Air pollution is one of the top public health risks in Hong Kong. Levels of pollutants often exceed the limits set by the World Health Organization. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced in October 2013 that it has classified outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans. In Hong Kong, according to a study in HKU, air pollution has led to well over 3,000 premature deaths, more than 20,000 daily doctors' visits and a monetary loss of 39 billion HKD last year. Meanwhile the Mainland has been suffering the worst air pollution in 52 years affecting regional air quality.
A series of seven videos was produced to reveal the stories behind each finalist of the WYNG Masters Award. In the forth video, Ducky Tse Chi Tak tells us the efforts made by a group of suburbanites from the North East New Territories in Hong Kong to preserve their natural environment. The suburbanites gave their fresh air-grown plants to residents living in areas affected by serious air pollution. The urbanites, in return, created a ‘sunny doll’ – a tradition adopted from rural Japan in which a handmade doll is hung in the window of one’s home representing a wish for sunshine and a blessing for the peoples of the countryside for the continued health of their plants and their future.
The WYNG Masters Award's mission is to nurture the growth of photography as an art form in Hong Kong, as well as to stimulate dialogue and foster community awareness on socially-relevant issues of critical importance to Hong Kong and its residents. Each year, a focused theme is chosen for the award. The 2013 theme is air—as Hong Kong wrestles with the health, economic, and social effects of its deteriorating air quality.