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Canon “FOR EXPERT.BY EXPERT” presents
“Hunt in the City” Photo Exhibition and Seminars
Discover the world-class wonder of nature

As part of its strong commitment to promoting photography culture, Canon’s “FOR EXPERTBY EXPERT” program continues to bring top-class photographers from across the globe to share their passion and work in specific genres with fellow enthusiasts. This year, Canon proudly presents a redefined vision of imaging with “Hunt in the City”, a photo exhibition and seminars to be held at Innocentre in Kowloon Tong that features renowned nature photographers John Holmes and Samson So. Their work not only showcases stunning nature photography, but also promotes natural conservation, making it a can’t-miss event for both photo and nature enthusiasts.

Black kites spread their wings above Hong Kong—A rare scenery across the world
The “FOR EXPERTBY EXPERT” series was created as a platform for established photographers to share their photographs and expertise with other photo enthusiasts in Hong Kong. This time, John Holmes and Samson So, who are both keen bird enthusiasts and nature lovers, have made Hong Kong’s signature black kites the focus of their “Hunt in the City” photo collection.

The sight of these majestic birds circling high above the urban areas of Hong Kong is often taken for granted by native Hong Kongers. On a global basis, such sightings are actually very rare, with New York City and New Delhi the only other metropolitan areas where black kites can be seen.

Coinciding with the exhibition, this time of year is the perfect season for local bird photography and especially for capturing the black kites that migrate south in large numbers during winter. This makes Hong Kong one of the greatest concentrations of the raptors in the world and a major centre for research, education and appreciation of the species. The two nature photographers set out to explore a large number of locations in the city, using Canon EOS System to capture the local wonders of nature and provide a new perspective on Hong Kong’s dramatic scenery.

John Holmes, from the United Kingdom, has over 20 years’ experience observing and photographing birds. He is also very active in the field of conservation and has participated in a number of bird-related research projects. Samson So, founder of the Eco Institute, is committed to promoting nature conservation and uses his photographs to share the incredible beauty of nature. In this “Hunt in the City” collection, both photographers aim to share the relationship between the black kites hunting in the city and the urban life going on around them in order to spread the message of promoting natural conservation and nature photography.

EOS 7D Mark II DSLR and EF lens capture the hunters
With its icy appearance, the black kite is recognized as one of the most popular subjects for nature photographers, who need to possess an acute sense for movement and sound knowledge of the functionality of professional equipment to capture the speed, beauty and elusive movement of the black kites.

Canon’s imaging products have long been seen as the most reliable and professional partners for all photographers. For the “Hunt in the City” photo collection, the two photographers were fully supported by the latest Canon products – the high speed APS-C flagship DSLR camera EOS 7D Mark II, high mobility super telephoto zoom lens EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, and the super telephoto lens EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM.

The “Hunt in the City” photo exhibition will be held from February 2 to 8 at Innocentre, Kowloon Tong. In addition to exploring the life of black kites in the urban environment through their photo collection, both photographers will share their knowledge and expertise in nature photography, as well as their experiences using the latest EOS 7D Mark II and EF lenses, during the seminars. Canon will also give the audience hands-on experience of the latest EOS 7D Mark II and EF lenses and their outstanding features.

“Hunt in the City” Photo Exhibition


February 2(Monday)to February 8(Sunday), 2015


Atrium, Innocentre, 72 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon


From 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Free admission)

Hunt in the CitySeminars


February 6(Friday)to February 8(Sunday), 2015


Atrium, Innocentre, 72 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon


February 6 (Friday)

  1. 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

February 7 (Saturday)

  1. 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  2. 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  3. 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

February 8 (Sunday)

  1. 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  2. 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  3. 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Enrollment :

Enrollment for the seminars is on first-come-first-served basis Please visit and register at http://www.canon.com.hk/HuntInTheCity/en/Enroll




Cantonese and English


John Holmes

From the United Kingdom, John Holmes has lived in Hong Kong for more than 30 years. With over 20 years’ experience in bird watching and bird photography, he is a dedicated member of the bird watching and conservation community. He participates in various bird surveys including Hong Kong’s official monthly waterfowl counts.

He has contributed bird records and photographs to bird interest groups such as the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, World Wide Fund For Nature Hong Kong (WWF HK), the Oriental Bird Club, of which he is an active member, and various projects for other green groups in Hong Kong and overseas.

John’s bird photographs are placed with professional photo agencies including Vireo in the United States and the Frank Lane Picture Agency in the UK. Wishing to spread his appreciation of birds and photography to more enthusiasts, he started writing his blog; John’s Hong Kong Birding, in 2007. John also guides visiting birders (without his camera) for eco-tour company Walk Hong Kong.

Being a photography lover since childhood, John discovered his passion for bird watching while rambling in Hong Kong's country parks. Since then, birding has led him to bird watching expeditions across Asia, discovering well-known and more obscure birding sites in countries such as China, India, Malaysia and Cambodia, and sharing his experience with readers through informative travel reports.

Samson So

Professional photographer Mr. Samson So is the founder and director of Eco Institute. He obtained both Bachelor of Science and Master of Philosophy degrees from the Department of Ecology and Biodiversity of The University of Hong Kong, and a Master of Journalism degree from HKU’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre. Since the 1990s, his career has focused on providing training for staff working in nature reserve areas, conducting ecological field trips and promoting environmental education.

In 2005 Samson set up Eco Institute, where he has organized multiple environmental education activities including eco tours, environmental courses, public seminars, workshops and more. Samson is also a writer and photographer who had published more than 20 books related to ecology, environmental education and green touring, as well as 600 articles in Chinese and English distributed across Hong Kong, mainland China, Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. He aims to raise environmental awareness and promote conservation through his writing, photography and activities.



About Canon Hongkong Company Limited
Canon Inc. (TSE:7751 / NYSE:CAJ) was founded in 1937 in Japan. Its predecessor, Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory, produced Japan's first 35 mm focal-plane-shutter camera "Kwanon" in 1934. Canon Inc. eventually expanded into the photocopying and printing industries, launching Japan's first plain-paper copier NP-1100 in 1970 and the world's first inkjet printer BJ-80 in 1985. Through the years, Canon Inc. has acquired in-depth experience in digital imaging product manufacturing, and research and development. It is a leader in the development of innovative products and holds the most technology patents in the imaging industry. Canon Inc. also makes a significant contribution to the promotion of photography. Today, Canon Inc. has a strong global presence and is one of the most important market players in the imaging, office and industrial product categories. As of 31 December 2013, Canon's global revenue was US$35.5 billion.

One of the company's first offices in Asia, Canon Hongkong Co., Ltd. (CHK) was established in 1971. It is responsible for the sales, marketing and after-sales services for all Canon product lines in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Taiwan, the Philippines and Mongolia. CHK adheres to Canon's corporate philosophy of "kyosei" (coexistence), which encourages the company and its staff to participate in social, charitable and environmental activities in the community. CHK implements internationally-recognized management systems and has achieved ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certification. For more information about Canon Hongkong, please visit our website: www.canon.com.hk.

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