The Hongkong prize is a way to pay tribute to those individuals in society who exemplify the very spirit of humanity through their deeds. Over 90 people have been commended for their outstanding humanitarian contributions since the award was established in 2007. They come from all walks of life and are involved in various fields, such as protecting human lives, caring for the vulnerable, and respecting human dignity.
The winners of the HK prize are selected by a panel of judges and voted for by the public. There are seven categories in total: perseverance, community, culture, innovation, teamwork, youth and sustainability. The awards are aimed at honoring those who have contributed to Hong Kong in a variety of ways, from helping the homeless to using technology to help people with disabilities. They are the ones who embody the heart and soul of Hong Kong, and their achievements deserve to be celebrated.
Among the winners this year are an entrepreneur who used his business to aid those in need and an artist who turned human rights into fine art concepts. The organisers hope that the HK prize can encourage more people to follow their dreams and contribute to the city in their own ways. The winners were honoured at the award ceremony on Friday night.
In addition to the monetary prizes, winning scientists also get the opportunity to present their research at the prestigious award ceremony and gain international exposure. This helps promote the importance of scientific research and encourages young people to pursue science as a career.
Another important role of the HK prize is to support young film directors in their journey towards becoming independent filmmakers. The prize will provide funding for up to two projects, including a short film and a feature-length movie, with the intention of encouraging more local-themed films. In the past, some winners have even gone on to become renowned international filmmakers.
The Hari Art Prize Hong Kong is open to self-taught artists or art graduates who are within the first ten years of their professional careers, with works created in any medium. The winner will be rewarded with a cash prize of $100,000 HKD and will be showcased in a group exhibition in Hong Kong, as well as being featured in the online Hari Art Gallery. The shortlisted works will be sold after the exhibition, with proceeds supporting the work of Justice Centre.
The winners of the HK prize are selected based on their creativity, the impact and influence of their works, and how they align with this year’s theme. The shortlist is curated by an elite panel of judges including Dr Aron Harilela, CEO and Chairman of Harilela Hotels, Matt Chung, Founder and Director of Gallery Ascend, Heiman Ng, Founder and Director of Art Prince Advisory, and Melissa Digby-Bell, Head of Curatorial for A Space For Art. The award ceremony will be held on September 25, 2023.