Hong Kong time-lapse clip sweeps four awards at Portugal show

May 12, 2015 13:49
Francis So (inset) holds his trophies. His winning clip features Tai Mo Shan (above) and other top Hong Kong sceneries. Photo: franso/Facebook

A time-lapse documentary about Hong Kong's most beautiful sceneries across seasons has swept four awards for its creator at a photography contest in Portugal.

Hong Kong independent photographer Francis So won the top prize in the mountain view category, Apple Daily reported Tuesday. 

In addition, he was first runner-up in the time-lapse and regional documentary sections and second runner-up in the countryside category.

The competition featured 180 entries by photographers from 48 countries and regions.

So has been dabbling in photography for 10 years but only made the switch from being a designer at the beginning of the year.

He said the win was a surprise, especially that his work was recognized at an international competition.

So's winning entry, Seen By My Eyes, captured scenes in Sai Kung, Tai Mo Shan, Po Toi Island, Pak Nai in Yuen Long and Kowloon Peak at sunrise and sunset.

The clip has been viewed more than 125,000 times on YouTube since it was uploaded last year.

So said the film's success was an affirmation of Hong Kong's beautiful natural habitats and sent a message to the world about its secret attractions.

However, he said rampant development in many of the sites in the film could leave them unrecognizable in the not too distant future.

He said ongoing infrastructure projects such as the northeastern development in the New Territories and the proposed third airport runway could diminish Hong Kong’s ecological value.

See the video [Seen By My Eyes]

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