The Shoot for Sustainability photo competition was initiated to raise public awareness about our impact on #OurCleanEarth. In four weeks, over 1,500 entries were received from participants across Southeast Asia and India.

These are the winning entries:




A veterinarian of Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme is seen carrying Leo, an orphaned baby Sumatran Orangutan which is undergoing reintroduction to the wild inside the Jantho pine forest reserve of Aceh, Indonesia on Nov 14, 2018. Hundreds of Sumatran orangutans were released in the Jantho forest after experiencing conflict with humans.

Sutanta Aditya
Aceh, Indonesia


Unlike in Singapore where treated water is directly supplied to every household, villagers in Dala have to collect water from ponds near their house for their daily consumption. With proper rubbish disposal, sanitary facilities and supply of safe portable water to the communities, hopefully the lives of the villagers can be improved.

Chen Han Qi
Dala Township, Yangon, Myanmar


Two children working in a small plastic recycling factory on a hidden street of Yangon, Myanmar. These plastic bottles will later be cleaned and recycled into other useful products. Approximately 8 million tonnes of plastic waste enter the Earth's oceans every year. Recycling is key to global efforts to reduce plastic in the waste stream.

Zay Yar Lin
Insein Township, Yangon


The only way to achieve #ourcleanearth is to live in harmony with the environment, within the rate of replenishment in natural systems. Whale sharks have a long lifespan and late maturation. The largest fish in the world, they are considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to the impact of fisheries, bycatch losses, and vessel strikes.

Chen Dexiang (Dex)
Oslob, Cebu, Philippines



In an effort to green our city as Singapore was undergoing urbanization, the Garden City initiative was launched in 1967 by the then Prime Minister of Singapore Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Today at Gardens by the Bay, we can see a romp of wild smooth-coated otters roaming freely and calling this city in a garden their home.

Kang Yen Thiing
Bay East Garden, Singapore



Carcass of a green turtle stranded on the beach. Sea turtles have a low survival rate; not many hatchlings make it to adulthood due to predators. Nature has compensated for this – the female turtles have multiple clutches of hundreds of babies at a time. However, these animals cannot overcome stress from human activity, such as getting caught by fishing gear, poaching and climate change. As a result, they have struggled to survive.

Fahreza Ahmad
Syiah Kuala Beach,
Banda Aceh City, Indonesia



A former fisherman family seen here in a new trade - as an illegal logger of mangrove forests. They sell the wood to earn money for their daily needs. According to them, the sea ‘no longer has fish now’.

Sutanta Aditya
Belawan, Medan, Indonesia



Myanmar forest department officers bringing a wild baby elephant that was rescued by villagers to the Thayatsan Elephant Camp. She was left behind soon after birth when the entire herd had to flee from a human-wildlife conflict between the herd and villages nearby. Due to human activities and climate change, the habitats of wildlife such as these elephants have been gradually disappearing. They are forced to encroach on the fringes of the nearby villages which results in conflict between people and wildlife.

Hkun Lat
Pathein, Irrawaddy Region,



Villagers measuring a tree and collecting data in the Late Hla Al community forest in southern Myanmar. The 553-acre community forest was established in 2017. For many years, the forest has provided food, shelter and livelihood for them. Now the villagers are actively conserving the forest, developing their forest management plan and maintaining the forest for their livelihood and future generations.

Hkun Lat
Thayetchaung Township,
Tanintharyi division, Myanmar



Singapore, often called the city in a garden, is home to the first ecological bridge in Southeast Asia. The bridge was built just for animals, to restore the ecological connection between two nature reserves divided by an expressway. Such ecological bridges could be the answer to how we can co-exist and live in harmony with wildlife.

Tong Tran Son
Eco-Link@BKE, Singapore



An otter is having his dinner at Marina Bay with his family. After the meal, the otters will move to their home under the famous Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay. The security officers help them to cross the road as there are a lot of tourists around! This city is an amazing example of co-habitation between people and wildlife. Increasingly, there are many otter families appearing in spaces where humans frequent.

