From July 23-29 Staffan Widstrand and Jed Weingarten attended the “First Session of Natural Ecology-International Photography Festival . The event was held in Yichun City of Heilongjiang Province, and was put on by The China Photographic Publishing House. Staffan, Jed, and S. African Koot Marais joined many of China’s best photographers to give presentations on various topics. The keynote speaker was National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter, who blew the crowd away with his brilliant presentation on caves, volcanoes, and tornadoes.
A very large exhibition was held that featured images from Wild Wonders of China, Wild Wonders of Europe, National Geographic, and many of China’s top shooters. Panels were held to discuss many important subjects, and perhaps the most lively discussion surrounded the issues of copyright and intellectual property.
It is great to see that China is now starting to focus on these issues, and festivals like this one are great forums to keep issues like these at the forefront. In between all of this activity, Staffan, Jed, Koot, and Carsten left the hotel at 3 am each morning to go and photograph the local area.
Wild Wonders of China wishes to express thanks the China Photographic Publishing House for a great event!