ABOUT LIVE ON FESTIVAL

Live On Festival is an initiative by the National Organ Transplant Unit, Ministry of Health


Launched in 2018 as the Live On Design Competition (LODC), the competition is renamed as Live On Festival (LOF) following an expansion to include creative essay writing in 2021.

LOF celebrates having participants, youths in particular, expressing their thoughts on organ donation and transplantation through art and writing. Designed with a perspective to be consonant with the goals of the Ministry of Education Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) curriculum, LOF serves as a platform for exploring values of responsibility, compassion, empathy and altruism through the delicate and emotive nature of the topic of organ donation and transplantation. Top winners of the competition will have their artworks or essays actualised as collaterals to be distributed at National Organ Transplant Unit (NOTU)'s publicity events held nationwide.

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Design Competition

Essay Competition


DESIGN COMPETITION

Open to all secondary school students and members of the public. Top 3 winners from each category will get their artworks printed onto tote bags for distribution at NOTU's publicity events.


SCHOOL CATEGORY OPEN CATEGORY
Secondary Schools

*including institutions offering
Integrated Programmes
No Age Limit

The themes for LOF Design Competition 2021 are 'Bridge of Hope' and 'In Search of Hope'.

Bridge of Hope signifies the offer of help from organ donors, reaching out to those in need and bringing them out from their world of uncertainties.

In Search of Hope refers to the desperation of organ failure patients as they dwell in helplessness, looking for a chance to break free from the chains of their illnesses.

    • This competition is open to Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, and residents with work permit/employment pass/student pass).
    • Artworks can be done in traditional or digital media, in portrait or landscape format.
    • There is no limit to the number of artwork submitted, but each participant is only entitled to one prize.
    • Participants may work on their artworks in groups, but each winning artwork will only receive one prize.
  1. TRADITIONAL ARTWORKS

    • Artworks must be between A4 and A3 size.
    • Artworks must be flat and able to be scanned on a flatbed scanner.
    • Participants should submit a high-resolution scan or a photograph of their traditional artwork in good lighting while retaining their original artwork in the original condition. NOTU will contact participants with shortlisted artworks to arrange for collection / delivery of artworks to NOTU's office.
    • Shortlisted artworks will be retained by NOTU until completion of judging.
  2. DIGITAL ARTWORKS Artworks must have a minimum size of A4. There is no maximum size for digital artworks.

    • Artworks must have a minimum resolution of 600dpi (4,960px on the shorest edge).
    • Outlines must be created for all fonts.

  3. Submission of entry signifies your acceptance of the terms and conditions listed in this page.

  4. JUDGING CRITERIA

    Artworks will be evaluated based on the following:

    • Adherence to theme
    • Aesthetics quality
    • Technical merit
    • Inventiveness & creativity
    • Personal response (or artist statement)

PRIZES

All participants will receive a certificate. Top 3 winners from each category will be printed onto tote bags.


SCHOOLS & OPEN CATEGORY

  • 1st Prize
    Go Pro Hero 8
  • 2nd Prize
    Apple Ipad
  • 3rd Prize
    Jaybird Run XT
  • & more!

Submission of entries signifies your acceptance of the terms and conditions listed on the page.

Terms and Conditions

1. The school category of this competition is open to all secondary school students, including schools offering Integrated Programmes. The open category is open to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, and residents with work permit/employment pass/student pass).

2. Artwork submitted must be related to either one of the themes prescribed above, in the aspect of organ donation and/or transplantation. Bonus points will be accorded to artwork with a unique local context.

3. Artwork submitted must be original work. All artworks must not have been published or awarded by other organisations or other competitions. Artworks must not be plagiarised from other sources. In the case of
copyright infringement, the entry will be disqualified. As for winning entries, qualifications will be cancelled
and the prize must be returned to the organiser. In the case of late discovery of copyright infringement and that the winning entry has been published, the participant shall pay organisers any damages,
monetary or otherwise, which may be incurred as a result.

