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Fresh face beats prominent names to win Singapore's richest photography award

Published on Sep 12, 2013 8:41 PM
 
A 23-year-old fresh graduate is the surprise winner of Singapore's richest photography award. Sarah Choo, who graduated from the Nanyang Technological University, beat seven shortlisted photographers including some prominent names, to win the $30,000 Icon de Martell Cordon Bleu 2013. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

A 23-year-old fresh graduate is the surprise winner of Singapore's richest photography award.

Sarah Choo, who graduated from the Nanyang Technological University, beat seven shortlisted photographers including some prominent names, to win the $30,000 Icon de Martell Cordon Bleu 2013. The annual prize, now in its fourth edition, recognises Singapore's outstanding photographers based on a body of work. It is launched by the world's oldest cognac house, Martell.

A visibly surprised Choo said she "did not expectthe award at all. I felt I am very young and working towards developing my craft. I felt this was a good opportunity to show my work which is why I submitted my portfolio of 60 works."

Choo was picked by a five-member jury led by French curator of photography, Agnes de Gouvion Saint-Cyr, who used to be with the French Ministry of Culture. The other jury members included internationally renowned Magnum photographer Gueorgui Pinkhassov as well as Mr Venka Purushothaman, provost, Lasalle College of the Arts. The awards were given out last night at Chan Hampe Galleries at Raffles Hotel by Nominated Member of Parliament Janice Koh.

 
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