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Hugh Lansdown - photographer, by Ellen Rees

(Photo by Ellen Rees)

My name is Hugh Lansdown and I'm a wildlife photographer.

I'm currently living and working in Beijing, China, but my home is in Swansea, South Wales where I carry out various training and conservation activities.

If you'd like to see some of the animals I've photographed, you can use the menus at the top to browse my galleries. There are sections for mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, insects and spiders, as well as all the different countries I've visited.

If you'd like to know more about my photography and the conservation work I'm involved in you can contact me here...

Latest News

  • Beijing Buntings
  • 4th March 2017

  • Thanks to Terry Townsend and John MacKinnon for an excellent trip to Lingshan yesterday. Lots of great birds including eagles, vultures, mandarin duck and chukar... shows what great wildlife can be found in Beijing province if you know where to look. My favourites were the two buntings below, which are both new species for me...

    Godlewskis Bunting (Emberiza godlewskii) Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)
    Godlewskis Bunting (Emberiza godlewskii) and Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)

  • Hokkaido Wildlife
  • 29th January - 5th February 2017

  • I continued my Japanese trip with a flight to the icy wastes of Hokkaido, Japan's wild northern island and spent a week tracking down endagered cranes, giant owls and ferocious eagles.  You can read a report on my trip here...

    Steller's Sea Eagles (Haliaeetus pelagicus) with food
    Steller's Sea Eagles (Haliaeetus pelagicus) fighting

  • Japanese Snow Monkeys
  • 27th - 28th January 2017

  • Just back from a ten day trip to Northern Japan starting with Joshinetsu Kogen National Park in the mountains of Honshu Island... home to Japanese Macaques, the most northerly monkeys in the world. They're also known as 'Snow Monkeys' and are famous for their habit of bathing in the natural hot springs.

    Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata)
    Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) bathing in a hot spring.

  • Wildlife of the Central Chinese Mountains
  • 29th December 2016 - 7th January 2017

  • Paid a winter visit to the mountains of Shaanxi and Sichuan Provinces in Central China in search of rare animals like the endangered Golden Takin. Click here for the trip report ...

    Golden Takin (Budorcas taxicolor)
    Golden Takin threatens me with nostrils flared!

  • Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys in Foping National Nature Reserve
  • 29th - 30th December 2016

  • This scary male Golden Snub-nosed Monkey was photographed in Foping National Nature Reserve, Shaanxi Province, China.. Click here for more photos and details of my visit ...

    Male Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana)
    Male Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) threatening

  • Red Pandas in Sichuan Province, China
  • 17th - 19th November 2016

  • Just returned from an excellent few days in Labahe National Park, Sichuan Province in south-west China photographing some very cute Red Pandas. More photos here ...

    Close-up of a Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens)
    Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens)

  • Wildlife of the Tibetan Plateau
  • 1st - 7th October 2016

  • I've always thought of the Tibetan Plateau as a remote wilderness and never expected to be able to go there myself, but in October I spent an amazing week photographing some of the unique wildilfe to be found there. Read the full trip report here ...

    A pack of wolves (Canis lupus)
    Pack of wolves (Canis lupus) crossing the plateau

    Herd of Kiang(Equus kiang)
    Herd of Kiang (Equus kiang)

  • Wildlife of the Northern Pantanal, Brazil
  • 15th - 24th July 2016

  • The northern Pantanal is probably the best place in the world to see jaguars, but I still felt really privileged when this youngster calmly sat on the riverbank and allowed me to photograph her.

    Young female jaguar (Panthera onca) in the northern Pantanal
    Young female Jaguar (Panthera onca)

    It's also a superb place to watch giant river otters feeding.

    Giant River Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) eating a fish
    Giant River Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) eating a fish.

    Click here for photos of other wildlife from the northern Pantanal such as marmosets, tapirs and various reptiles and birds....

  • Wildlife of the Southern Pantanal, Brazil
  • 10th - 14th July 2016

  • I started my Brazil expedition deep in the southern Pantanal surrounded by an amazing selection of wildlife including the boisterous but charming hyacinth macaws.   
    Click here for photos of other southern Pantanal wildlife....

    Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) in the Pantanal
    Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)

  • More News

    If you would like to see some of the older news articles, please click here  


  • 1st - 7th October
  • Photographic trip to the Tibetan Plateau
  • 17th - 20th November
  • Photographic trip to the Sichuan mountains, central China
  • 17th - 28th December
  • Home in Wales
  • 29th December - 8th January
  • Photographic trip to Sichuan and Shaanxi provinces, central China
  • 27th January - 5th February
  • Photographic trip to northern Japan
  • 4th March
  • Photographic trip to Lingshan Mountain
  • 31st March - 14th April
  • Photographic trip to North-eastern India
  • 20th - 24th April
  • Conservation Trip to Inner Mongolia
  • 1st July 2017
  • Fly home to Wales
  • 7th - 9th July 2017
  • Photographic trip to the Ecuadorian cloud forest
  • 9th - 19th July 2017
  • Photographic trip to the Galapagos Islands
  • 19th - 28th July 2017
  • Photographic trip to Peru
  • 29th July - 2nd August 2017
  • Photographic trip to the Ecuadorian rainforest