Extraordinary cities: Stunning shots in the running for Nat Geo's 2018 Travel prize - Australian Photography
During the night, dense fog rises off the Yamuna river and hides the Taj Mahal. At sunrise the marble of the Taj Mahal begins to reflect the growing light, which, filtered by the drifting and dissipating fog reveals the Taj Mahal glowing with increasing beauty. For the people who live nearby it is just another day at the office. For those of us visiting it is a spectacular experience.
Aerial imagery I captured of one of my favourite world cities. I focused on the beauty, the symmetry and the curiosity of scenes of every day life that we take for granted when viewed from our usual perspective. The people walking the streets below are unaware of the bigger picture to which they are a part of.
This picture was taken at the busy streets of tokyo. instead of the typical shot, I wanted to take this photo with people’s heads as silhouettes. this can give a sense of mystery. I was a bit afraid when taking the shot as the district is full of people who consumed alcohol and some of them tried to knock my camera down. however it was a fun shot and i wanted to capture as much neon signs at the back to show the unique location.
Shot in Jaipur during the “Golden Hours” of the day, it is easy to see why locals call this the “Pink City of India” – the soft rays cast from the late afternoon sun permeates every corner of the city, bringing out all shades of red and pink from within. As a taxi pierces through the thick fog of dust particles left behind by other passing cars, it gives off a mesmerising, yet mysterious feel, to this shot.
Rock climbing places around the world. Some are in the forest or in remote mountains. Hong Kong’s Lion Rock is in the center of the city. This is a unique Hong Kong.
“Patience and photography is the same thing”
Choi Hung estate, literally meaning “the Village of Rainbow” in Cantonese, is a neighborhood with very vivid paint job in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Look how the drying laundry resembled Emojis!
Beauty is found in the simplest of ways. Things that are considered mundane and normal can still be attractive.
Mong Kok is one of Hong Kong’s liveliest districts and includes popular markets, shopping streets, stalls and malls. This photo shot from a roof of an old building. Lights under those tents make it looks more colourful and full of energies.
i think it’s very easy to overlook the brilliance in the detail in such an iconic structure. however by only capturing a portion of the building i tried to capture the craftmanship employed in this amazing structure.
Standing on a middle floor of an old Tube apartment complex in Hong Kong. It’s interesting to see how people live here. often in heat with high humidity without airconditioning. when taking some pictures here i had a quick talk with an old man, a local. his english was very poor but we somehow enjoyed each other’s company. he was very interested in what i was doing and liked looking at my shots. when i was done, he went back to his house. turned out he lived on that particular floor.
From the earth to the sky. I proved the world that the sky is the limit. Nothing is impossible. I stand before you, shining brightly at night like nothing has ever shined before, to show you hard work and dedication is the key to success; it can make you into something so extraordinary that the world WILL NEVER FORGET. Everybody knows me as the tallest building in the world. Remember even if I might not be the last to stand tall, I will never be forgotten. I am the iconic Burj Khalifa.