A Hong Kong teenage student has won the top prize of a prestigious international photo competition for his mesmerizing nightscape of the city taken from Kowloon Peak.
The National Geographic announced that Kelvin Yuen Sze-lok, 19, a sophomore at the Hong Kong Baptist University, is the first place winner of its International Photo Contest 2015 (youth group, Taiwan section), Headline Daily reports.
Titled “The world of a wild child who chases his dream”, the photo shows a young man standing beside his tent at the edge of a cliff and looking at the dazzling display of lights blazing and swirling across buildings and roads of a hectic city.
Another entry of Yuen’s, “A night in a dream”, was cited by judges as an “excellent work”. It shows Hong Kong’s skyscrapers immersed in dense fog.
Yuen said he learned the basics of photography on his own in just 18 months, but has continued to explore the medium’s limitless possibilities.
With his digital single-lens reflex camera, he has taken countless pictures of Hong Kong scenes. His favorites are those taken from Kowloon Peak and the High Island Reservoir East Dam.
“Photography has turned me into a wild boy who enjoys the beauty of nature from a homeboy I used to be,” Yuen said.
Asked how he finds time to attend to his school obligations when he spends so much time outdoors taking pictures, Yuen said he always puts his studies ahead of his hobby.
But he stressed that his nature trips and passion for photography have been a part of his education, helping him, for example, know more about the problems of pollution. He majors in environmental protection.
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