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This year, the award ceremony was held in the best season in the UK, mid July.
You can see places full of verdant and richly-blooming flowers here, there and everywhere in the city of London.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, known as a five-star accommodation for its prestige and tradition, was selected as the venue for the award ceremony as last year.
The guests came in one after another as the door opened.
They enjoyed the opening.
Everyone felt a rising sense of anticipation and serenity as the opening approached.
The three commissioners of the HvO Academy and also judges for the award, were then seated on stage.
Mr. Nick Hawkins, the chairman of the HvO Academy opened the ball with his speech.
He gave a warm welcome to the guests who traveled from distant destinations to attend this grand occasion.
The award ceremony then commenced followed by announcement of the winners for 2017…
The winners were prompted to come up to the stage, called by their names.
And each of them received a trophy and a certificate from the chairman, Mr. Hawkins.
The winners received ringing generous applause from the audience.
They also had an opportunity to take commemorative photos with the HvO commissioners on stage.
The ceremony approached a crescendo.
Everyone raised a glass as Mr. Conway Downing, a committee member of the HvO Academy gave a toast which captured the sentiment experienced by all participants.
A lavish full-course meal in the most traditional British style was served to every guest.
The participants had pleasant and productive conversations over the exquisite meal that Mandarin Oriental served with their pride.
Not just a ceremony, but it was more like a gala occasion for chosen people who have achieved success and prestige in both their professional and personal lives.
And they often exchanged their opinions and points of view in academic discussions over the table, as well.
The party was in full swing as the ceremony drew to a close.
To close the ceremony, everyone in the hall again praised the winners for 2017, and celebrated the success of the event with the biggest round of applause.
Mr. Hawkins, the chairman of the HvO Academy gave his closing remarks and foresight into the future of HvO World Award.
Best wishes for a magnificent reunion with everyone next July!