The month long Photo Contest HK Poverty in the Midst of Plenty photography competition closed with over 1600 photo submissions! The 15 finalists were selected by a panel from the Organizing Committee of Photo Contest HK, as well as by guest judge Former Magnum Photographer Simon Wheatley. Winners are voted on by members of the public.
The winning photo is "Scavenger" by Palma Phey, followed by first runner-up “What's Your Life Story” by Tony Wong and second runner-up “Dream Car” by Micros Yip.
Simon Wheatley described this as “The shot of the man in the cap gives him that essential dignity and contains a tension that reflects the existence of the marginalised.”'
First Runner-up: Tony Wong
According to Simon Wheatley, “The row of women has great depth and complexity, that it hints at the psychological pressures of poverty, as well as a society that can be de-sensitized to its existence.”
Second Runner-up: Micros Yip
Simon Wheatley commented that “The choice of harsh lighting of the guy sleeping outside the car showroom emphasizes the glaring contrast between the reality of being poor and flippant symbols of material wealth.”
Photo Contest HK as part of the WYNG Photography Project intends to stimulate discussion and encourage social responsibility on important issues in Hong Kong through PHOTOGRAPHY. The winner, first runner-up and second runner-up would receive HK$20,000, HK$10,000 and HK$5,000.
The next Photo Contest HK will be launched in September, for further details please visit www.photocontest.hk
Photo Contest HK intends to set up a photo library, where the images are granted Creative Commons licenses, so photographs can be used for lectures and promotion of non-commercial nature with appropriate attribution, as well as being a photographic history of Hong Kong.', 'Photo Contest HK Poverty in the Midst of Plenty Winners Announced