Lee Ching won first place for her upcycled clutch made from an old nylon rice bag. Lee, who has an intellectual disability, joined the Salvation Army in 2001 when she was 17. Some charities in Hong Kong are using events like this to give people with disabilities more skills to help them find work.
Hong Kong's Salvation Army organized an exhibition featuring upcycled products co-designed by local students and some of the charity's disabled users. The aim was to give new skills and raise disability awareness.
Local college design students and some of the charity's disabled users were challenged to turn discarded items such as CD cases, string and toothpicks into everyday items such as storage containers, phone stands and lamps.
The items were displayed at an exhibition center in Hong Kong at the start of the new year. Other notable pieces on display included a bag made out of chopsticks and a notepad made from an old wine box.
Around 10% of Hong Kong's population are physically or intellectually disabled. Despite some changes in attitudes, disability discrimination still exists in a city where being disabled is traditionally associated with bad luck.
Kim Anderson has lived in Hong Kong for 27 years. Her daughter Catrin, now 15, was born with cerebral palsy following complications at birth. She can't move but she can see and hear. She often has to deal with insensitive behavior from people who assume she can't understand them.
When she's out and about, Catrin carries a sign which tells people in both English and Chinese that she can understand them. Anderson believes the key to culture change is more integration and getting people with disabilities more involved with mainstream society.
Frank Freeman photographed young people with Down Syndrome as models for his exhibition. The models were shot doing their favorite hobbies.
Freeman, seen here with his models, said part of the problem is that people with Down Syndrome are treated as patients instead of people.
Calib Lee is 19 years-old and was one of the models featured in the exhibition. He has a green belt in Taekwondo and won a bronze medal at the Down Syndrome International Swimming Competition held in Mexico last year.