The only national award for Singapore photographers between the ages of 13 and 25, CDL Singapore Young Photographer Awards (SYPA) was initiated by CDL and spearheaded by the late Deputy Chairman, Mr Kwek Leng Joo. Born from his love of photography and belief in youth development, SYPA was implemented in 2005 in celebration of Singapore’s 40th Birthday and aims to promote the art of photography amongst young Singaporeans while also recognising and cultivating promising artistic talents.


This year’s theme for the 8th edition of CDL SYPA is ZERO, which calls on contestants to rethink climate-related problems and how we should change in order to achieve a more sustainable future. Creative interpretation and presentation is encouraged and sought after. Issues can be regarding zero waste, zero energy, zero marine pollution that links back to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 13 (Climate Action), 14 (Life Below Water), and 15 (Life on Land).

The deadline for submission is 31 August 2020, 23:59 Singapore time, UTC/GMT +8.

Click here to submit.

The CDL Singapore Young Photographer Award 2020 will recognise work that emphasizes the theme and associated key message. Judges will comprise professional photographers and sustainability experts.

There will be two grand winners and four merits recipients receiving cash prizes amounting to a total of S$10,000. During the open call period, a series of engagement programmes will take place to spur contestants to explore the theme and to improve their technical skills.

Submission is open to all students aged 13 to 25 years old in Singapore, including students from international schools. Participants will submit their presentations online to either the Junior or Youth categories.

In October 2020, SYPA will join the Singapore International Photography Festival for the first time, in which they will announce its winners and showcase their work. Commencing its 7th edition this year, the Singapore International Photography Festival is one of the biggest photography platforms in Southeast Asia.


2018’s CDL SYPA focussed on UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), inviting young photographers to envision and capture the ideas of sustainable development and urban landscapes.

Click below to see the past winning entries.