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AIR (Photo Competition) Announcement


AIR

Competition Deadline 17th September 2013

The WYNG Masters Award grants the recipient of the award a cash prize of HK$250,000. The recipient is chosen by an international panel of judges.

The WYNG Masters Award program grants an additional award – the WYNG Project, a commission to develop a photographic project highlighting the 2013 chosen theme – AIR – in the context of Hong Kong.  The WYNG Project recipient will receive a sum of HK$250,000 to execute the project. An advisory board of experts will review the WYNG Masters Award finalists and make a recommendation to the foundation trustees as to which candidate should receive the commission.

The winners of both prizes will be announced at the exhibition of finalists’ works in 2014.

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AIR pollution is one of the top public heath risks in Hong Kong. Levels of pollutants often exceed the limits set by the World Health Organization, Hong Kong lags well behind other urban centres like New York, London and Tokyo that have cleaned up their air.

According to a University of Hong Kong study, air pollution has led to well over 3,000 premature deaths, more than 20,000 daily doctors' visits and a monetary loss of HK$39 billion a year.

As Asia's leading financial centre, Hong Kong's position is under threat as businesses relocate to alternative countries — siting mounting health concerns as a primary reason. Hong Kong's government recently announced initiatives to tackle the problem of its polluted air, with the Environmental Protection Department slated to spend HK$627 million on managing air quality in the current financial year. The impact of these approaches will be closely watched in Hong Kong.

A series of videos about Air Pollution in Hong Kong.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n94apj-_brk


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vqwlv8FexFM


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc1YRRcHCvI

Video of 2012 theme "Poverty in the Midst of Plenty".


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrnhqXZcKYo


2012 Finalists




New submission. Please register by clicking this link


Eligibility

Entries are open to all residents of Hong Kong and other countries. Photographs must be taken in or be related to Hong Kong.

All genres of photography and techniques used to produce images are welcome for submission. The criteria include 1) the work must be either photographed in or be about Hong Kong, and 2) that the work is related to the WYNG Masters Award 2013 chosen topic: AIR

Application Procedures
Each application consists of the following:

1. Selection of up to 10 images and captions

2. Project statement

3. Biography

Registration
The full application and submissions process are to be made online.All applications are private and confidential. Only the names and photographs of the finalists will be publicly released.

To start with, you will need to register for an account at thehttp://wyngmastersaward.hk website. If you are a returning participant, log in with your registered email and password from last year. If your email address has changed, please register for a new log in. After log in, you will be allowed to work on your submission up to the deadline of 17 September 2013 at (23:59 Hong Kong time; GMT + 8:00). Submissions are accepted from 17 June 2013  to 17 September 2013 and can be made in either English or Chinese language.

Each entry must comply with the following requirements:

Photograph Format
Photographs must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible unless the WYNG Masters Award Organizing Committee agrees to an alternative method. The photographs need not be taken with a digital camera; digital scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints or other photographic techniques are acceptable. All digital files must be 5 to 10 megabytes and must be in JPEG format.

Filename
Please adjust the file sequence manually in the order in which you would like the portfolio to viewed before submitting.

Caption information
Caption information for each image includes the following fields below. Information starred * is mandatory:

1. Image Year (year image was created or completed)*

2. Caption Details. Please include location where applicable. (maximum 100 words)

The rest of the fields are optional, to be filled in if relevant:

1. Title of Image (maximum 50 words)

2. Series Title (maximum 50 words)

3. Project Date (If the image is part of a series, the date the project was completed. If project is ongoing, then please write “ongoing”. If it is important to provide the project start date too, please do)

Project Statement
Please provide a brief textual statement (maximum 200 words) explaining your photographic submission.

Personal Biography
Please provide a brief textual biography (maximum 200 words) noting highlights of your photographic and artistic pursuits and career.

Personal Data Information
Please complete the online personal information form in full. The information required is as follows:

1. Given Name

2. Family Name Chinese Name (if relevant)

3. Display Name (as you would like it to be published)

4. Contact Number

5. Email Address

6. Nationality

7. Country of Residence

Submission Checklist
To finalize your submission, please refer to the online checklist provided in the application section to assist in a final check:

1. Personal Data

2. Photos and Captions

3. Project Statement

4. Biography

In addition, tick the mandatory 2 boxes regarding Terms & Conditions and Entry Rules before final submission of the application.

1. I agree to the Terms and Conditions.

2. I acknowledge that all photographs submitted were taken in Hong Kong or are directly related to Hong Kong. Any photographs not connected to either Hong Kong and or the organizer's theme will be disqualified.

