Happiness, from Isabelle's Winning Perspective

June 2017

Profound deafness may have kept sound out of Ms Isabelle Lim’s life, but it did nothing to dampen her dreams. Having fallen in love with photography when she received her first camera in primary school, she pursued a diploma in art photography at LASALLE College of the Arts. Today, she pursues her passion as a freelance photographer, and held her first solo exhibition last year.

The 23-year-old also took the top spot in the adult category of the inaugural Singapore Children’s Society Photo Contest last year with her submission ‘My mother. My number 1 best friend. My role model. My inspiration. And the only one who knows me best. I love you Mummy!’. She was awarded a certificate plaque and also received a DSLR camera.


“The photo was about my mother and I spending time together. With her, I can talk about anything and we simply enjoy chatting and laughing with each other,” said Ms Lim.

Ms Lim and 19 other winners received their prizes at the Singapore Children’s Society Photo Contest 2016 Prize Presentation Ceremony at the National Design Centre on 15 October 2016. Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, then-Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Social and Family Development, was the Guest-of-Honour.

The theme of the inaugural contest was ‘Happy Faces’, with a sub-theme of ‘Sharing Precious Moments with Loved Ones’. It ran on the Society’s Facebook page through August 2016, and encouraged contestants to capture and share their moments of joy.

A total of 130 entries were received across two categories – youth between 13 and 17, and adults aged 18 and above. Ten winners were selected from each group based on naturalness, creativity and relevance, as well as likes and votes received.

“Through the Photo Contest, we hoped to remind and encourage people to spend more quality time with their loved ones and to capture those precious moments,” said Mr Alfred Tan, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Children’s Society.

Thank you to DesignSingapore Council for partnering us as a venue supporter for the event.


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