Wednesday, November 10, 2010

NEA Design-A-Bin Contest Winners

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What were you doing on 7th November? Enjoying your long Deepavali weekend? or perhaps buried under a mountain of work? Well, as you were slogging away with your never-finishing reports, 7 lucky winners walked away with amazing prizes ranging from iPads to MP3 players to digital cameras at Seng Kang Square, where NEA unveiled the winning entries for the Design-A-Bin contest!

This is part of the Litter Muncher programme, a nationwide campign to curb littering by educating and persuading the public to Bin It NOW! Does Litter Muncher ring a bell to you? Well, I actually went for the Litter Munchers event at Holland V in August, where the original Litter Munchers were showcased! It was also at the same time where the Design-A-Bin contest was launched.

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Some pictures of the Litter Munchers event at Wala Wala on 21st August 2010

This Design-A-Bin contest is to encourage the public to express their creativity by designing their own litter bins. This allows them to play an active role in the anti-littering campaign. The contest ended on 21 September, receiving around 2,531 entries and 16,512 votes.

And finally, on 7th November at the Clean and Green Singapore (CGS) Carnival held at Sengkang Square, the winners were crowned!

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Woah, loads of people (there were fantastic lucky draws during the carnival)

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The pretty bins all lined up in front of a second stage


Here are some of the litter bins which I photographed, guess which is the winner!

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Who do you think won?

These are the prizes which are up for grabs:

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Everyone is eyeing those iPads!

And of course everyone wants the iPad. I think iPad mania should end soon, with ASUS launching its tablet next year. High performance, USB port, Flash videos, etc. = everything better than the iPad. If I have enough savings next year (the ASUS tablet is not coming cheap...), I will get it to add it into my ASUS collection.

Okay, digressing again.

Before the winners were unveiled, they did final touches to their litter bins, by pasting some stickers on it. Edmund Chen, local celebrity, is the Cleanliness Ambassador for NEA. He also submitted a design for this contest.

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Explaining about his bin and its design

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Adding his final cloud sticker to his bin

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A small commotion happened here, and it is impressive that Edmund Chen handled it with a smile

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This was the time where the commotion actually escalated, but of course, photographs capture no sounds


And now, for the results...

Most Creative Design Winner: Yang Wenting (Age 17)

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She is a student of Nanyang Polytechnic who is pursuing a diploma in Electronics, Computer and Communications Engineering. I think her design is really cute, and will appeal to all the little girls out there!


Consolation Prize 1: Desmond Ng You Ze (Age 20)


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He is a student of NAFA, currently pursuing his diploma in 3D design, and major in Environmental Design. His bin is really abstract, something perhaps not many people can understand, which is probably why he did not place higher. His bin represents a Bin Boy, which is a "naive, playful, dirty but good-natured bin with many eyes".


Consolation Prize 2: Toh Chiow Tee (Age 55)


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She is the only senior citizen winner! Oops, she may not really like to hear that she is the oldest, but well... she is :p Her bin is called the "Joy Bin" and she hopes to spread the "joy of responsible littering". Hmm, doesn't sound very right since 'littering' has negative connoctations to it. What she means is probably the joy of responsible disposing.


Consolation Prize 3: Alvina Lee (Age 28)


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She is currently pursuing her Masters in Special Education at NIE. As compared to the friendly eyes you see in the above two litter bins, hers show a pair of glaring eyes, almost as if to tell you "Litter if you DARE. Now Feed me! -burp!-"


Bronze Prize Winner: Abu Bakar Bin Othman (Age 13)


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He is the youngest winner out of the bunch and is currently a student at Ngee Ann Secondary School. Great to see that young students want to play an active role in conserving the environment and keeping it litter-free.


Silver Prize Winner: Benjamin Chia (Age 16)


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He is a student of Fuhua Secondary School, who took the time to design his bin despite preparing for his O'levels this year (but it's over now, finally!). Through his bin, he tries to emphasize that rubbish has the potential to turn into gold, as long as people recycle.


and the Gold Prize Winner: Tess Moh (Age 22)


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Congratulations! She is a student of NUS, whom I just realise is waiyip's friend and is a part of NUSWS! Perhaps I will see her next year, when I join band for my last semester! She walks away with an iPad and a mp3 walkman player. A student majoring in English Langugage at NUS, she is an art and design enthusiast who believes that every small step counts. The black pictures represent the death of nature when littering occurs. But if everyone protects the environment, the nature will become colourful again - colouring one's life.


These bins will be placed at Punggol Secondary School, to reinforce the anti-littering message to the students there. Students, you better GET IT AR! Littering is BAD, stop LITTERING!

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Thiang interviewing Tess

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I couldn't run fast enough to the front to take the pic



Group pictures of Glitterati+ who attended the event:

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Photos grabbed from Hpility - why so blur :(

Actually, I think it is plain annoying that people are still littering these days. There are litter bins almost everywhere, is it so difficult to place your litter into the bin? In fact, it is perhaps even embarrassing that the government has to constantly nag at the citizens to use the appropriate modes of disposal. Shouldn't it be ingrained in you, or was your upbringing so bad?

I despise litter bugs. I suggest for CWO to be moved to more public areas, so that these litter bugs will be shamed, mocked and properly humiliated. Putting them at East Coast Park doesn't seem enough humiliation for them.

HMPF.

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