Spring is in the air, and campus is bursting to life in a riot of colour! It is the best time of year for budding photographers to prove their worth!

We are holding a photography contest to celebrate the establishment of CityU's official flower: the Brazil bougainvillea.

The best shots of this magnificent plant on campus will win awesome prizes. The best shot will win a MacBook Pro!

We hope the contest will encourage the CityU community to discover the beauty of the Brazil bougainvillea and our garden-like campus. The photos will also promote our admiration for nature.

Brazil Bougainvillea

The Brazil bougainvillea has been selected as the official flower of the University by the campus community. The plant, which is tough, highly resilient and blossoms throughout the year, strongly reflects the University's character. It perfectly captures the idea of growth and new life.

That said, there are altogether over 60 different kinds of shrub and tree cultivated on campus. Each has its own character and blooming cycle. The abundant plant life shows how Mother Nature thrives in unspoiled harmony with the iconic architecture of our rapidly growing University, unfolding new contours that enrich our campus landscape.

We firmly believe that nature is our best teacher, which is why CityU remains committed to maintaining campus biodiversity in pursuit of higher levels of creativity.

Details of contest
The Contest
  • To capture the beauty of Brazil bougainvillea on campus using cameras or any digital device including smart phones.
  • Each participant can submit a maximum of 5 entries. Only one entry per participant will be eligible for an award.
  • All CityU students, staff and alumni
The prizes
  • Winner: a certificate and a MacBook Pro
  • First runner-up: a certificate and a Fujitsu Lifebook computer
  • Second runner-up: a certificate and a Canon EOS M3 digital camera
  • Merit awards (x5): a certificate and $400 gift vouchers
  • Most "Likes" award: a certificate and a Fitbit (shortlisted entries will be posted on Facebook for the public to select their favourite photos. The entry with the most "Likes" will win an award)
Submission Requirements
  • Each submission should be accompanied by a caption (under 30 words in Chinese or English).
  • Submissions should be sent to the Communications and Public Relations Office via email or inbox to Facebook page.
  • The email subject line should read "University Floral Emblem Photo Contest".
  • Participants should state clearly in the email/inbox message their name, student ID/staff ID, year of graduation and programme (if applicable), and contact phone number.
  • Participants should state the device and model number used for shooting the photos.
  • The images should be in jpeg and around 2MB per work.
  • The filenames of the images should follow the name of the participants (e.g. chantaiman 1.jpeg; chantaiman 2.jpeg etc.)
  • Only simple retouching on the photos such as adjustment on brightness, contrast and balance will be accepted. Photomontage or composite images produced by computer software or other means will not be allowed.
  • Participants may be required to provide the original films or digital files if their entries are selected.
Judging criteria
  • Overall beauty
  • Photographic technique
  • Delivery of messages
  • Creativity
3 April 2017 (Mon)
We will announce the results on the contest's website and Facebook page. Winners will be notified individually and invited to the prize presentation ceremony.
Terms and conditions
  • The winning entries could be printed on CityU's official postcards or souvenirs collections. The University reserves the right not to adopt any of the winning submissions. The University also reserves all rights to amend all winning entries for adaption on the University's visual elements.
  • All decisions made by the panel of judges are final and may not be disputed at any level of the competition.
  • Submitted entries will not be returned, and will become the property of City University of Hong Kong.
  • All entries must be original and must not have been sold, published or previously submitted to other photo contests.
  • Entries must not contain another party's copyrighted creations. The entrant shall be disqualified and held solely liable for any constituted or potential act of infringement of intellectual property rights.
  • Entries must not contain violence, profanity, sex or direct attacks on individuals or organisations.
  • Once the entries are submitted, the entrant is assumed to have read and understood the above rules and regulations, and to have agreed to abide by them.
  • The organiser holds the right to disqualify any participant who does not observe the above rules and regulations. The organiser also reserves the right to amend the rules and regulations of the contest without prior notice.
  • The decision of the organiser is final and binding on all parties concerned in case of dispute.
  • The personal information is provided by the participant voluntarily for relevant activities organised by the University. The information will be provided to relevant staff for processing, contact, and relevant purposes.