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  • The WYNG Philomathia Student Essay Contest 2016/17—Call for submissions

    Theme: IDENTITY

    1. Organisers
    WYNG Foundation
    Philomathia Foundation
    Trinity Hall, the University of Cambridge
    Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters

    2. Background
    The WYNG Philomathia Student Essay Contest, now in its fourth year, is an extension of the WYNG Media Award—an annual international photography award that features themes inspired by social issues in Hong Kong. One objective of the contest is to help participants develop a greater awareness towards such social issues by encouraging them to submit short essays based on the themed works of WMA award winners and finalists. These works serve as a springboard for young writers to develop a greater awareness towards social issues tied to the year’s given theme. Another objective is to give Hong Kong students the opportunity to visit the University of Cambridge and apply for admission there: writers of the winning entries will be invited to a weeklong, all-expenses-paid trip to the UK, which includes a tour of the University of Cambridge, as well as a visit to London.

    With these objectives in mind, WYNG Foundation, which believes in empowering individuals through education and engagement, has been organising yearly talks by representatives of the University of Cambridge alongside Trinity Hall, the Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters, Friends of Cambridge Hong Kong and the Philomathia Foundation.

    3. How to Enter
    This contest is open to all fourth and fifth formers from local secondary schools. Students are strongly encouraged to explore different formats, approaches and angles in their take on the theme—entries will be judged on their overall merit, including originality, creativity, relevance and use of language.
    a. Pick a photo, or a series of photos, by either the winner or the finalists of the WMA Masters 2015 from http://masters.wyngmedia.hk/winner-finalists/?aid=117 and write an essay of 1,000 words or less on the theme, “Identity.”
    b. Submit your essay in .docx/.doc format to wyngphilomathiaessay@gmail.com and include the following:
    i. Your full name (write your surname in uppercase, followed by your given name, e.g. CHAN Tai-man, or WONG Christine);
    ii. The name of your school;
    iii. Your class;
    iv. Your email address; and
    v. Your contact number.

    The deadline for submission is 11:59pm (Hong Kong time) on March 12, 2017.

    4. The Prize
    A one-week, all-expenses-paid trip to the UK, which includes a tour of the University of Cambridge, as well as a visit to London, accompanied by a representative from either foundation, as well as a representative from the Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters. (Please note that the Open Day of University of Cambridge will likely be in early July.)

    Flights, accommodation, meals and incidentals will be provided.

    5. Terms and Conditions
    a. The essay must be written in English, in no more than 1,000 words, and related to a photo/photo series of the student’s choice.
    b. Each student should submit only one essay. Double or multiple entries will result in disqualification.
    c. The essay must be original and written by the student who submitted it. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden and will lead to instant disqualification.
    d. The deadline for submission is 11:59pm (Hong Kong time), March 12, 2017 (Sunday). Late submissions will not be entertained.
    e. Writers of the winning entries should avail themselves of a one-week overseas trip to the United Kingdom during late June to early July 2017. After the end of the programme, participants of the trip will be asked to submit a compilation of their reflections on their journeys.
    f. Writers of the winning entries will share their experiences at Cambridge and the UK through storytelling. Presentations will be recorded for future reference.
    g. The organisers reserve the right to accept individual submissions and to select winners.

    6. Enquiries
    For more information, please contact wyngphilomathiaessay@gmail.com

  • WMA Masters 2016/17–Mobility: Announcement of Finalists

    WMA Masters is pleased to announce the six finalists for its 2016/17 award on Mobility.

    The six finalists are (listed in no particular order):

    Weilun CHONG – Please Mind the Gap

    Billy H C KWOK – From Transit to New Lives

    LAM Yik Fei – Along The Hong Kong Border

    LEE Wing Ki – Tsang’s Odyssey

    Wei Leng TAY – The Other Shore

    Kurt TONG – Threads of Sisterhood

    All works highlight the issue of MOBILITY in the context of Hong Kong. Finalists’ photographic works will be exhibited at the Comix Home Base mid-April 2017. A full-colour catalogue will be published to coincide with the exhibition. Hong Kong based C&G Artpartment will curate the exhibition while the WMA will host a series of public engagement activities during the exhibition period. The winner of the WMA Masters will be announced at the exhibition of finalists’ works in April 2017.

    The WMA Masters’ international panel of judges is comprised of industry leaders in photography, art, publishing, and non-profit. They include Zoher ABDOOLCARIM, MaryAnn CAMILLERI, Abby CHEN, Kevin WY LEE, LEUNG Po-Shan Anthony, Christopher PHILLIPS, Theme Judge Paul ZIMMERMAN.

