WYNG Masters Award 2015 Finalists
Hong Kong’s WYNG Masters Award have just announced the finalists to their 2015 Award with the theme ‘WASTE’. The seven finalists are: anothermountainman (Stanley Wong), Abby Au, Mandy Barker, Albert Bonsfills, Remmus Ha, Lam Hoi Sin, and Ringo Tang.
About the Theme: WASTE
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. Given that waste is a problem of global magnitude, awareness building and education are 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. In Hong Kong over six 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. The territory’s 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 adopt effective solutions for waste disposal.
Finalists’ photographic works will be exhibited at Hong Kong City Hall in mid-April 2015.