The Hongkong Prize and the Book Prize

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The prestigious Hongkong Prize shines a spotlight on individuals that advance world civilisation and inspire others towards building a harmonious society. Previous recipients range from selfless volunteers helping the homeless to scientists who developed liquid biopsy technology for faster cancer diagnosis. To win the prize, researchers must submit a research paper published in an accredited peer-reviewed journal that makes an impactful statement on society – clinical studies, observational or epidemiological articles as well as meta-analyses can all qualify. Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in Hong Kong and will have access to premier research facilities as well as international conferences and seminars relevant to their field.

The Hongkong Prize is one of Asia’s premier prizes and could open doors of opportunity. For the second consecutive year, a local has been nominated for this coveted award – this time it’s a young man using technology to assist homeless students. He’s among 10 people vying for the honour, which has previously been given to an entrepreneur using blockchain to help poorer countries, an artist reinterpreting human rights concepts through fine art concepts and a top scientist who led an international team that developed an artificial intelligence system for drug discovery.

Filmmakers and actors picked up multiple awards at this year’s Hong Kong Film Awards, including best director for Benny Chan’s cops-and-robbers actioner Raging Fire. It won the best cinematography, sound design and film editing prizes as well as acting honours for Jennifer Yu, Rachel Lee and Melvin Li. Another high-profile winner was Chinese star Xiaohua, who won the best supporting actress prize for her role in The Goldfinger.

The Hong Kong Book Prize is an annual literary award administered by the Hong Kong Literary Association. It was founded in 1923, and the inaugural award was presented to author Wu Yin for her novel Journey to the West. The book was based on the experiences of Wu Yin’s father and grandfather, who left China for Europe to pursue his passion for literature and culture. The Book Prize is the oldest and most prestigious literary award in Hong Kong, and it is known for honoring some of the finest work from Hong Kong writers.

In the 2023 edition, the Post’s Dylan Butts and Xinmei Shen won first runner-up for their joint piece in October last year on Hong Kong’s challenges in becoming a cryptocurrency hub. Eric Ng of the news and climate teams received merit for his work in November on factors affecting trading volume at Hong Kong’s first carbon credit market, Core Climate. Our infographic team of Victor Sanjinez and James Cook also won merit for their August 2023 graphic on the impact of the pandemic on electricity use in Hong Kong.