The contest with the theme "My Place - My People", co-organised by the Education Bureau and Po Leung Kuk, aims to encourage young people to express their perceptions and thoughts through photographs, so as to develop their creativity and deepen their artistic thinking. It is also hoped that the international event will promote cross-cultural exchanges and help adults to better understand young people by appreciating their works of art.
The adjudicators of the HKISAC - Photography (2013) included renowned experts in the field of photography, art and art education from around the world, they are Paul Rouillé, Art Consultant and Curator; Dr. Bryant W. Rossiter, Former Director of Science and Technology Development, Eastman Kodak Research Laboratories; Prof. Dominic Man-kit Lam, Fung Hon Chu Endowed Chair of Humanics, Institute of Creativity, Hong Kong Baptist University and Dr. Vanessa Lok-wa Li, Senior Curriculum Development Officer (Visual Arts), Education Bureau.
On display are about 52 winning entries which have been selected from around 2,800 entries from 41 countries or regions. The participants' diverse cultural backgrounds yielded a wide variety of styles and messages in the photographic works, especially in the 12 entries awarded the Hong Kong Grand Prize. Among them, Wong Pak-hang depicted parental care through a contrast between a construction site in the city and the passionate interaction of a father and his child. Also using an urban scene as the background, David Vlach from the Czech Republic captured the simple yet colourful city in his partially black-and-white photograph which expressed his concern for people and place from a different perspective.