Big Picture winner hopes to keep photo to motivate son in future

Big Picture winner hopes to keep photo to motivate son in future
DETERMINED: Jonathan Wirawan wanted to watch the Black Knights' aerial display so badly he volunteered to do his homework while waiting.
PHOTO: The New Paper

The six-year-old wanted to catch the Republic of Singapore Air Force Black Knights' aerial display on National Day so badly that he volunteered to take his tuition assignments along for the wait.

As the family camped at the Marina Barrage that sweltering Aug 9 morning, Jonathan fulfilled his promise of finishing his work, sheltered by an umbrella.

The sight inspired Mr Wirawan, 41, to snap this picture.

"I was thinking maybe this photo will serve as a reminder to him in the future," said the professional photographer. "When he feels like giving up, he can look back and see that he's not one to give up."

Mr Wirawan also thought this picture was perfect for last week's Big Picture contest theme, Our Hopes For The Future.

Last week's judges picked his photo to win the $500 prize for the year-long competition organised by The New Paper and the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth to encourage Singaporeans to document everyday life in the city.


Of the 10 finalists last week, Mr Wirawan's photo was the only one that was unanimously shortlisted.

Judge Desmond Foo was won over by its simplicity and effectiveness.

"This photo evokes a lot of emotions as it reminds us all of our childhood," he said.

"The colours, especially of the umbrella, also play a key role as they draw the viewer into the composition.

"The best thing to me is how this photo looks natural and not contrived."

The photograph also caught the attention of judges Sim Chi Yin and Gwen Lee, who picked it as their second and third choices, respectively.

Ms Sim praised Mr Wirawan for capturing "a nice moment", but her choice was Mr Andy Tang's shot of a boy who stood out among the audience at a National Day Parade (NDP) rehearsal.

"Not an uncommon scene at the NDP, but this frame captured some feeling," she explained.

"The repetition of the flags and colours helped make it quite a successful frame."

Ms Lee chose Mr Wee Keng Hor's photo of children dressed in white as they stood against a backdrop featuring the State crest.

This article was first published on August 18, 2015.
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