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New Wildlife & Nature Festival Contest for Film & Photo

A message from member Jorge Camilo Valenzuela:

Dear friends, wildlife photographers, filmmakers & producers.

There's a new international contest, a film & photo festival for both professionals and amateurs, in Mimizan in the South of France.

FIFPAN’s aim is to promote the work of women and men who devote themselves to the professions of wildlife photographer, audio visual technician, filmmaker ...

Please apply and register before April 15, 2019

More info here:


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Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Goes Annual For Impact: A New Name & Mission
from Jackson Wild
13 March 2019

The need for public action to influence policy-making has never been more crucial. Media engages public audiences as well as core influencers with important living science and conservation stories to protect and restore our planet while the window of opportunity to succeed still exists.

Evolving from its founding mission to celebrate and amplify excellence in nature filmmaking, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival has now become Jackson Wild. Jackson Wild provides a dynamic platform for cross-sector collaborations in global conservation and high impact storytelling. The organization will direct its resources to ignite original voices, create and enhance innovative alliances between science, conservation, corporate, public policy and storytellers who share this urgency of purpose.

Staying true to its core mission, the Jackson Wild Board of Directors specifically identified the importance of convening the Jackson Wild Summit, (formerly the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival & Conservation Summit), annually rather than biennially. Two years between convenings is simply too long when media technology, distribution platforms and programming priorities shift so rapidly.

Board Chairperson Ellen Windemuth elaborated, “We unanimously decided that now is the time to concentrate on four pillars of engagement. These impact strategies will be evident at the Jackson Wild Summit each year and will be woven into several partner summits throughout the globe.”

Jackson Wild’s four pillars of engagement include:

1) Summits

The Jackson Wild Summit is an extraordinary annual convening where collaboration and innovation thrive, and new ideas are launched. Cross-disciplinary conversations on the critical issues facing our planet set the stage for strategic partnerships that happen nowhere else, as participants work together to address conservation and environmental challenges. In 2019, the conservation focus will be Living Oceans. Partner summits around the world will echo this conservation theme, broadening reach and deepening global impact.

2) Awards

Media today deepens understanding of the world around us, inspires commitment to protect and restore the natural systems upon which all life depends and empowers the radical changes that will be required. The nature equivalent to the Oscars®, the Jackson Wild Media Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in science and nature storytelling. In addition to media, the Jackson Wild Legacy Awards recognize visionary filmmakers, conservationists, scientists and thought leaders.

3) New Frontiers

Stories connect us to the planet and to each other. It’s critical to bring diverse voices that bear witness to the world through unique and authentic stories. The Jackson Wild Media Lab will train and mentor emerging conservation media leaders in unique programs that directly engage them with the most influential content creators from around the globe. Beginning in Southern Africa and Latin America, Jackson Wild is working with local organizers to globalize the voices of young filmmakers.

4) Global Impact

Jackson Wild works with UN agencies and global partners to empower locally-driven engagement that inspires action. The annual World Wildlife Day Film Showcase creates a portfolio of programs selected from 250+ entries, that are presented globally at special screening events through Jackson Wild on Tour. Working closely with CITES, the UN Environment and UN Development Programme Jackson Wild furthers deep-impact media strands at a series of high level global convenings in 2019-20 where world leaders address critical environmental, social and economic challenges.

“Taking Jackson Wild to a global stage helps us do what we do best as we elevate conservation issues and the critical work being done to restore and protect our planet through the power of innovative storytelling” described Executive Director Lisa Samford.

About Jackson Wild

Jackson Wild believes in the power of media to inspire wonder for our living planet and action to restore and protect it through high-impact collaborations. Since 1991, Jackson’s Summits have drawn together international leaders in science, conservation and cross-platform media. Through its initiatives, Jackson Wild catalyzes original voices and amplifies innovative global collaborations between science, conservation, corporate, public policy and storytelling partners who share its urgency of purpose.



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UN celebrates marine species for World Wildlife Day with moving pictures ... Winners of Living Oceans Showcase announced at UN Headquarters
1 March 2019

Jackson Hole WILD, the CITES Secretariat and UNDP announced today the winners of the World Wildlife Day 2019 Living Oceans Showcase. Captivating stories about marine species will now hit the big screen and your mobile devices as the world celebrates World Wildlife Day 2019 under the theme “Life below water: for people and planet”.

Ocean and marine wildlife have captured the imagination of humans almost since the beginning of civilization – and the rich bounty the ocean provides has sustained human development throughout the ages. Despite their importance for sustainable development, marine species are facing many threats and need our immediate attention if we want to ensure that they can continue to fulfill their important and multiple roles during our lifetimes and for future generations.

To emphasize the importance of this issue, Jackson Hole Wild, the CITES Secretariat and UNDP have come together once again to organize a film showcase for World Wildlife Day. This year, they put the world’s marine species under the spotlight to highlight the problems we are facing and the ideas we can use to tackle them.

These stories went beyond simply being visually mesmerizing and engaging. They show the challenges facing these iconic species, including destructive fishing practices, climate change   and pollution, and they feature the front-line heroes and the solutions that are necessary if we are going to be able to reduce the threats to the species and the oceans where they live.

The film showcase attracted more than 235 entries, and they were reviewed by 65 preliminary judges to determine the 25 finalists. The short list then was passed on to the final judging panel, which selected the winners from among the 25 finalists.

