The Singapore Prize and Prince William’s Asia Trip

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The Singapore prize is an annual literary award in Singapore to recognize published works of literary merit in any of its four official languages: English, Malay, Chinese or Tamil. It is sponsored by the National Book Development Council of Singapore with support from Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth; winners are determined by an independent panel of judges; the inaugural winner was announced in 1992.

This prize honors Singapore’s founder Sir Stamford Raffles for his contributions to its growth and development, celebrating Singapore’s rich literary heritage while providing support and encouraging writers in Singapore.

Since its creation, this prize has given over one hundred authors recognition of their writing reaching an international audience. One of only a handful of literary awards worldwide with open categories for both fiction and non-fiction works, winning entries are judged according to creativity, literary merit and relevance to current social discourse.

At this year’s Earthshot prize ceremony in Singapore, five green innovators were selected as winners of this year’s Earthshot award ceremony and will share in its 1 million pound award, created by Prince William and his Royal Foundation charity to recognize inventions that help combat climate change and its impacts.

At the glittery ceremony held at the Carlton Hotel in central Singapore, the Duke of Cambridge was joined by well-known faces like Cate Blanchett and Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham, among others. While in Asia, he will visit groups working on innovative environmental projects.

He will meet Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loon and tour together a rainforest conservation site and The Istana palace. Additionally, he will attend the third Earthshot Prize awards ceremony, an awards show he established three years ago to promote technologies that combat climate change and its consequences.

At this ceremony in Asia, for the first time since it launched in London 2021 and moved to Boston last year. Prince William declared: “the light of optimism is burning bright in our Earthshot finalists!” This prize was inspired by President John F Kennedy’s 1962 Moonshot Challenge to Americans to reach the Moon by the end of that decade, and over 600 guests attended its third event. Hidayah Amin won the NUS History Prize for her book Leluhur: Singapore Kampong Gelam. This victory served as an affirmation for ordinary Singaporeans that writing about history wasn’t limited to professional historians alone; Professor John Miksic of the NUS judging panel commended Amin for using primary sources as well.

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