National Geographic Wheelock Youth Photo Competition 2017: Hong Kong Reminiscence: Places, People & Happenings Official Launch

03 Oct 2017

October 3 2017, Hong Kong – National Geographic Wheelock Youth Photo Competition 2017 officially kicks off today. Themed “Hong Kong Reminiscence: Places, People & Happenings”, the global competition invites both enthusiasts and novices aged between 16 and 40 to explore and promote the best of Hong Kong through their lens.


Born from a partnership between National Geographic and Wheelock Properties and supported by The Hong Kong Tourism Board, the inaugural global youth photography competition debuts for the first time in Hong Kong, offering an international platform not only for a new generation of photographers to showcase their awe-inspiring work, but also to reveal the best of The Oriental Pearl to the world.


National Geographic and Wheelock Properties hope to discover new talent and foster their dreams of becoming a professional photographer through this competition, during which will be photography workshops and talks led by renowned experts in the industry – offering a platform that’ll be both educational and interactive.


Hong Kong doesn’t have the reputation of The Oriental Pearl without reason, whether in our affectionate people, towering architecture, beautiful countryside, colourful culture or lip-smacking food. “National Geographic Wheelock Youth Photo Competition 2017 Hong Kong Reminiscence: Places, People & Happenings” will explore landscapes both natural and manmade; our collective memories as well as our citizens going about their daily grinds.


Managing Director of Wheelock Properties Ricky Wong said, “As a leading publication, National Geographic has been inspiring its readers worldwide to connect with Mother Nature through its reputable magazines, books, television shows, exhibitions and workshops. In the past, Wheelock Properties has also hosted countless photography exhibitions to encourage Hong Kongers to get involved in their communities. This year, we are honoured to partner with an authoritative and representative partner like National Geographic. We hope that the National Geographic Wheelock Youth Photo Competition will attract a number of photography enthusiasts and become a highlight in the photography community. Through the competition and subsequent exhibitions, our hope is also for the public to pay more attention to the city we love so dearly, to be able to find a moment or two in their daily grinds to appreciate all the things we are blessed with – in our places, people, and happenings.”


Business Development Director of National Geographic Magazine Ivan Tsoi said, “Hong Kong photographers have been rising to fame in a number of National Geographic photography competitions, such as Brian Yim, Kelvin Yuen, Tugo Cheng and Anthony Lau – so the passion and talent from the city is definitely undeniably. As an international media available in 40 languages and published in 65 countries, we offer a global vision to our readers without losing the local touch. That’s when we started to study the relationship between Hong Kong’s unique cityscapes, beautiful sceneries and culture and how these affect its local photographers; and more importantly, why not use these elements as the subject for the next youth competition? Our international platform is not only an excellent place for new photographers to showcase their work, but also for Hong Kong to put their best foot forward for our global readers. The partnership with Wheelock Properties only makes sense: they’ve been hosting photo competitions in Hong Kong for the past four years, have fostered a number of new artists in the process and are dedicated to promoting local culture. We are extremely excited to join arms with Wheelock Properties in this competition, which we see as only a starting point for a fruitful relationship to come. We hope to be wowed by the photography pieces we’ll soon receive and see future talents rise from not only the competition, but also through the seminars, workshops and sharing sessions!”


National Geographic Wheelock Youth Photo Competition 2017 is now accepting entries from 16 to 40 year-old photography enthusiasts. The competition is divided into four categories: “Places in Hong Kong”, “People & Happenings in Hong Kong”, “Future of Hong Kong”, and “Mobile Photography”. From now until December 3rd, contestants can upload their works onto the winners will receive prizes worth up to HKD100,000; and works by first-, second- and third-place from each category will have a chance to be featured in the Chinese version of National Geographic which is distributed to more than 100,000 readers in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia and Singapore as well as in future photography exhibitions.


Categories and Prizes:
1) Places in Hong Kong: Natural landscape and cityscape; present Hong Kong’s beauty through rural and urban scenes

2) People & Happenings In Hong Kong: Portrait photography ranging from formal portraits or everyday encounters; photos that capture the spirit, culture, and life of Hong Kong people

3) Future of Hong Kong: Images that depict the underlying potential of Hong Kong; photos that capture the future our city holds, the future that you want to see

4) Mobile Photography: photograph taken by mobile on above themes


1st Place Category Winner

Prize of HKD15,000; 12-issue subscription of the Chinese version of National Geographic magazine

2nd Place Category Winner

Prize of HKD6,500; 12-issue subscription of the Chinese version of National Geographic magazine

3rd Place Category Winner

Prize of HKD3,500; 12-issue subscription of the Chinese version of National Geographic magazine

Honorary Award

6-issue subscription of the Chinese version of National Geographic magazine


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About National Geographic

National Geographic is the world’s largest non-profit scientific and educational organization that promotes travel and fosters a connection between their readers and nature, equipping them with the tools to propose goals for sustainable development for a better future.  Via its magazines, books, television programmes, films and workshops, National Geographic magazine “believes in changing the world through the power of science, exploration and story-telling”, continually inspiring its readers to be involved with the world. National Geographic magazine is the official publication of the institute, published in 40 languages in 65 countries with more than 60 million readers each month. The National Geographic channel reaches 440 million families in 38 different channels in 171 countries. National Geographic’s digital media platforms receive more than 25 million visitors per month. National Geographic has sponsored more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration programmes as well as programmes aimed at enhancing geography knowledge.

About Wheelock Properties

Wheelock Properties is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wheelock and Company Limited (SEHK:0020). Its principal activities include the undertaking of property development, sales and marketing, and asset management functions of certain Wheelock and Wharf Group properties. Wheelock Properties is committed to fulfilling its corporate social responsibilities and is keen in various community services, such as education program (Project WeCan), environment protection, arts & culture as well as community engagement projects.

Founded in 1857, Wheelock and Company Limited is a listed investment holding company headquartered in Hong Kong. Wharf Holdings, the Group's principal investment, is strategically focused on property and infrastructure in Hong Kong and China.