The WYNG Philomathia Student Essay Contest aims to help local fourth and fifth-form students develop a greater awareness towards social issues by encouraging them to submit short essays based on the themed works of WMA award winners and finalists. These works serve as a springboard for young writers to develop a greater awareness towards social issues tied to the cycle’s given theme.
Another objective of the contest, now in its fifth cycle, is to give Hong Kong students the opportunity to visit the University of Cambridge and apply for admission there: writers of the winning entries will be invited to a weeklong, all-expenses paid trip to the UK, which includes a tour of the University of Cambridge, as well as a visit to London.
With these objectives in mind, the WYNG Foundation has also been organising for the contest’s finalists talks by representatives of the University of Cambridge alongside Friends of Cambridge Hong Kong, and the other organisers of the contest: Trinity Hall, the Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters, and the Philomathia Foundation.
The WYNG Philomathia Student Essay Contest 2017/18
The WYNG Foundation
Trinity Hall, the University of Cambridge
Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters
- How to Enter
This contest is open to all fourth and fifth formers from local secondary schools. Students are strongly encouraged to explore different formats, approaches and angles in their take on the theme—entries will be judged on their overall merit, including originality, creativity, relevance and use of language.
a) Pick a photo, or a series of photos, by either the winner or the finalists of the WMA Masters 2016 (http://masters.wma.hk/winner-finalists/?aid=92) and write an essay in no more than 1,000 English words on the theme, “Mobility”.
b) Submit your essay in .docx/.doc format to [email protected] and include all of the following details:
i) The title (if applicable) of every photo chosen and the name of the series from which they are taken;
ii) The name of the photographer;
iii) Link(s) to the selected photo(s);
iv) Your full name (write your surname in uppercase, followed by your given name, e.g. CHAN Tai-man, or WONG Christine);
v) The name of your school;
vi) Your class;
vii) Your email address; and
viii) Your contact number.
The deadline for submission is 11:59 pm (Hong Kong time) on 18 March 2018.
*Update: WYNG Foundation encourages more eligible students to take part in this essay contest and share their views on ‘Mobility’ through English creative writing. Hence, the deadline for submission will be postponed for a week to 11:59 pm (Hong Kong time) on 25 March 2018.
- The Prize
A one-week, all-expenses paid trip to the UK, which includes a tour of the University of Cambridge (likely during its open days in early July), as well as a visit to London, accompanied by two adult representatives from either the WYNG Foundation, the Philomathia Foundation, or the Hong Kong Association of Careers Masters and Guidance Masters.
Flights, accommodation, meals and incidentals will be provided.
- Terms and Conditions
a) The essay must be written in English, in no more than 1,000 words, and related to a photo/photo series of the student’s choice.
b) Each student should submit only one essay. Double or multiple entries will result in disqualification.
c) Each entry should include all the details listed in 3b. Missing details will result in disqualification.
d) The essay must be original and written by the student who submitted it. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden and will lead to instant disqualification.
e) The deadline for submission is 11:59 pm (Hong Kong time), 25 March 2018 (Sunday). Late submissions will not be entertained.
f) Writers of the winning entries should avail themselves of a one-week overseas trip to the United Kingdom during late June to early July 2018. After the end of the programme, participants of the trip will be asked to submit a compilation of their reflections on their journeys.
g) Writers of the winning entries will share their experiences at Cambridge and the UK through storytelling. Presentations will be recorded for future reference.
h) The organisers reserve the right to accept individual submissions and to select winners.
For more information, please contact us at [email protected]