The Hong Kong Prize – Celebrating Excellence in Science and Technology

The Hong Kong Prize aims to promote the city’s strength in science and technology, encouraging academic researchers to persist in innovative exploration while building careers here, serving their nation and contributing globally. The Prize honours outstanding scientific research achievements with the potential to transform our society in various fields, including artificial intelligence and robotics, life and health, new materials and energy, and advanced manufacturing and FinTech.

This year’s shortlist for the prize is comprised of nine artists from Hong Kong, more than any other city in the competition’s history. While the works are diverse, all address themes of global evolution – socially, culturally and technologically.

It’s been a busy week for the film industry in Hong Kong, with local box office hit Ten Years taking home the top prize at the city’s awards ceremony on Sunday. The controversial film taps into residents’ worst fears for the future of the semi-autonomous territory as it faces increasing pressure from Beijing.

The HKFA is the city’s premiere film award scheme, with 13 films funded in its first 10 years. The judging panel includes filmmakers, film workers and critics from 13 professional film bodies in the city. The winner is selected through a combination of public votes and screenings, as well as a panel vote.

This is the third time a film has won the top prize, with previous winners being acclaimed comedies The Taking of Pelham 128, and Happy Together. The award is voted on by film industry professionals and the public in Hong Kong, who can either nominate or vote for their favourites.

The Hong Kong Prize is open to all enrolled secondary school students, and their teachers may nominate up to three student artists for each entry. Upon nomination, students must complete the online application before the submission deadline of 16 September. The judges’ decision will be announced in early October.

Founded in 1996, the prize honors the memory of Professor Wang Gungwu, a distinguished educator who believed that a good education should include comprehensive knowledge of Hong Kong history. Friends and students of the late Prof. John D. Young raised funds for the establishment of the scholarship to reward a research postgraduate student who achieves exceptional results in the study of Hong Kong history.

The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) reiterated its firm stance against the foreign governments that have awarded their national prizes to Chow, as such actions are clearly in breach of international law and basic norms on human rights and the rule of law. It is also against the spirit of mutual respect between Hong Kong and other countries.