4. By participating in this competition, the participant hereby consents to the organising committee, National Organ Transplant Unit (NOTU) to produce collaterals, and to perform marketing and awareness activities with the submitted artwork. The collaterals may be used by NOTU at, but not limited to, public roadshows or events.

5. Submission of artwork may be in landscape or portrait format, but must be between A4 and A3 size. The short edge of the artwork must be between 210 to 297mm, and the long edge must be between 297mm to 410mm. Crop artworks are acceptable as long as it fits within the specifications above. Works submitted in physical or digital media are welcomed.

6. There is no limit to the number of artwork submitted, but each participant is only entitled to one prize.

7. Participants under the School category may submit their entries to their teacher-in-charge, or through the *online form*. Participants under the Open category may submit through the *online form* or via email to liveonlivetwice@notu.com.sg.

8. Physical artworks are first submitted online. NOTU will then request for the original physical artwork if the entry is shortlisted. For physical artwork submitted online, participants are to ensure the scanned image or photo is clear and of high definition (at least 10MP). All original artwork must be kept in good condition and will be collected and retained by NOTU if the artwork is shortlisted.

9. Digital artworks should be submitted in either .AI or .PSD formats, with CMYK colour scheme preferred.
Other image formats such as .TIF, .PNG and .JPG are also acceptable. All digital artwork must be minimally 600dpi, A4 size or equivalent.The maximum file size for online submission via the online form is 7MB.
For files larger than 7MB, participants must upload to a third-party website (such as wetransfer.com) and upload the link via the online form.

10. All entries must be received by 2359 hours on 9 July 2021. All entries submitted will be acknowledged accordingly. Please contact NOTU at 63213649 / 63265878 or liveonlivetwice@notu.com.sg if you do not receive an acknowledgement in 3 working days. NOTU will not accept any responsibility for non-receipt of artwork for submissions which are not acknowledged.

11. All traditional artwork will be scanned, and judging will be performed via an online platform. Please avoid use of materials which may cause prejudice to the artworks (e.g. reflective surfaces, artworks which are not suitable for scanning on flatbed scanners).

12. Winning artwork will be selected at the judges' sole discretion. The judges' decision is final.

13. Winners will be contacted as per contact details listed in the application form. Winners who are uncontactable will have been deemed to have made an incomplete submission, and the prizes will be withdrawn.

14. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable for cash. NOTU accepts no responsibility for any tax or other liability that may arise from the prize winnings. Prizes are subject to availability and NOTU reserves the right to substitute the prizes with another item of a similar value.

15. Submission of entries signify your acceptance of the terms and conditions listed herein.


ESSAY COMPETITION
Open to all secondary school students and members of the public. Winning entries will be published in an essay compilation book, distributed to all participating schools.


SCHOOL CATEGORY OPEN CATEGORY
Junior (Secondary 1 and 2)

Senior (Secondary 3 to 5)

*Including institutions offering
Integrated Programmes
Ages 13 and above
  1. Participants must select an essay topic from the relevant category.

  2. SCHOOL (JUNIOR)

    Essay Topic #1 What does organ donation mean to you?

    Essay Topic #2 Your grandmother received a cornea transplant a year ago and has since recovered well. After regaining her eyesight, she picked up stitching as her new hobby and spends more time with the family. Seeing how her life has changed, you decide to write a letter to the cornea donor's family to express you and your family's gratitude towards the donation. In your letter to the cornea donor's family, you should:


    • Express condolences for the loss of their loved one (the cornea donor)
    • Thank them for the cornea donation
    • Explain in detail how the cornea donation has changed your family and grandmother's life
    • Share how the donor would be remembered

    Write your letter to the cornea donor's family in clear, accurate English. Your tone should be thankful and polite.

  3. SCHOOL (SENIOR)

    Essay Topic #1 Youths are apathetic towards organ donation. What are your views?

