10th Anniversary of the HKSAR Photo Competition

Hark Yeung

10th Anniversary of the HKSAR Photo Competition

Aberdeen Tennis and Squash Centre, 1 Aberdeen Praya Rd

Reviewed: Apr 21

The idea of this exhibition is grand, but the scale is relatively small. It's a display of the winning entries of a recent photo competition that invited people to 'capture images which reflect Hong Kong's achievements over the past decade, the successful implementation of 'One Country, Two Systems' and Hong Kong people's can-do spirit'.

There were three categories - open, youth and mobile phone - and the competition attracted 2,300 entries. The exhibition shows a few dozen photos about A3 size. Many are records of celebrations, carnivals or other festivities.

The open category (aged 18 or above) winner is Entering the 10th Anniversary. Featuring the front pages of local newspapers, nearly all Chinese, on the first day of 2007, it's remarkably similar to an image in a government publication of a decade ago. Since most of the publications are in Chinese, foreigners who don't know the language may not appreciate the image. Nor does it indicate that Hong Kong is an international city.

The youth category winner (aged 10 to 17) is Golden Bauhinia Square witnessing Hong Kong's historic change in the past decade. One of the runners-up captures the city's stunning night scenery. It's a rather nostalgic shot, because we seldom see such pollution-free evenings nowadays.

A shot of a busy street with neon signs is the winner of the mobile phone category open to all ages. The inclusion of this category is a good reflection of the culture of Hong Kong.

The exhibition , which has just moved from IC Mall, will travel to all 18 districts until mid-June.