A grand opening ceremony for Mr. Luo Hong’s photographic exhibition
A grand opening ceremony for Mr. Luo Hong’s photographic exhibition was held on June 14th in Cambridge University’s Sedgwick Museum. This exhibition of Luo Hong, a famous photographer and environmentalist in China, was titled ‘Ode to the Earth’ and featured two themes: African wildlife and western Chinese landscapes.
The opening ceremony started at 6 pm. Over 100 people attended the ceremony, including students and faculty of Cambridge University, senior officers from the UNEP and news reporters. The director of Sedywick museum, Dr. David Norman made a speech first, followed by Prof. Jon Hutton, director of UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Mr. Jun Kong, CEO of Cambridge Eastern Education and Development Society (CEEDS) and the photographer himself, Mr. Luo Hong. As a special gift, Mr. Luo Hong presented one of the exhibits ‘King of Mountains - Mount Gongga’ to Sedgwick Museum for permanent collection and made a donation to the construction of children’s instructional facility in the museum. The ceremony was also emotion-laden with several pleasant surprises for Mr. Luo Hong. Betty, a 10-year-old girl from Beijing, gifted a sketch of ‘King Chapel’ to Mr. Luo Hong to welcome his visit in Cambridge. She entered the annual painting competition for children in China organized UNEP and funded by Luo Hong in 2007 and 2008. On behalf of the Cambridge students, the representative from CEEDS also gifted an original oil painting of mathematical bridge to Mr. Luo Hong as a memory of his Cambridge exhibition.
Early in the afternoon before the opening, accompanied by the museum director Dr. Norman, Mr. Luo Hong visited Christ’s College and its master Dr. Frank Kelly and his wife. Dr. Kelly warmed received Mr. Luo Hong and highly praised his contribution in promoting the environmental protection worldwide. Later on, Mr. Luo Hong visited Prof. Alison Richard, the vice-chancellor of Cambridge University and gifted her an album of the exhibited photographs. With a great interest in Mr. Luo’s tireless trips to Africa and West China, Prof. Richard said, as a top university in the world, Cambridge attaches much importance to raising public awareness of environmental protection and that this photographic exhibition is significant both to Cambridge and the world as a whole.
Additionally, during the opening ceremony, the CEEDS society, also the organizer of this exhibition has announced its next major event, a charity summer camp which will invite 30 to 40 school children who survived yet suffered a lot from the earthquakes in Sichuan and Qinghai provinces. They will have a two-week stay in University of Cambridge and Oxford, where they will be given lectures and basic language classes. The beautiful scenery in both universities and the learning atmosphere will help these children to restore their confidence towards life and rekindle their enthusiasm for study. This summer camp will be organized in collaboration with Sichuan Television Artist Association and Qinghai Artists Association. The funds for this charity camp will partly come from the auctioning of the photographs in this exhibition, and another 10,000 GBP comes from the generous donation from the Luo Hong Fund. The announcement of this summer camp received applause from the audience, many of who made their donation on-site to support it.
When drawing to its end, the opening ceremony was pushed to another climax with a Q&A session. Mr. Luo Hong passionately answered questions from the new reporters and talked with Cambridge students. He also gave each guest present a gift – a set of postcards made from his photographs of penguins and polar bears which he took in the Antarctic Circle.
Cambridge Eastern Education and Development Society
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(The event received warm attention and coverage from some important media like
Xinhua net (http://news.xinhuanet.com/world/2010-06/16/c_12225920.htm) (新华社),
China News (http://www.chinanews.com.cn/cul/news/2010/06-16/2345586.shtml) （中新社）,
China Radio International (http://gb.cri.cn/1321/2010/06/18/1766s2890524.htm )（中国国际广播电台CRI）
and a number of other newspapers and online media including Sina and Sohu.)