    The WYNG Media Award (WMA) was created to engage the public and promote positive changes through impactful images of critical Hong Kong issues. WMA also highlights international and Hong Kong photographic and artistic talent with a social purpose. The WMA programmes include: WMA Masters, WMA Open, WMA Commission as well as WMA Student.

    Every June, WMA Masters invites Hong Kong and international artists and image-makers to submit their photo-based work about Hong Kong and on a specific theme chosen by the organisers for the annual WMA Masters. An international panel of judges pick out the winner and the work of all finalists are exhibited.Themes have included Poverty, Air, Waste, Identity and this year it is Mobility.

    This year’s supporting organisation is the Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong.

    The WMA Masters theme for 2017/18 is TRANSITION.

    ABOUT MOBILITY

    Mobility is freedom of movement – across oceans and continents, across cities, streets and neighbourhood, perhaps across race, religion or even gender.

    Hong Kong is a compact modern metropolis with world class transport and logistics system, where people and goods are constantly on the move and commuters have their routes mapped out to the exact subway carriage number in order to save the most time getting to the exit on the other side.

    Mobility means circulation. Blood needs to flow, so does Chi. Blockage or leakage means disease. Babies learn to move at an early age, but mobility can be a major challenge for the elderly. Money and deals, traffic and even population needs to move smoothly, preferably in the right direction.

    Mobility is moving vertically up and down buildings, mountains and seas. It is human to aspire to move up the ladder, whether in the corporate, institutional or social. Hong Kong had always been the land of opportunity, where hard work might move one’s children, if not oneself, upwards.

    Parents still scheme to get their children the best chance in life in the education system. But more and more social mobility is restricted, in one of the world’s most unequal community, where poverty is prevalent in the midst of plenty.

    Hong Kong is the so-called borrowed place on borrowed time, where people come to get rich and get out, and end up putting down roots in spite of themselves. Now we are caught in a dilemma. How do we build a future in a place where nothing stays still, or lasts? Can we all still get where we want to go? And when we arrive, are we ever allowed to stop? Are we moving? Or are we still? What happens if there is no mobility? And what happens if mobility is endless?

    For more information on WMA Masters, please visit masters.wyngmedia.hk

  • WMA Masters 2016/17 Call For Submissions: MOBILITY

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    2016-Jul-05

    The WMA Masters (formerly WYNG Masters Award) welcomes photography submissions from all over the world on this year’s theme of MOBILITY. Images must relate to the theme and be made in or relate to Hong Kong. The deadline for submission is 30 September 2016 (23:59 Hong Kong time; GMT +8:00).

    From now till 30 September 2016 the WMA Masters invites both international and Hong Kong artists and image-makers to submit photographic-based work. The visual content must be related to Hong Kong and to the chosen theme MOBILITY. Finalists will be selected by a panel of international judges and their works will be exhibited in Hong Kong in Spring 2017. A full-colour catalogue will be published to coincide with the exhibition.

    The WMA Masters will also host a series of talks, panels, and seminars during the exhibition period. The winner of WMA Masters will receive a cash prize of HKD$250,000. Each of the finalists will receive HKD$15,000.

    This year, applicants to WMA Masters who are Hong Kong residents will have a chance to be invited to submit an expression of interest for a professional practice residency at FORMAT International Photography Festival 2017. The winner of the residency will have an opportunity to visit FORMAT for the launch and have access to events, portfolio reviews, as well as have their work included in the FORMAT catalogue.

    The WMA Masters’ international panel of judges is comprised of industry leaders in photography, art, publishing, and non-profit. They include Zoher ABDOOLCARIM, MaryAnn CAMILLERI, Abby CHEN, Louise CLEMENTS, Kevin WY LEE, LEUNG Po-Shan Anthony, Christopher PHILLIPS, Theme Judge (to be confirmed).

  • WMA Commission presents: Ubiquitous Trash: Hong Kong Edition

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    2016-Jun-21

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    Mexican artist collective TRES, winner of the 2014/15 WMA Commission, will make their debut in Hong Kong with a mixed-media exhibition titled “Ubiquitous Trash – Hong Kong Edition” at Connecting Space, North Point from July 2 to 11.

    The exhibition echoes the theme, WASTE, of the third WMA Commission. “Ubiquitous Trash” is a process of continual scavenging that depicts the social life of the strange abandoned objects we call trash. Starting with incessant walks and obsessive scavenging in Hong Kong,” says TRES in their artist statement.

    TRES has explored the signs and marks imprinted on trash collected from public spaces and from official waste sites. This scavenging activity, typical of the collective, was first transformed into a book, where the intertwining of public space and trash became the place where a multiplicity of relationships where explored, making clear the sociopolitical from an artistic perspective.

