In Singapore you can legally conduct prize promotions (also known as sweepstakes) and competitions if the promotional activities are not gambling-related. You are able to offer a prize to be won by individuals who participate in the promotion or contest, provided that it does not provoke in them a psychological pressure to buy your product(s) or service(s). The organisers of the sweepstakes or competition must also comply with the Betting and Sweepstake Duties Act.
The 2022 Singapore International Violin Competition has crowned Ukrainian violinist Dmytro Udovychenko as the winner of the grand prize worth $50,000. Danish violinist Anna Agafia Egholm took second place, and Hong Kong/Chinese violinist Angela Sin Ying Chan won third prize of $15,000. The competition also served as a platform for raising awareness about the poverty situation in Singapore. Led by Straits Times editor-at-large Han Fook Kwang, a panel of judges comprising philanthropists, academicians, and social entrepreneurs crowned Team Empowered Families Initiative as the grand winner for their developmental initiative that invests in the aspirations and plans of low-income families.
The Singapore Prize was established in honour of Christopher Bathurst KC, Viscount Bledisloe (1934-2009), a prominent member of Fountain Court Chambers and a leading commercial barrister at the English Bar, with a significant practice in Southeast Asia. He was an esteemed advocate, mentor and cross-bench peer, known for his work in Singapore and Malaysia. He authored many important cases, including the leading judgment of Caparo v Dickman 2 AC 605 and developed a substantial commercial arbitration practice in Southeast Asia.
Singapore Prize also pays tribute to a broad range of Singaporeans through the various categories of prizes, spanning fiction, film and non-fiction works in the English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil languages. It is an annual award given to outstanding published works of literary and non-literary genres.
Previously, the prize offered 12 top prizes of up to $10,000 each for the best non-fiction and fiction in four official languages. In 2019, the number of top prizes has been increased to 14.
This year, Makbul Mubarak’s autobiographical feature film “The Problem with Autobiography” was awarded the top prize at the Singapore Film Festival’s Silver Screen Awards. It has already won several other top prizes at festivals around the world, including the Venice Film Festival and the Asian Pacific Screen Awards.
In addition to the main prize, the festival also awards special mentions to outstanding works. Gabriela Serrano for her film “Please Bear With Me” and Rein Maychaelson for his documentary “The Burning Land” were accorded the fellowship prize, which comes with a residency or script mentorship. Similarly, Bopha Oul in “Vania on Lima Street” and Gladys Ng in “Every Mall Burns the Same” received special mentions. Lastly, Le Lam Vien won the best director prize for his film “Fix Anything.” Besides, several of the festival’s industry-facing programs have announced winners as well.