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Something new: Peak through a lens

Olivia Rosenman

 

Most visitors to Hong Kong are likely to return whence they came thinking of The Peak merely as a spectacular vantage point, replete with shopping centre, overlooking smog-smothered Central and Victoria Harbour.

But maybe that's Hong Kong's fault: the city seems to boast little of the more than 700 hectares of designated country park - home to a surprising range of flora and fauna - that straddles Victoria Peak.

The organisers of Wheelock Peak Exposure, a photo competition, are seeking to change that, while paying tribute to the area's natural beauty and raising awareness of its conservation needs.

Entrants are being urged to explore The Peak and submit their own photos of the area for the chance to win a Leica camera. A panel of adjudicators including Edward Stokes, founder of the Photographic Heritage Foundation; Eco Institute director Samson So Ngai-hung; and Martin Williams, founder of www.hkoutdoors.com and an occasional contributor to Post Magazine, will choose the winning entries.

Stokes, a nature photographer who grew up on The Peak and whose love of the outdoors is reflected in his work, has published several books, including Hong Kong's Wild Places, which examines how man has influenced the landscape and ecology.

"Tourists often come to see only the glitzy glamour of the Hong Kong skyline but they completely miss out on the natural environment around them," he says.

Six winners will be chosen in two categories: Students (aged 12 to 17) and Open (aged 18 and above). The competition is open until February 10 and entries can be submitted at www.wheelockpeakexposure.com. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on February 27 at the Wheelock Gallery (Queensway Plaza, Admiralty), where their work will be displayed for one week. Prints of the winning entries will also be available to buy, with proceeds going to the Sedan Chair Charities Fund.

 

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