    They continue: “This exhibition is therefore a third iteration of the process, and as such it has varied the intensity found in the book. TRES presents a journey through the tension between the macro and the micro-details that emerge while translating trash into a photographic image or drawing. In each piece of refuse a gesture is left that allows us to gain insight into human culture. Trash tells us who we are, but it also reveals what we decide to leave aside, out of sight.”

    Ubiquitous Trash is an extension of the artist collective’s continuous voyage, which starts from Mexico to Manchester and now Hong Kong, to explore the implications between public space and trash. TRES were recently selected as the recipient of the 2016 Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, and will be developing the second phase of their project Ubiquitous Trash, expanding to Western Australian beaches.

    In 2015, their proposal was handpicked by three-member selection panel, (Fung Ho Yin, Assistant Professor, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Dr. Charles Merewether, Visiting Professor, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University Singapore and member of Commissioning Panel for Venice Biennale Singapore Pavilion 2015; and Dr. Anthony Ng trustee of the WYNG Foundation), from over 70 submissions from around the globe to win the 2014/15 WMA Commission. TRES then spent close to a month in Hong Kong last July for their research and scavenging which eventually culminated in a series of artistic creations that form the “Ubiquitous Trash – Hong Kong Edition” exhibition.

    At Connecting Space, the waste narrative will unfold in forms of photography, drawing and objects. The creative process of TRES often involves dialogue with multiple disciplines including science, anthropology, archaeology and more.

    TRES has a fixation on the issue as they believe trash helps enhance our understanding of the contemporary society because “its informational character, its capacity to store material, economic and symbolic information can be used to elaborate individual or collective portraits of our society”.

    Their book, Ubiquitous Trash – Hong Kong Edition in Chinese and English about the Hong Kong city landscape will also be presented at the exhibition.

    Ubiquitous Trash – Hong Kong Edition Details:
    Date: July 2-11, 2016
    Venue: Connecting Space, G/F Wah Kin Mansion, 18-20 Fort Street, North Point
    Time: Monday-Friday 12pm – 7pm (Daily)

    Artist Talk – Interdisciplinarity as an art practice. Intertwining public space and garbage
    Date: July 6, 2016
    Venue: Para Site (22/F, Wing Wah Industrial Building, 677 King’s Road, Quarry Bay)
    Time: 6:30pm

    The production of most contemporary art is based on complex methodologies. For TRES, collective work, dialogue, displacement and translation are key elements in building an art project. As to explain each of these strategies used, we will address the artwork we have produced during the last seven years, where the main concern has been garbage in a material and conceptual sense.

    Roving Exhibition
    Date: July 21 – September 10, 2016
    Venue: Puerta Roja (1/F soho 189 art lane, 189 Queens Road West, Sheung Wan)
    Date: Sept 12 – October 28, 2016
    Venue: Octavio Paz Gallery Consulate General of Mexico (2502 Caroline Centre, 28 Yun Ping Road, Wan Chai)

  • WYNG Masters Award 2014/15 – IDENTITY and Winner Announcement

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    2016-Apr-14>

    From 10 to 19 April, the photographic works of this year’s WYNG Masters Award finalists can be viewed by the public at the Exhibition Gallery of the Hong Kong Central Library. The artists will bring their interpretation of IDENTITY to life through images. The winner of this year’s WYNG Masters Award and WMA Commission were announced on April 9th, one day before the finalist exhibition is opened to the public.

    The WYNG Masters Award Exhibition kicked off with the Dr. York Chow as Guest of Honor stating that “A civic and progressive society is one that would care for everyone, including those who are unfortunate, disadvantaged, and lack of opportunities. Hong Kong has the wealth, the infrastructure and the culture to be a great society because of our history, our heritage, our tradition and our culture. Let us put them into good use, for today and for our future generation.”

    WYNG Masters Award winner and finalists

    A panel of renowned industry leaders in photography, art, publishing, and non-profit including Zoher Abdoolcarim, MaryAnn Camilleri, Abby Chen, Louise Clements, Frank Kalero, Leung Po Shan Anthony and Margaret Ng, picked out this year’s winning works. The WYNG Masters Award winner is Siu Wai Hang (InsideOutland). According to Zoher Abdoolcarim, “All the six finalists are strong on the power of their photography and on the diversity of identity. But the winner had the edge on several fronts. The work is multi-layered with a clear connective tissue. It seamlessly fuses the past with the present to tell a moving story. It addresses, with subtlety and nuance, what is now a compelling, and compulsive, issue for Hong Kong: its place—and identity—within China. At some level or other, all of us can empathize with it.”

