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Revealing hidden gems in CCK

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, and the winning entries to Chua Chu Kang Town Council’s (CCKTC) inaugural photo contest are proof that beauty can be found anywhere if one knows where to look.

CCKTC attracted 274 entries for the contest which invited residents to discover and show off picturesque spots unique to their town. Of these, 6 winning entries were selected to be featured in the 2021 CCK Town calendar.

Winners walked away with printers sponsored by Epson and cash vouchers from CCKTC.

We got the top 3 winners to share more about their winning entries.


1st Prize: Mr Yong Kuo Hoong, 38, teacher , West Ridges Resident

Mr Yong, a photography enthusiast, has been to Kranji Dam many times for night camps and visited it to see what sunrise might look like at the dam on the day he took this photo.

“On the morning of my shoot, I was lucky to find the two kayaks onshore and they anchored my shot nicely, in the water against the morning light,”  Mr Yong said.

His wife spotted the ad of the photo contest on the lift digital panels and encouraged him to join. He took part because he wanted to show off some of the hidden gems waiting to be discovered and enjoyed in Singapore. Kranji Dam, where he has seen people kayaking, is one such spot.

Mr Yong was pleasantly surprised to win, as he felt there were many other good submissions. When asked for a tip from his successful win, he said patience is a quality all photographers must have.

Some of his other favourite spots in CCK are Sungei Buloh and Little Guilin. 

(Prizes won: Epson EcoTank L850 printer (worth $589) + $50 cash voucher)

2nd Prize: Mr Seto Zhenqiang, 35, analyst (Keat Hong Division)

Second prize winner Seto Zhenqiang, 35, did not even have to step out of his home in Keat Hong Division to take his winning shot of the mystical morning mist over Tengah. He said: “I chanced upon [this scene] from my window and wanted to capture this rare and beautiful moment.”

The CCK resident of almost 20 years said his favourite places in the town are Lot One shopping mall and the park connector along Brickland Road and Keat Hong Mirage.

(Prizes won: Epson EcoTank L805 Epson printer (worth $449) + $50 cash voucher)

A gentle morning mist floats over mystical Tengah

3rd Prize: Mr Wee Khang Ping, 43, education officer (Bukit Gombak Division)

For Mr Wee, beauty can be found everywhere, so his winning entry featured this hidden gem of a spot in Goodview Garden.

The decade-long resident of CCK said Bukit Batok Nature Park is one of his favourite places in the town.

(Prizes won: Epson PictureMate PM-520 printer + $50 cash voucher)

Like a beacon of hope, this tree stands strong in Goodview Garden estate