Sports and travel photographer James Richard Kao resides in Southern California, USA, but considers his office the world. He has traveled to all seven continents and early in life excelled at drawing and sketching. He studied landscape architecture at Cornell University and spent much of his professional career as a city and urban planner. In 2012, James started pursuit of a new career as a sports and travel photographer. He has won several national awards in the U.S. for his sports and travel work and is gaining recognition in sports and travel publications. Besides photography, James has a passion for outdoor adventure sports, books, music and gelato.