The prize was designed to recognize individuals and organisations that make an impactful impactful difference on our planet, in recognition of all those working tirelessly towards saving it.
Organisers hope that winners of this prize can act as role models and inspire young people. Past awards have gone to those engaged in projects like conserving wildlife habitats, improving sanitation in developing nations or creating innovative products that address global challenges.
Prince William of Britain presented the third annual Earthshot Awards ceremony in Singapore on Tuesday. Established by his father, the Duke of Cambridge, these prestigious prizes honor innovators and entrepreneurs addressing climate change and other environmental concerns through innovation. Singapore was chosen as host as it serves as a hub of Southeast Asian innovation.
Kampung Admiralty in Singapore designed by OMA and the Housing Development Board topped flashier competition to win World Building of the Year at this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF). OMA beat post-earthquake reconstruction project in China Village as well as Qatar National Library to claim this honorary distinction on Friday in Amsterdam; marking it’s inaugural win from Singapore itself.
Prof Mahbubani wrote in 2014, in jest, an opinion column in which he asked philanthropists for an award for the best history book about Singapore and was delighted when one of his readers donated S$500,000! As part of a four-member jury he selected archaeologist Prof John Miksic’s Singapore And The Silk Road Of The Sea, 1300-1800; using archaeological and historical evidence he proved Singapore began earlier than thought, becoming the first author ever to do so.
Prof Wang praised Professor Ho’s book for its fundamental reinterpretation of Singapore history using literary records as support, which showed references to places named Temasek and Longyamen dating back to 13th-century written accounts, according to literary records analyzed in it. Other shortlisted titles included Seven Hundred Years: A History of Singapore by Kwa Chong Guan, Tan Tai Yong and Peter Borschberg; Sembawang by Kamaladevi Aravindan; State Of Emergency by Jeremy Tiang; Home Is Where We Are by Margaret Wang and Rma cureess
Ms Hidayah was born in Kampong Glam and spent five years compiling her book. According to the jury, Ms Hidayah had an unfair advantage compared to other writers because she gained access to information that had previously been unavailable – as well as becoming the youngest ever winner of this prize. Click here for more info on Singapore Prize.