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Winners of The 2018/9 Sino x Niio Illumination Art Prizes will have their artwork seen by millions when shown in Hong Kong Harbour, on two of the world's most prominent screens. The 2 competitions offer artists exposure on an unprecedented scale.
The Sino Group has lit up Hong Kong with its Christmas and Chinese New Year illuminations for 35 years. Now, for the first time, in partnership with Niio, it will be displaying a curated selection of moving image art works during the festive periods of Christmas and the Chinese New Year. The works will be chosen from the winning artists of these ground-breaking art prizes and shown on two screens on the facades of Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui Centre and the Empire Centre.
Have your art  seen by millions on two of the world’s largest outdoor screens

Open Call Submission

We invite professional artists and art students from around the world to submit artworks that support creativity at its most diverse for either one or both competitions:


1. Category 1:
Theme: Artistic Blessing.

Sub themes: Festive, Celebration, Growth.

To be screened in December and over Christmas time



2. Category 2:
Theme: New life.

Sub themes: Spring, Blossom, Growth, Rejuvenation.

To be screened in January and February and over Chinese New year time

A jury of five international artworld and design professionals will select the winners.

Technical Specifications And Guidelines

1. There are 2 screens on 2 buildings which will display the artworks

(Screens A and B, as shown below)

2. Submissions for Artworks will be shown on Screen A and B together,
One artwork will be presented on the 2 divided screens. 


Artwork Resolution: 1068(px) x 364(px).

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Screen B- Empire Centre

Screen A- Tsim Sha Tsui Centre







3.  Screens are using LED RGB technology - LED Pitch:

-          Line interval: 305mm or 12”

-          Dot interval: 203mm or 8” (centre to centre)

4. Each work must be a video / animation, 30 (thirty) seconds to 2 (two) minutes long

Formats: Apple ProRES or Mpeg H.264/H.265 (HEVC), 30 FPS


5. Artworks are to be submitted only through the Niio platform.


6. Applicants can apply for both prize categories and can send up to 2 artworks.



The Prize

For each competition category; one winner, one first runner-up and three merits will be chosen.

Their winning works will be publicly screened on the Tsim Sha Tsui Centre and the Empire Centre.



First place winners will also receive USD 4,000 plus round-trip travel to Hong Kong (or the equivalent round trip travel to Tokyo for artists based in Hong Kong) and accommodation plus a Niio 4k Art Player.


Second place winners will receive USD 900 plus a Niio 4k Art Player.


Those placed third, fourth and fifth will receive USD 500.




Category 1 prize (Artistic Blessing) will be screened during December.

Category 2 prize (New life) will be screened during January - February.



Registration is now open, and closes on November 15th.

* Prior to registration, please read and agree to our privacy policy.

Submission Process

The registration process consists of three simple steps:


Create a private Niio account or login to your existing one.


Upload your artworks and the relevant meta-data.


Transfer your artwork to the Curatorial Committee.




* You can contact at any time for assistance.

About Sino Group

Sino Group is one of the leading property developers in Hong Kong with core business in developing residential, office, industrial and retail properties for sale and investment. The Group is also a major player in hotel investment and management, club management,
property management, car park operations as well as environmental and security services.

We employ more than 10,000 committed staff members, who share the mission of creating
better lifescapes by delivering quality products and services while upholding integrity and
advocating sustainability.

Dedicated to promoting arts and culture to enrich lifescapes, Sino Group initiated ‘Sino Art’
in 2006 as one of the four key pillars of the Group’s corporate social responsibility efforts,
alongside Sino Care, Sino Green and Sino Heritage. Sino Art seeks to make arts and culture
accessible to all. In addition to supporting arts and design events, we curate events and
partner with cultural organisations to promote arts, and provide local and international artists
with a platform to showcase their works at the Group’s properties. We extend our reach and
bring arts to the community through the launch of ‘Sino Art in Community’ in 2013.




Niio is the premium discovery and display platform for curated video and new media art, trusted by leading artists, galleries, collectors and curators to manage, distribute and display their very best moving image artworks.

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