Results of the Hong Kong Underwater Photo and Video Competition 2020, jointly organised by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) and the Hong Kong Underwater Association, were announced today (November 21) with an award presentation held at the City University of Hong Kong and broadcasted live via Facebook.
The Hong Kong Underwater Photo and Video Competition has been held since 2012, making this the ninth edition. The response this year was enthusiastic in that a record high total of 1 073 entries were received.
"The entries fully showcased the beauty of marine habitats and the amazing species in Hong Kong waters, and helped raise public awareness of the importance of marine conservation," an AFCD spokesman said.
The competition composed of an Open Group and Student Group. Contestants in the Open Group could participate in the Digital Photo Competition and Digital Video Competition. There were two categories in the photo competition, namely the Macro & Close-up Category and the Standard & Wide Angle Category. For the Open Group, in addition to champions and runners-up, there were three special prizes for junior underwater photographers/videographers presented by the judging panel to encourage less-experienced underwater photographers/videographers to participate. Outstanding awards were also given in each category of the Digital Photo Competition. For the Student Group Digital Photo Competition, three special prizes for student underwater photographers were given to encourage their appreciation and protection of Hong Kong's marine ecology and environment. This year, Comedy Marine Life Award and Marine Life in Action Award are also introduced. Winning entries were chosen from all entries of Digital Photo Competitions in both Open and Student Groups.
All entries had to feature marine life or ecology in Hong Kong waters. Digital photos should have been taken in Hong Kong waters within the designated period from October 1 last year to September 30 this year, while digital videos should have been taken in Hong Kong waters from October 1, 2018 to September 30 this year.
The list of the winners and their winning entries can be viewed at the AFCD's website: www.afcd.gov.hk/english/conservation/con_mar/con_mar_edu/photo_com_2020.html.
A roving exhibition featuring the winning entries will be held. Details are as follows:
Date: November 21 to 25
Time: 11am to 8pm
Venue: Stars Atrium, Level 1, Plaza Hollywood, Diamond Hill
Date: December 24 to 28
Time: 11am to 8pm
Venue: Ground floor, Phase 2, +WOO, Tin Shui Wai
Members of the public are invited to visit the roving exhibition. In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, visitors will be subject to temperature checks and will need to cleanse their hands with hand sanitiser before admission. They also need to wear their own masks and maintain social distancing. Exhibition venue will apply visits by sessions to limit visitor flows. They can also visit the online virtual exhibition of the winning entries (www.golocal360.co/HKUPVC2020/index.htm) until November 20, 2021. For enquiries, please call 1823 or visit the above AFCD website.
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