A Hong Kong Prize is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding achievement in specific fields of endeavor, usually presented to those who have made outstanding contributions to human welfare. Winners receive medals and official certificates along with cash awards or grants from governments; prize funds may then be used for research, education or other projects.
The HK Prize, established in 2021, recognizes individuals and organizations that promote democracy, peace and social justice. It is awarded annually by Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited and Hong Kong Alliance in Technology and Innovation; one of Hong Kong’s most prestigious awards with winners selected by an independent panel of judges who remain separate from sponsors or any ad hoc committees so as to ensure each prize goes where it deserves.
Six finalists for this year’s HK Prize have been revealed, including the founder of an organization providing shelter to homeless adults and a professor renowned for developing liquid biopsy – which allows doctors to detect cancer more rapidly – faster. Other nominees are activists working toward freedom and democracy – some have even been arrested or have received long prison sentences yet continue fighting their cause despite this, with several being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as well.
Hong Kong is gearing up for New Year’s Eve festivities with an enhanced version of its Symphony of Lights show, an aerial fireworks display on rooftops, hotel accommodations with spa services and guests rooms as well as Victoria Harbor being illuminated with an amazing lights and sound show – organizers expect this event to draw in even more visitors than usual!
US lawmakers have nominated Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters for the Nobel Peace Prize, saying they represent the hopes and aspirations of millions worldwide who wish to see their rights upheld and democratic ideals fulfilled. Nine lawmakers including Democratic senator Marco Rubio wrote an official bipartisan letter to Norway’s Nobel Committee noting their civil courage, extraordinary leadership abilities and unwavering commitment to Hong Kong demonstrated by Nathan Law, Alex Chow and Wong Chi-shing among others.
Human Rights Watch and Arizona State University now co-administer this award, following China’s imposition of a national security law in Hong Kong in June 2020 which led to media outlets closing. The prize’s symbol consists of two precious elements juxtaposed: a pearl and jade amulet with happy connotations across Chinese and Western cultures; this design may also extend past May 2022 for submissions. A ceremony will award it.