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About the Awards

The Spirit of Hong Kong Awards is an annual campaign co-organised by the South China Morning Post (SCMP) and Sino Group to celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people who might otherwise be off the radar. We champion the achievements of real people in our Hong Kong home. 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
The Spirit of Community Award
An individual who dedicates their time and energy to help, serve and make a positive impact on their community or those in need.
The Spirit of Youth Award
A young person, or group of young people, aged 13-22, who have demonstrated commitment to community, shown courage, or inspired the spirit of preservation or innovation.
The Spirit of Perseverance Award
An individual who has, against the odds, overcome personal challenges to succeed.
The Spirit of Teamwork Award (Group)
Unsung hero corporations and groups, who have embraced their role as socially responsible corporate citizens, including giving back to society, leading sustainable initiatives or devoting time to others.
The Spirit of Culture Award
An individual who inspires those to preserve Hong Kong’s legacy and/or celebrate its heritage and traditions.
The Spirit of Innovation Award
An individual who is behind breakthrough technologies or innovation for the good of society.
Lion Rock People’s Choice Award
Shortlisted from 6 awards. An individual or group, voted for by the public, who best represents the can-do, kind and go-getting Hong Kong spirit.
Procedure & Timeline
Step 1
Nomination (March 2019)
Nomination period.
Click nomination guidelines to find out more, and download the nomination form to start the nominations.
Step 2
Shortlist & Interview (April – June 2019)
The Selection Committee will shortlist 18 finalists.
Finalists will be interviewed by SCMP and their stories will be published in SCMP and uploaded to our Awards website.
Step 3
Public Voting & Judging (July 2019)
The panel of judges will review finalists’ nominations and stories in accordance with a set scoring system.
Readers can vote for their favourite finalist for the ‘Lion Rock People’s Choice Award’ on our Awards website.
Step 4
Result Announcement (September/October 2019)
6 winners will be selected by the panel of judges.
The finalist with the highest number of votes will get the ‘Lion Rock People’s Choice Award’.
Results will be announced at the Awards ceremony in Sep/Oct 2019. Winners will be notified individually. The list of winners will be posted on our Awards website.