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Photography Competition enters its third year

CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel "Building People" Photography Competition enters its third year
Winners with entries that best capture "Building People" theme to go on exclusive photography trail with acclaimed National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths

China, Southeast Asia, 12 April, 2012 . CapitaLand Limited is partnering National Geographic Channel once again for the third instalment of CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel "Building People" Photography Competition. The regional photography competition returns with the chance for photography enthusiasts to participate in the CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel "Building People" Photography Seminar by award-winning National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths and win special access to her first-ever photography trail in Singapore. The CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel "Building People" Photography Competition is open to public on 13 April 2012 and closes on 10 June 2012 (please refer to attached Appendix for competition details).

The competition calls for photographs featuring CapitaLand properties located in Asia Pacific and Europe. Participants aged 18 years old and above are encouraged to capture photographs that accentuate the "Building People" theme, characterised by the vibrant interactions between CapitaLandfs buildings, including homes, offices, shopping malls, serviced residences and mixed developments, and the people living, working or shopping in these properties. A judging panel, comprising National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths and executives from the National Geographic Channel and CapitaLand, will evaluate all entries based on aesthetics, originality, creativity and the extent to which the gBuilding Peopleh theme is captured. The judges will also be looking out for entries that creatively portray the way CapitaLand buildings inspire the landscape and how people interact with these buildings every day.

To enter the competition, participants will simply need to submit an original photograph with a caption to the CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel gBuilding Peopleh Photography Competition website ( from 13 April to 10 June 2012.

Last year, the highly popular contest received over 1,200 photograph submissions from countries in Asia Pacific and Europe, including Singapore, China, Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and France.

With each successful submission, participants will be invited to an exclusive CapitaLand- National Geographic Channel gBuilding Peopleh Photography Seminar where Annie Griffiths will be sharing invaluable photography tips on capturing buildings and people. All entrants will also get an opportunity to showcase their works of art in an upcoming CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel "Building People" Photography Exhibition at ION Orchard Singapore in the latter half of 2012.

One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths, together with the judging panel, will select the top three winners. They stand to win up to SGD 5,000 worth of CapitaVouchers, up to SGD 4,000 worth of cameras and other prizes from Nikon and complimentary stays at Ascott serviced residences in Asia Pacific.

In addition, the public can vote for their favourite photograph submissions on the competition website from July 2012. The winner of the highest-voted photograph will be awarded Voters' Choice, together with CapitaVouchers and a complimentary stay at Ascott serviced residences in Asia Pacific. A special "Best CapitaMall Photo" prize may be awarded to one of the four winners should his/her photo capture key elements of shoppers engaging in activities within CapitaMalls. All winners will also embark on an exclusive photography trail with Annie Griffiths in August 2012 (please refer to Appendix for detailed prize list).

Mr Tan Seng Chai, Deputy Chief Corporate Officer, CapitaLand Limited, said, "The CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel "Building People" Photography Competition received an overwhelming 1,200 entries from Asia Pacific and Europe last year. The striking and unique entries creatively captured vivid photographic visuals of how people live, work and shop around CapitaLandfs buildings. Our credo of eBuilding Peoplef embodies CapitaLandfs purpose of improving peoplefs lives and society through building good buildings. With the success garnered over the past two years, we look forward to receiving more submissions this year that resonate our "Building People" credo."

National Geographic Channel, photography judge, Annie Griffiths, added, "I have only been to Singapore once and spent only a day there, and long to return to the island state for a more thorough visit. This trip is a purposeful stop to observe how photography can capture the essence of beauty in buildings and its architecture, as well as to soak in the rich tapestry of people, their cultures and traditions. I look forward to letting my camera tell the amazing stories of Singapore, and sharing them with the world."

"The collaborative partnership between National Geographic Channel and CapitaLand allows us to capture and showcase a selection of beautiful photographs of our urban environment, inviting viewers to view their living spaces in fresh perspectives," Simeon Dawes, Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales and Partnerships at FOX One Stop Media said, "This demonstrates National Geographic Channelfs unique value and embodies what our photographers and explorers do in their daily lives to bring to their audience a point of view that has never been showcased before. We look forward to a continued partnership and an annual showcase of such striking photographs and talent."

