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Wiki Loves Living Heritage in Singapore - 15th June to 15th July 2023

Wiki Loves Living Heritage Photography Competition Singapore (15 June 2023 - 15 July 2023) is a public photo competition on Wikimedia Commons, that invites everyone from Singapore to participate in sharing the tangible and intangible heritage of Singapore on Wikimedia Commons under a free Creative Commons license. This contest is a part of the global Wiki Loves Living Heritage campaign and is supported by the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) and the National Heritage Board (Singapore) (NHB). This entire initiative aims to support the awareness, engagement, and excitement around Wikimania 2023, Singapore.

Interested participants are invited to share photographs of living heritage such as festivals, performing arts, food traditions, crafts, and any other local cultural practices taking place in the historical precincts, at national monuments, in our community spaces and in the heartlands of Singapore.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: The competition is open to anyone residing in Singapore; anyone of any age group is welcome to participate.


The competition has ended. The selected winners were presented with their prizes on 19 August 2023 at the closing of Wikimania 2023. View all uploaded photos here!


Between 16 July and 15 August 2023, 1,180 photos submitted were evaluated through rounds of selections. In the first round, we had community members from Singapore to have a look at the photos. From the first round of selections, 100 photos were evaluated by our jury members. Discussions were held to decide which 10 photos were to be awarded. From 16 August to 19 August 2023, Wikimania 2023 participants could vote for their favourites among the 10 photos, which were displayed in the concourse.

Merit prizes

In no ranking order:

Third place

A woman wanders through a market on Arab Street in downtown Singapore, admiring colorful Turkish lamps.

Second place

From September until early October, the Nine Gods Festival comes to temples across Singapore. In the finale of the festival, devotees tug paper boats into the sea and set them alight.

First place

Located in a historic building erected in 1915, the Tekka Centre Wet Market is home to nearly 300 food stalls. Wet markets represent a rich part of Singapore’s history and food culture, being a primary place where people gather and get their daily essentials.

Honourable mention

For digitalising slides from the 1970s, Rainer Halama was given an honourable during the prize presentation.

You can view more of his digitalised photos here.











Media views

Statistics as of 30 September 2023



  • First prize: SGD 1,000 worth of photography-related vouchers and a commemorative plaque
  • Second prize: SGD 500 worth of photography-related vouchers and a commemorative plaque
  • Third prize: SGD 300 worth of photography-related vouchers and a commemorative plaque
  • 7 merit prizes: SGD 100 worth of photography-related vouchers and a certificate

All top 10 winners will get their work featured during Wikimania 2023, and will be presented with their plaques and certificates at the closing ceremony at Wikimania 2023.

All prizes are being supported by NYAA.


The scope of the project includes image files only. Please check the participation rules to further understanding.

What is living heritage?

The term 'cultural heritage' has changed content considerably in recent decades, partially owing to the instruments developed by UNESCO. Cultural heritage does not end at monuments and collections of objects. It also includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts.

  • Click here to know about Living Heritage
  • Click here for Singapore’s inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Click here for built heritage and National Monuments
  • Please note that the above-mentioned categories and examples are indicative only.

Suggested photography directions

Participants are encouraged to consider intangible cultural heritage (ICH) elements, and heritage businesses and trades in historic precincts, at our national monuments, in our community spaces, and the heartlands.

Note: The following lists are non-exhaustive.

Some intangible cultural heritage elements:

  • Traditional stonemasonry for the making of tombstones
  • Traditional Malay medicine
  • Traditional Chinese pastries
  • Traditional Chinese medicine
  • Traditional Breakfast of kopi and kaya
  • Orchid cultivation
  • Nyonya beadwork and embroidery
  • Malay dance forms
  • Making of rattan products
  • Making of gold jewellery by Indian goldsmiths
  • Making of flower garlands
  • Making of Chinese medicated oils
  • Making and wearing of songkok
  • Making and wearing of baju kurong
  • Indian music traditions
  • Indian dance forms
  • Hawker culture
  • Dikir barat
  • Craft and practices related to kebaya
  • Chinese puppetry
  • Chinese opera
  • Cheongsam tailoring
  • Birthing traditions

