The photo won second place in National Geographic's annual photography competition. Using a drone, Hong Kong photographer Andy Yeung captured this breathtaking shot of the dense skyscrapers in Whampoa. The dense urban structures beautifully juxtaposes the subtle pops of color from the sport courts.

Known for his unique city shots, Andy Yeung is arguably the most accomplished drone photographer of Hong Kong.Photo Credits:

The purpose of Andy's photo was to commemorate a lost historical landmark from Hong Kong: The Kowloon walled gardens. Andy explains, "I drew inspiration from the Kowloon Walled City—once the densest place on Earth–which was demolished nearly three decades ago. Hundreds of houses were stacked on top of each other and there was very little open space."

Before it was demolished in 1992, more than 50,000 residents lived in the Kowloon Walled city, making it the most densely populated place on earth

"The Kowloon Walled City may be gone, but its legacy remains. It exists in Hong Kong’s modern architecture and stacked apartments, which have been built to accommodate the masses." Andy's modern day take on the walled gardens honors Hong Kong's tradition of finding aesthetics within the density of the city. The closely packed buildings come together to form a type of beauty unique to Hong Kong.

The prestigious annual competition was judged by some of the biggest names in photography. It included Molly Roberts, senior photography editor at National Geographic; Benjamin Lowy, award-winning adventure and underwater photographer; and Jody MacDonald, award-winning adventure sport and documentary photographer.

“The quality of submissions in the 2017 Travel Photographer of the Year contest was wonderfully eclectic,” said Roberts. “I was inspired by the variety of locations and creativity of the photographers in their quest to make compelling images.”

The competition was extremely intense--Yeung's photo was selected from over 15,000 entries hailing from over 30 different country.

Scroll below to see some more of Andy Yeung's beautiful work.

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