WYNG Masters Award 2014/15 | WASTE

From 16 June to 15 September 2014, the WYNG Masters Award invites both international and Hong Kong artists and image makers to submit photographic-based work. The visual content of photographic works must be related to Hong Kong and to the chosen theme WASTE. Finalists will be selected by a panel of international judges and their works will be exhibited in Hong Kong in Spring 2015. A full-color catalogue will be published to coincide with the exhibition. The WYNG Masters Award will also host a series of talks, panels, and seminars during the exhibition period. The winner of WYNG Masters Award will receive a cash prize of HKD250,000. Each of the six additional finalists will receive HK$15,000 cash.

The WYNG Masters Award international panel of judges is comprised of industry leaders in photography, art, publishing, and non-profit. They include Zoher Abdoolcarim, Abby Chen, Jehan Chu, Louise Clements, Frank Kalero, Christopher Phillips and Dr Vivian Wong.

The WYNG Masters Award Photography Project has now been replaced by the WMA Commission Grant and details will be released shortly.

For details on how to enter please visit Entry Rules.


Waste relates contextually to the way we behave in this materialistic, consumptive society, as well as to the material generated in the process. Effective and efficient waste management has become an important environmental justice issue. There is a growing market in the trans-boundary movement of hazardous waste from developed to developing countries, a result of the ‘not in my backyard’ attitude. Waste is a global problem making awareness-building and education essential goals. A study released by the United Nations in 2013 predicted that by 2017 the number of electronic equipment and appliances being disposed of will triple. Meanwhile, our modern ‘Throw Away’ society has contributed to the creation of the world’s most well known marine landfill – the Pacific Trash Vortex.

Here in Hong Kong over 6 million tonnes of municipal waste is disposed of each year – a 20% increase over the past 10 years. This increase has occurred much faster than anyone expected, placing Hong Kong’s landfills under enormous pressure. Its three landfills are expected to be full by the end of this decade, making it clear that Hong Kong needs a more sustainable waste management policy. There are many options available from prevention, re-using, recycling, energy recovery to disposal. It is time for Hong Kong to take ownership of its waste, for its people to alter their waste generation habits and effective solutions for waste disposal adopted.