Top prizes to young entrants

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 January, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 January, 1993, 12:00am

TWO secondary students have emerged with top prizes from a field of 1,200 participants in a recent logo/slogan design competition to raise public awareness of the industrial disease pneumoconiosis.

Henry Kee Chi-ho, 17, came third in the logo category while the youngest contender, 12-year-old Lau Wing-nang, grabbed second place in the Chinese slogan bracket.

Both contests were organised by the Pneumoconiosis Compensation Fund Board, a statutory body that collects levy from construction and quarry industries to pay out compensation to sufferers of the disease.

Not widely known in Hongkong, pneumoconiosis is an incurable lung disease caused by prolonged inhaling of harmful dusts.

Construction workers are most vulnerable to it because of the nature of their work.

Common to the design of the first three winners of the logo competition was the shape of a pair of lungs with dust depositing in them.

First prize-winner Mr Anthony Ip Yuen-chun is a 38-year old graphic designer. He attributed his success to simplification in design.

''I want people to be able to remember the image by seeing it only once,'' he said.

Mr Ip had also come first in the story and illustration category of the 1990 Urban Council's Creative Writing in Chinese for Children competition.

His entry will be adopted as the compensation board's permanent logo.

Slightly different was the work of Chi-ho which had two hands supporting the lungs.

''They symbolise the board's effort to help secure better compensations for the victims of the disease,'' the Tuen Mun Catholic Secondary School fifth-former said.

Chi-ho used this logo as homework for an art class and practice for the school certificate examination.

''I love design and would like to be either a graphic or architectural designer in the future. Meanwhile, I think I will use my prize money to buy some useful drawing tools,'' he said.

The best slogan selected belonged to Chang Ting-chung, whose entry again adopted simple phrases to draw attention to preventing pneumoconiosis.

The board will use his slogan in future advertising campaigns.

Wing-nang impressed judges with the rhythm and conciseness of his two-line slogan.

The quiet but hardworking second former from Lok Sin Tong Wong Chung Ming Secondary School had received many prizes from similar school and public contests before.

Altogether 14 prizes, including special awards, were given out in the compensation board contest.

The contest also marked the opening of the board's new office in Sheung Wan. The Commissioner for Labour, Mrs Katherine Fok, presented the prizes and unveiled the organisation's new logo at the ceremony.