Travel Photo of the Year winners are back: Capturing Hong Kong and Macau

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“I’ve visited Hong Kong before, but I haven’t visited its islands,” Paul Wynn tells us. “I was surprised by the rural and recreational nature of the area around Sai Kung district. The trip there to Yim Tin Tsai Island in a small boat was a delight and Stanley our guide did an amazing job showing us around a deserted island and explaining its history.

“The trip to The Peak was also memorable,” Paul continues. “I haven’t been there for 15 years. So it was a pleasure to come back on a wonderfully clear day. Once again, Stanley made us proud. At Lu Feng’s restaurant, we were treated to a full dim sum banquet, which savored new flavors and textures while admiring the view of the Hong Kong skyline.

“We walked to Suicide Cliff,” Geraint recalls. “It’s a perilous climb that offers a panoramic view of Central. And be sure to experience Central by tram, another way to explore that offers more photo opportunities: head upstairs and sit at the front. But you don’t have to travel too far from the center to be among nature wHere you can find both solitude and adventure.”

But the surprises were not limited to topography. The winners also got to see lots of local life. “We arrived on ‘race night’ and our hotel room looked directly over the lighted race course,” recalls Paul Wynn. “Once inside we were surprised to find it was Oktoberfest. We mingled with the crowd of expats carrying mugs and wearing decorative costumes. But eventually we reached the place where locals had gathered – studying the form, taking notes and placing bets, seemingly unaware of the Oktoberfest happening around them.

“The locals welcomed us wherever we went,” recalls Paul-Vlad. “Most of them smiled as we took candid street photos. Many of them asked if we could share the photos with them and we received several recommendations of attractions to visit.

“There’s so much to offer in Hong Kong,” marvels Geraint, before offering some suggestions to photographers coming to the area. “For nature and coastal photos, take a ferry to one of the many beautiful islands nearby. You’ll need a wide-angle lens to capture the modern buildings of the financial district. »

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