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HK as Seen through the Camera Lens at the Canon Photo Marathon

HK as Seen through the Camera Lens at the Canon Photo Marathon

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During the Canon Photo Marathon 2013 Hong Kong on October 6 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center and elsewhere in the territory, contestants rushed about seeking to take three photos according to the announced themes.

Ten countries including Singapore, Taiwan, the Philippines and Malaysia have also hosted the Canon-sponsored event, and this was Hong Kong's fifth time. There were 1,500 contestants, randomly chosen from among 3,800 applicants. Under the event's rules, each of the three themes is announced at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., giving the contestants two hours to grab a shot of each and return. After each contestant submits one photo for each theme, prizes are announced for winners of each category at 7 p.m. This year's Hong Kong event featured the first-ever prize in the Student category.

The three themes were "Light, Shadow and Movement," "Points, Lines and Surfaces" and "Mountains, Seas and Skies." This year saw many unique submissions such as a photo of light reflecting off a nearby building and one of a mole on a palm. At the venue, a monitor showed the contestants' location within Hong Kong. While around half the competitors stuck to the Wan Chai district where the venue is located, taking photos in Central and around the Tsim Sha Tsui area, over 20% went up to 20 kilometers away from Hong Kong Island. Some of these headed to Hong Kong International Airport and Tai O, while others ventured north to the border with mainland China.

One contestant, Cai Jiaju, made a personal discovery through the contest. "This year is my third time to participate. The weather was great, but when I was taking photos, the sky seemed dirtier."

The grand prize winner, selected from among the three gold medal winners, was Lu Mingyi, who now qualifies to enter the Taipei event in the fall of next year.

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