Smartphone Photography Awards 2015: Places category winner shares the winning secret

It's quite simple - be at the right place at the right time, says David Ngiam

After nearly two months of submission, shortlisting, judging and voting, the winners of the Stuff Smartphone Photography Awards have been revealed.

In the Places category, David Ngiam took a poignant shot of a Singapore legacy, the kelong, near Seletar Island. Nostalgia and sentimentality weigh heavily in this photo, which was taken when Ngiam was doing his regular early morning wakeboarding session out at Seletar Island.

"The kelong is one of my subjects to shoot out there as not many people have the chance to get up close to it. This is probably the last few kelongs standing," he said.

Besides combining the perfect lighting, choosing the right subject and being at the right place, Ngiam also adds, "It's all about telling a story in a single frame." He also notes that smartphone cameras have come a long way and are arguably as good as any cameras. "With the touch screen, it makes selective focusing easier as well," he adds.

The winning reason, Ngiam thinks, is because he was at the right place, at the right time, and with the right tools. "The best camera is always the one you have with you," said Ngiam.

But at the end of the day, even with all the right elements in place, he has one final word of advice. "Keep your smartphone with you at all times. You may never know when you might need to shoot something," he concluded.