Mr. Luo Hong’s visit to Cambridge and the opening ceremony for his photographic exhibition (If you would like to use these pictures, please mark its author: Dr. Yi Sun)
Christ’s College Master Dr. Frank Kelly giving Mr. Luo Hong a book about the college
Mr. Luo Hong giving Dr. Kelly an painting by an award-winning child
Mr. Luo Hong visiting the room when the late Charles Darwin used to study, accompanied by Director of Sedgwick Museum, Dr. David Norman
Mr. Luo meeting the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, Prof. Alison Richard
The Vice-Chancellor meeting Mr. Luo Hong and CEEDS member, appreciating the album
Mr. Luo Hong and CEEDS CEO Mr. Jun Kong at the entrance to the exhibition museum. This is Sedgwick Museum’s first time to hold a solo exhibition in its history of over 100 years.
Representative from the UN headquarters speaking, also the MC of the opening ceremony
a student playing Guzheng at the opening
Dr. David Norman, director of Sedgwick Museum, reading the letter from the Vice-Chancellor to the exhibition
Prof. Jon Hutton, director of UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre giving a speech on behalf of UNEP
CEO of Cambridge Eastern Education and Development Society, also a student in Darwin College, Mr. Jun Kong giving a speech to welcome Mr. Luo Hong
Mr. Luo Hong gifted a photograph to the museum for permanent collection. The rest of the photographs will be auctioned to raise funds for organizing the summer camp for school children in Qinghai and Sichuan Provinces.
Betty presenting a painting of ‘King’s Chapel’ to Mr. Luo Hong
Representative of CEEDS presenting an original oil painting of the mathematical bridge to Mr. Luo Hong
Mr. Luo Hong giving a speech
Journalists from Xinhua net interviewing Mr. Luo Hong
For more information about this photographic exhibition, please see the Luo Hong Photographic Exhibition Page
“Ode to the Earth” – LUO Hong’s Environmental Photographic Exhibition at Cambridge Sedgwick Museum, June 14th – July 3rd 2010
From June 14 until July 3 this year, Luo Hong, one of China’s most sought after photographers and environmentalists, will be exhibiting his work at the Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge. Mr Luo has a distinguished track record of promoting conservation across the globe, and the pictures in this exhibition are drawn from a stunning array of natural habitats across several continents.
The broad theme of this exhibition is conserving wildlife through raising awareness of beautiful and remote yet threatened habitats. It achieves this by combining Luo’s creative passion with his photographic skills (honed through twenty years of capturing wildlife on film), in order to bring you breathtaking views of unexplored regions. The exhibition has two main themes: Africa – the last paradise for wildlife; and western China – a terrestrial heaven for mankind. Additionally, the exhibition will show how the world EXPO2010 (currently taking place in Shanghai) is promoting sustainable urban and rural development. In short, this exhibition is a must see, once in a lifetime chance to see panoramic views from several continents, which will hopefully inspire each and every one of us to care more for our environment.
This exhibition is kindly supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Cambridge University Earth Sciences Department. All the exhibition photos will be auctioned for charity purpose. For more information about the exhibition photos and auction procedure please see below
This exhibition consists of two sub-themes and one special theme (see selected photos in Appendix 2):
Theme I: Africa – The Last Paradise for Wildlife
Theme II: Western China – Terrestrial Heaven for Mankind
Special Theme: Shanghai EXPO2010 Photographic Display
We would like to give our thanks to the United Nations and the UN Environment Programme. It is their generous support which makes this exhibition possible.
We would like to thank the Cambridge University Earth Sciences Department and its world famous Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. It is their kindly support to provide space to this exhibition free of charge and help with the exhibition arrangements.
We owe our thanks to the LUOHONG Environment Funds. They have kindly provided and made all the breathtaking photos for this exhibition.
We appreciate many volunteers and friends helped us in putting this exhibition together piece by piece through the past two months.
Last by not least, we would like to give our special thanks to Mr. Luo Hong, whose creative passion and strong dedication to the environmental cause have provided us a stunning array of natural paradises.
Biography – Luo Hong
Luo Hong, Photographer, Environmentalist and President of Holiland LLC.
