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A roommate from China or a project mate from Indonesia? When you meet people from another country, you interact with them on various topics, you get to hear their language, and know their custom and culture.

"You’re Got a Friend in Me" is a photo-story contest centred on the theme of friendships between NUS international and local undergrads.  
Submit your photo stories/poems from 6 December 2021 through 9 January 2022 and you could be one of the five winners to win $100 CapitaVouchers each! 

How to participate

1. Select a photo that shows your different cultural backgrounds or activities you did together with your friend 

2. Write a short story/poem about your friendship 

3. Submit your photo together with your writings to Office of Student Affairs via NUSync.

Enter Contest  

Terms & Conditions

Story criteria: Your group must be a mix of local and international NUS students, minimally two people including yourself. Some prompts to get you started:  
• How has your international/local friend(s) made your NUS journey more meaningful? 
• Relate an incident where you learnt something new about your international / local friend(s) 
• List your discoveries while interacting with friends from different cultures. How did it change the way you look at the world?  

Privacy and Consent
NUS shall own the physical property and all intellectual property rights to the Photographic Material. Read more in the submission form.

Judging Panel
The judges will decide on the winning entries based on whether the story demonstrates intercultural learning, relevance to NUS student life, a captivating style and whether the photo value-adds to the story. The judges’ decisions are final and there will be no further correspondences with the participants once the results are released.  

Meet our Judges

sean 1x1  Sean Tan

Sean’s passion for photography started in 2002. His interest for photo-journalism grew when he had a stint with Singapore's broadsheet, The Straits Times from 2004 to 2005. As a staff advisor to several NUS student organisations, Sean heads the Student Leadership Development unit in OSA. He continues to pursue his passion for photography through capturing student life on campus when opportunities arise. 
 hyzue 1x1 Hyzue Gimin 

Prior to NUS, Hyzue sank his teeth into photojournalistic works in National Geographic Explorers, running the Project Green Carpet focussing on environmental issues within Asia. In 2018, he organised the first community sports photography contest as part of NUS Community Sports Carnival, which former Senior Minister of State, MCCY & MCI, Ms. Sim Ann, was Guest-of-Honour.  

tammie 1x1  Tammie Moo

"A picture speaks a thousand words. I believe that photographs have the power to communicate stories and experiences that are difficult to experience through words. I look forward to feeling your experiences through this photo-story contest." Tammie is currently a Student Wellness staff in OSA. 

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