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     FrontPage Edition: Fri 7 Oct 2005

NAFA wins 29 prizes at prestigious Crowbar Awards 2005

By Lim Sze Howe


NAFA bags 29 prizes at prestigious Crowbar Awards 2005

The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) yielded a bumper crop of 29 award-winners, including the highest number of Gold awards garnered by a single institution, at this year¡¯s Crowbar Awards. Of these, two were given ¡°Best of Category & Gold¡± honours.
Organised by the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Singapore (4As), the Crowbar Awards is the region¡¯s premiere creative awards show for students.
This year¡¯s event attracted over 880 entries from Singapore, China, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. A new ¡°Crowbar Challenge¡± category was introduced this year, where participants had to form creative concepts based on a brief supplied by the organiser, and the winner was non other than NAFA student, Lim Sze Howe.
The list of 94 winners for 2005 was announced on 23 September at the awards ceremony held at the NTUC Auditorium.

By Lim Sze Howe

Third-year Visual Communication diploma student Sze Howe bagged the Best of Category/Gold award in the ¡°Crowbar Challenge¡± category with his entry, Polaroid Postcard. To the 24-year-old Advertising major, who previously was a Science student at Yishun Junior College, coming out tops for the Crowbar Challenge was a massive encouragement to his artistic pursuits.
Said Sze Howe: ¡°Science was not my cup of tea, so I decided to take a leap of faith and study design, which was my passion. Winning the coveted Crowbar has justified my decision to follow my dream, and NAFA provided me with the chance to realise it. It also means that I need to work harder and not rest on my laurels.¡±
Sze Howe added that the casual yet stimulating and interactive manner in which lessons were conducted allowed students like himself to think out-of-the-box and let their creative ideas flow freely.

By Queenie Yau Lai Yin

Another student, Queenie Yau Lai Yin, walked away with the Best of Category/Gold award in the ¡°Photography¡± section for her series of thought-provoking photographs. For her work, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, the third-year Multimedia diploma student created a series of snapshots that revolved around the theme, ¡°Loneliness¡±.
¡°Back in my secondary school days, I was not sure of what I wanted to do. But after joining NAFA, I now have a much clearer direction of my goal, which is to become an outstanding designer. Winning this award has certainly given me a stronger motivation and assurance in my chosen path,¡± said Queenie, who migrated to Singapore from Hong Kong eight years ago.

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