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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

  • 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)

  • Scary Monkeys on Mount Emei, China
  • 31st March - 2nd April

  • My second stop in Sichan Province was Mount Emei, a sacred site for buddhists but also home to endangered tibetan macaques. These are one of the largest species of monkey in asia and can be very aggressive. The one below is threatening a rival who came too close, but one of the males also attacked me.   Click here for the full story...

    Tibetan macaque (Macaca thibetana) fighting
    Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana) fighting in the Emeishan mist.

  • Okinawa Island, Japan
  • 29th September - 3rd October

  • Spent four days on Okinawa, one of Japan's southernmost islands, where I photographed some of the superb wildlife living in the humid tropical rainforest in the undeveloped north of the island.

    Okinawa Tree Lizard (Japalura polygonata) eating a caterpillar
    Okinawa Tree Lizard (Japalura polygonata) eating a caterpillar

    pellucid hawk moth (Cephonodes hylas) in Okinawa, Japan
    Pellucid Hawk Moth (Cephonodes hylas) feeding on nectar

    C in Okinawa, Japan
    Endangered Ryukyu Leaf Turtle (Geoemyda japonica)

  • Click here for more photos from Okinawa ...

  • Endangered Snub-nosed Monkeys
  • Wednesday 23rd September

  • As part of a school trip to Yunan Province in south-western China, we spent a couple of days in the Hengduan Mountains supporting conservation of the critically endangered Black Snub-nosed Monkeys (Rhinopithecus bieti).

    Mother and baby Black Snub-nosed Monkeys (Rhinopithecus bieti) in Yunan Province, China
    Mother and baby feeding on lichen

    Male Black Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) in Yunan Province, China
    Adult male displaying

  • Click here for more photos of Black Snub-nosed Monkeys ...

  • Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda
  • 30th July - 1st August 2014

  • The final National Park on my trip to Uganda was Lake Mburo... another savannah reserve but this time with lots of thorn scrub providing cover for species such as eland, impala and topi.

    Topi (Damaliscus korrigum) in Lake Mburo National Park
    Two male Topi fighting... the victor will win the exclusive right to mate with all the females in the herd!

    (Click here for photos of a snake eating a gecko at Lake Mburo...)

  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
  • 27th - 30th July 2014

  • Finally reached the main objective of the trip... Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the far south-west of Uganda close to the borders of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. It took a rough four-hour drive followed by another four hours trekking through lush tropical forest on steep mountain slopes, and then suddenly I was standing 5 meters from a majestic silverback mountain gorilla! There followed a magical hour photographing him and his family as they foraged, played and groomed each other. More photos of Bwindi primates here...

    Silverback Mountain Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

  • More News

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


  • 8th - 31st July
  • Photographic Trip to Brazil
  • Saturday 6th August
  • Fly to Beijing
  • 10th - 18th August
  • Trip to visit Northern China and Tibet
  • 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