KATHERINE KY CHENG
Photographer and Videojournalist
[2019-2021] Hong Kong Protests: Behind the Front Lines
[The Narwhal] Life Along the Proposed Highway 413
[International Environmental Photography Lab] Through the Five Senses
[China Dialogue] Guardians of the Pearl River Delta
[Globe and Mail] Colour the Trails
[CBC] Parallel Lives
[WSJ] Female Fund Managers Have More to Prove
A plenary session on the second last day at the COP15 biodiversity summit in Montreal, Canada on December 18, 2022.
Canada’s Minister of Environment Steven Guilbeault speaks with journalists at a media scrum during the last hours of the COP15 biodiversity summit in Montreal, Canada on December 19, 2022.
Attendees of the annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) pose for a photo in front of the brightly-lit sign at the festival's entrance in Toronto, Canada on Sept. 12, 2022.
Kimiko, author of 'Kimiko Does Cancer,' looks out the window of her home in Toronto, Canada on October 6, 2022. Having undergone breast cancer, she wrote a graphic novel to challenge the stereotypical depictions of cancer patients in the Canadian healthcare space.
U.S. President Joe Biden points his finger at a journalist during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building in Ottawa, Canada, on March 24, 2023. This is the first official visit that the American president has made to Canada since becoming president. Ottawa Canada
A man wearing Ukrainian flags on his body crosses the street towards a rally. People gather in support of Ukraine outside of the Russian Consulate in Toronto, Canada on March 6, 2022. Demonstrations have been organised globally following Russia’s attacks against Ukraine. Toronto Canada
Rick Wong, one of the teachers at Hong Luck Kung Fu Club, standing in front of the studio’s ancestral shrine on December 11, 2021. Hong Luck Kung Fu Club is a multi-generational martial arts studio in Toronto’s Chinatown, which started in 1961. With Chinese New Year around the corner, this group is preparing for lion dance performances for the local senior community, as a symbolic act to bring in health, luck, and life.
A member of the police media liaison pushes back journalists as tear gas is fired in the background in Wan Chai, Hong Kong on July 1, 2020. On the first day of the passing of the National Security Law, protests erupted across Hong Kong. In 2020, the ranking of press freedom in Hong Kong dropped to the 80th place, with increasing pressure and constrictions on media. Hong Kong S.A.R. China
Rafting participants steering the raft in the Grand River in Brant, ON on June 25, 2022. Colour the Trails, a collective of BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ adventure seekers, held its first summer outdoor rafting trip in its inaugural year.
An aerial view of the pond in Love Park, which has turned green weeks from first opening in downtown Toronto on July 11, 2023. Katherine KY Cheng/Globe and Mail. According to city spokesperson Bradlee Bomberry, staff are working alongside both Waterfront Toronto and the contractor to address the issue and ensure the pond returns to working order as soon as possible. Toronto Canada
A Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) can be seen through a telescope from a birding lookout at the Mai Po marshes in Hong Kong on September 18, 2020. Every year, an estimate of 60,000 birds make their annual winter migration to roost in Deep Bay. Hong Kong S.A.R. China
Protesters gather outside of the RBC Centre in downtown Toronto, Canada in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders on December 12, 2021. Their demands are for RBC to defund the Coastal GasLink pipeline and respect Indigenous sovereignty.
Protestors wearing Canadian flags listen to rally speakers. Trucker convoy protesters gather in Queen’s Park, Toronto for the second consecutive weekend in solidarity with anti-mandate demonstrations on February 12, 2021. It comes after the province declared a state of emergency in relation to the ongoing blockades, with Toronto police setting up road closures across the city.
An Iranian protester can be seen backlit from a protest banner calling for freedom in Toronto, Canada on September 23, 2022. Demonstrations erupted across the globe after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was arrested by Iran's morality police for “improperly” wearing her hijab and died three days later while still in police custody.
A woman in a red coat crosses the street in front of protestors as thousands march to the US Consulate for a “No Fly Zone” rally in Toronto, Canada on March 14, 2022. Global protests were organized around the world following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Rick Wong, a teacher at the Hong Luck Kung Fu Club, fire spinning as a performance of light on winter solstice, the longest night of the year, on December 21, 2021.
Nashville Conservation Reserve aerial view in Nashville, ON on October 8, 2022.
An ice skater wearing a Storm Trooper helmet and holding a toy blaster skates along a frozen trail in Toronto, Canada on December 31, 2022. The Beltway Polar Bear Skate is a clothing drive organized by The Beltway Conservancy to collect warm winter clothes and celebrate the end of the year under the Gardiner Expressway.
The LGBTQ+ organization Drag Jam hosts the August ‘Drag Discovery Channel’ at Lambda Lounge, under the time of Miami Nights in Central, Hong Kong on August 22, 2021.
A parade participant dressed in colourful clothing and feathers, framed by the feathers of another individual takes part during the Caribana Festival in Toronto, Canada on June 30, 2022. Following two years of lockdown from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival returned with the extravagent Grand Parade.
High West, Hong Kong (October 20, 2021) - AK holds up an amplifier as he listens to the surrounding sounds. He is a sound designer, sound engineer, and field recordist who took on the mission of documenting the natural soundscape of Hong Kong. Creating a local sound library and sound map of natural sounds, he wants people to rethink how they interact with nature - through an unconventional sensory experience. Image was created in-camera using a combination of transparent prints and backlighting to create a shadow on a fresh leaf. Image was part of the “Through the Five Senses” series made for the International Environmental Photography Lab, which was a conceptual series that explored the use of eco-therapy amidst reports of a mental health crisis in Hong Kong.
Katherine KY Cheng
Katherine Cheng is a documentary photographer and videojournalist based between Toronto and Hong Kong, covering breaking news, daily events, and feature stories.
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