Cognita Asia Photography Challenge

Cognita Asia’s first photography competition has been a rare opportunity for our student photographers of all levels to focus on the theme ‘Sustainability - Our World’ and showcase some of their best work. Students also had to include a short piece of writing explaining their thinking when construct the picture and how it linked to the theme.

Our judge for the competition this year was photographer and Instagram influencer Jirasak Panpiansin (Joe), also known as @joez19. Joe became recognised within Thailand and globally for his beautiful iPhone photographs on Instagram. He has since grown his following to 420,000+ people and has had more than 60 of his photographs used in Apple advertisements.

Congratulations to our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners who have each won new canon cameras to further develop their skills and love of photography! Well done to all finalists who made it into this gallery! Inspiring work!

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Sinchan Sahoo

CHIREC International

One needs to grow strong without notice and be prepared for each season. Stay strong through the cold spell of winter only to emerge renewed at the first sign of spring. Be grounded with our roots dug deep in the ground and grow tall, however, remain calm so that one can still hear the rustling of their own leaves!

Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Immerse in your unique natural beauty. Reflect . Plant a sapling . Encourage others to do so. Do not protect the environment. Create a world where the environment does not need protection.

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Sinchan Sahoo

CHIREC International

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Sinchan Sahoo

CHIREC International

One needs to grow strong without notice and be prepared for each season. Stay strong through the cold spell of winter only to emerge renewed at the first sign of spring. Be grounded with our roots dug deep in the ground and grow tall, however, remain calm so that one can still hear the rustling of their own leaves!

Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Immerse in your unique natural beauty. Reflect . Plant a sapling . Encourage others to do so. Do not protect the environment. Create a world where the environment does not need protection.

Krish

St. Andrews Sathorn

At St Andrews Sathorn we learn about the sustainable development goals and I believe my picture links to sustainability goal 15 (life on land) because this tree has been in our school for generations. I chose this picture because trees are being cut down for many resources such as wood which links to deforestation which was our topic earlier this year. If deforestation keeps happening it will have a big impact on the atmosphere, wildlife and living things. I took this picture landscape and looking slightly up to capture the dangling parts of the green tree.

Krish

St. Andrews Sathorn

At St Andrews Sathorn we learn about the sustainable development goals and I believe my picture links to sustainability goal 15 (life on land)...

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Krish

St. Andrews Sathorn

At St Andrews Sathorn we learn about the sustainable development goals and I believe my picture links to sustainability goal 15 (life on land) because this tree has been in our school for generations. I chose this picture because trees are being cut down for many resources such as wood which links to deforestation which was our topic earlier this year. If deforestation keeps happening it will have a big impact on the atmosphere, wildlife and living things. I took this picture landscape and looking slightly up to capture the dangling parts of the green tree.

Rice field

Jenson Rohitratana (Iggi)

St. Andrews S107

The sustainability of food plays an important role in human life.  The green rice field with the dew on each green leaf gives a signal for the possibility of being alive.  Greenfield indicates the abundance of water in order to feed the whole rice field. However, water supply is also crucial not only for the growth of rice but also for the survival of human beings.  Asia is currently home to more than 4.5 billion people, who use around 65% of the world's water supply. Also, around 30% of the Asian population is facing water scarcity. Moreover, the volume of water required to produce different types of crop, 1 kilogram of rice consumes 2497 litres of water compared with potato which consumes almost 10 times less (287 litres per 1 kilogram of potato).  With the water situation, sustaining rice as a staple food in Thailand as well as Asia might not always be possible. Therefore, the scene of green rice field in my photo always makes me feel safe and makes my heart filled with great hope of being able to find a way to sustain food for Thai's lives.

Jenson Rohitratana (Iggi)

St. Andrews S107

The sustainability of food plays an important role in human life.  The green rice field with the dew on each green leaf gives a signal for the...

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Rice field

Jenson Rohitratana (Iggi)

St. Andrews S107

The sustainability of food plays an important role in human life.  The green rice field with the dew on each green leaf gives a signal for the possibility of being alive.  Greenfield indicates the abundance of water in order to feed the whole rice field. However, water supply is also crucial not only for the growth of rice but also for the survival of human beings.  Asia is currently home to more than 4.5 billion people, who use around 65% of the world's water supply. Also, around 30% of the Asian population is facing water scarcity. Moreover, the volume of water required to produce different types of crop, 1 kilogram of rice consumes 2497 litres of water compared with potato which consumes almost 10 times less (287 litres per 1 kilogram of potato).  With the water situation, sustaining rice as a staple food in Thailand as well as Asia might not always be possible. Therefore, the scene of green rice field in my photo always makes me feel safe and makes my heart filled with great hope of being able to find a way to sustain food for Thai's lives.

