Chong-Yee has been a keen amateur photographer since 1982, working on medium format and 35 mm film. Since 2002, however, he has been taking photographs exclusively in digital format. He won a gold medal and a trophy for Best Photograph at the 18th World Orchid Conference, Dijon, and his photographic work has been published in the Orchid Review and in Astronomy magazine.
Chong-Yee has written for the Orchid Review and is an orchid judge accredited to the British Orchid Council. He has been awarded several Certificates of Cultural Commendation by the Royal Horticultural Society (UK).