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About CapitaLand

CapitaLand is one of Asiafs largest real estate companies. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, the multi-local company's core businesses in real estate, hospitality and real estate financial services are focused in growth cities in Asia Pacific and Europe.

The company's real estate and hospitality portfolio, which includes homes, offices, shopping malls, serviced residences and mixed developments spans more than 110 cities in over 20 countries. CapitaLand also leverages on its significant asset base, real estate domain knowledge, financial skills and extensive market network to develop real estate financial products and services in Singapore and the region.

The listed entities of the CapitaLand Group include Australand, CapitaMalls Asia, CapitaMall Trust, CapitaCommercial Trust, Ascott Residence Trust, CapitaRetail China Trust, CapitaMalls Malaysia Trust and Quill Capita Trust.

About National Geographic Channels International (NGCI)

National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) inspires viewers through its smart, innovative programming that questions what we know, how we view the world and what drives us forward. A business enterprise owned by National Geographic Ventures and FOX Entertainment Group, NGCI contributes to the National Geographic Society's commitment to exploration, conservation and education through its six channels: National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channel HD, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Wild HD, Nat Geo Adventure and Nat Geo Music.

Globally, National Geographic Channel (including NGC U.S., which is a joint venture of NGV and Fox Cable Networks Group) is available in 435 million homes in 173 countries and 37 languages.

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Issued by: CapitaLand Limited (Co. Regn.: 198900036N) and National Geographic Channel

Date: 12 April 2012

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About Annie Griffiths

One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed on every continent during her illustrious career.

She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for the Society, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem.

In addition to her magazine work, Annie is deeply committed to photographing for aid organizations around the world. She is the Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document the programs that are empowering women and girls in the developing world, especially as they deal with the devastating effects of climate change.

Annie is known for her warmth and for her ability to quickly create photographs that humanize situations and cultures.

Annie's work has also appeared in LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian, Fortune, Merian, Stern, and many other publications. With author Barbara Kingsolver, she produced Last Stand: Americafs Virgin Lands, a book celebrating the last pristine wilderness in North America.

Proceeds from the book have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for grassroots land conservation. In 2008, Annie published A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel, a photo memoir about balance, and the joy of creating a meaningful life. In 2010, she published Simply Beautiful Photographs, which was named the top photo/art book of the year by Amazon and by Barnes and Noble. Annie is currently at work on three new books.

Annie has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated Press, the National Organization of Women, The University of Minnesota and the White House News Photographers Association.



Important Dates:
Submission period: 13 April to 10 June 2012 (both dates inclusive). Dates are subject to change.

Public Voting period: July 2012 (final dates to be confirmed closer to date)

Exclusive CapitaLand-NGC Photography Seminar by Annie Griffiths: August 2012 (final dates to be confirmed closer to date)

Exclusive Photo Trail with Annie Griffiths (for winners only): August 2012 (final dates to be confirmed closer to date)


1st Prize Winner

  • CapitaVouchers worth SGD 2,000
  • Nikon D5100 camera kit, lens and goodie bag worth SGD 2,000
  • Two consecutive nightsf stay in an Ascott serviced residence in Asia Pacific*

2nd Prize Winner

  • CapitaVouchers worth SGD 1,200
  • Nikon 1 J1 camera and lenses worth SGD 1,200
  • Two consecutive nightsf stay in an Ascott serviced residence in Asia Pacific*

3rd Prize Winner

  • CapitaVouchers worth SGD 800
  • Nikon COOLPIX P7100 camera and camera bag worth SGD 800
  • Two consecutive nightsf stay in an Ascott serviced residence in Asia Pacific*


Voters' Choice Winner
Photo entry with the most number of public votes will emerge as Votersf Choice Winner

  • CapitaVouchers worth SGD 500
  • Two consecutive nightsf stay in an Ascott serviced residence in Asia Pacific*


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All four winners will also join National Geographic Photographer Annie Griffiths on an exclusive CapitaLand photography trail in Singapore

Best CapitaMall Photo Special Prize
Chosen from the Top 3 winning photos and Votersf Choice Winner

Photo entry that captures the best of shoppers engaging in activities within CapitaMalls will stand to win additional SGD 500 worth of CapitaVouchers



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