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.
Another objective of the contest, now in its seventh 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.
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).
3 February 2020: Submission deadline
Late February 2020: Notifications to the students entering first round
Mid-March 2020: Notifications to the students entering finalist round
April 2020: Finalists to be invited to the WMA annual exhibition
Late April/early May 2020: Judging interview & announcement of winners
Late June/early July 2020: Winners’ trip to the University of Cambridge and London
Winners will be entitled a weeklong, all-expenses paid trip to the UK, which includes staying at the Trinity Hall with an experience of college life, visiting the facilities, attending sample lectures, being supervised by college scholars and also getting an opportunity to visit London. Flights, accommodation, meals and incidentals will be provided. Finalists will be offered an opportunity to attend Cambridge Summer School in Hong Kong.
- 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 3 February 2020 (Mon), Hong Kong time. 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 2020. After the end of the programme, participants of the trip will be asked to submit a compilation of reflections on their journeys. The reflections will be archived for future publicity and reference.
g) Writers of the winning entries will share their experiences at Cambridge and the UK through storytelling. Presentations will be recorded and archived for future publicity and reference.
h) 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.
i) The organisers have exclusive rights to accept submission and to select winners.
For more information, please contact us at [email protected]
Poster of the contest is available here.