Compact City

PhotographerAndy Yeung
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyAndy Yeung Photography
City/CountryHong Kong, Hong Kong
Photo DateSept 2014
Entry Description

Hong Kong is the world's most densely populated place and it is my home. The rent is eye-wateringly high, and the space frustratingly small. It has on average 130,000 people squeezed inside. One square kilo meter equivalent to putting about 900 people inside the football pitch. Residents complain of air, noise and light pollution and the overstretched transport network. Although the overcrowding and noise pollution issues, I like Hong Kong. Hong Kong is very efficient. And it is more energy-efficient compared to other cities because we are so compact. So many people are living very closely together sharing public facilities. You can find many shops here that you can't find anywhere else. When you look up at all the skyscrapers and high rise buildings, you might think that most people have a view of the neighbour’s wall or possibly their sitting room but actually a lot of people have views. Whether it’s the million dollar view of the harbour, or a cityscape of twinkling lights at night, the views from buildings in Hong Kong are often amazing.

About Photographer

Andy is an award-winning photographer who is keen on architecture and landscape photography. Getting into drone flying in 2015, he put together several aerial series, which have attracted international attention. He recently won the Second place in the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year with his new aerial series entitled "Walled City". His 360-degree photos taken by DJI drone camera have also been well-received and been shared thousands of times on Facebook. Andy is born and raised in Hong Kong. He developed a passion for photography at an early age when he started receiving his father’s old camera as hand-me-down. It was this early exposure to camera that introduced Andy to the world of photography, which he reckons, has a healing power. As a born-and-raised Hong Konger, he learned to cull inspiration from the familiar especially when coming up with shots of this over photographed city. He believes that a great photograph can speak to people’s emotions and make people stop and think. He relies on a good eye and knowledge of techniques as well as technology to create new images and build up his own style. His work has been recognized internationally with his work winning the Second place in the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year and the Gold winner in PX3 Photo Competition 2015 (architecture category) and several other awards. Website: