About Student

The WYNG Philomathia Student Essay Contest, also known as WMA Student, aims to help fourth and fifth-form students from local secondary schools develop a greater awareness towards social issues by encouraging them to submit short essays based on the themed works of WMA Masters winners and finalists. These photographic works serve as a springboard for young writers to express their views towards social issues tied to the cycle’s given theme. With this objective in mind, the contest’s finalists will be invited to the WMA annual exhibition to explore the theme with other WMA awards’ participants.



Announcing the winners and finalists of the 2019/20 ‘Light’ cycle (in last name’s alphabetical order):

Bin Nadeem, Saeed Ali Hassan
Cheung, Veronica
Chow, Kei Yin Audrey
Fong, Eugenia King Hin
Law, Hong Yin Louisa
Wan, Jasmine
Yung, Cheuk Yin

Chan, Ho Nam
Fu, Wing Tung Annie
Hung, Yuet Yi


  • Organisers

WYNG Foundation
Philomathia Foundation
Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge


  • Submission & Selection

This contest is open to all fourth and fifth formers from local secondary schools. Students need to pick a photo, photos, or a series of photos, by either the winner or a finalist of the WMA Masters – Light and write an essay in no more than 1,000 English words on the theme, ‘Light’. Submission has to be made individually via the dedicated platform. Full list of photos can be viewed HERE.

Students are strongly encouraged to explore different formats, approaches and angles in their take on the theme – entries will be reviewed on their overall merit, including originality, creativity, understanding of the subject matter, critical thinking, relevance to the theme and the photo(s) selected, and use of language. Our judges are experienced writers of different backgrounds including, academia, art, journalism, law, civil society, and editing and publishing etc.

Contestants entering the finalist round will be invited to an interview in Hong Kong and the panel of jurors will select the winning student(s).


  • Timeline

10 February 2020: Submission deadline

Late February 2020: Notifications to the students entering first round

Mid-March 2020: Notifications to the students entering finalist round

Late April/early May 2020: Judging interview & announcement of winners


  • Terms and Conditions

    a) The essay must be written in English, in no more than 1,000 words, and related to a photo/photos/a photo series by either the winner or the finalist of the WMA Masters – Light.

    b) Each student should submit only one essay. Double or multiple entries will result in disqualification.

    c) Incomplete submission before the submission deadline will be considered invalid.

    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 on 10 February 2020 (Mon), Hong Kong time. Late submissions will not be entertained.

    f) Writers will retain copyright and all other rights to the writings submitted. By entering the contest, you grant to the organisers a worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive, irrevocable license to reproduce any of the writings for any purposes in connection with the organisers.

g) The organisers have exclusive rights to accept submission and to select winners.


  • Enquiries

For more information, please contact us at [email protected]


Poster of the contest is available here.