Hong Kong photographer comes 2nd in National Geographic contest with bird’s eye view of Whampoa

Photo: Andy Yeung
Photo: Andy Yeung

Hong Kong photographer Andy Yeung has done us proud yet again. The drone-flying maestro, who routinely blows us away with his photos and videos of the city’s urban sprawl, has just been named runner-up for the National Geographic’s Travel Photographer of the Year contest (Cities category).

Yeung came second in the Cities category of the contest with a stunning bird’s eye shot of the enormous Whampoa Garden housing estate in Kowloon City, featuring the area’s kitschy landmark — a 110-meter-long boat-shaped shopping center — nestled among the tightly packed residential buildings.

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A powerful eruption illuminates the slopes of Mexico’s Colima Volcano on December 13, 2015. Photo: Sergio Tapiro Velasco via National Geographic

People from more than 30 countries around the world submitted over 15,000 entries in the hopes of winning a 10 day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions (and a lifetime of bragging rights). The grand prize winner, Sergio Tapiro Velasco from Mexico, was awarded for his stunning photo of an erupting volcano being hit by lightning, titled “The Power of Nature”.

Stuttgart City Library, Germany. Photo: Norbert Fritz via National Geographic

The top photo in Cities, by Hungary-based shutterbug Norbert Fritz, shows the serene — and slightly clinical — city library of Stuttgart, Germany. Fritz will take home a USD1,000 (HKD 7,814) cash prize, while Yeung will receive USD750 (HKD5,860).

Photo: Anthony Lau via National Geographic

Last year, Hong Kong photographer Anthony Lau scooped the grand prize for his stunning photo of a horseman in the brutal wintry conditions of Inner Mongolia, while fellow Hongkonger Jimmi Ho came second in the Cities category for a snap of dormitories at Guangzhou’s South China Normal University. Considering that Ho was only given an educational DVD about photography, we’d say that Yeung has done pretty darn well for himself.

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