Mr. Xi Zhinong

Mr. Xi Zhinong, Founder, WildChinaFilm

The only Chinese photographer member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), Xi has been working tirelessly for years making use of the power of images for wildlife conservation. After years of hard work and field experience in the wild, he succeeded in capturing extraordinary images of the scarcely known Yunnan snub-nosed monkey and then presenting them to the public, and eventually preserving the habitat — the Yunnan primary forests where the snub-nosed monkeys live. Xi was also the first Chinese photographer to have won the BBC Wildlife Magazine Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2001.

As the first photojournalist to report on the horrible poaching and massacre of Tibetan antelopes, Xi has managed to raise awareness on the importance of conservation of the species both inside and outside China. In 2010, Xi was rated as one of the world’s top 40 most influential nature photographers by the Outdoor Photography in U.K.

The life of a wildlife photographer is not without dangers. Abseiling across the Dulongjiang (Lonely Dragon River), Xi lost his grip and plummeted down a mountain gorge. Galloping on a horse at the source of Changjiang (Yangtze River), Xi was thrown off the horse back in a no-man’s land. Filming herds of yaks in the wild, he had a narrow escape from a violent, rampaging stampede. Xi ventured to join conservation champion Bazhaduojie (1952-1988) in the deadly fight against ruthless poachers on dangerous surface of frozen lakes. Passionate as ever about wild animals, Xi established WildChinaFilm and has been offering wildlife photography camps every year and, hence, inspired a whole new generation of nature photographers. His calling has been unleashing the power of images for conservation.

Hong Kong Biodiversity Festival 2015 - Cherish Nature (HKBF2015)

The Environment Bureau and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) will be jointly organising the HKBF2015 with 20 other organisations and over 120 events will be covered during the HKBF2015.  The College is pleased to work with AFCD and Grateful Green Group to screen Mr. Xi’s film “The Family Beyond the Clouds” as one of the festival events at the Hong Kong Science Museum on 14 November 2015.

Date & Time Venue Programme Title Organizer Language
10:00am - 12:00nn
14 November, 2015
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

Wildlife Film Show & Talk:
Family Beyond the Clouds
(Producer & Talk
Speaker: Mr. Xi Zhinong,
Founder, Wild China Film)

Lee Woo Sing College, CUHK and
Grateful Green Group

Film: English narration with Chinese subtitles

Talk: Putonghua

Registration: Free admission. Please click here to reserve seats, or be admitted on-site on a first-come-first-served basis.

College Visit in January 2015

Between 13 to 22 January 2015, the College invited Mr. Xi Zhinong, Founder of WildChinaFilm, to conduct a series of activities in spreading the message of protecting the nature and wildlife through images. Premier screening on Mr. Xi's "The Family Beyond the Clouds", in-depth sharing and dialogue with the College students during the High Table Dinner, Wildlife Photography Workshop, Mai Po visit with photo-taking and birding enthusiasts, Public Lecture on "My Career in Wildlife Photography in China" with the Hong Kong public and the Three-in-one exhibition at Yamasuto International Academic Building successfully drew attention of over 1,500 on this topic.

Premier Screening on 14 January 2015

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High Table Dinner on 15 January 2015

Prof. C.Y. Lam, Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography & Resource Management, CUHK as the respondent

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Wildlife Photography Workshop on 16 January 2015

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Public Lecture on Wildlife Photography in China on 17 January 2015

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Three-in-one Exhibition from 13 to 17 January 2015

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Mai Po Bird Watching on 21 January 2015

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With the unfailing and professional support from Grateful Green Group, the Museum of Climate Change, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, a series of activities was completed on 22 January 2015. Below is a the report prepared by Grateful Green Group for your thoughtful reading.