2 readers win Qatar Airways tickets

(From right) The Straits Times deputy editor Ignatius Low with grand prize winner Chanel Lee and her boyfriend, Mr Abbas Zafar, as well as SPH marketing chief Elsie Chua and Qatar Airways Singapore marketing officer Yew Jin Khoo at the prize-giving c
(From right) The Straits Times deputy editor Ignatius Low with grand prize winner Chanel Lee and her friend, Mr Abbas Zafar, as well as SPH marketing chief Elsie Chua and Qatar Airways Singapore marketing officer Yew Jin Khoo at the prize-giving ceremony yesterday.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Two lucky readers of The Sunday Times have each won a pair of air tickets in an origami competition that had them fold a three-dimensional (3D) aeroplane.

Organised by The Sunday Times and sponsored by Qatar Airways Singapore, the contest drew more than 1,070 creative entries.

Participants folded a 3D Qatar Airways A-350 aircraft according to the cut-out lines in a centre-spread advertisement that resembled a watercolour artwork, published in The Sunday Times on May 29.

After folding the origami plane, participants placed it next to an item representing their dream destination before submitting the photo along with their personal details.

Ms Chanel Lee and Mr Steven Liew Seng Leong each won the grand prize - a pair of economy-class return air tickets to any Qatar Airways destination worldwide. Each pair of tickets is valued at up to $6,000, including tax.

The two winners have both chosen London as their destination.

Ms Lee, a 24-year-old public officer, will be heading there with a friend. They intend to watch the play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child.

Mr Liew, 58, plans to visit a relative with his wife.

"I might buy two more tickets for my son and his wife. They are holding their wedding this September, so this trip could be a good present," the senior cameraman said.

The consolation prize, consisting of four tickets to KidZania Singapore, was awarded to 10 winners.

A prize-giving ceremony was held at SPH News Centre yesterday.

On the origami contest, executive vice-president Elsie Chua, who heads SPH's marketing division, said: "We wanted to show that newspaper ads can be an interactive medium, and that they can come to life and interact with readers too."

Jessie Lim and Trina Anne Khoo

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2016, with the headline '2 readers win Qatar Airways tickets'. Print Edition | Subscribe