Wildlife or Commodity? Exploring Our Relationship With Animals

Why We Recommend it

In her talk Wildlife or Commodity? Exploring Humankind’s Relationship with Nature, renowned wildlife photojournalist Britta Jaschinski shares her insight on the identity and individuality of animals, while questioning the complexity of humans’ relationship with nature.


Using photography as her medium, German photojournalist Britta Jaschinski documents the fractured existence of wildlife, which she argues suffers in the name of entertainment, status, greed and superstition. In her talk with the Royal Geographic Society of Hong Kong, she will be sharing stories on the relationship mankind has with animals and what humans risk to lose—as illustrated by her hauntingly beautiful photos.

Jaschinski’s passion to protect animals takes her across the globe and her latest series is CRIMES, examining the question “Wildlife Or Commodity?” Her image Confiscated has been published worldwide and won her the title of the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017, the Grand Prize of the Big Picture Natural World Photo Competition 2017 and Winner in the Magnum Photography Awards 2017.

Jaschinski is a jury member of the NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the World Press Award, The Wildscreen Photo Story Panda Award, and of The GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. She was named One of A Hundred Heroines in 2018, was Highly Commended for the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2018 and was just was selected by Vanity Fair to be a Winner in its Changing Your Mind Awards 2019.

Jaschinski is also the co-founder of Photographers Against Wildlife Crime, an international group of award-winning photographers who have joined forces to use their powerful and iconic images to help bring an end to the illegal wildlife trade.

Complimentary drinks reception at 6:30pm; Talk at 7:30pm

To register: HK$150 for RGS Members and HK$200 for guests and others, including a complimentary glass of white or red wine. This event is free of charge for RGS Student Members. Pre-payment is requested.


When: 19 Nov 2019 - 19 Nov 2019 Where: Hill Dickinson – Room 3205, 32/F, Tower Two, Lippo Centre, 89 Queensway – Admiralty