Graduate Success for Marine Photographer
Marine & Natural History Photography graduate Daphne Wong has not only had her work featured in the BBC Wildlife magazine, she has also been shortlisted for the Young Talents Category at the Innsbruck Nature Film Festival for the second time in a row.
We discuss with Daphne how her thoughts on her achievements, what inspires her when working on her projects and her reflections on life in Falmouth.
Can you provide a little background detail on your project and film documentary?
Working in both photography and video, my work primarily tells stories surrounding nature and its conservation. My project Concrete Jungle, selected by BBC Wildlife, showcases the very unique and diverse wildlife of my home city, Hong Kong. I hope to inspire people to respect and conserve the natural world.
My film, Breathing Room, is a half-hour documentary about the declining Chinese White Dolphins in Hong Kong. The film brings to light the research and conservation work that is being done to save them, and discusses the implications of habitat loss due to continuous coastal developments for these iconic pink dolphins.
How does it feel to have your work featured in BBC Wildlife and shortlisted for the Young Talents Category?
I feel very lucky to have been asked to contribute to the BBC Wildlife Magazine website. Not many people are aware of the rich biodiversity in Hong Kong, one of the most densely populated cities in the world, as well as the imminent threat of urbanisation that nature is facing.
I am also very fortunate to have my film shortlisted in the Young Talents Category. It is always rewarding to share my work globally and raise awareness for these species, the threats they are facing and their conservation.
What influences and inspires you when working on a project?
As a natural history photographer and filmmaker, the beauty of the natural world and the urge to encourage people to discover and protect it is a major driving force when I'm working on projects. I am also hugely inspired all the people working tirelessly in conservation and I am grateful to have worked with them whilst producing my films.
How did studying at Falmouth help to sharpen your skills?
During my time at Falmouth, I was able to practise essential skills in researching, camera operating, producing and editing. The Cornish setting has been key in motivating me to get out there every day and appreciate nature, and the accessibility of wildlife has furthered my passion for conservation efforts.
Daphne's portfolio and films can be found at her website and her Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages @daphnewongphoto