Most people think of Hong Kong as a bustling business hub, but there’s so much more to it. Beneath the slick glass skyscrapers are neighbourhoods that have grown from tiny villages to urban enclaves but have still kept a link to their past. In their markets, traditions and architecture lies a rich history, best explored on foot as you stop at 70-year-old food stalls or pause to observe the rites of an ancient festival at a Buddhist temple. The same goes for the city’s outer edges and islands, where fishing villages, lush hiking trails and generations-old traditions (Cheung Chau’s Bun Festival is unique) offer shots of a world beyond the urban streets.
Just 60km from Hong Kong, Macao’s unique Portuguese-Chinese heritage makes it unlike anywhere else in Asia. Whether strolling past baroque churches amid the cobbles of its UNESCO-listed Historic Centre or exploring twisting alleys of Chinese shophouses and Taoist temples, it’s a photographer’s delight. To the south, Macao’s lush hills, villages, valleys and beaches are a world away from the main city. Sit outside a café in Coloane Village and watch the world go by or wander picturesque Old Taipa, a warren of 19th-century villas, eateries and temples bursting with character. Grab an egg tart and ready your lens for a dream trip.
Wanderlust has teamed up with the Hong Kong Tourism Board and Macao Government Tourism Office, to spirit away the four winning photographers to their amazing destinations on what promises to be the commission (and journey) of a lifetime.
Nikon camera prizes for the runners-up
All our Runners Up photographers will win a Nikon camera and lens kit. They can gather new perspectives with the Nikon D7500 and AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm VR lens, which combine to produce crisp images and 4K UHD video. Its versatility – with 7.7x zoom lens – lends itself to snapping everything from sweeping landscapes to distant icons, meaning it’s ideal for perfectly capturing your next travel adventure, wherever that may be. It’s backed up by an in-camera Picture Control system, so you can add your own creative style to your images as well. Create lasting, immersive images of your travels – exactly as you experience them. www.nikon.co.uk