Not all shots have to be emo, and other professional-guidelines from winners of OSOS photograph and video clip contest

What would make a ‘good’ photograph? How do you capture a thing invisible, like school society? 

Schoolbag picks the brains of 3 winners from Ministry of Education’s yearly Our Colleges, Our Stories Picture and Video clip Contest 2022, to get the tales driving their entries. 

By Lim Jun Kang 

The Ministry of Education’s yearly Our Educational facilities, Our Tales (OSOS) Picture and Video clip Contest draws in countless numbers of entries each 12 months from college personnel and students. What tends to make a winning entry?

3 of the 2022 winners share their professional-strategies with us.

How do you capture something intangible like school spirit?

Identify: Mr Mohamed Nazri Bin Hamzah
            Head of Division of Humanities

University: Yuhua Secondary College

Category: MOE team

Topic: ‘United As One’

Profitable entry: ‘The Yuhua Spirit’

To Mr Mohamed Nazri Bin Hamzah, the spirit of a put is captured in the day to day times that generally go unnoticed.

He is the Head of Section of Humanities at Yuhua Secondary School. When he observed a single of the competitors themes, he was motivated. ‘United As One’ nearly describes what the school is about, in particular as it emerged robust from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

As an alumnus of the college and now a instructor there, he felt an innate obligation to share what made the faculty exclusive, “the collective resilience to increase to any events, and cherishing shared experiences”.  

The outcome? The image of two persons sharing a fist-bump as an legendary indication of the moments, and the relaxed air involving the teacher and pupil that says it all – school lifetime is back again normal!

To capture these types of photographs, a person really should have a tale to convey to, and to do so from a imaginative issue of view, provides Mr Nazri.

“There must be a sure concept that signifies some thing to oneself, or your friends and teachers. What is it that you want to display?”

“As a Humanities teacher, I have normally been instructing my learners to acquire unique perspectives, and that influences how I consider photographs as perfectly,” claims Mr Nazri. “What anyone sees from their perspective is special and unique. In individuals candid moments, inquire oneself ‘what is a imaginative way or angle to provide out the subject’s story?’” 

“It was a happy second when we learnt that we received the contest. Not since of the affirmation acquired, but for the reason that we had been able to notify our school story from it.”

You can see the full photo story “The Yuhua Spirit” and other successful stories of the competitors theme listed here.

How do you decide on your subject matter?

Names: Supisara Anya Kashemsanta Na Ayudhya and Ngow Yong Jun Hold

College: Initial Toa Payoh Principal University

Category: Junior

Theme: “Our University Community”

Profitable entry: “Because You are the Ideal!”


To decide on a fantastic subject for your images or video clips, locate a little something or anyone who conjures up you, of program! 

Two college student photographers from Initial Toa Payoh Major Faculty, Supisara Anya Kashemsanta Na Ayudhya and Ngow Yong Jun Hang, had no issue selecting who they wished to shoot for the OSOS contest. They like their Science lessons operate by Mr Zulkarna’in Bin Buniran, so they chose him and their classmates for the photograph topic, “Our Faculty Community”.

“We needed to share our favourite components of obtaining Mr Zul as our trainer,” said Anya and Jun Hold in their e mail reply. They wanted the audience to feeling the powerful bond he experienced with his pupils. “He gives us his ideal, so that we can be our greatest!” 

In their profitable pictures, titled “Because You are the Greatest!”, Mr Zul is noticed serenading students with a guitar, bowling above empty drink cans with paper balls, and even earning a “butterfly” fly out of a guide with the help of a rubber band. 

“We required to share our favorite components of getting Mr Zul
as our trainer.”

Very first Toa Payoh Major College is a regular OSOS participant. The school’s Applied Finding out Programme, Literacy as a result of Photojournalism, teaches pupils technical competencies such as dealing with pictures machines and visible concepts this kind of as framing. More importantly, it presents prospects for pupils to express their creativeness and exceptional viewpoints of faculty lifetime.

“As they progress as a result of major university, there are quite a few prospects for pupils to hone their creativity by team discussions and art appreciation, be it through the ALP or in the curriculum,” suggests teacher-facilitator Diana Binte Mohamed Mazlan, who presented advice to the contest participants.

“But what we want them to acquire absent would be the bravery to express them selves with out the undue stress of whether or not their pics are the ideal.”

You can check out the total image story “Mainly because You are the Very best!” and other successful stories of the competitiveness theme right here.

How do you strategy for a successful shot?

Names: Jaylene Annabelle Thie, Keira Yeo and Alastair Chua Haw Chong

University: Clementi Town Secondary School

Group: Youth

Theme: “Priceless Moments”

Winning entry:  “REPLAY – The Musical”


To the photographers driving this successful shot, they realized the future musical at Clementi Town Secondary University would be ripe with prospect for emotive articles. 

They received maintain of the creation agenda and stationed them selves at the essential events. Then they bought into place quietly at the rear of the scenes, documenting the solid and crew’s activities, camaraderie, and tough function. 

When selecting shots for their OSOS entry, pupils Jaylene Annabelle Thie, Keira Yeo and Alastair Chua Haw Chong felt that the musical collection in shape the concept to a tee. 

“Let your photos contact your coronary heart, just like how the times and photographs captured touched ours back then.”

The hard work desired for the auditions, rehearsals, and preparing generally goes unnoticed, but “even with the extended several hours of preparation, absolutely everyone put up a real smile, which showed the ‘heart’ of the experience”, remembers Keira fondly.

“That is what our college is all about. The musical was put up by students from distinct CCAs, alumnus and even our instructors, and no matter of the diverse backgrounds and encounters, we even now came with each other to place our pretty greatest in this demonstrate,” states Jaylene. “Let your photographs contact your heart, just like how the times and pictures captured touched ours back again then.”

Adds Keira, “By these images, learners and the public must be impressed to obtain their very own levels someday. We hope that they much too, can working experience how we felt in these shots.”

You can view the complete picture tale “REPLAY – The Musical” and other successful stories of the competition theme listed here.

Ministry of Education’s “Our Colleges, Our Stories” Picture and Video Contest is back again, which includes a new topic ‘World of Possibilities’ to search forward to! Clearly show us the one of a kind stories of day-to-day faculty lifetime, by way of your digicam lenses. Really encourage your child, pupils, and friends to participate, and show us what helps make college exclusive!

Visit for contest specifics.

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