Luo Hong has long devoted himself to photographing natural landscapes and wild animals. During the last ten years he has been to eastern and southern Africa twenty-one times to photograph wild animals. To mark the World Environment Day in 2006, Luo Hong held a solo photographic exhibition entitled “Earth, Our Home” at the headquarter of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi. Luo was also the first Chinese person to hold an environmental photographic exhibition at the UN Headquarters in New York in 2009, following many successful exhibitions in China. In these exhibitions, all of Luo’s artworks were auctioned for charity, with the entire income donated to environmental causes. In November 2006, he established the LUOHONG Environment Fund, setting out to train and reward young talent worldwide in the field of environmental protection. In 2008, the LUOHONG Environment Fund started to sponsor a UNEP painting competition by children in China, a hugely successful event held consecutively over the past three years with a cumulative total of over six million young entrants.
In 2006 Luo Hong was awarded the “Outstanding Photographer” of the year award by the Chinese Photographers Association, he was also one of the five “Climate Heroes” named by the UN Environmental Programme in 2009. His name has been recently listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the world’s top twenty five most influential trendsetters. He has also been awarded “the 2009 Most Influential ‘Newsletter’ Figures in China” prize. Luo Hong is the author of many books, among them “In the Name of Love”, “Uncle Luo Hong in Africa” and “A Chinese Photographer and His African Friends”.
“I believe that beautiful things can evoke kindness from the deepness of people’s hearts”, this is Luo Hong’s firmly held belief, after nearly twenty years restlessly devoted to a career in photography and environmental protection, crowned by tremendous achievements in both areas.
Join the auction, help the children!
We are organising a “sealed bid” charity auction for all the photos displayed in our exhibition, in order to raise money to help children suffering from two recent earthquakes which took place in western China. On May 12, 2008, the northern part of Sichuan Province was struck by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake which killed over 68,000 people. Then, on April 14, 2010, China’s remote Yushu county (on the Tibetan plateau), was struck by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, leaving over 2,000 dead and tens of thousands injured. Children suffered the most from these earthquakes; and many of them lost their schools, their homes or even their parents.
To help these children recover from the earthquake trauma, and re-gain hope and confidence for their future life, CEEDS is planning two charity events this summer to benefit them. The first event is a summer teaching trip in late June and July, our members will visit six primary and middle schools across Sichuan and Qinghai to give classes and organize interactive activities, in order to encourage these school children to study harder despite all the difficulties. We will also donate stationary and teaching equipment. The second event is to invite some of these poor but talented school children to visit Cambridge for a summer camp, in order to provide them with an once-in-a-lifetime study opportunity.
In the meantime, we are also accepting direct donations which will help us to organise these charity events. To make us your bits please go to our website at www.cam-ceeds.org/sponsor_us. We will make sure that every penny of your donation will be used for charitable activities of the kind. We sincerely thank Mr. Luo who has generously donated his photographs for this auction, and we thank you all for your kind support in our charity cause!
The University of Cambridge CEEDS Society
June 14, 2010
Each photo for this auction is attached with a certificate card signed by Luo Hong, the author. We suggest you to think seriously before make the bidding. If you do like any of our exhibited photos, all you need to do is to fill up the attached form and drop it in the letterbox on site, or make your bidding online at www.cam-ceeds.org/luohong_photo_exhibition. At the end of the exhibition, the highest bidder will be notified by us before July 15th in obtaining the photo. The rules for the sealed bidding are as follow:
1. The auction date is from the beginning of the exhibition until July 10th. The minimum bidding price for the small size photo (1.24 m/w) is 60 pounds and for the large size photo (2.09 m/w) is 100 pounds. (All the photos are printed on cardboard with a black wooden frame in very good quality; Weight: 3.5 KG for small size, or 8.0 KG for large size)
2．Every bidder can choose up to five photos they want purchase, ranking from 1 - 5. At the end of the auction we will sell photo to the highest bidder and make adjustments according to your preference.
3. Please make sure to provide us authentic information. The bidding is considered invalid if you provide wrong or incomplete information.
4. You will be confirmed by email after submitted your bidding request. Please refrain to contact us unless you haven’t heard from us by July 10th, the close date of the auction.
