Top prize goes to S'pore skyline photo

Top prize goes to S'pore skyline photo
Mr Tung Hon Keng holding up a Chelsea jersey with Mr Adrian New, managing director of Chelsea Football Club in Asia. Mr Tung captured his winning image – shown above him – from the carpark of Pearl Centre.

SINGAPORE - A stunning night-time picture of the Singapore skyline outshone more than 4,000 entries to win the top prize in The Straits Times' Wherever You Are contest.

Engineering manager Tung Hon Keng, 47, captured the view from the carpark of Pearl Centre, which will close next year to make way for the Thomson MRT line.

"I love to take photos of buildings before they disappear so I went up there," said Mr Tung, who was captivated by the view of the financial district.

" I n e v e r thought I'd come that far in the contest. Every picture came with a story to tell. It was highly competitive."

He received $3,000 in cash and a host of other prizes including return flights to London, a five-day stay at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel and a pair of hospitality tickets from Chelsea Football Club for their game against Manchester City on Oct 27.

Mr Tung - who is ironically a fan of Chelsea's rivals Tottenham Hotspur - and his travel partner will be treated to lunch at the Stamford Bridge stadium where they will meet former Chelsea greats.

The six-week contest, which ended on Aug 23, is part of The Straits Times' thrust to bring news to readers wherever they are and on whatever platform they like. Some 4,200 readers sent in their photos and videos in six categories: holidaying, eating, getting around, making money, keeping fit and having fun.

In second place was Mr Robin Tan's picture of his son and daughter enjoying themselves on a water slide aboard a cruise liner.

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