The nationwide art competition organized by The One Academy that spanned over the past few months has come to a close on 21st July 2018 at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre (SPCC). The coveted Gold award and prize money of RM20,000 was won by Lee Ling Feng from Penang, the Silver award and RM1,000 was bagged by Johorian Yap Jia Le whereas the Bronze award and RM1,000 went to Ng Yan Lei from Kuala Lumpur. The top three winners walked away with a total of RM180,000 worth of scholarships from The One Academy along with the prize money. The seven other Young Artists Awards winners each received RM25,000 worth of scholarship, RM1,000 prize money and certificates of excellence.
The competition kicked off in May with thousands of hopeful young artists submitting their entries for the competition. Out of these, selected contestants were chosen to attend the On-The-Spot competitions held in Johor Bahru and Batu Pahat in Johor, Kota Bahru in Kelantan, Sibu, Kuching, Miri in Sarawak, Georgetown in Penang, Tawau and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Ipoh in Perak and Bandar Sunway, Selangor.
Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards runs annually in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios, in conjunction with its school holiday release, which for this year is ‘Incredibles 2’. This is in line with the theme of the competition for this year – ‘Save the World’.
The event was not all work as the family, friends and contestants who attended the ceremony got the opportunity to explore The One Academy’s Digital Art and Creative Design Expo, a public exhibit displaying a variety of impressive masterpieces from the diverse creative industry and works of graduates. The young students who participated were given a taste of the future as they were shown the multitude of career possibilities that the creative industry has to offer at the expo.
The guest of honour, Y.B. Puan Hannah Yeoh Tseow Suan, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development officiated the awards ceremony and highlighted the importance of creative education in her speech. She said, “creative education plays an important part in ensuring an individual is developed wholesomely which is in line with the mission of the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development to integrate the perspectives of women and society into the mainstream of national development.” She also emphasized that, “we are now in the era of creative economy which sees to various sectors such as interactive media, social media, computer & mobile games, 3D animation, film visual effects and more. It can be said that the creative industry has even transcended other giant industries. As such, there is now a need for creative educators to keep up and meet the demands of this fast-growing industry by producing talents.”
In an effort to recognize and appreciate the dedication and passion of art educators, the Distinguished Art Educator Awards was awarded to the teachers who helped nurture the Top 10 winners. The art teacher of the Gold winner, Ms. Cheng Yeow Chye was given RM1,000 as a token for her efforts. This year, the Art Educator Lifetime Achievement Award went to Mr. Koh Ping Yap from the Kluang Chong Hwa High School who has been teaching art for the past 29 years during which he received numerous accolades and awards for his achievements in the art industry. Mr. Leong Hoy Yoke, the Managing Director of The One Academy Penang was also conferred the award as a token of appreciation for his hard work and contribution to the art industry for the past 20 years.
The awards ceremony also celebrated 10 inspiring individuals who have taken the creative industry by storm since graduating from The One Academy. The Malaysia Top 10 Creative Youth Awards was awarded to Dayang Nur Afizah, the co-founder and designer of Machineast Pte. Ltd., Singapore; Lim Jun Yuen, CEO of Mossery in Kuala Lumpur; Khoo Boon Tiong, Art & Certificate Course Head at The One Academy, Selangor; Charles Loke Chee Kin, the founder and creative director at Mode Interior Style, Selangor; Steve Chong Tek Loong, Assistant 2D Supervisor at Tau Films, Selangor; Koh Cheng Kuan, Deputy Head of the Fine Arts Departments at The One Academy, Selangor; Theo Loi Fui Teng, Senior Designer at DS Space Design Studio, Shanghai; Ng Wei Ling, Chief Creative Officer at Blinkware Technology, Selangor; Kevin Lai Han Wen, Production Manager at Lemon Sky, Selangor and Phang Jin Jo, environmental technical director at MPC Films, Montreal.
To date, Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards has given out more than RM16.2 million worth of scholarships to deserving talented individuals all over Malaysia. Currently in its 21st year, this art competition brings out the best and most talented young artists and nurtures them to help lead them to success.
Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards will still hold steadfast to its mission to discover new young talents.
Attendees registering themselves at the Digital Art and Creative Design Expo.
Contestants hard at work preparing their art pieces.
Participants exploring the many booths showcasing the handiwork of students.
Y.B. Puan Hannah Yeoh examining the work of students, looking on is Mr. Tatsun Hoi, Principal and Founder of The One Academy.
Guest of Honor, Y.B. Puan Hannah Yeoh receiving her portrait as a token of appreciation.
The recipients of the the Malaysia Top 10 Creative Youth Awards taking a group photo with Y.B. Puan Hannah Yeoh and Mr. Tatsun Hoi.
The winner of the Gold award Lee Ling Feng from Penang posing with Mr. Tatsun Hoi after receiving his award and prize.
The Top 10 winners of the Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Awards posing with Y.B. Puan Hannah Yeoh and Mr. Tatsun Hoi for a group photo.