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Entry Requirements

Dates

  • Entry deadline: January 31st, 2017, 11:59PM (HKT) (Except for Student HRPA, details here)
  • Please note the entry deadline is final and there will be no extensions provided. The system will automatically prevent entry submission after the deadline.

ELIGIBILITY

Works must be:

  • In English or Chinese.
  • Published or broadcast in the professional news media. We do accept works from freelancers. (We do not accept works from corporations or activist groups.)
  • Published or broadcast during the past calendar year, January 1 to December 31, 2016.
  • Reported from the Asia region, that includes Central Asia. Works from the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand will not be considered.
  • Related to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (www.un.org/Overview/rights.html).

ENTRY PROCEDURES

  • We will accept no more than three (3) entries per journalist. In some cases, series of multiple works can constitute one entry. Please see below for details.
  • For student awards, we will accept no more than two (2) works per entrant. Works by groups of students are accepted.
  • There is no entry fee.

 

JUDGING & AWARDS

Our three volunteer judging panels – English, Chinese and Photography – are comprised of leaders in the fields of journalism, academia, law and human rights.

Winners will be announced at our annual Awards Ceremony. Short-listed candidates, plus their editors and producers, are welcome to attend.

Prizes are given to individual journalists, not media companies. – with the exception of un-bylined opinion pieces. Plaques, certificates and prizes should go directly to the journalist. Companies can order duplicate plaques or certificates by emailing hrpa@hku.hk.

Queries can be sent to hrpa@hku.hk.

CATEGORIES

TEXT & PRINT

This includes newspapers, magazines, journals, wire services and other text-based media.

Entries are divided into these categories

  • Spot news
  • Features
  • Commentary
  • Cartoon & illustration

For a series of work, all of which must have been published, choose the top two (2) articles and provide a brief summary of the rest

Multimedia

Multimedia works must include two or more of the following mediums: text, photo essay, video, audio / podcast, infographic and / or interactive elements. This category is for works that do not fit easily into our other categories — so a standard article with a single photo, or a TV show with a simple transcript would not qualify.

A URL is required for this category. Please note that we do not accept self-published works.

CARTOONS & ILLUSTRATIONS

Provide two (2) paper copies of the cartoon or illustration.

TELEVISION & VIDEO

We accept MediaPlayer or QuickTime files. If the work is available online, please submit a URL.

RADIO & AUDIO

We accept MP3 files.

If the work is available online, please include a URL.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Entries are divided into two categories

  • Spot news – A strong, single news images
  • Features –A single strong feature image or a series of multiple images that comprise a photo essay or magazine spread. For themed photo series, please send one to eight (1-8) images.

We accept JPEGs with a quality setting of eight (8) or above. They should be a minimum of 2,000 pixels on the short side. Include the credit and caption information in the metadata.

Queries can be sent to hrpa@hku.hk.