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Nikon VIP Access winners to head to the Galápagos Islands

Nikon VIP Access winners to embark exclusive photography expedition to the Galápagos Islands, with National Geographic Photographer Rich Reid

30 August 2013

Nikon Singapore is glad to announce that the winners of its “I AM AN EXPLORER” contest will be embarking on an exclusive, all-paid tour to the Galápagos Islands with National Geographic Photographer, Rich Reid -- this November.

The “Nikon VIP Access” campaign ( saw close to 600 entries received in its first quarter contest, “I AM AN EXPLORER”, held from 20 May to 16 June 2013. Participants were challenged to capture shots of Nature in Singapore, and 2 winners were chosen based on an 80% judges choice and 20% public voter’s choice.

Winners of “I AM AN EXPLORER” contest
Each of the 2 winners collecting their prize, a Nikon D5200 kit (worth S$1,259).

Jason Tan Tze Li 

“Winning this competition still seems unreal to me, and the prize of going to Galápagos is a chance of a lifetime indeed! I am looking forward to visit these amazing islands and will grab this opportunity to capture its beauty. On this trip, I hope to be able to capture the natural landscapes at Galápagos as well as spot wildlife such as dolphins, tortoises, sea lions and more, in its original habitat -- pure and undisturbed!” 

Dr Chua Ee Kiam

“I’ve heard so much about Galápagos, and I’ve also read about it in Charles Darwin’s book, ‘Origin of species’, which was so captivating. So I was thinking, this is one place I must go, but it has taken me some time and it is very expensive!  So winning this contest is definitely a super opportunity and a dream come true, and I just can’t wait to showcase the images to come, as well as share it with all my friends.”

Lucky voter Jeannie Lim also collected her prize - a Nikon COOLPIX S800c (worth S$549).

The Winning Photo Entries:


Enjoy the peaceful beauty of nature in the reservoir.
Location: Upper Seletar Reservoir
Photographer: Jason Tan Tze Li 

A rapturous moment between a pair of Black-naped Terns as they delicately pirouetted in mid-air.
Location: Off Pulau Ubin
Photographer: Dr Chua Ee Kiam

Galápagos Photo Expedition

The Galápagos Archipelago, Darwin's living laboratory, is home to an abundance of wildlife. Isolated from the mainland for millions of years, it is one of the rare wildernesses where animals have no instinctive fear of humans, making for incredible photographic opportunities.

This November, National Geographic photographer Rich Reid will be joined by Nikon VIP Access winners, Dr Chua Ee Kiam and Jason Tan Tze Li, aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. He will guide them as they learn new tips and techniques while capturing images of flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, giant tortoises, and the remarkable scenery of the islands.

Over a 10-day trip this November, the 2 winners will also journal their experiences through photos so as to be able to share their exclusive VIP privilege with everyone through images.

Some areas to be covered during the trip include nature walks, island hopping to Isla Bartolomé, swimming with Galápagos penguins, a visit to Isla Santiago to see underwater caverns, wild tortoise spotting at Isla Santa Cruz, dolphin lookout at Isla Isabela and more marine animal-spotting over white beaches of the islands.

The best photos during the trip will be shared on Nikon Singapore’s Facebook Page at the end of November, at

About “Nikon VIP Access”

Nikon VIP Access is a series of photo contests, organised by FOX International Channels and Nikon Singapore, through which Nikon challenges aspiring photographers in Singapore with 4 different photography contests themes and perks.

The prize, is an exclusive “VIP Access” through which the winner gets a once-in-a-lifetime experience to travel to different parts of the world and experience a different activity for each location. They will also win a Nikon DSLR camera to accompany them on that special VIP access trip, flight and accommodation included!

The contest line-up:

I AM AN EXPLORER (20 May - 16 June 2013) - Contest has ended

Nikon VIP ACCESS: 2 winners will embark on a breath-taking adventure in The Galápagos Archipelago with a National Geographic photographer!


I AM SPORTY (8 July - 18 August 2013) - Contest has ended

1 grand winner will get to embrace the excitement “LIVE” at a La Liga game in Spain. Date of departure (To be announced).

Catch the 2013/2014 season of the Liga BBVA on STAR Sports.

I AM GLAMOROUS (29 August - 25 September 2013) - ongoing

Get up close with the super models on a magical evening at the luxurious Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show! 

More information during 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Star World/Star World HD.


I AM KPOP (Dates to be announced)

Party alongside your favourite K-Pop stars at the Mnet Asian Music Awards, one of Asia’s largest K-pop music award shows! 

More information during Mnet Asian Music Awards 2013. Coming soon to Channel M/Channel M HD.

Aspiring photographers may like to keep watch on Nikon VIP Access' upcoming contests, I AM GLAMOROUS and I AM KPOP to win great prizes and exclusive Access! 

For each contest, lucky voters will also stand to win a Nikon COOLPIX!

Visit the campaign website at