More ICH elements at RootsSG

Some historic precincts and neighbourhoods where heritage businesses/trades may be found:

More places at RootsSG

Some national monuments to consider:

See National monuments of Singapore for complete list

See: Annex A for details

Competition rules

There are only a few rules for photos to participate in the contest. Let's quickly go through them. Every submission should be:

  • Self-taken and self-uploaded;
  • Uploaded between 15 June 2023, 8:00AM (GMT+08:00) and 16 July 2023, 7:59AM (GMT+08:00)
  • During the upload process, you give permission with a CC BY-SA license to re-use the image;
  • Contain an example of Singapore's Living Heritage, which you have identified Click here;
  • Should have a proper title and description; Eg: SimpleCaption_01 (AttendingACulturalFestivalInSingapore_01) or LocationName_01 (KampongGlam_01) or AppropriateName_01 (ExploringHajiLane_01)

Next to that, there are a few practical rules:

  • Before participating in the competition please create a Wikimedia account which is necessary to make the uploads.
  • You should have an activated e-mail address on Wikimedia Commons;
  • If the photo gets deleted for any reason, it is automatically disqualified from the competition;
  • You are responsible for following local laws, and considering cultural and religious sensitivities around the element you will capture;
  • The competition is open to anyone residing in Singapore; anyone of any age group is welcome to participate.

During the competition, you may upload as many pictures as you want of Singapore's living heritage. At the end of this process, the jury determines the top 10 which will then be displayed at Wikimania for attendees to vote on the top 3. The winners will be announced during the closing ceremony on 19 August 2023.

Judging criteria

The jury will determine the winners of the contest by taking into consideration the following criteria (in no particular order):

  • Technical quality (sharpness, use of light, perspective etc.);

The primary consideration will be given to the sharpness and resolution of the image. It is recommended that images contain at least 2 real megapixels of information. You can find more information regarding image guidelines on Commons by referring to the provided Image guidelines.

  • Originality;

If there are already thousands of similar photos available on the internet, chances are that your photograph might not be the most original depiction of the subject. The jury will be seeking that "WOW factor" in your photographs, something that sets them apart and grabs attention.

  • Usefulness of the image for Wikipedia;

The jury will also evaluate the educational value of your photograph. They will take into account whether your image is likely to be of value to another Wikimedia project.

Images that reach a top ranking of the finale, will typically at least fulfill the Images guidelines. But feel free to submit many images, and let the jury be concerned if they are good enough.

Meet our jury

Our jury members will process the images through three rounds during the last two weeks of July. The jurors will be collectively responsible for all selection and considerations in line with the contest rules and criteria.

  • Justanothersgwikieditor, Singapore Wikimedian
  • Gnangarra, Core Organizing Team, Wikimania 2023
  • Mr. Willy Foo, CEO and Founder of LiveStudios Interactive Photography
  • Mr. John Teo, Deputy Director, National Heritage Board (Singapore)
  • Robert Sim, Singapore Wikimedian; Core Organizing Team, Wikimania 2023



  • Campaign live dates: 15th June 2023 to 15th July 2023
  • Jury selection process: 16th July 2023 to 4th August 2023
  • Winner's announcement: 19th August 2023 (Closing ceremony of Wikimania 2023)

A satellite event

Text logo of Wikimania Singapore
Wikimania 2023


Contact us

For non-urgent issues and clarifications, please open a new discussion topic at the talk page. Please include {{ping|Robertsky|RASharma (WMF)|SGill (WMF)|Gnangarra}} at the start of your message to alert the organisers. Please give us a day or so to reply.


Photos submitted by participants represent their individual views and not representative of the views of the organisers or supporting agencies; Uploaded images are not considered endorsed by organisers and supporting agencies; Individual participants are responsible for ensuring that they comply with the competition rules.

The organisers reserve the right to modify these rules or to cancel the contest at their sole discretion, even after it has started. The organisers accept no responsibility for the provision by the sponsors of any prizes, nor of any liability whatsoever in respect of this contest. Neither the rules nor anything on these pages amount to an offer to create legally binding relations with any of the organisers. Members of the jury and organisers are not eligible to receive any award (although they are otherwise welcome to contribute images).