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  • WMA Open Announces Finalists and Winners for “TRANSITION” Cycle

    The WMA Open was created to serve as a public platform for discussion and a springboard for social transformation. The WMA Open Photo Contest 2018, themed “Transition”, received close to 340 entries for this cycle. A panel of judges selected ten finalists and also three winners out of ten finalists.

    Winners and their works are:

    FUNG Caleb – Home
    Suet-sum LAI – All of A Sudden the Fog Comes
    SHEK Chun Yin – It Belongs to Nature

    Finalists and their works are:

    CHEUNG Siu Hoi – The Executioners
    KOU Choi Sin – Transition
    LO Yuen Ching – Transition of a Year
    SIU Wai Hang – Life Should Go On
    Mono TUNG Chiu On – “(DEL)veloping”
    Beatrice WONG – 2015 Self Portrait
    WONG Sanders – Urban and Rural

    To continue the conversations inspired by the submissions, the WMA Open maintains a gallery of images governed by Creative Commons licenses. Members of the public are encouraged to use the images with appropriate attribution for educational and non-commercial uses such as lectures and non-commercial projects.

    Click here for more information.

  • WMA Commission 2018/19 – Call For Proposals

    The WMA Commission is now inviting artists and photographers from both Hong Kong and the international community, to create new research-based photography work in Hong Kong, focusing on the theme of “Opportunity”. Project proposals must contextually relate to both the theme and to Hong Kong. A five-member selection panel will choose the WMA Commission Recipient, who will be awarded a HK$250,000 grant. The grant will contribute towards the production of the successful proposal and a public event featuring the completed work, which will be given a place in the WMA Collection.

    Submission Period  1/6 – 14/9/2018

    For more information, please click here.

  • WMA Masters 2018/19 – Call For Submissions

    From now till 28 September 2018, the WMA Masters invites both international and Hong Kong artists and image-makers to submit photographic works. The visual content must be related to Hong Kong and the chosen theme, “Opportunity”. Finalists will be selected by a panel of international judges and their works will be exhibited in Hong Kong in Spring 2019. A full-colour publication 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 the WMA Masters will receive a cash prize of HK$250,000. Each of the finalists will receive HK$15,000. For more information, please click here.

  • WMA Open 2018 “TRANSITION” Call For Submissions

    The WMA Open 2018 calls for images under the theme of “Transition” in Hong Kong from every member of the public. From 24 April to 31 May 2018 (Deadline for submission: 23:59 Hong Kong time; GMT +8:00), submit your images to the WMA Open photo contest and stand to win prizes including cash and professional development experiences as winners!

    The WMA Open was created to serve as a public platform for discussion and a springboard for social transformation. Images submitted must relate to the theme, “Transition”, and be created in Hong Kong. Participant can upload a series of work, up to three images, to the WMA Open photo contest website.

    A panel of judges, involving WMA Masters 2017/18 winner YIM Sui-fong, WMA Masters 2016/17 winner Wei Leng TAY, and WMA Masters 2013/14 finalist Tommy Fung, will select 10 finalists who will be offered a number of professional development opportunities coached by experienced photographer/artist. Out of the finalists, three will be winners of this cycle and each receiving a cash prize of HK$12,000 as encouragement. Finalists will be announced in June 2018, and may also have the chance to showcase their works at future WMA exhibitions.

    WMA Open Photo Contest 2018:

    Theme: Transition

    Date: 24 April to 31 May 2018

    Deadline: 31 May 2018 at 23:59 (GMT +8:00)

    Submission: open.wma.hk/

    Finalists: 10, each will get a professional development opportunity

    Winners: 3 out of the 10 finalists, each will receive a cash prize of HK$12,000

    About Transition

    Transitions manifest before a turn. They are the in-between: the progression, the regression, the metamorphosis that transpire ahead of change. As intermissions, transitions are forgotten because they are so brief—neglected, because all eyes have shifted to what has transpired. As extended lulls, transitions offer space for rumination, guided by the transformation in sight. As indefinite pauses, they trap one in limbo, where the only constant is uncertainty.

    In literature, transitions signal change, bonding rows of text together as one. In science, they are the movement from one state of matter to another. In nature, transitions are the graduation from one stage in a life cycle to another; the cumulation of air, heat and moisture ahead of a storm; the moment before a child is born.

    Across the globe, diplomatic affiliations are shifting; governments are changing hands; energy systems are inching towards sustainability; alternate gender identities and sexualities are preparing for their time to shine. Meanwhile, the lives of millions of displaced individuals continue to be put on hold. In Hong Kong, a transition occurred when a fishing village morphed into a metropolis; when its sovereignty was transferred from Britain to China; when autonomy was brought into question. The transfer of sovereignty came with the promise to leave the city unchanged for five decades—but in a city of transition, any promise of changelessness could sound empty. For the rest of us, transitions simply mean the progression from one life stage to the next; waiting in one line after another, constantly transitioning, until we wander into the queue for a final resting place.