5. If you have not heard from us after July 15th, you may assume your bidding has been unsuccessful and we still thank you for your generous support in our charity cause.
6. If you have submitted the bidding, we have the rights to require you purchase the photo. If you change your idea, please let us know in writing before July 10th.
7. We prefer you to take the photo by yourself, or by postal or delivery with shipping fee.
8. The CEEDS society reserves all the rights for this sealed bidding auction.
Theme I: Africa – The Last Paradise for Wildlife
A3: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight) Etosha National Park, NAMIBIA
As big as a cow, the Eland is one of the largest types of antelope. During the dry season, they usually have to travel long distances to water reservoirs in the Etosha National Park. Despite their huge size, amazingly the Eland can jump higher than any other African antelope. The sun, the “misty” dust, and the tireless running animals form a vibrant vista of nature.
A4: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Etosha National Park, NAMIBIA
A family of three giraffes in the sunset. This is one of my favourite shots, and the three days of waiting for this moment was definitely worthwhile. [Luo Hong]
A5: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Lake Elementaita, KENYA
An aggressive Marabou Stork is plunging into a flock of flamingos, making them separate and fly off in different directions. The Marabou Stork is a huge bird with a wide wing span. A voracious appetite means it will eat almost anything from carrion to termites, snakes, adult flamingos and baby crocodiles.
A6: 2.09m (width), 8kg (weight)
Namib Desert, NAMIBIA
Ostriches have evolved to handle the desert’s heat and lack of water. They are the second fastest animal in the world, and can run at 40 miles per hour maintaining this speed for at least 30 minutes. Ostriches stretch out their necks and lay their heads on the ground to avoid being seen, giving rise to the myth that ostriches hide in the sand.
A7: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Namib Desert, NAMIBIA
The Namib desert is one of the most arid regions in the world, but miraculously, a rare animal, the Oryx, lives there. It typically has long straight swept back horns, and can survive without water for long periods. A century ago, hundreds of thousands of Oryx roamed the Sahara and Sahel regions of northern Africa, but today, due to disturbance by humans, these creatures are severely endangered. The Arabian Oryx became extinct in the wild in 1972, and the population of the East African Oryx is now estimated to be a mere 1700.
A8: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Kalahari Desert, BOTSWANA
Rain does fall in deserts, changing the vista of the Kalahari Desert. These running zebras are adapting gradually to the change, while making drawings of “dots and lines” with their footprints in this otherworldly landscape.
A9: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Okavango Delta, BOTSWANA
The Okavango Delta is a unique but fragile ecosystem, and through tourism plays a significant role in Botswana’s economy. The African buffalo is one of Africa’s “Big Five”, along with leopards, lions, elephants and the white rhinoceros, and thus it is a key species that influences many aspects of the ecosystem. The African buffalo is dependent on the rich grasses of the floodplain for survival. However, human activity is causing a significant reduction in the amount of water flowing into the delta, which reduces the area under grass (which the buffaloes feed on) and in turn is leading to a decline in the number of African buffalos.
A10: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Wildbeest have a migratory cycle that keeps them on the move, forming one of nature’s most spectacular scenes, as over one million wildebeest follow the rains from Serengeti in Tanzania to the Mara in Kenya. This is often called the Great Migration.
Theme II: Western China – Terrestrial Heaven for Mankind
L1: 2.09m (width), 8kg (weight)
Mt. Gongga, SICHUAN PROVINCE
7,556 metres above sea level, Mt. Gongga is king among the enormous mountains of Sichuan province. “Gongga” means “white iceberg” in Tibetan. The celeste blue of the sky makes the steep peaks look even more fascinating. The breath-taking views and the challenges of the mountain peaks make Gongga an ideal destination for mountaineers.
L2: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Guilin, GUANGXI PROVINCE
One of the most beautiful places in China, Guilin enjoys global fame for its karst landscapes and the beautiful Lijiang river. In the light of dawn, fishermen are punting along the river, with their cormorants ready to set off. This is the most typical and yet very pleasant view on the Lijiang river.
