Taipei, May 22 (CNA) Taiwanese designer Huang Wei-han won the top prize Thursday in a competition to design certificates for the winners of the Tang Prize - an international academic award established by Taiwanese entrepreneur Samuel Yin.
Huang, director of Taipei-based Fontana Design, won the NT$1 million (US$33,194) top award with his design "Door to Outstanding Achievements," using silk and Chinese embroidery as primary materials.
In second place are a team of industrial design students Shiang Che-wei, Hsu Wei-tse and Chiu Hsin-i from Shih Chien University. The team will receive NT$500,000 in prize money for their design "Imprinting," inspired by ancient Chinese printing technology and traditional lacquer craftsmanship.
The third place award was shared by designers Liaw Jia-chyi, Chen Ying-hung and a team of designers consisting of Shih Hsiao-chun, Lin Yi-hsien and Yeh Ting-wei. Each winner or group will be awarded NT$200,000.
A total of 245 designs have been submitted by Taiwanese students and professionals in the competition and 15 finalists were selected. The materials consist of a wide selection including bronze, bamboo, metal and wood, according to the Tang Prize Foundation, organizer of the Tang Prize Diploma Design Competition. Each finalist presented a certificate for each of the four categories of the Tang Prize: sustainable development, biopharmaceutical science, sinology and rule of law.
The winners were selected by a panel of judges from Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.
The Tang Prize, inspired by the Nobel Prize and established in December 2012, seeks to honor top international researchers in the four categories. The first batch of laureates will be announced June 18, with the award ceremony taking place three months later. Up to three winners will share a cash prize of NT$50 million for each category.
(By Christie Chen)