A thought-provoking artwork of women of contrasting shapes and sizes has won Karen Chan Ka-wing the South China Morning Post Student Visual Artist of the Year Award. The 18-year-old student from Li Po Chun United World College was one of the seven finalists selected from She will receive a $20,000 scholarship and two free courses at the Art School of Hong Kong Arts Centre. 'I'm extremely happy. The award also belongs to my mum and dad as they've not only spent a huge amount of money, but put lots of time and energy into developing my interests,' Ka-wing said. Ka-wing's artwork expresses her perceptions of Chinese women, a topic that she has strong feelings about. She started to explore installation, photography and mixed media after entering Li Po Chun United World College two years ago where many of her ideas came from. 'After studying at the school, I've learned how to communicate through my artworks and how to be conceptual,' she said. The judging panel comprised award-winning visual artist Ho Siu-kee, programme officer of the Art School at the Arts Centre; Catharine Leung Chi-fan, vice-president of the Hong Kong Society for Education in Art; and Eddie Lui, president of the Confederation of Hong Kong Visual Artists. They were impressed by Ka-wing's profound visual arts exposure and the multicultural environment of her school. The judges were also impressed by the creativity of all the finalists. 'They are serious about art and creating,' Ms Leung said. 'And it's good to see that some students put a lot of time and effort into exploring different media.' Mr Lui encouraged students to explore different topics through their artworks. The first runner-up, Chan Fei, 19, from Jockey Club Ti-I College, will receive a $5,000 scholarship and a free course at the Arts Centre.