The first-ever HKISAC, with the theme, "Visual Creativity: My World", was jointly organised by the Education Bureau and Po Leung Kuk. It aims to encourage youngsters from different social, economic and cultural backgrounds to express their emotions, feelings and views through the visual arts, show their creativity and knowledge, and foster international artistic and cultural exchange.
The contest was open to all primary and secondary students from all over the world. They were categorised into four age groups (primary students: aged 5 or below to 8; aged 9 to 11 or above; secondary students: aged 12 or below to 14; aged 15 to 17 or above).
More than 3,200 creative artworks from 25 countries were received. Twelve grand prizes, 45 honourable mentions and 252 certificates of merit were awarded. The grand prize winners, aged 5 to 18, came from Bulgaria, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand and China (Mainland and Hong Kong).