A fence design competition was launched Nov. 27, aiming to promote interest in the equestrian events at the 2008 Olympics, which will be held for the first time ever on Chinese soil, in Hong Kong.

The fences should convey the themes of the Beijing Olympics, which are “Green Olympics,” “High-tech Olympics,” and “People’s Olympics,” as well as the brand images of Hong Kong, which include the attributes of “progressive,” “innovative,” and “cosmopolitan.” The judging criteria will be based on originality, adherence to topic/theme, and creativity.

Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Jumping Fence Design Competition and Deputy Secretary General of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China Ronnie Wong said, “Jumping fences were an integral part of the visual enjoyment that the equestrian sport imparted to its spectators and they vividly displayed the cultural identity of the host cities.”

“Hong Kong has a pool of talent that would turn out ingenious designs that would contribute to the success of the Equestrian Events,” he added.

Vice-President of the Equestrian Committee (Hong Kong) of Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the 29th Olympiad and Sports Federation and Olympic Committee President Timothy Fok said the fences are a good way to promote the Hong Kong personality before the global community.

He said the competition is a good opportunity for the Hong Kong public to exercise their creativity by submitting innovative designs for fences.

Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of Bank of China (Hong Kong), He Guangbei, said, “The competition blends together the characteristics of sports, art and education. It aims to enhance the interest of the general public in the appreciation of equestrian sports by means of creative art competition. Therefore, Bank of China (Hong Kong) fully supports this meaningful campaign. Bank of China, the parent bank of Bank of China, Hong Kong, is the official banking partner of the Beijing 2008 Olympics. We will therefore continue to contribute our small part by supporting various Olympic activities in the time ahead.”

The competition, which is open to all, comprises three categories–Junior (for under 16), Senior (for 16 or above) and Professional.

Cash prizes of $10,000, $8,000 and $5,000 will be awarded in each category. Award-winning and finalist works will be displayed in public in Hong Kong.

Interested parties can visit http://www.equestrian2008.org/eng/promo_fence_e.aspx for details and downloadable entry forms. The competition leaflets and applications forms are also available at the extensive branch network of Bank of China, Hong Kong.

Entries should be submitted together with the required documents by post or by hand to the Equestrian Company on the 37th floor of Bank of China Tower, 1 Garden Road, Central, on or before February 28, 2007.