Winning photo: a top spinner's stunt

Winning photo: a top spinner's stunt
Mr Ng Wei Chean's picture of top spinners (top) came in first place.

SINGAPORE -Timing was of the essence for Mr Ng Wei Chean, who had wanted to capture the dynamism in the traditional Malay art of gasing (top spinning) at the Bulan Bahasa festival over the weekend.

And he shot 30 frames before getting the winning one of a spinner doing a stunt with the top.

Believing that the picture showed "harmony and kampung spirit", Mr Ng sent it in for The New Paper's Big Picture contest and won the top prize of $1,200.

The 38-year-old sales assistant said that he was at the Asian Civilisations Museum on Saturday with a group of friends to shoot this year's Bulan Bahasa, or Malay Language Festival.

Last week's theme for The Big Picture was the "Kampung Spirit", a one-off edition of the contest in partnership with the National Heritage Board, where $3,500 in prize money was offered.

Mr Ng said that after watching the men demonstrating gasing several times, he knew the man in the foreground would whisk his top up using a string and let it spin on his palm.

With about four or five other photographers crowding the area wanting a shot of the trick, Mr Ng had a tough time positioning himself.

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