such a big theme about sustainability, which provokes the minds of both the photographers and the audience of the pictures to think about our future and the values that we live. This is more than just a photography contest, it's a campaign with a big purpose and it deserves more attention from everyone, photographers or not.

There are a lot of well-executed creative ideas, and we could see the effort put in by the photographers to send across their message. Each photograph speaks an important message, and I'm glad to see such effort - which tells you that you don't have to be a government agency or powerful leaders to change the world, you can use your skill and creativity to make a better life, and everyone can do that. We also see a lot of entries from social media, not just from professional photographers with professional gears, but also man-in-the-street with their mobile phone can also deliver the message in such a powerful way. This is a wake-up call for us, we should realise that what we post on social media can either be a waste of time, or it can be a powerful way to change our life for better - this competition has proven the latter.”



International Category - 1st Place: Rhedel Cabrera Sy, Philippines
International 1st Place Rhedel Cabrera Sy
Caption: The Philippines government is implementing the conditional cash transfer program that aims to help families who are considered to be among the "poorest of the poor".

International Category – 2nd Place: Anthony, Philippines
International 2nd Place Anthony
A group of children are having fun reading an educational material at the Angono Public Cemetery. Regardless of their status in life, they are willing to learn in order to improve their lives in the future.

International Category – 3rd Place:
Atahar Masum, Bangladesh
International 3rd Place Atahar Masum
Caption: Social Barriers | Invisible barriers are still there. In this photo I tried to indicate social barriers for a woman. We know exactly where is the problem but that isn't fixed yet. Still there are many barriers for a woman.

Local Open Category - 1st Place: Ong Yi Chao
Local 1st Place Ong Yi Chao
Caption: Do our part for climate action by reducing our carbon footprint. This also ensures a sustainable environment for all to enjoy.

Local Open Category – 2nd Place: William Ong
Local 2nd Place William Ong
Caption: Singapore suffers from a lack of visibility for poverty, which is growing worse, with elderly Singaporeans as the group most affected by poverty.

Local Open Category – 3rd Place: Chan Wai Meng
Local 3rd Place Chan Wai Meng
Caption: Education and providing awareness to young generation is one of the best ways to let them learn about climate change and the impact of increase waste in our living environment.


Congratulations to all winners and a big thank you to all participants for your wonderful submissions!

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