Society Suffocation

Alexander (Xan) Cleaver

St. Andrews S107

For my image, I decided to not photograph something sustainable, instead photograph the effects of what happens when we don't think in a sustainable way and why we, as a society need to combat this and change it before it's too late. This conveys a more powerful message and the use of the plastic can be interpreted in two ways. Firstly, we as a society are still using and wasting far too much single-use plastic and we are metaphorically 'choking' in it, although in reality, many animals like whales and turtles are indeed choking on it. Secondly, it represents mass corporations and governments not acting upon the issues of single-use plastic and sustainability, whilst trying to 'silence' us. We as a global society need to combat this to create a sustainable, enjoyable and more plastic-conscious world for all life to thrive. If we don't  take urgent action to combat this, society may suffocate.

Alexander (Xan) Cleaver

St. Andrews S107

For my image, I decided to not photograph something sustainable, instead photograph the effects of what happens when we don't think in a...

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Society Suffocation

Alexander (Xan) Cleaver

St. Andrews S107

For my image, I decided to not photograph something sustainable, instead photograph the effects of what happens when we don't think in a sustainable way and why we, as a society need to combat this and change it before it's too late. This conveys a more powerful message and the use of the plastic can be interpreted in two ways. Firstly, we as a society are still using and wasting far too much single-use plastic and we are metaphorically 'choking' in it, although in reality, many animals like whales and turtles are indeed choking on it. Secondly, it represents mass corporations and governments not acting upon the issues of single-use plastic and sustainability, whilst trying to 'silence' us. We as a global society need to combat this to create a sustainable, enjoyable and more plastic-conscious world for all life to thrive. If we don't  take urgent action to combat this, society may suffocate.

Trails of trash

Pichakorn Khowasintn (Jean)

St. Andrews S107

During my hike in Kanchanaburi, Thailand I have found many trash and small litters along the trails. There was a black mist of smoke in the air from the burning of sugar cane plantation, PM 2.5 dust that slowly damages my lungs as I breathe and wildfire breakout at night that burned down many trees creating more carbon dioxide that increase the level of greenhouse gases causing more global warming. Drought and infertile soil as an aftereffect of it. This pollution are is our responsibility. We are destroying our own home. We need a better way to  co-exist with animals without breaking their ecosystem.

We could all start by being responsible for our action, think before we litter, stop the unnecessary burning of land. We all need to hurt the world less and save the world more.

Pichakorn Khowasintn (Jean)

St. Andrews S107

During my hike in Kanchanaburi, Thailand I have found many trash and small litters along the trails. There was a black mist of smoke in the air...

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Trails of trash

Pichakorn Khowasintn (Jean)

St. Andrews S107

During my hike in Kanchanaburi, Thailand I have found many trash and small litters along the trails. There was a black mist of smoke in the air from the burning of sugar cane plantation, PM 2.5 dust that slowly damages my lungs as I breathe and wildfire breakout at night that burned down many trees creating more carbon dioxide that increase the level of greenhouse gases causing more global warming. Drought and infertile soil as an aftereffect of it. This pollution are is our responsibility. We are destroying our own home. We need a better way to  co-exist with animals without breaking their ecosystem.

We could all start by being responsible for our action, think before we litter, stop the unnecessary burning of land. We all need to hurt the world less and save the world more.

Bukit Nanas

Onur Oguzhan

St. Andrews S107

It took this picture in Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur on 12 of October 2019

Located in the heart of the magical city of Kuala Lumpur, it is the only virgin tropical rainforest left in a metropolitan. 

In 1857, Raja Abdullah raised funds to open tin mines in the exotic rainforest. However, soon a war started (the Klang War) the mines were destroyed and replaced for growing pineapples to feed the hungry soldiers. In 1906, some of this forest area was preserved as a forest reserve and since then has regenerated to become a virgin rainforest in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

Rainforests are the lungs of our Earth. Therefore, preserving them is important for achieving sustainable future for generations to come.