    Essay Topic #2 You have attended a doctor's consultation with your close friend yesterday and was informed that he would need to start on dialysis soon or have a kidney (living or deceased) transplant. You have researched both treatment options and now plan to write a letter to inform your friend on the considerations for each treatment. In your letter to your close friend, you should:


    • Express sympathy to his kidney condition
    • Share on the pros and cons of each treatment option
    • Recommend the best treatment option for your friend

    Write your letter to your close friend in clear, and accurate English.

  4. OPEN

    Essay Topic #1 Organ donation after death should be made mandatory for all. What are your views?

    Essay Topic #2 There is a shortage of organ donors in Singapore. What are some ways to improve local organ donation rates?

    • This competition is open to Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, and residents with work permit/employment pass/student pass).
    • Essay must be typed or clearly written in English.
  1. CATEGORY WORD COUNT LIMIT
    School (Junior)

    School (Senior) & Open
    750

    1500
    • Each participant may submit one essay per topic, but each winner is only entitled to one prize.
  2. Submission of entry signifies your acceptance of the terms and conditions listed in this page.

  3. JUDGING CRITERIA

    Expository essays will be evaluated based on the following:

    • Relevance and creativity of content
    • Accuracy of language in terms of sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation
    • Appropriate use of varied vocabulary
    • Clarity of expression and organisation
    • Appropriateness of register and tone

    Situational essays will be evaluated based on the following:

    • Awareness of purpose, audience and context
    • Relevance
    • Development and organisation of information/ideas

PRIZES

All participants will receive a certificate of participation. All winning essays will be compiled and published onto a book, distributed to all participating schools.


SCHOOLS & OPEN CATEGORY

  • 1st Prize
    Go Pro Hero 8
  • 2nd Prize
    Apple Ipad
  • 3rd Prize
    Jaybird Run XT
  • & more!

Submission of entries signifies your acceptance of the terms and conditions listed on the page.

The and Conditions

1. This school category of this competition is open to all secondary school students, including schools offering integrated programmes. The open category is open to all Singapore residents age 13 and above Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, and residents with work permit/employment pass/student pass). Participants must select an essay topic from the relevant category.

2. The essay submitted must be in relation to the chosen topic within the relevant category, in the aspect of organ donation and transplantation. Bonus points will be awarded to essays with unique local context. The essay must be or type-written entirely in English.

3. The essay submitted must be original work. All essays must not have been published or awarded by other organisations or other competitions. Essays must not be plagiarised from other sources. Essays may be
submitted to Turnitin for plagiarisim check. In the case of copyright infringement and/or plagirarism, the entry will be disqualified. As for the winning entries, qualifications will be cancelled and the prize must be returned
to the organiser. In the case of late discovery of copyright infringement and/or plagiarism and that the winning entry has been published, the participant shall pay organisers any damages, monetary or otherwise, which may
be incurred as a result.

4. The final essay submitted must be the participant's own work, and cannot be excessively corrected or improved by another person. This does not rule out inputs or assistance by others.

5. The maximum word count is 750 for School (Junior) category and 1500 for School (Senior) and Open category. These word limits apply to all topics and all formats. Exceeding the word count will result in automatic disqualification. References and footnotes are not included in the word count.

6. The organiser, National Organ Transplant Unit (NOTU) retains the non-exclusive, perpetual, world-wide, royalty-free license, with right to sublicense, to keep and use submitted entries for any purpose consistent
with the mission of NOTU, including educational, archival and research purposes. The organiser reserves the right to rewrite, publish, copy and distribute the winning entries or parts of the contents of the winning entries at
any time and in any places, without additional consent from or paying a fee to the author. By participating in this competition,the participant hereby consents to NOTU producing collaterals and to perform marketing and awareness activities with the submitted essay. The collaterals may be used by NOTU at, but not limited to, public roadshows or events.

7. Essay contents shall conform to Singapore's laws and regulations, abiding by social morality and good orders. The contents shall not allude to attacking or disparaging the reputation of others.

