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About the Awards

The Spirit of Hong Kong Awards is an annual campaign of the South China Morning Post (SCMP) for celebrating the achievements of truly remarkable people who might otherwise be off the radar. We champion the achievements of real people in our home of Hong Kong. People that make us proud to call ourselves Hongkongers.

These people are not celebrities, but ordinary folks from all walks of life. They may be good Samaritans or caregivers. They may be everyday hardworking individuals that make a big difference to support the greater community with their dedication and efforts. They may be survivors against the odds.

One thing they have in common, and that is the embodiment of the true spirit of Hong Kong. They inspire others with their actions.

Introduction of the Awards
Cultural Preservation Award
Unsung heroes who have made a sustainable impact on cultural conservation.
Innovating for Good Award
Given to unsung heroes behind breakthrough technologies or innovation for the good of society.
Compassion Ambassador Award
Unsung heroes who are passionate and are willing to serve and to help others.
Community Contribution Award
Untold tales of fortitude and self-belief to give back to those less fortunate.
Overcoming Personal Challenge Award
Inspirational journeys to achieve a dream, or the extraordinary.
People’s Choice Award
Awarded to the highest vote-getter among the 5 individual award categories.
Corporate Citizen Award (Group Award)
Enterprises which have embraced their role as a socially responsible corporate citizen.
Lion Rock Entrepreneur Award (Group Award)
Awarded to the corporation which has risen from difficult circumstances to achieve success.
Step 1
Nomination (March)
Nominations are open to public. Nominating organisations will be responsible for nominations.
Click nomination guidelines to find out more, and download the nomination form to start the nominations.
Step 2
Shortlisting (April – June)
A shortlist of finalists will be selected in each category from the entries submitted. Selected stories of the nominations will be published in SCMP and at SCMP.COM.
Step 3
Public voting (July)
Readers may vote for their favourite unsung hero on this website.
Step 4
Result Announcement (September)
Judges to select a winner from each of the 7 categories. Finalist with the highest vote will get the “People’s Choice Award”. Results will be announced at the SHK Awards ceremony in September. Awardees will be notified individually. The full list of winners will be posted on our website.