Onur Oguzhan

St. Andrews S107

It took this picture in Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur on 12 of October 2019

Located in the heart of the magical city of Kuala Lumpur, it is the...

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Bukit Nanas

Onur Oguzhan

St. Andrews S107

It took this picture in Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur on 12 of October 2019

Located in the heart of the magical city of Kuala Lumpur, it is the only virgin tropical rainforest left in a metropolitan. 

In 1857, Raja Abdullah raised funds to open tin mines in the exotic rainforest. However, soon a war started (the Klang War) the mines were destroyed and replaced for growing pineapples to feed the hungry soldiers. In 1906, some of this forest area was preserved as a forest reserve and since then has regenerated to become a virgin rainforest in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

Rainforests are the lungs of our Earth. Therefore, preserving them is important for achieving sustainable future for generations to come.

The Majestic

Miles Pirodon

St. Andrews S107

Theme: Our World Sustainability

Look at these beautiful flowers on a resort in Koh Samed. The man made resort is built on the natural land but they have kept the nature around the island to maintain the natural environment.

These flowers make me feel relaxed and calm and cosy. They made me have a good sleep at night. The flowers are good food for the animals like bees and insects.

There were a lot of other flowers on Koh Samed so it is like a natural island.

Miles Pirodon

St. Andrews S107

Theme: Our World Sustainability

Look at these beautiful flowers on a resort in Koh Samed. The man made resort is built on the natural land...

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The Majestic

Miles Pirodon

St. Andrews S107

Theme: Our World Sustainability

Look at these beautiful flowers on a resort in Koh Samed. The man made resort is built on the natural land but they have kept the nature around the island to maintain the natural environment.

These flowers make me feel relaxed and calm and cosy. They made me have a good sleep at night. The flowers are good food for the animals like bees and insects.

There were a lot of other flowers on Koh Samed so it is like a natural island.

The tree of life

Leon Maclean

St. Andrews S107

The water helps the tree to grow.

Then the tree will grow big and green.

When it is big and green it can help sustain the animals habitat. If their habitat is sustainable then the animals will be eaten in a life cycle. Then the eco system will work with the environment. The air will be clean so humans will be happy.

Leon Maclean

St. Andrews S107

The water helps the tree to grow.

Then the tree will grow big and green.

When it is big and green it can help sustain the animals...

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The tree of life

Leon Maclean

St. Andrews S107

The water helps the tree to grow.

Then the tree will grow big and green.

When it is big and green it can help sustain the animals habitat. If their habitat is sustainable then the animals will be eaten in a life cycle. Then the eco system will work with the environment. The air will be clean so humans will be happy.

Chattapol Chawantanpipat

St. Andrews GV

As the enormous sun began to fall onto the horizon beaming its ray down to the world of green environment turning the whole world into a shiny golden land of happiness and life. The sun is giving everything just to keep the plants alive. For another day…

Chattapol Chawantanpipat

St. Andrews GV

As the enormous sun began to fall onto the horizon beaming its ray down to the world of green environment turning the whole world into a shiny...

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Chattapol Chawantanpipat

St. Andrews GV

As the enormous sun began to fall onto the horizon beaming its ray down to the world of green environment turning the whole world into a shiny golden land of happiness and life. The sun is giving everything just to keep the plants alive. For another day…

MY PICTURE

Alfie Stevens

St. Andrews GV

The picture that our group took of the canopy shows the sustainability and natural environment which is around our school.

Alfie Stevens

St. Andrews GV

The picture that our group took of the canopy shows the sustainability and natural environment which is around our school.

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MY PICTURE

Alfie Stevens

St. Andrews GV

The picture that our group took of the canopy shows the sustainability and natural environment which is around our school.

St. Andrews International School Sukhumvit

St. Andrews International School, Sukhumvit 107 is a world-class school for 2-18 year olds, focused on meeting your child's individual needs. Set within a vibrant and green suburban campus that is easily accessible from the city, with the schools entrance at the foot of the Bearing BTS station. Our school community is diverse in nature with students, parents and teachers coming from over 40 different nationalities. St. Andrews International Schools in Thailand are part of Cognita, a global school network of over 70 schools in 10 countries. Providing excellent teaching and supporting every child to achieve their potential are the cornerstones of a Cognita education.

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