    The other five finalists whose works are also exhibited include:

    • Johnny Gin – The Architecture of Insurgency
    • Remmus Ha – 7 “I”s
    • Leung Chi Wo + Sara Wong – He was lost yesterday and we found him today
    • Dinu Li – The Mother of All Journeys
    • Emmanuel Serna – No Life

    Bio Of Winning Photographer:

    WYNG Masters Award Winner – Siu Wai Hang

    Siu Wai Hang graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Creative Media from The School of Creative Media, The City University of Hong Kong. He went on to obtain his Master of Fine Art from the Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He won the WYNG Masters Award In 2014 and was awarded ifva Emerging Talent Award in 2016.

    Siu presented two solo exhibitions since 2010, “The Elusive” (Lumenvisum, 2015) and “Metropolis Chlorophyll” (K11, 2010). He has also joined a number group exhibitions, including ” The 21st ifva Awards” (Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2016), “780S” (Blindspot Gallery, 2014) , “WYNG Masters Award Finalists’ Exhibition – GASP” (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2014), “Pingyao International Photography Festival 2013” (Pingyao, 2013), “Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012” (Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2013), “Hong Kong EYE” (Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 2013), “Image on the Run” (City University of Hong Kong, 2013) and “Dine at Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate” (2009).

    His works are collected by The Legislative Council of Hong Kong, The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong and various private collections. Currently lives and works in Hong Kong and teaches at various art institutes and universities.

    WYNG Masters Award Finalist Exhibition

    Dates:10 April 2016 – 19 April 2016

    Venue:Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Central Library, Causeway Bay, HK

    Opening Hours:10:00 – 20:00

  • WYNG Philomathia Student Essay Contest

    Academic

    2016-Mar-09

    Theme – Waste

    Organizers

    WYNG Foundation
    Philomathia Foundation
    Trinity Hall, Cambridge University
    Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters

    Background

    Cambridge University is one of the top universities in the world. WYNG Foundation wishes to see more Hong Kong students have the opportunity of the Cambridge experience and apply for admission to Cambridge. It has worked with Trinity Hall, one of the oldest colleges of Cambridge University, the HK Association of Career Master and Guidance Master and Friends of Cambridge Hong Kong as well as Philomathia Foundation by arranging yearly talks by Cambridge Admissions officers and alumni, to introduce Hong Kong students to the Cambridge experience.

    The WYNG Philomathia Student Essay Contest is an extension of the WMA – an international photography award with an annual social theme. Students are invited to write an essay based on the images of the finalists of the WYNG Masters Award, and through the researched process, it is hoped that students would have a raised level of awareness of issues of critical importance to Hong Kong.

    Winners will be offered a week of all-expenses paid unique UK and Cambridge experience.

    How to Enter

    The contest is open to all current Hong Kong local secondary school students.

    You may select a photograph/a series of photographs from the finalists’ albums of WMA Masters 2014 on the theme of “Waste”, athttp://www.wyngmastersaward.hk/index.php/en/master-archive-en/master-archive-2014-en/gallery, and write an English essay of not more than 1000 words. There is no restriction on the format, approach, or viewpoint of your writing. Entries will be judged on their overall merits, including originality, creativity, relevance and use of language.

    To submit your essay, please send an MS Word file to wyngphilomathiaessay@gmail.com, together with the following items:

    1. Your full name
    2. Your class
    3. Your school name
    4. Your email
    5. Your contact telephone number
    6. Name and contact of your teacher who knows about your submission

    The deadline for submission is 27 March, 2016 (Sunday).

    The Prizes

    One week all-expenses paid trip to England with an opportunity to visit London and experience college life at Cambridge. (Please note that the Open Day of Cambridge University is likely to be in early July.)

    Flights, accommodation, meals and incidentals will be provided. The winners will be accompanied by a representative from either Foundation as well as a representative from the Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters.

    Terms and Conditions

    1. The essay must be written in English, in no more than 1000 words, and related to photo / photo series of the student’s choice.
    2. Each student should submit one essay only. Double or more entries will lead to disqualification.
    3. The essay must be original and written by the student who submitted it. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden and will lead to instant disqualification.
    4. Deadline for submission is 27 March, 2016 (Sunday), 12:00 midnight Hong Kong time. Late submissions will not be entertained.
    5. Winning students should avail themselves of an overseas trip to the United Kingdom during late June to early July 2016. They should submit a report after the trip, in the format to be advised by the organizers.
    6. Winners will share their experiences following the trip for future reference.
    7. Organizers reserve the right to accept individual submissions and to select winners.

    If you have any questions please contact: wyngphilomathiaessay@gmail.com