Honorable Mention / 2020 / Architecture / Buildings

Vertical Living

  • Photographer
    Katherine Young

More than 80% of Singapore's population live in public housing (HDB) flats located in large housing estates. Each block is considered a vertical community with common area built to promote social interaction. They have become an integral part of Singapore and their architecture is something I find alluring. One of such developments is located in Yung Kuang Road. The four blocks known as the diamond blocks were constructed in the 1970s by Jurong Town Corporation in order to house their employees. The 21-storey development escaped demolition and is currently used to house low-income families.

I’m an avid, amateur fine art photographer currently based in London.

I began my own journey with travel photography, aiming to capture the essence of each of the places I visited. Inspired by the contemporary environment of Singapore, I later focused my attention on cityscapes and architecture. More recently, I find myself attracted to nature and seascapes.

Awards 2020
- Budapest International Foto Awards (bifa) - Silver and Bronze Awards, Architecture;
- Xposure International Photography and Film Awards - Nomination, Architecture;
- Prix de la Photographie, Paris (px3) - Second Place, Gold and Silver Awards Architecture;
- Moscow International Foto Awards (mifa) - Gold and Silver Awards, Architecture;

2019
- Sony World Photography Awards - Shortlisted, Open Architecture;
- Moscow International Foto Awards (mifa) - Bronze Award, Architecture;
- Prix de la Photographie, Paris (px3) - Silver Award, Architecture;
- International Photography Awards (ipa) - Architecture Photographer of the Year (First Place, Architecture and First Place Abstract Architecture);
- Budapest International Foto Awards (bifa) - Gold and Silver Awards, Architecture;
- Chromatic Awards - Third Place, Architecture and Cityscapes;
- Tokyo International Foto Awards (tifa) - Silver and Bronze Medals, Architecture;

2018
- Fine Art Photography Awards (FAPA) - Third Place, Architecture;
- Moscow International Foto Awards (mifa) - Silver and Bronze Awards, Architecture;
- Prix de la Photographie, Paris (px3) - Silver Award, Architecture;
- International Photography Awards (ipa) - Second and Third Place, Architecture;
- Chromatic Awards - First Place, Architecture;
- Tokyo International Foto Awards (tifa) - First Place and Gold Medal, Architecture;

2017
- Sony World Photography Awards - Commendation, Open Architecture;