    We now invite you to capture the shift, the transformation, and experience the in-between—however fleeting, however endless, they may be.

  • WMA Masters and Commission 2017/18 – TRANSITION Winners Announced

    To spark discussions on the issue of transition in Hong Kong, the WYNG Media Award (WMA) organises an exhibition at the Exhibition Gallery of the Hong Kong Central Library from 14 – 24 April 2018. Featuring at the event are works from three different WMA programmes, including

    – nine finalists of the current cycle of WMA Masters exploring the theme of Transition from a range of perspectives;

    – three moving image works of WMA Film by three different filmmakers using crowd-sourced footage telling the story of a day of transition in Hong Kong on 1 July 2017 from different angles;  and

    – still and moving-images as well as installation works of WMA Commission by Ducky TSE Chi-tak examining the identity of Hong Kong people in transition.

    The winner of this year’s WMA Masters and the recipient of the WMA Commission were announced at the opening ceremony.

     

    WMA Masters 2017/18

    The WMA Masters invites photography-based submissions every year from both international and Hong Kong photographers and visual artists. Responding to the theme “Transition” in relation to Hong Kong, nine finalists of this cycle explored different contexts of transition including historical, political, life stages, urban, space and gender.

    A panel of renowned industry leaders in photography, art, publishing, and the non-profit sector including Zoher ABDOOLCARIM, Jacqueline FRANCIS, Yumi GOTO, Kevin LEE, LEUNG Po-shan Anthony, Gladys LI and Sandra S. PHILLIPS, selected YIM Sui-fong’s The Unlocked Space to be this cycle’s winner.  YIM will receive a cash prize of HK$250,000.

    On behalf of the judging panel, Zoher ABDOOLCARIM, convenor of the WMA Masters Transition cycle judging panel said, “The Unlocked Space is an authentic set of work.  Though it may look like that the photographer had stumbled across the scene, the richness of the content captured in the transitionary flats suggests thoughtful artistic research that brings focus to the issue of housing through the project.  And this issue is the prism of life in Hong Kong.”

     

    About WMA Masters Winner – YIM Sui-fong

    YIM Sui-fong graduated from the Fine Arts Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Fine Arts degree. Her work often explores discrepancies, interpretation and tension that occur in the process of interpersonal communication by retelling one’s memory in connection to everyday life. YIM is a co-founder of Rooftop Institute; a core member of the artist collective, L sub.

    The Unlocked Space

    Wong Ka Chong (which means “the factory of the British colonial government” in Cantonese) was a cottage house district in which my father lived for many years. I followed the old address and found that it is now a Civil Servants’ Cooperative Building which has been left abandoned.

    The system of Cooperative Buildings no longer exists. The objects had lost their owner, like a piece of history to which no one pays attention, a piece of history that can be freely manipulated, altered, deleted and defined. Does this not represent one nature of transition?

     

    WMA Commission 2017/18 Recipient

    The WMA Commission, one of the most recognised commissions focusing on photography, invites entries for proposals from artists and photographers from both Hong Kong and the international community to create new research-based photography work in Hong Kong, focusing on the annual theme each year. This year the theme of the proposals had to contextually related to “Transition”. By facilitating and supporting original, creative interpretations of “Transition”, the WMA Commission encourages a unique perspective on how Hong Kong is affected by the theme that has global implications, while increasing public awareness and knowledge.

    A five-member selection panel comprising of John STANMEYER, photojournalist and educator; Kurt CHAN, Professor, Adjunct Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Melissa Karmen LEE, public art curator and consultant, Dr. Linda Chiu-han LAI, Associate Professor, School of Creative Media, the City University of Hong Kong, and BUT Ho Ming, WYNG Foundation Trustee selected LEE Kai-chung as this year’s WMA Commission recipient. LEE will receive HK$250,000 grant that contribute towards the production of his proposal and a public event featuring the completed work, which will be given a place in the WMA Collection.

    Tentatively titled “The Retrieval, Restoration and Predicament”, LEE’s project is to study the intertwining concept of transition in the context of Hong Kong through archival research and photography. His project will look into, the historical Queen Victoria statue, through a few interwoven layers – geographic territories the physical statue has travelled, historical events/symbol it has transitioned, as well as the material transformation of the sculpture.

    “The panel is very impressed with the quality of the submissions this year, and noticed particularly the volume of solid research-based projects proposals received” commented BUT Ho Ming. “We feel that LEE’s proposal coincides with a trending approach that treats objects as an overlapping element for visual artists and historians to collaborate in exploring history.”

