Expat photographers encounter dolphins during Nanshan trip

Writer: Chen Xiaochun, Xia Yuanjie  |  Editor: Holly Wang  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2021-02-09

The Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins spotted by expat photographers on Sunday. Isaac Cohen

Around 20 expat photographers spotted and photographed Chinese white dolphins in the Lingdingyang waters of the Pearl River Estuary during a photography trip in Nanshan District on Sunday, an event that is a spin-off of the Expats Eye Shenzhen Photo Contest.

The event was organized by Shenzhen Daily and EYESHENZHEN.com together with Zhaoshang Subdistrict Office. This event was also the first experience of the three featured tourist routes of Zhao-shang Subdistrict.

Through this event, expat photographers learned more about Shenzhen and Zhaoshang Subdistrict, and captured the beauty and uniqueness of the city through their lens.

Participants of the trip pose for a photo at the Nanshan International Cultural Exchange & Service Center. Photos by Liu Xudong

Most people may know Nanshan for its high-tech industry, but the district has much more to offer.

The award winners of the contest captured through their lens other aspects of the high-tech district.

They visited historical sites such as the Chiwan Tianhou Temple and Chiwan Left Fort.

They also checked out the Nanshan International Cultural Exchange & Service Center, where they were deeply impressed by the services provided.

In addition, they boarded the Da Wan Qu Yi Hao (Greater Bay Area No. 1) Cruise, which passes under the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

During the three-hour cruise tour, the expat photographers were able to take photos from different angles of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the Shekou Container Terminals, the Shekou Cruise Homeport and other scenes along the route.

The icing on the cake of the cruise trip was that they had the fortune of encountering a number of Chinese white dolphins, and a few of the photographers even captured some precious moments.

Isaac Cohen, a Colombian photographer, was excited to capture some marvelous shots of the dolphins with his wildlife lens.

“It was very beautiful and awesome when we spotted the dolphins jumping next to the boat. So everybody was excited and screamed: ‘Oh yeah the dolphins the dolphins!’ Happily I got my wildlife lens ready to take pictures and got a really really nice one today. So I am very happy because of that,” said Cohen.

American photography enthusiast Raul Nieto found the cruise trip fantastic and cool, because he not only took photos but also learned a lot from other photographers.

“It was not among the usual day-to-day things I would do in my daily life in Shenzhen. I think it was really cool to be able to go on a cruise trip. For instance, we saw the dolphins pop out of nowhere, and the photographer next to me was able to capture a beautiful shot that I was unable to capture. It was really cool just to have been able to see that,” said Nieto.

Amlan Ronald Aparajit from Australia told Shenzhen Daily that the best part of the photo tour is not only meeting new people, but also seeing Nanshan from a different perspective.

“Before we used to go to places and just take photos, but today we just saw it from the other side, like from the sea,” Aparajit said.

Latitia Dionne is a new Shenzhener coming from Canada, who was greatly amazed by Chiwan Tianhou Temple in Nanshan. “I especially love the temple we visited earlier. I find it interesting that Shenzhen has temples because I’ve never known that Shenzhen has temples. I only knew about the mountains, but the temples, I didn’t know.”

Dionne told Shenzhen Daily that the main entrance, the lanterns and the combination of colors in the temple reminded her of her trip to the Forbidden City in Beijing. “I would suggest to my friends and my parents as well to visit these places because I feel that not a lot of foreigners know about them.”

The expat photographers have harvested much from their photo walk in Nanshan and look forward to future photography field trips around Shenzhen.

“People who made this Expats Eye Shenzhen event happen are really cool. You get a chance to meet new people and take some pictures, even if you are not a professional photographer. You even take photos from your phone and you learn from the people next to you,” Nieto told Shenzhen Daily.