Beijing, 17 February 2015: A photo exhibition from the winners of 2014 British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) and a selection of China’s wildlife images opens at Beijing’s Natural History Museum today, in advance of the visit of His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge to China.
The British Embassy Beijing, in partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), hosts the exhibition in support of the Duke of Cambridge’s work on wildlife conservation and to combat the illegal wildlife trade. The Duke of Cambridge is due to visit China from 2 March to 4 March, the most senior Royal visit to China since 1986.
The photo exhibition, running from 17 February to 6 March, includes 28 photographs from the BWPA and 11 images from IFAW, to showcase the beauty of nature, the diversity of wildlife in both Britain and China, and to highlight the message that we all have a responsibility to protect nature.
Andrew Key, Chargé d’Affaires of the British Embassy said:
I warmly recommend this photo exhibition. The photographs include magnificent shots of wildlife that showcase the peaceful co-existence of humans and nature. I am glad that we are able to bring these photographs to a Chinese audience, in advance of the visit of the Duke of Cambridge, who has a keen interest in wildlife conservation.
The UK works closely with China and the international community on wildlife conservation issues and tackling illegal wildlife trafficking. I hope this exhibition will help promote wider understanding of the importance of wildlife conservation and inspire people to support local, national and global conservation efforts.
Grace Ge Gabriel, IFAW Representative Asia said:
IFAW protects individual animals, wildlife populations and their habitats around the world. In China, we work from both the demand and supply side to reduce the trade of wildlife parts and products such as tiger bone, rhino horn and elephant ivory. The desire for these wildlife products is threatening the survival of many endangered species. For a better world for both animals and people, it is crucial to educate the younger generation to reject wildlife trade, appreciate and conserve wild animals and their living environment.
British Wildlife Photography Award
Established in 2009, these Awards were created to celebrate the talents of both amateur and professional photographers, while simultaneously highlighting the great wealth and diversity of British natural history. The competition has captured the imagination of photographers from all over the UK, who collectively have created an incredible series of images which showcase British wildlife at its very best. BWPA would like to thank all the photographers, sponsors and supporters who have contributed to the success of these Awards. For information about BWPA and next year’s competition please visit www.bwpawards.co.uk.