     

    About WMA Commission Recipient LEE Kai-chung

    LEE Kai-chung performs research on historical events, political systems, and ideology. His work addresses the lack of proper governance over the records and pending legislation for Archives Law. Through performance, documentation, and installation, LEE considers the individual gesture as a form of political and artistic transgression, which resonates with existing narratives of history.

    His ongoing research project Archive of the People addresses the political standing of documents and archives in the social setting. In 2016, LEE established the collective “Archive of the People”, which serves as an extension of his personal research, and engages artists, archivists, writers and specialists from other disciplines. LEE was awarded Master of Fine Arts from School of Creative Media, the City University of Hong Kong in 2014.

  • TRANSITION – WMA Masters & WMA Film Exhibition

    The WYNG Media Awards (WMA) is a series of programmes developed to spark discussions of social issues of great importance to Hong Kong through visual images, with a view to fostering positive change. Each year, a theme is chosen for the programmes.  Past themes explored included “Poverty”, “Air”, “Waste”, “Identity” and “Mobility”. This year’s theme is “Transition”.

    The exhibition TRANSITION will showcase photographic works of the nine finalists of WMA Masters, including CHAN Suk On, Frankie CHAN Kwok Chung, Berton CHANG, GONG He, Billy H.C. KWOK, Joseph LEUNG Mong Sum, SHEK Ming Fai Phil, Ka-Man TSE, YIM Sui-fong, as well as moving image works of WMA Film by three filmmakers, including Steven DHOEDT, SEEAHOLE (Dave KONG, Kenji MA, Eason YUEN), Stanley TAM, using crowdsourced footages from the “1 July 2017 – A Day in Transition” project.

    The venue will also host ALL THAT.DOESN’T, a solo exhibition of Ducky TSE Chi-tak presenting his works supported by WMA Commission 2015/16 in response to the theme “Identity”.

    A set of special events, will complement the exhibition.

    Exhibition Period
    14/4/2018 14:00 – 20:00
    15 – 24/4/2018 10:00 – 20:00

    Venue
    Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Central Library

  • WMA Commission presents: All That. Matters Solo Exhibition of Ducky Chi-Tak Part 1

    Date: 28 January – 14 February 2018
    Time:(Mon-Fri) 13:00- 20:30
    (Sat-Sun) 11:00- 20:30
    Venue:Gallery L0, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC)

    “All That. Matters” & “All That. Doesn’t” form a two-part exhibition about the evolving identities of Hongkongers over the past three decades, as explored by lens-based artist Ducky Tse Chi-Tak. Tse’s “Hong Kong Faces” series from the 1990s will debut in “All That. Matters”, articulating the restless perspectives of a young street photographer yearning to reproduce the faces and daily lives of Hongkongers living under colonial rule. “All That. Doesn’t” marks the milestone in Tse’s career: it uses the border as a motif to examine the paradox of common identity among Hongkongers since the change of sovereignty. The exhibition combines photography, videos, and installations to reconstruct personal and collective memories, and discourses on who we are in a time of transition. The second part, “All That. Doesn’t” will be launched together with the WMA Masters finalists’ exhibition from 14 – 24 April 2018.

    About Ducky Tse Chi Tak

    Ducky started to learn photography in 1980s. He worked as a photojournalist from the early 1990s to 2006, and was granted many photography awards. In 2005, he started to develop an interest in the visual arts and founded the Outfocus Group Workshop in 2008. In 2009, Ducky and a number of local photographers established the Hong Kong Photographic Culture Association. Serving as the managing director from 2010 to 2011, he assisted in organising the first Hong Kong International Photo Festival. Ducky’s early works featured photo stories from the streets and recorded changes in society. He even spent some time in Chinese factories to observe the lives of labourers there. After focusing on documentary photography for years, he started to adopt a poetic style in his works, which often carry religious and philosophical messages in it. He believes that no system can change the world—it is only through one’s kindness that things can be changed. Ducky has published over 10 photo albums of his works, many of which have been displayed in Germany, the United States, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, China, etc.

    Please click here for more details.

  • The WYNG Philomathia Student Essay Contest 2017/18 – Call for Submissions

    Organised by the WYNG Foundation, Philomathia Foundation, Trinity Hall, the University of Cambridge and Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters, the WYNG Philomathia Student Essay Contest aims to help local fourth and fifth-form students develop a greater awareness towards 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 cycle’s given theme.

    Another objective of the contest, now in its fifth cycle, 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, the WYNG Foundation has also been organising for the contest’s finalists talks by representatives of the University of Cambridge alongside Friends of Cambridge Hong Kong, and the other organisers of the contest: Trinity Hall, the Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters, and the Philomathia Foundation.

