Divers take home prizes for snaps of Hong Kong’s underwater world
Underwater Photo and Video Competition sees 436 entries capturing some of city’s 5,943 marine species
A group of 36 certified divers-cum-photographers were presented with awards on Saturday for their outstanding sub-aqua snaps around Hong Kong waters.
The Hong Kong Underwater Photo and Video Competition, co-organised by the government’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and Hong Kong Underwater Association, attracted a total of 436 entries between May and October.
The annual competition, the sixth since it was launched in 2012, aims to promote awareness and conservation of the city’s diverse marine life and underwater habitats.
Atim Lau Pong-wing won the first prize in the Macro and Close-up category for a photo of a cuttlefish devouring a crab in waters off the Ninepin islands in the eastern part of Hong Kong.
A photo of a crab hiding underneath a barnacle-covered rock at Hoi Ha Wan in Sai Kung taken by Daniel Ho Tsz-hung impressed judges in the Standard and Wide Angle category. Yui Ming-tak took home the first prize in the video category for Tiny beauties and where to find them.
Hong Kong waters are home to 5,943 marine species, according to scientists at the Swire Institute of Marine Science, part of the University of Hong Kong.
The city’s 1,650 square kilometres of seas are incredibly diverse, accounting for more than a quarter of the 22,629 marine species recorded in China, despite Hong Kong only occupying less than 1 per cent of Chinese waters.
Scientists say Hong Kong’s different ecological environments, such as its coral beds, mangroves and mudflats, make it suitable for a variety of species to inhabit and flourish.
The city’s subtropical climate and position at the centre of three ocean currents also create the perfect environment for tropical and temperate flora and fauna.