ST colouring contest is back, with 70 winners to get $500 each this time round

The Goh family and their helper Karen Sanfuego posing with their artwork from the previous colouring challenge. PHOTO: SUNNY GOH

SINGAPORE - Unleash your artistic side again with The Straits Times In This Together Daily Colouring Challenge, starting on Monday (May 18).

For a chance to win a $500 cash prize, look out for one drawing in the Life section every day till Sunday (May 24) and colour it in.

The contest is sponsored by life insurance company Prudential, following the enthusiastic response to last month's #STayhome #STaysafe challenge.

For this daily challenge, each artwork has its own deadline, which is at 1pm two days from its release. They will be judged individually.

Ten winners will be chosen for each page, and all 70 winners will be announced together in The Sunday Times on May 31.

You can join the challenge as many times as you like, but will be able to win only once.

Participants are reminded to be as creative as possible, as the judges will be looking for creativity, composition and attention to detail.

In the previous challenge, for instance, a variety of mediums were used, including oil and crayons, acrylic, and even 3D.

The five winning entries out of almost 4,000 included one in black-and-white and another featuring materials like glitter, buttons and fabric.

Digital colouring is not allowed, but you can print the drawing from the e-paper if you do not have the actual newsprint page.

The contest is open to all ages and nationalities, and can be completed individually or as a family.

As per the "In This Together" theme, ST artists have illustrated scenes of people supporting one another amid the outbreak.

These include a family tucking into a meal together via video call, food delivery drivers and cleaners working tirelessly, and even a fierce galactic battle against coronavirus particles.

Prudential Singapore's chief customer officer Goh Theng Kiat says the company was heartened by how well-received the first challenge was.

"We look forward to bringing more joy, spurring greater creativity and creating new family bonding opportunities for everyone in Singapore as we stay home and do our part in the fight against Covid-19," he adds.

Mr Peter Williams, visual and art editor of Singapore Press Holdings' English/Malay/Tamil Media Group, says: "Singapore really showed its artistic mettle the last time, and we're looking forward to another visual treat.

"It's just as exciting creating these illustrations as seeing how our readers decide to interpret them and bring them to life."

Mrs Melanie Ralph, who entered the contest previously, says she and her eight-year-old daughter Rosie loved "every element" of it.

"Rosie would run to the post box every morning, excited to see what the picture was for that day. Besides spending time together colouring, we enjoyed the anticipation of finding out if we had won - we didn't, but that didn't even matter," says the 43-year-old, who works as a presenter at media company Thomson Reuters.

She adds: "We can't wait for the next competition, and it will be a fond memory for us after this strange period of circuit breaker ends."


Beat the Covid-19 stay-at-home blues by taking part in the 'In This Together' colouring challenge

• Every day, from May 18 to 24, one drawing will appear in the Life section of The Straits Times.

• This is a daily challenge.

• Each daily challenge has a different deadline and online submission form. Refer to the daily illustration for details.

• Each artwork will be judged individually.

• You can take part in one challenge or many challenges. But you can win only once.

• You can use pencils, crayons and so on. Be creative! Artworks will be judged on creativity, composition and attention to details.

• The colouring can be done on the actual newsprint page of the Life section. We also accept hand colouring on a printed copy of the artwork downloaded from the e-paper version of The Straits Times. No digital colouring will be accepted.

• The contest is open to both young and old. There is no age limit.

• You may do the challenge alone or as a family.

• To submit your entry, take a photo of the finished artwork.

• Maximum file upload size is 5MB. Only pdf, jpg and png file extension formats will be accepted.

• For each daily challenge, there will be 10 winners. Each winning entry will win $500 in cash, sponsored by Pulse by Prudential.

• The judges' decision is final. No correspondence will be entertained.

• Employees of SPH and its related corporations ("SPH Group") or of SPH's partners and/or sponsors for the colouring challenge (if applicable) and their immediate family members (including spouses, children, parents, brothers and sisters) are not eligible.

• Other terms and conditions apply.

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