    Theme for the WYNG Philomathia Student Essay Contest 2017/18: Mobility

    Deadline for submission is 11:59pm (Hong Kong time) on 18 March 2018.

    Please click here for more details.

  • WMA Commission 2017/18 – “Transition” Call for Proposals

    The WMA Commission, one of the most recognised commissions focusing on photography, invites entries for proposals from artists and photographers from both Hong Kong and the international community to create new research-based photography work in Hong Kong, focusing on the theme of “Transition”. Project proposals must contextually relate to both the theme and to Hong Kong. A five-member selection panel will choose the WMA Commission Recipient, who will be awarded a HK$250,000 grant. The grant will contribute towards the production of the successful proposal and a public event featuring the completed work, which will be given a place in the WMA Collection. The WMA Commission is a part of the WMA programme.

    By facilitating and supporting original, creative interpretations of “Transition”, the WMA Commission encourages a unique perspective on how Hong Kong is affected by an issue that has global implications, while increasing public awareness and knowledge. The HK$250,000 grant covers artist fees, creation (including such activities as research, travel and production; resources such as an assistant or translator and daily expenses) and a public event. It does not include accommodation for overseas artists or venue costs for public presentation, which are covered by the organiser. Overseas participants should ensure that they are able to stay for at least one month for the project and also set aside time for the public presentation.

    Submission period: October 15 2017 00:00 – January 8 2019 18:00 (Hong Kong Time; GMT +8:00)
    Project period: June 2018 – June 2019 (1 year)

    For more details, please visit the Submission website: commission.wma.hk

  • WMA Masters 2017/18 — Call for Submissions on “Transition”

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    The WMA Masters welcomes photography submissions from all over the world on this year’s theme of TRANSITION. Images must relate to the theme and be made in or relate to Hong Kong. The deadline for submission is 15 September 2017 (23:59 Hong Kong time; GMT + 8:00).

    From now till 15 September 2017, the WMA Masters invites both international and Hong Kong artists and image-makers to submit photographic works. The visual content must be related to Hong Kong and the chosen theme, “Transition”. Finalists will be selected by a panel of international judges and their works will be exhibited in Hong Kong in Spring 2018. 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 finalist will receive HKD$15,000.

    The WMA Masters’ international panel of judges comprises industry leaders in photography, art, publishing, and the non-profit sector. They include Zoher Abdoolcarim, Jacqueline Francis, Yumi Goto, Kevin Lee, Leung Po-shan Anthony, Gladys Li, SC, JP and Sandra Philips.

    For more details, please read: masters.wma.hk

    About Transition

    Transition: transform, adapt, adjust, alter, metamorphose. Transitions are the moments leading up to change. Sometimes they’re brief, other times they’re long processes. In language, transitions make our writing flow. In science, they’re the movement from one state of matter to another. In nature, they’re the graduation from one stage in a life cycle to a different phase. Transitions occur in politics, in gender, in seeking asylum. Hong Kong itself represents many forms of transition in areas such as housing, education, careers, immigration, healthcare and ageing. And while some would say these transitions have everything to do with returning Hong Kong’s sovereignty to China, others may see no connection at all.

    About the WMA Programme series

    The WMA Programme series was established to balance the celebration of artistic talent with the fulfillment of a social purpose. Its non-profit programmes, including the WMA Masters, WMA Commission, WMA Open, WMA Film and WMA Student, have been encouraging dialogue among creators and the public through photography, essays, and education with selected annual themes that explore social issues in Hong Kong. WMA Masters, an annual photography competition, has explored the topics on “Poverty”, “Air”, “Waste”, “Identity” and “Mobility”. The theme for this year’s cycle is “Transition”.

  • The WYNG Philomathia Student Essay Contest 2016/17—Results

    Submissions to the WYNG-Philomathia Student Essay Contest 2016/17, themed “Identity”, are now closed. The winning entries were written by (listed in no particular order):

    Nikki Wong (Form 5) St. Paul’s Co-educational College

    Eunice Lui (Form 5) Holy Family Canossian College

    Kristen Lai (Form 5) Diocesan Girls’ School

    Clarissa Yung (Form 4) St. Paul’s Convent School

    Ellery Gopaoco (Form 4) Diocesan Girls’ School

    Natalie Ha (Form 4) Diocesan Girls’ School

    And the finalists are (listed in no particular order):

    Bella Mak (Form 5), Munsang College

    Theo Winnington-Ingram (Form 5), Munsang College

    Regina Yip (Form 5), Ying Wah Girls’ School

    Vicky Chiu (Form 5), St. Paul’s Convent School

    The organisers would like to thank every student who has taken the time and effort to participate in the contest. Submissions for the 2017/18 cycle will open in early 2018.

  • 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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    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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    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

    Media

    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