The Hongkong Prize

A highly renowned literary contest, the Hongkong Prize draws writers from around the world, especially those with an interest in Asian culture and history. The top ten finalists receive monetary prizes, shopping vouchers and F&B perks, making this competition a great way to increase your writing skills while exploring Hong Kong’s rich history and culture. Before submitting your work, however, it’s important to read all of the rules carefully.

The Gold Award was initiated by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956 to provide incentive for young people to direct their energy towards a worthwhile goal. Originally launched in the United Kingdom, the award has grown into an international youth programme that is run by over 130 registered operating authorities worldwide, including Hong Kong. These registered authorities are secondary schools, tertiary education institutions, uniformed groups and youth organisations. The Hong Kong Prize is open to all secondary-level students who have been nominated by their teachers and are enrolled in Hong Kong schools. Submissions are accepted in any research field, and original articles (including prospective or retrospective clinical studies, observational studies, epidemiological studies, basic science studies and meta-analysis) published in the Hong Kong Journal of Medicine during 2021 will automatically enter the selection process. Case reports, review articles and letters to the editor will not be considered.

This year’s finalists include a student who used technology to assist homeless students, and an artist who interprets human rights issues into fine art concepts. Despite the fact that all of them are young, they have made outstanding contributions and achieved success in their chosen fields. Their stories are both inspiring and encouraging, demonstrating that anyone can achieve his or her dreams with perseverance and dedication.

The BOCHK Science and Technology Innovation Prize is sponsored by the Bank of Hong Kong to attract global top science talent, nurture forward-looking scientists and together build Hong Kong into a world-leading innovation and technology hub. The prize champions the mission of “Boosting Hong Kong and Serving the Country through Science”, and encourages students to follow their passions while expanding their global perspectives.

Winners of the Hongkong Prize were announced at a studio ceremony on October 24. Films Better Days directed by Derek Tsang and To My Nineteen Year Old Self starring Jackson Yee won in three categories. The production team behind the documentary, Life of a Dog won another award for the Best Documentary Film category.

Due to pandemic fears, the Hongkong Prize was held in a studio rather than at its usual star-studded venue. Nevertheless, winners were still presented with their awards in style and class. The awards ceremony was hosted by TVB’s Richard Lee and featured a speech from the winner of the Hong Kong Prize for Film Editing, Michael Chan. The ceremony also included a performance from local band, Infinite Variety. The awards were televised live on Channel 5. This was the first year that the Hong Kong Film Critics Society awarded the Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay awards.

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