By Lee Phek Thong
In 2012 NParks organised the Festival of Biodiversity held at Singapore Botanical Gardens over the weekend of May 26th and 27th. It was a congregation of societies and groups focused on Nature in Singapore, setting up booths to showcase each of their specialties to create awareness and educate the general public.
NPSS was approached to setup a booth at the festival, and from there, we were not only there to educate about the art and science of Nature Photography, but we were also intrigued by the offerings from other groups.
There were familiar faces apart from those in our Nature Photography circles, people we knew from NSS, and Butterfly interest groups, to Cicada Tree, a group focus on education about nature, as well as groups from the Raffles Museum. It was a kaleidoscope of all things nature, drawn together by a common love, yet diverse in the representation. From the science to the arts, there’s never a dull moment when one is walking through the aisle from booth to booth.
As with our last successful exhibition in late 2011, NPSS setup a showcase of prints from our very own masters of Macro and Avian Photographers, adding to the exhibition booth was a slide show showcasing even more photos from our members, from macro, to Avian, to landscapes and creative arts in Nature Photography. What sets our booth in this Festival apart from the others we had participated was that we intentionally chose only photos taken in Singapore, a showcase of how intriguing and colourful our own City in a Garden can be. And NPSS can be proud to say that we did attract many a crowd, who were more than amazed that such natural richness resides in our small modernised island.
It was with great pleasure, also that we had the Festival’s distinguished Guest-of-Honor, our President, Dr. Tony Tan, visit our booth, with Yixiong introducing our society’s activities and focus – to cultivate an awareness and interest in nature through photography.
Later we were also paid a visit by Minister of State for National Development and Manpower, Tan Chuan-Jin, and the CEO of NParks, Poon Hong Yuen, who were curious to know about our club activities.
During the two days of activities, there were several talks conducted by representatives from various groups. NPSS had our own speaker, Lee Yan Leong, who touched on the subject “Macro World of Singapore”, where he shared with the public on finding and shooting macro subjects in Singapore, and how diversified and amazing subjects we can find, if we just take the time to get down and take a closer and longer look. It was a talk very well received by the many who attended.
As a not-for-profit organisation, NPSS is run by a big group of volunteers. So naturally, we had a good number of volunteers who turned up to help to setup and man the booth over the two days. It was a time to meet the public and talk to them about our interests, as well as to have a nice chat with old (and new) friends from the festival. Everyone had a great time.
Overall, the festival was a success, and NPSS is proud to be a part of it, and looking forward to participating again next year.
On this note, NPSS would like to thank NParks for organising this wonderful event, especially also to Jocelyne Sze of the Festival of Biodiverity organising committee.
And also, not forgetting our own volunteers who took time to help out during the festival: Sharon S. Lim, Victor Loh Teck Siong, Teo Ngee Chye, Tony Png, Timothy Tan, John Yeo, Peter Low, Joe Tan. A BIG thank you to you all!
And also thanks to the NPSS Exco members: Dr Cai Yixiong, Endy, Pegi Lee, Anthony Quek, Hazel Han, Tan Hwee Boon, Lee Yan Leong, Allan Lee and Lee Phek Thong.
Also many thanks to those NPSS members and friends who turned up and visited the booth, and attended Yan Leong’s talk in support.
Thanks to everyone for making this a success!!