Committed to the cultivating of future creative masters, The One Academy once again offered scholarship worth RM650,000 to 110 teenagers. Through the Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Award 2013, youngsters keen on embarking on a creative career are bestowed with the opportunities to enroll in cutting-edge art programmes, and later strengthen the global creative industry with their exceptional expertise.
As a consistent effort to scout for talents around the region and nurture their artistry, Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artist Award has now entered its 16th year in 2013. It is an on-going initiative to recognize and develop the creative skills of budding talents, allowing them to be equipped with the essential creative knowledge and be aware of the opportunities awaiting them, with the hope that they will emerge as the global creative expert they aspired to be, and shine brightly in the worldwide universe of art and design.
Offering RM650,000 of The One Academy scholarship as well as fabulous prizes to 110 talented students, this annual competition was held alongside the much-anticipated release of Disney•Pixar’s ‘Monster University’, Malaysia Top 10 was co-organised by The One Academy and New Straits Times, and supported by Walt Disney Studios Malaysia, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDEC) as well as Gempak and Comic King. This year, it saw the participation of over 6,000 teenagers from all over the country in the qualifying challenge.
The theme of the preliminary round was ‘Monster design’, with more than 3,000 shortlisted participants invited to attend the final round, in the form of an on-the-spot drawing competiton, held at twelve locations across the country. The grand finale in Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya on 7th July, 2013 alone saw the participation of close to 600 contestants. Contestants were allowed three hours to complete their masterpieces themed ‘First day at the university’, for which the scenes and characters could be either realistic or fantastic.
Artworks were judged as soon as the competition ended. The panel of judges was comprised of various prominent figures from partners and sponsors, and they have selected the finest art pieces based on criteria such as originality, creativity, tidiness as well as the strength of storytelling aspect of the artworks. Concurrently, a seminar was conducted by Harlym Yeo, Marketing Manager of The One Academy, who shared some insights on various art design courses available at the college. He also screened some TV commercials done by The One Academy graduates, as well as behind the scene documentaries of those productions to arouse participants’ interest in embracing a future career in the creative industry.
Associate Dean of University of Hertfordshire’s School of Creative Arts, David McGravie also introduced the audience to the rich history as well as the marvellous campus life offered in the university, hoping that local students would benefit from its superb courses.
Gracing the prize giving ceremony was Ms Loke Va Nee, the Organising Chairman of the event. She acknowledged that the number of students enrolling in creative education and graduating into the industry as awesome artists, indicating that the upward trends of creative industry was catching steam in the knowledge-based economies.
“As the country’s top-notch art and design college, The One Academy is resolved to create a learning environment that is conducive to nurture our best creative talents, where they can learn from industry experts, in order to obtain the essence of creativity, allowing them to produce works that meet the industry’s escalating needs,” said her.
Sixteen-year old Siti Balqis Abdul Rahman from Sekolah Menengah Vokasional Sepang emerged as the Best of the Best Gold Award winner, and won The One Academy scholarship worth RM60,000. For the first time in Malaysia Top 10, the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom has also sponsored a scholarship worth £5,000 to the champion, to be redeemed when she enrolls in University of Hertfordshire’s Bachelor’s Degree programmes.
Siti Balqis also romped home with an Apple iPhone 5, Monster University movie premiums, a certificate and a trophy. Winning an art competition for the first time, the savvy young artist was surprised that she was chosen as the overall champion. Rendering a young lady queuing up to register at the university on the first day with some monsters, she completed her artwork with colour pencils and crayons, and received the highest ranking after judges individually marked the submission by the top 12 finalists. The scholarship awarded also has hardened her determination to pursue arts education after SPM.
The Silver award went to Teo Rui-Rou, a 16 years old girl from Sri Kuala Lumpur Secondary School, Subang Jaya. She took home scholarship worth RM50,000, Apple iPad 2 and movie premiums. Delighted over her victory, Rui-Rou elaborated that her artwork portrayed the enchantment of a girl who met many monster friends during the first day of the university. It is noteworthy that this brilliant student of Da Vinci Kids Creative Centre, USJ 10 branch was crowned the Malaysia Top 10 Gold winner in 2011, and would like to further study in the fields of digital animation and computer game development.
The Bronze award was garnered 18-year old Ong Hieng Foong, a Chinese independent secondary school student from Klang. He won scholarship worth RM40,000, Apple iPad Mini and movie premiums. His artwork was truly unique as it was a black and white caricature of the cross-section of the college building, depicting the students’ activities in the classrooms, library, student lounge and computer laboratories. Wishing to pursue a career in illustration, he would enroll in The One Academy once he completes his high school.
Elaborating at the University of Hertfordshire scholarship of £5,000, McGravie opined that such sponsorship for top students could enhance the collaboration between the university and The One Academy, raising the profile of both. It was a great opportunity to widen the prospect of bright aspiring artists from Malaysia to obtain worldwide exposure. He was determined to work steadfastly in creating a better awareness of the Bachelor’s degree courses offered by the university, as well as the local franchise of such programmes in The One Academy.
For Yang Mee Eng, Project Manager of MDEC who has overseen the running of Malaysia Top 10 more than a decade, this is one of the most consistent efforts in talent scouting. The way she saw it, scholarship was the best gift to school kids, as creativity and knowledge was the key for social mobility these days. According to her, creative industry now constitutes about 2% of Malaysia’s GDP, and since the turn of millennium our country has crafted a name in the global creative arena, thanks to the numerous initiatives charted by the public and private sectors.
Besides the top three winners, seven more outstanding teenagers won the Young Artists Award that comes with RM25,000 worth of scholarship each. Also walking away with precious scholarships were 25 Encouragement Prize winners (scholarship worth RM5,000), as well as 75 Jury’s Special Selection Prize winners (scholarship worth RM3,000).
To stimulate the interest on the event, two special contests were also held, namely an Online Contest and a Facebook Contest. For the Online Contest, ten best submissions for the preliminary round were uploaded to the internet and open for voting. The participant that created the most voted artwork, as well as the online voter whose ranking prediction was the closest to the actual voting result, each won a n Apple iPod Nano and movie premiums. In the end, the Top Online Most Voted Award went to Jayden Yoon Zeng Kai, while the Online Voter Award went to Jacob Yoon Zeng Yao.
As for the Facebook Contest, everyone was invited to upload their most creative ‘monster look’ picture to the Facebook page of the competition, the six entries with the most Likes were declared winners. The top prize, ‘Most Likes Award’ was grabbed by Lam Chee Yong, who brought home an Apple iPad Mini and movie premius, while the next five contestants with highest Likes, Khor Mei Hoon, Khor Mei Lian, Esther Foo, Foo Lin Tien and Lim Wai Kee received a Fujifilm Instax camera each.
Held every year in conjunction with the screening of Disney•Pixar’s animations in Malaysia, Malaysia Top 10 kicked off in 1998 with the release of ‘A Bug’s Life’, and was held every year without fail. With creativity industry occupying a bigger share of the worldwide economic pie, The One Academy’s endeavour of cultivating young talents were indeed a noble one. Nurturing the young with industry-driven syllabus in line with the ‘Masters Train Masters’ philosophy, The One Academy is honoured to offer these young talents the much coveted opportunity to grow from strength to strength in terms of artistry.
Let’s give a round of applause for all the successful winners. As for those young talents who have yet to made it this round, let’s lend them our most sincere support and encouragement, so they will try harder come the next Malaysia Top 10 Outstanding Young Artists Award. For more information, please check out www.top10.toa.edu.my