HK Prize Winners and Finalists Announced

The HK Prize encourages young people to contribute to Hong Kong’s international development efforts and to express their hope for the future through creative arts. The winning submission will be awarded HK$5000 and given the opportunity to present their ideas to key stakeholders in the development sector. Moreover, participants will have the chance to access premier research facilities and attend international conferences relevant to their field of work.

The winner of the HK Prize is selected based on the originality, innovation, and effectiveness of their submission. In addition, consideration is given to the alignment with Hong Kong’s unique strengths and resources, and to the principles of helping people at lowest cost and greatest benefit, valuing all equally. Furthermore, the judging committee considers the impact of the submission on the local and regional economy and social development.

This year’s winners were named at a ceremony on Friday. The top winner was a Chinese film about a Cantonese street opera troupe that performed during a turbulent period in Malaysia’s history, entitled Snow in Midsummer. The feature won five awards including best cinematography, art direction and costume design. Its director, Wan Fang, also won the FIPRESCI award for best Asian director. Other prizes went to the documentary The Goldfinger and mystery thriller Mad Fate, both of which won best screenplay.

China Daily journalists earned a number of accolades. Xi Tianqi, who had only a short one-and-a-half year tenure at the newspaper, won second runner-up in the News Writing category with her articles titled Securing a New Lease on Life and Life at a Crossroads. Copy editor James Cook was also a finalist for his innovative article In the Green Fast Lane, which outlined the city’s effort to boost public and private electric vehicles.

HK Prize is a science and technology prize sponsored by the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited that recognizes scientists and research teams in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area for their outstanding scientific and technological innovation achievements and influences on the transformation of R&D outcomes. The prize is a non-governmental merit-based award, which is reviewed every two years by an independent review panel composed of experts from academia and industry.

The HK Prize will be awarded at an official ceremony in June 2022, hosted by Goethe-Institut Hongkong. All artworks selected for the exhibition will be available for sale, with 80% of proceeds going to Justice Centre Hong Kong to support their work in supporting refugees and asylum seekers. The prize relies on public and interested parties’ support to remain sustainable and tax-deductible.

Artists are encouraged to explore themes around refugees and migrants, as well as the idea of inclusiveness, with their entries to the 2022 HK Prize – Colours of Humanity. Entries are now open online and will close at 5pm on 18 April 2022. Click here for more details and to enter the competition.