Awards, Medals and Prizes in Singapore

The following is a list of awards, medals and prizes that have been awarded in Singapore, ranging from local awards to major international ones. These include cups, trophies, medals, badges and state decorations.

The annual HOFS Award recognises the achievements and contributions of Singaporeans who have risen above the rest in their chosen fields. The awards aim to raise the bar in niche sectors across the region and beyond. The winners are recognised for their innovation and creativity in their industries, as well as for their dedication to their businesses and the community at large. This year, the event was held at the Ritz Carlton Millenia.

On 7 November, Britain’s Prince William attended the Earthshot Prize ceremony in Singapore, which awarded £1 million to five green innovators working on projects including a cleaner lithium-ion battery and ocean conservation. The prize, founded by the prince in 2020, takes its name from President John F Kennedy’s 1962 “moonshot” speech challenging Americans to land on the moon within a decade.

During his four-day visit to the city-state, the prince will meet Singaporeans to see how local organisations are fighting to protect and restore the planet. He will also attend the United for Wildlife global summit, featuring representatives of law enforcement agencies and conservation groups to help combat the trade in illegal wildlife products, which is estimated to be worth $20 billion a year. William will try his hand at dragon boating, a popular sport in many parts of Asia, and meet Singaporeans who are leading the fight against climate change.

The winner of the 2024 NUS Singapore History Prize, which comes with a cash prize of $3,000 and a trophy, is Ms Hidayah Ibrahim for her book Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea, 1300 – 1800. She was picked by a jury panel comprising historians Prof Mahbubani, Prof John Miksic of the NUS Department of History, and Tan Tai Yong, President of NUS University of Social Sciences.

Ms Ibrahim, who was born in the heart of Kampong Glam and grew up in one of Singapore’s most interesting neighbourhoods, wrote about the city’s heritage, culture and society. The finalists were each required to submit a research paper, deliver a presentation and defend their thesis in front of a panel of adjudicators.

In addition to the monetary award, the winning teams receive the opportunity to be hosted in Boston for an accelerator programme at the Harvard Museum of Natural History and a trip to Singapore. They will be able to network with other like-minded startups and receive mentorship from top venture capitalists. In addition, each team will receive support to scale their innovations and make them commercially viable. The competition is regulated by the Betting and Sweepstake Duties Act, but prize promotions are excluded from its scope provided that participants do not pay to participate in the promotion. This article was adapted from a report by the BBC. Its original version can be read here.