Have a view on who deserves to win the inaugural Straits Times Singaporean of the Year award?
Starting today, readers can vote for one of the award's 10 shortlisted candidates, which could count towards their win. Voters could even win a prize of their own.
Voting is open from now until Jan 28 for the award, which is supported by the bank UBS Singapore. Three voters also stand to win a $100 Takashimaya voucher each.
• Vote for who you think should be Singaporean of the Year at str.sg/singaporeanoftheyear2015
• Voting closes at 6pm on Jan 28.
The award seeks to recognise Singaporeans whose extraordinary acts of goodwill, ingenuity or perseverance improved their community and the lives of others last year.
The results from the public vote will be taken into consideration during a final meeting by the panel of 15 judges on Jan 29. The panel comprises editors and senior writers from The Straits Times newsroom, as well as celebrities and community leaders like singer Kit Chan, youth leader David Hoe and chef Willin Low.
Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez said: "The selection panel debated long and hard and whittled down the list to 10 nominations. These have made an impact in a variety of ways. They inspired us by their actions, contributions and their lives. We will have a hard time picking an ultimate winner, as they are all worthy contenders."
The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on Feb 2 at UBS Business University, near Adam Road. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be the guest of honour.
The Singaporean of the Year will receive $20,000 and a trophy, and the other nine nominees will each get $5,000 from sponsor UBS.