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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

  • Hainan Spiders
  • 4th -8th April 2016

  • From Sichuan I travelled south to a completely different habitat... the tropical rainforest of Hainan Island. I didn't see any large mammals, but it was teeming with insects and spiders including the Golden Orb-weaver shown below. The giant female is obvious enough, but can you spot the tiny male next to her?   
    Click here for more photos and the strange story of the Giant Orb-weavers....

    Northern Golden Orb-weaver spider (Nephila pilipes) giant female
    Female and male Northern Golden Orb-weaver (Nephila pilipes)

  • Scary Monkeys on Mount Emei
  • 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.

  • Tangjiahe National Park, Sichuan Province, China
  • 26th - 30th March 2016

  • Took a trip to Sichuan Province in search of some of the endangered mammals and birds that are reported to survive in China's central mountains. The first stop was Tangjiahe National Park, home of the impressive Golden Takin and many other facinating mammals and birds.

    Golden Takin (Budorcas taxicolor) in the Minshan Mountains
    Golden Takin (Budorcas taxicolor)

  • Click here for more photos from Tangjiahe ...

  • 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  


  • 26th March - 3rd April
  • Photographic Trip to Sichuan
  • 4th - 10th April
  • Photographic Trip to Hainan Island
  • 14th - 18th April
  • Conservation Trip to Inner Mongolia
  • Saturday 25th June
  • Flying home to Wales
  • 8th - 31st July
  • Photographic Trip to Brazil
  • Saturday 6th August
  • Fly back to Beijing
  • 10th - 18th August
  • Trip to visit Tibet
  • 1st - 7th October
  • Photographic trip to the tibetan plateau
  • 17th December
  • Fly home to Wales