Winners of Singapore Cultural Medallion for photography


Senior Member
Feb 24, 2005
CM winners for photography

1982 Mr David Tay Poey Cher
1983 Mr Ang Chwee Chai
1984 Mr Yip Cheong Fun
1985 Mr Tan Lip Seng
1986 NIL
1987 Mr Lee Lim
1988 Mr Chua Soo Bin
1989 Mr Foo Tee Jun
1990 Mr Peng Seng Wu
from 1991 to 2003 NIL
2004 Mr Teo Bee Yen
from 2005 to 2012 NIL

Not sure if there had been a reclassification.
There is a new category named Visual Arts. As far as one can tell, the winners of that seem to be artists and not photographers.

As you can see, from 1991 to 2012 (except for 2004) photography had no CM winners.

The new generation of photographers are lousy?

Did the advent of digital photography have anything to do with it? The timing seems coincidental.

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Staff member
Mar 11, 2002
Its a very high honor to be bestowed a Cultural Medallion .... and not a factory line production nor an indication that the current generation of photographers are 'lousy' .

I assure you that there is a lively and growing community of photographers in various fields that are maturing in their craft and contributing and volunteering to promote photography with no eye towards a Cultural Medallion

Lets make sure the perspective is right in the first place on HOW the reciepients are selected..... and in photography, shooting skills is only part of the requirements.

"The Cultural Medallion was instituted in March 1979 as an initiative of our late President, then Minister of Culture, Mr Ong Teng Cheong, to recognise individuals who have made distinctive contributions in shaping Singapore's cultural landscape. The award recognises individuals who have attained artistic excellence in the fields of literary arts, performing arts, visual arts and film. It is conferred by the President, Republic of Singapore and administered by the National Arts Council.

To date, the Cultural Medallion has been conferred on 104 recipients.

The award is adminstered by the National Arts Council."

" The Cultural Medallion Fund supports recipients' efforts to champion the development of their artistic practice, pass on their knowledge to aspiring artists, and inspire the Singapore community through their practice both nationally and internationally. "

"Selection Criteria
The selection criteria are as follows:

1.Candidate should be recognised for his/her artistic work and contribution to the artistic development of Singapore.
2.Candidate should have attained artistic excellence.
3.Candidate should demonstrate, through a body of works pursued through a number of years, creative originality, professional maturity and artistic leadership in one or more disciplines as specified in the scope of the award.
4.Candidate should have established his / her name internationally, or won international awards.
5.Candidate should be involved in educational or community development projects towards the promotion of the respective art form.
6.Candidate should be an inspiration and role model to other artists in the arts community."

Read some of the citations (in PDF format) in this link to get a better idea

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