"Some of these pictures show sexual organs. If there aren't many complaints
about it and the feedback is good, I would consider it a success," he said.
Nudity is still equated with sex in Hong Kong, which is now in some ways more
conservative than mainland China, which has already staged nude photographic
exhibitions and also has sex shops.
In 1995, the Hong Kong Obscene Articles Tribunal famously classified a
newspaper picture of Michelangelo's statue of David as indecent. The ruling was
overturned on appeal.
Cheung contacted nearly 20 people to be judges of the contest and to present
the awards, but only four agreed.
"Many of them said they were too busy and some of them told us they found it
embarrassing to come because they would be seen as indecent. They want to
distance themselves from it; I feel very disappointed about this," he said.
The Body Arts Association, set up in 2001, has 400 members who hold regular
activities and classes, such as yoga, painting, photography, hiking, volleyball
Public nudity remains illegal in Hong Kong, despite efforts by the group to
have a secluded beach set aside for nudists.