Let the world see the beautiful life of wild animals in Qinling Mountains
2021-12-07 17:26:50Source: Xi’an News Network
Xi’an News Network reported that the little golden monkey closed his eyes, cuddled up in the furry arms of his family, enjoying the safe and comfortable warmth. A few days ago, this “Monkey Cuddle (Golden Monkey’s Embrace)” taken by Zhang Qiang, a post-80s photographer from Xi’an in the Qinling forests of Shaanxi, was used in the BBC International Wildlife Photographic Competition (WPY ), stood out from the competition of more than 50,000 works from 95 countries around the world, and won a special nomination award.
Photographer Zhang Qiang
After the news came back to China yesterday, the hot search topic of #摄影拍秦岭金鼻猴家居生活国际胜利# instantly rushed to the national hot search list on Weibo, and a large number of netizens praised this photographer who has won glory for the country. And Zhang Qiang himself pays more attention to the meaning behind the photos: “It has always been my wish to let the world see the beautiful life of wild animals in the Qinling Mountains.”
Love the “Four Treasures of the Qinling Mountains”, showing the warmth and wildness of nature
Before this award, “Monkey Cuddle” has already received great attention from the photography circles at home and abroad-this work was selected in a large number of professional photography publications, and at the same time, it is in 2021 with Zhang Qiang’s another Qinling golden monkey photography work “Take Care” The U.S. National Wildlife Photography Contest won individual championships and highly praised awards, and “Monkey Cuddle” even appeared on the cover of the award-winning photographers’ magazine.
“Take Care” by Zhang Qiang’s Qinling Golden Monkey
Zhang Qiang recalled that “Monkey Cuddle” was filmed at the end of October 2020. At that time, under the leadership of forest rangers, he waited patiently and finally found several wild golden monkey families in the depths of the Qinling Mountains. In order not to disturb the life of wild animals, he specially used it. Super-telephoto lens shooting. In the camera, the mutual love and ordinary hugs between members of the golden monkey family show the beautiful state of life in the Qinling Mountains.
The Qinling Golden Monkey’s “Monkey Cuddle” by Zhang Qiang
Zhang Qiang told reporters that he has been close to animals since he was a child, and he likes to feel the vitality of their lives and the wonderful transmission of human emotions. In 2012, when he had his first telephoto lens, he decided to focus his photography on his hometown, “I am from Xi’an, Qinling is the’back garden’ of this city, and the Qinling Mountains are known as China” “Biological gene bank”, its huge body not only allows people to view the different scenery of north and south, but also a paradise where all kinds of rare wild animals inhabit, which fascinates me deeply.”
From small animals such as golden pheasant and flying squirrels to the “Four Treasures of Qinling”, Zhang Qiang’s way of recording Qinling’s wild animals with his lens has since opened. Over the years, Qinling has been one of his focus of shooting, and he has taken many shots. I don’t remember clearly. Zhang Qiang also received an invitation from CCTV’s “Zhengda Variety Show-Animals” in 2020 to show the good natural ecology of Shaanxi with images and share the survival and wonderful moments of wild animals. “The wild animals in the Qinling Mountains that I put the most emotion into during the shooting, such as crested ibis, golden monkeys, giant pandas, takins, etc., all have rich emotional expressions, showing the warmth and wildness of nature.”
Let the world see China’s efforts for ecological protection
In fact, before this award, Zhang Qiang has stood on the podium of the International Natural Ecology Photography Awards many times. He has won a reputation in the natural category of the “National Geographic” Global Photography Contest in China. Nature’s Best Photography Asia (NBPA) LUMIX AWARD Award.
“When I was a child, my understanding of wild animals was limited to “Animal World” and the terms “nature” and “wild animals” explained by Teacher Zhao Zhongxiang. Later, when I gradually came into contact with many foreign documentary programs, I was amazed by Africa. Wildebeests galloping on the ground, polar bears hunting on the ice sheet, and fierce lions on the American grasslands are also curious about why most of these shots are foreign wild animals. Where are the wild animals that belong to China?” Zhang Qiang said. On my own photography road, I have always had a “initial heart”, “I hope that more people can learn about the living conditions and survival laws of wild animals in China through my works.”
In the eyes of many people, as a wildlife photographer, being able to appreciate the magnificent scenery in the rivers and capture those cute or mighty animals is a romantic and interesting thing, but at the same time, Wildlife photography is also a job full of hardships and a high risk factor. Mosquito bites and cuts and bruises all over the body by dense forests and rocks are commonplace. Zhang Qiang was accidentally caught by sharp bamboo leaves when he was photographing giant pandas in the Sanguanmiao Reserve of Foping. I cut the cornea of my right eye and fell into a deep snow pit when shooting Tibetan antelopes in Hoh Xil. “It can be said that life danger is always accompanied by it, but as a photographer, this is nothing, as long as there is a breath, I will stick to it. “
The post-80s photographers in Xi’an have recorded the beauty of Qinling’s biodiversity through lenses for many years
In the past 10 years of wildlife photography, Zhang Qiang’s protection of the wild animals in the Qinling Mountains that he often photographed has become a treasure. The crested ibis, one of the “four treasures” of the Qinling Mountains, has grown from 7 endangered to extinction to more than 7000 (Shaanxi More than 5,000). Benefiting from the increase in forest and grass vegetation in Shaanxi in recent years and the improvement of the living environment, the species of wild animals in Shaanxi have been continuously enriched and their populations have been increasing year after year.”
Zhang Qiang’s photography career gave him a more intuitive view of ecological protection, and a clearer understanding of the relationship between man and nature. He hopes that these photos will bring you a deeper respect and awe of life, and more people can Getting closer to nature through images, “I always look forward to letting more people see the living conditions of wild animals through the lens, allowing the world to see my hometown and even the entire China’s efforts to protect the ecology, and letting more people interact with them through images. Natural connection makes all this more meaningful.”
Sun Huan, All Media Reporter of Xi’an Press
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