L3: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Mt. Namjagbarwa, TIBET PROVINCE
This mountain ranks first in the “ten most beautiful snow mountains in China”. The white mountain and the white clouds blend together, forming another world against the blue sky backdrop. The Brahmaputra River is winding through the valley.
L4: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Yuanyang terrace, YUNNAN PROVINCE
The Hani nationality who live in Yuanyang, YUNNAN Province have turned this mountainous area into paddy fields, through the efforts of many generations. The fields extend down the mountain like steps and the slope has more than 3000 terraces! The view from the top of the mountain is extremely impressive.
L5: 2.09m (width), 8kg (weight)
Luoping, YUNNAN PROVINCE
In early spring every year, the 800,000 acres of Cole Flowers blossom together in Luoping county of YUNNAN Province, turning the fields into an ocean of flowers.
L6: 2.09m (width), 8kg (weight)
Zhaotong, YUNNAN PROVINCE
“Opening up” hills and turning them into farmland is a common agricultural practice in most of southern China. Due to lack of rainfall, the terraces in this part of YUNNAN Province are dry terraces. The rolling hills and the colourful crops resemble a unique oil painting.
L7: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Meitan, GUIZHOU Province
GUIZHOU is one of the three biggest provinces in south-west China. Its unique landscape is a combination of plateaus, hills and basins. Looked at from the air, the green hills are mixed into the yellow land, forming another fabulous picture.
L8: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Bayanbulak, XINJIANG PROVINCE
In 2002, Luohong drove to Tibet through Sichuan Province and further crossed the uninhabited Ali (Ngari) area to finally reach Xinjiang. The total trip covered a distance of 2,000 miles and this picture was taken just as Luohong was entering Xinjiang Province.
L9: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Litang, SICHUAN PROVINCE
Litang in Sichuan Province is inhabited by the Tibetan nationality. Every June 3rd on the Tibetan calendar, Tibetans celebrate their most important festival – Horse-racing Day. During the festival, Tibetans from far afield gather here and they pitch four to five thousand tents, forming a tent-city around the racetrack.
L10: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Jiulong, SICHUAN Province
Jiulong in SICHUAN Province is a famous summer resort and Chinese tourist destination. Besides the beautiful natural scenery, Jiulong is famous for the local customs of its indiginous ethnic minorities. The picture shows a village after rainfall in Jiulong’s mountainous area. The combination of rural houses and the beautiful natural scenery forms an Arcadia separated from the outside world.
L11: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Huanglong, SICHUAN Province
Huanglong is a well-known scenic spot in SICHUAN Province, featuring large calcified terrain. The picture shows the beautiful Huanglong after snowfall, taken from a helicopter.
L12: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Jiuzhaigou, SICHUAN PROVINCE
Jiuzhaigou is a well-known scenic spot in SICHUAN Province at an altitude of over 2,000 metres. Jiuzhaigou is comprised of large ancient forests as well as 108 lakes. The marvelous natural scenery enjoys the epithet of a ‘world of fairytales’.
L13: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Deqin, YUNNAN PROVINCE
The picture here shows villages in the southmost part of the Himalaya range. The beautiful colours reflected from the villages and the green land look like a giant canvas. Unfortunately, the village vanished in the May 2008 Wenchuan earthquake.
L14: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Gongga glacier, SICHUAN PROVINCE
Gongga Mountain is famous for its 159 glaciers, covering an area of 390 square kilometres. It is also one of the birthplaces of maritime glacier in the world. Here, you can see the snowflakes dancing with the clouds - you can feel the purest beauty.
L15: 1.24m (width), 3.5kg (weight)
Linzhi, TIBET PROVINCE
Linzhi is widely known for its deep valleys and high vertical topology. The abundant plants and wild animals are well preserved because they are growing in very high mountains beyond the reach of human beings. It is one of the few areas that has not been explored by man. The picture here shows the south side of the Namcha Barwa mountain where a tributary flows into the Yarlung Zangbo River.