8. Each participant may submit one essay per topic, but each winner is only entitled to one prize.

9. School participants are encouraged to submit their entries to their teacher-in-charge, or through the online form at www.liveon.gov.sg/festival.html. Open participants are to submit their entries via email to liveonlivetwice@notu.com.sg or through the online form at www.liveon.gov.sg/festival.html.

10. All entries must be received by 2359 hours on 9 July 2021. All entries submitted will be acknowledged accordingly. Please contact NOTU at 63213649 / 63265878 or liveonlivetwice@notu.com.sg if you do not receive an acknowledgement in 3 working days. NOTU will not accept any responsibility for non-receipt of essay for submissions which are not acknowledged.

11. Winning essays are selected at the judges' sole discretion. The judges' decision is final.

12. Winners will be contacted as per contact details listed in the application form. Winners who are uncontactable will have been deemed to have made an incomplete submission, and the prizes will be withdrawn.

13. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable for cash. NOTU accepts no responsibility for any tax or other liability that may arise from the prize winnings. Prizes are subject to availability and NOTU reserves the right to substitute the prizes with another item of a similar value.

14. Submission of entries signify your acceptance of the terms and conditions listed herein.

  1. Following positive testimonials from previous participating schools, the interest of other schools grew, with more than 30 participating schools in year 2020.

    The themes for LODC 2020 are "A New Beginning" and "From Fears to Dreams". "A New Beginning" refers to organ donors opening up a new chapter in their life for organ failure patients, granting them a second chance in life, igniting a new beginning for the patients and their families. The second theme "From Fears to Dreams" refers to the fear organ failure patients face - the uncertainties of what tomorrow may bring, and how organ transplantation allows these patients to rise through their fears, marching on to a hopeful future with their loved ones.

    The judging panel for LODC 2020 consisted of: Ms Sally Kong (Assistant Director, Operations, NOTU), Ms Sabrina Long (Dean, School of Art and Design, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts) and Mr Lee Wei Lieh (Senior Art Director, Wild Advertising & Marketing).

    In view of COVID-19 situation, the physical Awards Ceremony and Art Exhibition has been moved online.

  2. LODC 2020 Pei Hwa

    Sharing session: Art Council students from Pei Hwa Secondary School came together during the CCA session to learn more about organ donation. Students from the Taekwondo CCA also joined in for the Stars of Love project where students folded stars which will be presented to donor families to express their heartfelt appreciation [Photo taken before MOE suspended CCA due to COVID-19.]

    LODC 2020 Manjusri

    Assembly session: Manjusri Secondary School[Photo taken before MOE suspended large group and communal activities such as assembly due to COVID-19.]

    LODC 2020 Ping Yi Sec

    Sharing session: Secondary 2 students from Ping Yi Secondary School during Science lesson. [Photo taken before Circuit Breaker measures due to COVID-19.]

  1. Following the successful pilot initiative in 2018, LODC 2019 was extended to all secondary schools and schools offering Integrated Programmes, and a total of 12 schools participated. The theme - "More than Me - Beyond this Life" signifies an act of reaching out to others and leaving a legacy, just like how organ donors continue to live on by offering the gift of life to the recipients.

    The judging panel for LODC 2019 consisted of: Ms Sally Kong (Assistant Director, Operations, NOTU), Ms Sabrina Long (Dean, School of Art and Design, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts) and Mr Jetch Lim (Graphic Designer, Unusual Print Media Ptd Ltd).

    A total of 262 entries were received from both the Schools and Open category. Top 3 artworks from each category were printed on tote bags, and distributed at various events. Winners of the top 38 artworks were also invited to the Awards Ceremony and Exhibition on 20 July 2019.

    The Awards Ceremony was graced by Dr Lam Pin Min (Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health) as the Guest-of-Honour who encouraged all the winners to share with their families and peers their artworks and what they have learnt through this competition.

  2. Students from Methodist Girls school

    Sharing Session: Students from Methodist Girls' School IDEAS club were presented with true stories and medical information for them to understand the challenges that patients face while waiting for an organ transplant. The interactive sessions were designed for students to reflect and ask questions.