Tong Tran Son
Marina Bay, Singapore





This photo does not show a volcano, but a garbage dump. The garbage is like a mountain on fire and pollutes the air. On the other hand, if the garbage is not burned, there will not be enough land to accommodate the garbage that is being disposed of here every day. Therefore we must choose to reduce the use of disposable plastics – bags, bottles and packaging – to reduce plastic pollution.

Saddam Husein
Terjun Village, Medan, Indonesia



There are an estimated 1.5 million to 4 million waste pickers in India, many of whom are women and children. They fill an important gap in the waste collection and recycling process, but remain faceless and socially marginalised. Without a formal legal relationship with the municipality or the recycling traders, they do not get compensation for suffering occupation related hazards.

Supriya Biswas
Kolkata City, India



A boat passes through a canal filled with white foam in the East Flood Canal in Jakarta, Indonesia. Till today, there is a lack of public awareness about river hygiene, resulting in the rivers being filled with a variety of waste, from industry and the community.

Arie Basuki
East Flood Canal, North Jakarta, Indonesia



Two children running around on a trash mountain. They live in the garbage disposal area, so it has become their daily playground. For them, rubbish is not a disgusting thing as the trash is a means of livelihood for their parents to earn their daily income and send them to school.

Ady Agustian
Piyungan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia



The Philippines uses almost 60 million plastic bags a day. That’s right - every day. Not in a week nor in a month, but daily. The figure does not even include the number of plastic bottles we use daily. If we want a clean earth, we should all start practicing, recycling, reusing and reducing our usage of plastic.

Joel C. Forte
Rizal Province, Philippines



Try the taste of eating plastic so that you know how animals in the wild feel when they are accidentally forced to eat plastic that you throw away indiscriminately! Starting from this second, let us not carelessly discard plastics so that we can make our Earth beautiful and our lives more sustainable!

Ihsan Kurniawan
Jatinangor, Indonesia





Harnessing the unlimited energy from the sun for our power needs is the way to go for a clean and green earth. This non-pollutive way of generating energy is both sustainable and eco-friendly. Imagine the day when the solar cells atop your house can generate sufficient energy for your daily use – free electricity!

Wong Chek Poh
Serangoon housing estate, Singapore





A grandfather travels by boat with his family, enjoying the journey and oblivious to the mass of green around him. It looks like they’re on a globe of Earth, and travelling into another world. In winter, when the flow of water is very low, a moss-like structure forms due to photo chemical reactions and pollutes the water. Together with other pollutants, it renders the water unsafe for use by humans, flora and fauna.

Aniruddha Pal
Damodar River, West Bengal, India





Motorists heading home at rush hour. The increasing number of private vehicles is the leading cause of congestion and air pollution, and directly impact the lives of city dwellers. The pollution from vehicles causes skin diseases and lung cancer, among many other health risks. We need to cut down on the number of vehicles to reduce air pollution and make Earth clean again.

Quach Dinh Hieu
Long Bien Bridge, Hanoi, Vietnam






Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan won National Geographic’s Nature Photographer of the Year 2017. His work has been seen on National Geographic and the BBC.




Laurel Chor is a writer, photographer, filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer from Hong Kong. She was the Asia producer for VICE News Tonight, an Emmy award-winning nightly show on HBO.



 Stephen Forshaw is the Head of Public Affairs at Temasek where he leads a team responsible for overseeing the brand identity and corporate communications for Temasek. Stephen firmly believes in the importance of story-telling in communications.



12-day National Geographic Journeys trip with G Adventures worth up to US$10,000

The adventure of a lifetime awaits! The Grand Prize winner will embark on a 12-day, all-expenses-paid National Geographic Journeys trip with G Adventures to experience the best of Borneo. Join an amphibian expert to explore the lush Kubah National Park, ride along jungle waterways in a longboat, see the rainforests come alive after dusk on a night safari, visit the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre and get a glimpse of rural Bornean life at a Bidayuh village.


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1st Runner-up: Olympus E-M1 Mark II 12-40mm kit, worth US$2,190
2nd Runner-up: Olympus E-M5 Mark II 14-150mm kit, worth US$1,190



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