Almost 600 entries were submitted for this year's competition across four categories: Early Bird, Children, Youth and Open.
It was a delightful occasion to have the prize presentation for the winners of the Competition at the HarmonyWorks! Conference on 28 July 2012 at Temasek Polytechnic. The winners received their prizes comprising of iPads, MacBook Air and digital cameras! See below for photos of the winning entries that describe what "regardless of race, language or religion" truly means to them.
Early Bird Category
Lim Cheng Gim, 63, Birthday Celebrations
Prize: Panasonic DMC-FH7 Digital Camera
Multi-racial residents get together to celebrate their birthdays. This monthly event brings joy, trust and established rapport among all races in this studio apartment.
1st Prize: David Arthur Powell, 11, My Wushu Days
Prize: The New iPad
I am an Eurasian boy practising Wushu with my multi-racial friends. My Chinese, Indian and Malay friends all wore traditional Chinese costumes. Regardless of race, language or religion, we can still have fun together as Singapore is an island where colour doesn't matter.
2nd Prize: Vivienne Phoh, 11, Racial Harmony Competition
Prize: iPod Touch
This picture shows a group of children together in a park. Although they are from different countries and different races they are still friends. This is what racial harmony means, it means no matter what our race or religion is, we make friends even if we are different.
3rd Prize: Chionh Jun Hwee, 10, Racial Harmony Day Competition
Prize: $100 POPULAR Gift Vouchers
This is a picture of some children of different races dancing together. This means that children from every race can come together to play and dance.
1st Prize: Katya Utkina, 12, Racial Harmony
Prize: MacBook Air
Learning the culture from my dear friends and being with them brings joy and laughter to me, even though we are not the same, we bond like siblings together.
2nd Prize: Denise Loke, 14, Racial Harmony
Prize: Samsung WB1000 Digital Camera
We are friends. No matter who we are, where we come from, we are still friends. we are like everyone, we fight, we laugh, we get jealous, we go crazy. We are like sisters, we do silly things together. We are no different from the rest but somehow we are unique in our own way :)
3rd Prize: Lim Yu Jie, 19, Reminiscing Our Childhood Days
Prize: $200 POPULAR Gift Vouchers
Reminiscing our childhood days by enjoying a game of kite flying. It is heartwarming to come together and realise our dreams regardless of cultural differences. The bonding between us will make Singapore a better home to live in.
1st Prize: Lizah Rahman, 33, Bridesmaids
Prize: Canon EOS 600D Kit I (EF S18-55 IS II)
On my wedding day, my bridesmaids made me see that being Indian, Malay or Chinese didn't matter, for beauty comes in many different shades & colours. Church weddings, Temple ceremonies, Buddhist traditions and Muslim vows, we've seen through them together. The language of love we share, perseveres.
2nd Prize: Patricia Yeo, 58, Sharing Joy
Prize: The New iPad
Sharing a special moment with my best friend during the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations. By taking part in the cultural events of other races, we can have a better understanding on their traditions and practices. This keeps us together and inspires all of us to build a better Singapore.
3rd Prize: Liew Tong Leng, 42, You're Doing Great
Prize: Canon Digital IXUS 220HS
Supporters from different races cheering on the handicapped at the Cold Storage Kids Run.
The What's Your Story? Online Photo Blurb Competition is an annual competition launched in 2010 to evoke ground-up stories based on each year's theme. It is held in conjunction with the Orange Ribbon Celebrations (ORC).
Tell us your stories and share with the world what makes it so special!
Submit your photographs depicting the year's theme, together with a blurb of not more than 50 words to illustrate racial harmony at its best and stand to win attractive prizes!