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    Sharing Session: Students from the Changkat Changi Secondary School gathered for the sharing session, where questions were raised enthusiastically as they stepped into the world of organ donors, organ failure patients and transplant recipients.

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    Awards Ceremony: Dr Lam Pin Min viewing the winning artworks exhibition.

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    Awards Ceremony: Dr Lam penning his thoughts on organ donation at the 'Share Your Thoughts' board. Attendees took turns to write and share their views on the topic.

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    Awards Ceremony: Parents happily became their child's photographers.

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    Awards Ceremony: Dr Lam with awards winners of LODC 2019.

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    Awards Ceremony: Top 3 winners from the Open Category: Ms Nurul Farahin, Ms Theresa Roselinne Tanaka and Ms Choo Jia Hui (L-R) together with Dr Lam.

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    Awards Ceremony: Top 3 winners from Schools Category: Ms Justina Low (Punggol Secondary School), Ms Tricia Tan (National Junior College) and Ms Hannah Law (Ngee Ann Secondary School) (L-R) together with Dr Lam.

    LODC 2019 KTPH Exhibition

    Post-Awards Ceremony: Winning artworks were displayed at various hospitals, where visitors had the opportunity to view the messages of organ donation and transplantation through the eyes of our artists.

  1. Starting out as a pilot initiative, NOTU collaborated with schools offering Art Elective Programmes (AEP) and Enhanced Art Programmes (EAP). LODC was designed with the objective of providing a unique and tailored learning experience for partner schools, and serving as a platform for students to articulate their opinion on organ transplantation through art.

    The theme for LODC 2018 was "Your Thoughts on Organ Donation" enabling participants to explore freely on ideation, allowing for varying interpretations of their personal thoughts on this emotive topic.

    The judging panel for LODC 2018 consisted of: Ms Sally Kong (Assistant Director, Operations, NOTU), Ms Sabrina Long (Dean, School of Art and Design, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts) and Mr Francis Tan (Creative Director, Germs Digital).

    Close to 200 artworks were received from schools and members of the public. Top 30 winners and their family members were invited to the awards ceremony held on 14 July 2018. Top 3 artworks were printed onto EZ link cards and distributed at NOTU's events. Just as EZ link cards enable people to travel from place to place, it is hoped that the knowledge of organ donation and transplantation travels widely.

  2. LODC 2018 CHIJ Toa Payoh

    Assembly session: Conducted at CHIJ Secondary to give students a foundation on the topic before students started work on their ideas.

    Art Club students

    Sharing session: Art Club students from Orchid Park Secondary School participating in "Stars of Love Project", where they fold paper stars as a form of heartfelt encouragement to our donor families.

    LODC 2018 Top

    Awards Ceremony: Top 3 winners with our judges: Mr Francis Tan, Ms Joyce Hoon (Ngee Ann Secondary School), Proxy of Mr Froderick Blanco, Ms Sheila Jan Blanco, Ms Sabrina Long, Ms Sally Kong (L-R).

  3. LODC 2018 Top30

    Awards Ceremony: Award winners of LODC 2018 with our judges.

    LODC 2018 Chloe CHIJ Sec

    Awards Ceremony: Chloe Lim from CHIJ Secondary and her family.

    LODC 2018 Herdiawati CHIJ Katong

    Awards Ceremony: Nur Herdiawati Bte Mohamad Hermi from CHIJ Katong Convent with her parents and teacher, Mdm Zakiah.

  4. LODC 2018 Overall Viewing

    Awards Ceremony: Award winners and their families viewing the winning artwork exhibition.

    LODC 2018 SYT

    Awards Ceremony: Award winners took a moment to pen down their thoughts on organ donation.

    LODC 2018 TTSH

    Post-Awards Ceremony: Winning artworks were displayed at various hospitals, where visitors had the opportunity to view the messages of organ donation and transplantation through the eyes of our artists.