Estimated at 130 million years, the rainforest of Borneo is one of the oldest in the world. It is home to 15,000 species of plants, 3,000 species of trees and an abundance of wildlife that can be found nowhere else on Earth. In Southeast Asia, the rainforests contain some of the highest biodiversity in the world—making up 20% of the world’s vertebrates and plants, with many species endemic to the region. It is an undeniable fact that rainforests are vital to the health of our planet.
Often referred to as "the lungs of the Earth", these forests not only are responsible for making our air breathable, but also for storing carbon, reducing harmful greenhouse gases and thereby regulating our Earth's atmosphere. Many people living in tropical regions also rely on the rainforest as a source of their livelihood. Yet, many of the forests in this region are under threat. With the increasing global population and its need for more resources, many important ecosystems in Southeast Asia are disappearing at an alarming rate.
We believe that nature photography can contribute to forest conservation. Images have the power to not only capture the viewer's attention, but the story behind those images can create and raise public awareness on the value of our native biodiversity and motivate people to take partake in a more active role in conservation.
Based in Malaysian Borneo, we specialize in documenting nature and wildlife through photography and videography. Our creative direction is led by Chief Photographer Chien C. Lee, a biologist and professional photographer with more than two decades of experience. We have worked on several natural history film projects with internationally renowned production companies.
Pearl C. Ee
Founder, Operations Manager
Formerly a nurse in Australia, her fascination with the natural world has motivated Pearl to obtain a degree in biology. Now based back in her hometown, Kuching, she travels around the world to assist with nature tours and photographic expeditions with Co-founder Chien Lee. Pearl also specializes in phone photography and has been invited to conduct several workshops.
Chien C. Lee
Co-founder, Chief Photographer, Expedition Leader
With a background in ecology and environmental education, wildlife photographer Chien has been based on the island of Borneo since 1996. He specializes in documenting the flora and fauna of rainforests, with a particular emphasis on species that exhibit extraordinary adaptations such as camouflage, mimicry, and interspecific mutualisms.
RECENT PROJECTS & COLLABORATIONS
Wild Side of Sarawak
A 5-minute video highlighting Sarawak's unique biodiversity.