WYNG Masters Award for Photography thanks you for your submission. You will be notified at the end of 2013 should you be chosen as one of the shortlisted finalists.


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  • ron

    Too bad....couldn't see much pollution today. And only 5 people showed up. But I did have a good time with Bani, Angus, Jade and and Mendy. We watched an ugly couple being photographed at 1881.

    1 · September 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Damn-I missed out on the "ugly couple" contest - Lol !!!

      September 2, 2013

    • Syma

      Me too. I slept over it. Thanks to antibiotics :/

      September 2, 2013

  • Angus L.

    Got some ideas and techniques from professional which is really helpful my articles preparation.

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry can't make it this time!

    September 1, 2013

  • ron

    If anyone can't find me, call my phone:[masked]

    September 1, 2013

  • Liana

    Apologies, but I have to cancel. As usual, thanks for organizing.

    September 1, 2013

  • ron

    BTW, have you all registered for the contest? I have done so.

    August 30, 2013

    • Syma

      I haven't, thought I'd register only if I had anything to submit :)

      August 30, 2013

  • Butch B.

    Here's an article about "Hong Kong Tourists Use Fake Skyline Backdrop During High Pollution Days". Maybe one can compose a picture at this location. :)...I don't know if the fake skyline is still there. Mayhttp://www.ibtimes.com/hong-kong-tourists-use-fake-skyline-backdrop-during-high-pollution-days-photos-1396217

    August 30, 2013

    • ron

      Yeah, I've seen that in Google. Sad, isn't it? Using a fake skyline to hide the pollution. On the other hand, we could fake polluted air into our pictures instead. I did that to a photo I shot of CWB. Now the photo looks like the industrial area in Shenzen.

      1 · August 30, 2013

  • ron

    I forgot to mention. I went to Tai Po looking for air pollution from the factories there. None. The air in Tai Po is much cleaner than Hong Kong island.

    August 30, 2013

  • ron

    I've decided to have us all meet up in Tsim Sha Tsui at 3pm. We should be able to see the hazy air quality visible in Victoria Harbor. Especially at sunset, the sun will turn orange because of the haze. Also lots of cars and buses on Nathan Road that emits fumes. TST is a shoppers' haven and we'll be able to shoot crowds of people. I do believe we should go to multiple locations to get the best photos. But as time is a factor and we all have a day job, Sunday seems to be the only time we can all shoot together.

    1 · August 30, 2013

  • Blanca Q.

    Have we decided where to meet up?

    August 30, 2013

  • ron

    I was thinking of getting our photographers to wear jogging attire, put on masks, and lay on the ground choking for fresh air.
    Or jogging at the back of a smokey bus. Make it a team effort for some shots.

    1 · August 19, 2013

    • Syma

      Sounds like fun, lets do it:D

      August 20, 2013

    • Joe

      Funny idea

      August 27, 2013

  • ron

    I'm headed for Tai Po to check out the industrial area there. If it's a good location to see smog and polluted air, I'll let everyone know.

    August 22, 2013

    • ron

      The place was hazy, just like the rest of HK, but doesn't have the kind of air pollution we're looking for. It's a factory zone, but no smokey stacks bellowing smoke. Causeway Bay has more air pollution that this place.

      August 23, 2013

    • Joe

      Causeway Bay is a place worth to consider. Long bus queue, high buildings block the circulation...

      August 27, 2013

  • Blanca Q.

    Quite an interesting project!

    August 25, 2013

  • ron

    George, I think everyone attending can suggest a place that they know of where air pollution can be photographed. I've checked quite a few places. In my opinion, Hong Kong island is the most polluted in the areas with high population density. Mongkok, Central and CWB. We can also use or create symbolic photos.

    1 · August 23, 2013

  • George C

    Ron, have decided on location for this? May be able to join

    August 23, 2013

  • Syma

    Deadline is: September 17, 2013! We have less than a month to take pictures and select to submit...

    August 19, 2013

    • ron

      I was only informed of this today so I read everything first, did some background check on WYNG Masters Award before posting it here. It came out in April. Yes, it's only one month but I think we can do it. Team effort.

      1 · August 19, 2013

  • ron

    We'll discuss the theme 'AIR' here and decide where we're going to shoot. It could be a 1 day shoot or a series of shots over a few days.

    August 19, 2013

  • ron

    I got this information from Dorothy Cheung. I read it up on the WYNG website. I think this competition is good for our members as it forces you to think and plan before going out to shoot.

    1 · August 19, 2013

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