The hk prize is a science award that honors scientists whose research has a significant impact on society. It is open to researchers worldwide and selects winners through a rigorous peer review process that is free of sponsorship or special committee influences. Winners receive monetary prizes as well as international exposure at the awards ceremony.
As one of Asia’s most prestigious scientific awards, hk prize has become a central platform for young researchers to demonstrate their passion and dedication for science in Hong Kong. Winners can expect to be invited to take part in seminars or research internships at Hong Kong’s leading laboratories, allowing them to build professional connections with Hong Kong’s top scientists and learn cutting-edge scientific innovations from them.
Among the hundreds of Nobel laureates in history, there are few that have influenced humanity more than the five imprisoned pro-democracy activists that the hk prize has nominated for the 2022 peace prize. The professors who nominated them compared them to other prominent dissidents and persecuted freedom fighters who have won the prize—including Hitler critic Carl von Ossietzky, Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, Polish politician Lech Walesa and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, all of whom died while in custody.
In a letter to the Nobel Foundation, 15 academics from 10 countries nominated the Hong Kong activists in the hope that they will be given the prize this fall. “A Nobel Peace Prize for these prisoners of conscience would affirm the highest moral aspirations of humankind,” the scholars wrote. “It is a prize that they deserve, not just for their bravery but also for their willingness to serve as models of resistance in an age of authoritarian tendencies.”
The HKAI’s prize design combines two precious elements, a pearl and a pierced jade amulet, with happy connotations in both Chinese and Western cultures. The symbol, expressed both in the HKAI award logo and the trophy conferred to prize winners, is an ode to the city of Hong Kong’s rich cultural legacy.
This year’s prize jury includes renowned art curators, a museum director and an architect from the mainland. They will select a shortlist of 10 entries. The public will then vote for their favourites online by visiting the website. The finalists will be announced in March 2020.
The Public Vote Prize of HK$4,000 is awarded to the student artist with the most votes from the general public. HK$10,000 will be awarded to the school of the Public Vote Prize Winner.
The Judges Prize of HK$8,000 is awarded to the student artist with the most outstanding overall work. HK$20,000 will be awarded to the school of the Judges Prize Winner. Enrolled secondary school students in Hong Kong are eligible to participate in the contest. They are required to be nominated by their teachers. Each participating student must submit no more than three artworks. Students should read the T&Cs carefully and follow the entry instructions. The Contest is organized by the HKAI and the Hong Kong Federation of Education, with support from the Mainland and Hong Kong Arts Councils.