The Hongkong Prize 2019 Shortlists

The Hong Kong Prize is open to scientists around the world who have published scientific articles making a substantial impact on society. The winner of the prize will receive a cash award, an invitation to attend the prestigious awards ceremony and access to world-class facilities in Hong Kong.

The shortlisted entries include an acrylic-on-canvas painting by Noormah Jamal called Did the Seed Grow? The piece depicts a man and woman wearing white shirts and black pants standing near potted plants with vacant expressions.

Another entry, an animation titled The Last Wave by Ismail Jafari, shows a pair of black-and-white striped fish swimming in a large tank. The title of the work reflects the idea that the future of mankind is threatened by climate change. It is also a metaphor for human migration.

This year’s exhibition features works by established local artists as well as young and emerging arts practitioners in a variety of mediums. All of the shortlisted works explore the theme ‘Our Changing World’ in different ways. The works reflect on the impact of global evolution – socially, culturally and technologically – and how it affects each individual in unique ways.

Established in 2022, the Hongkong Prize was founded to promote Hong Kong as a science hub by honoring outstanding scientists who have made significant contributions to their fields. The prizes will be awarded in three areas: Life and Health, Science and Technology and New Materials and New Energy. The winners will be celebrated at an annual awards ceremony and rewarded with cash prizes, an invitation to attend the prestigious awards party and access to Hong Kong research facilities.

In order to qualify for the HK Prize, students must be nominated by their teachers before the submission deadline of 16 September. The winning artworks will be exhibited in an online gallery. Proceeds from the prize will help subsidize the cost of the shortlisted works and support SAF’s expressive arts workshops for children in disadvantaged communities.

The BOCHK Science and Technology Innovation Prize recognizes outstanding scientists who have made significant contributions in the field of artificial intelligence, chemistry, life and health, and new materials and energy. Selection is carried out by an expert panel of distinguished scholars. The Prize has become an important international platform to facilitate networking and the exchange of scientific ideas. It is also an opportunity to assist those in need while simultaneously advancing science worldwide. The Hongkong Prize is managed by an independent board of trustees, comprising a review committee and a compliance oversight team, whose decisions are final. The Board is supported by a secretariat. The Board’s main duties are to suggest potential scientific research fields for the Prize; to set requirements of nominating experts; to verify and approve the final review results; and to ensure the integrity and consistency of the process. The Board is also responsible for the administration of the judging and awards procedure.