Nature, architecture, animals… These are what you’ll most probably see in photography competitions.

Co-op Hot Shots is the first co-operative-themed photography competition which started in 2012 and has lasted for 6 editions! Let’s take a look back at how the very first Co-op Hot Shots came about:

International Year of Co-operatives

As part of year-long celebrations of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives (IYC) 2012, SNCF invited photography enthusiasts to submit their best shots on the theme of co-operative values – co-operation, caring for the community, equality, mutual help and self-reliance.

The final winners for Local and International category received cash prize of $3,000 each! Here are the top winning shots based on articulation of co-operative theme, quality and aesthetic value of photography in their photos:

Ng Lian Geok, Local category winner


M. Yousuf Tushar, International category winner, Bangladesh

All in all, the first Co-op Hot Shots saw a total of 16 top photographs chosen as the winning shots of the competition including 10 merit prizes in the local category. These award-winning photos were exhibited during the Co-opaliciouz event on June 9 2012 at Marina Barrage as part of the UN IYC celebrations.


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