Moment of Glory
A photography competition organised by SC Global and Leica Camera shores up breathtaking images of the most original residential building yet
Great photography isn’t merely the result of a photographer’s skill, but also of his patience and originality. It is the coming together of often ephemeral elements that line up at just the right moment to yield an image that inspires, engages and awes. With that in mind, SC Global Developments and Leica Camera Asia Pacific—both leaders and originators in their fields—came together to collaborate on a competition that celebrates the beauty of original design and creative innovation.
In April this year, they invited budding photographers and visual storytellers to capture the bold architectural form of SC Global’s latest creation Sculptura Ardmore in a competition titled Sculptura: A Photographic Study Of Originality. A building unlike any other, Sculptura Ardmore’s amorphous form is so visually intriguing that it can captivate and confuse viewers in equal measure.
Entrants were asked to submit images taken from outside Sculptura Ardmore’s private estate in either colour or black and white, using any type of camera or lens. Participants preferring to use a Leica had the option of renting camera equipment from Leica Camera Asia Pacific. In the lead-up to the competition, Leica Camera also hosted a private photography workshop for 20 residents of SC Global properties.
By the 15 May competition deadline, more than 140 entries were submitted by 70 participants (#LEICAxSCGLOBAL). The 10 shortlisted finalists came from all walks of life and included two of SC Global’s residents. Ultimately, the winning shots were taken by Calvin Chan, whose beautifully lit black and white image of the building appearing to hover in its own private space and vibrant colour image of Sculptura Ardmore against the city skyline won him a Leica T Camera System, including the Leica T and Summicron-T 23mm f/2 ASPH lens. In second place was Jamie Zhan, while third place was awarded to Andrew Kawijaya. Both received a Leica V-Lux Camera.
The judging panel included SC Global chairman and CEO Simon Cheong, Leica Camera Asia Pacific managing director Sunil Kaul, professional architectural photographer Francisco Marin, and Carlos Zapata of CZ Studio New York, the architect that designed Sculptura Ardmore. The winners were announced at an intimate private event that opened the exhibition showcasing the best works from the competition at Leica Galerie@Raffles Hotel Arcade.
SC Global’s Mr Simon Cheong said, “There are some incredible photographs in the collection which illustrate a broad spectrum of creative styles and approaches. It’s clear that many of the participants have a real passion for their craft, taking time to study the architecture from many different perspectives. Sculptura Ardmore is a project that has been very close to my heart for many years, so it has been fascinating and extremely rewarding to see the beauty of Sculptura’s form through other people’s eyes.”