CITES Secretary-General Ivonne Higuero said: “We are immensely grateful to all the filmmakers for submitting their wonderful works of cinematography. By using the power of media, we can catalyze deeper understanding of the importance of life below water and the chances to ensure the sustainable use of marine species. CITES provides a safety net for our threatened marine life and it has a long history of regulating international trade in marine species to ensure that this trade does not threaten their survival.  On this World Wildlife Day, let’s recognize the positive contributions that life below water makes to our everyday lives and – no matter who we are or where we are – make conscious decisions to ensure that it can continue to do so for generations to come.”

Jackson Hole WILD Executive Director Lisa Samford said: "It is not enough to just care about nature. Our aim is to inspire action necessary to restore and protect the planet's essential resources. These films do precisely that."

Andrew Hudson, Head of UNDP Water and Ocean Governance Programme, said: “Global efforts to increase awareness and catalyze new investments in marine conservation depend on powerful, evidence-based advocacy campaigns. This year’s winners of the Living Oceans Film Showcase demonstrate the power of film to touch our hearts and minds and move us to greater action.”

Winners of the Living Oceans Film Showcase in the 6 categories are:

Ocean Heroes:

Mission Blue- A Netflix Original Documentary-Insurgent Media-True Blue Films-Diamond Docs

A Feather to Kill - BlueVoice in association with Mundo Azul and OceanCare
Chasing The Thunder - Brick City TV and Vulcan Productions, Discovery
SHARK GIRL - Kaufmann Productions Pty Ltd

People and Oceans:

Ghost Fleet- Seahorse Productions, Vulcan Productions

Humpback Whales: A Detective Story - Tom Mustill/Gripping Filmsfor BBC Natural World and PBS Nature
Jago: A Life Underwater - Produced by James Reed for Underdog Films. In association with James Morgan Films, Fantomline Films and Vistaar Productions.

Ocean Issues and Solutions:

Sonic Sea- Discovery Channel presents a film by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Imaginary Forces in association with the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Diamond Docs

Huntwatch - Produced by IFAW
Racing Extinction - Okeanos – Foundation for the Sea and Discovery Channel present an Oceanic Preservation Society Film In association with Vulcan Productions, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Earth Day Texas, JP's Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, Diamond Docs, and Insurgent Docs

Marine Life:

Blue Planet II - One Ocean- BBC Studios Natural History Unit

My Octopus Teacher - Sea Change Project & Off the Fence - A ZDFE company
SHARK-Episode 1 - BBC, BBC Worldwide, Discovery
Whale Wisdom - A TERRA MATER FACTUAL STUDIOS production in co-production with DOCLIGHTS / NDR NATURFILM in association with ARTE FRANCE / Unite Decouverte et Connaissance produced by WILD LOGIC

Ocean Short (Tie - Two Winners):

A Voice Above Nature- Annie Moir in association with the University of the West of England

The Southern Right Whale- Lyra Films

The Secret Life of Plankton - Parafilms, Tara Expeditions Foundation, TEDed
A Place For Penguins - Tom Parry in association with the University of the West of England
Treasures From The Tides - Catherine Brookes in association with the University of the West of England

Ocean Micro-Movie (under five minutes):

The Deepest Dive in Antarctica Reveals a Sea Floor Teeming With Life- OceanX, BBC Earth

Into the Deep Unknown - Novus Select /bioGraphic
Our Underwater States of America - OceanX, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Radio Free Orca - Great Big Story
The Edge - Steer Films / 333 Productions
The Snail-Smashing, Fish-Spearing, Eye-Popping Mantis Shrimp | Deep Look - KQED, PBS Digital Studios

Both winners and finalist films will be subsequently showcased extensively to raise global awareness of the importance of marine species and the critical challenges they face at community screening events presented by partners throughout the world, including free educational screening events for students as well as for local communities around the world to take action to protect and restore our planet’s oceans.

This video is produced by Taegen Yardley, a student at Stowe High School (Vermont, USA) to support the celebration of World Wildlife Day 2019 and to raise awareness of the benefits of marines species and the various threats facing them.


With 183 Parties (182 countries + the European Union), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) remains one of the world's most powerful tools for wildlife conservation through the regulation of trade. Thousands of species are internationally traded and used by people in their daily lives for food, health care, housing, tourist souvenirs, cosmetics or fashion. CITES regulates international trade in over 36,000 species of plants and animals, including their products and derivatives, to ensure their survival in the wild with benefits for the livelihoods of local people and the global environment. The CITES permit system seeks to ensure that international trade in listed species is sustainable, legal and traceable. CITES was signed in Washington D.C. on 3 March 1973 and entered into force on 1 July 1975.

About Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival

Jackson Hole Wild programs promote public awareness and stewardship of wildlife and wildlife habitat through the innovative use of media. Since 1991, its annual conferences draw together international leaders in science, conservation, broadcasting and media. For three days in 2017, committed wild cats advocates convened for the Jackson Hole Conservation Summit (21-27 September), to share resources and strategies, address critical challenges and brainstorm innovative approaches for collaboration. They will join 650+ of the world’s most influential filmmakers and commissioners at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival to celebrate the world’s finest nature programming and explore innovative ways to integrate media centrally into the battle against global wildlife crime.

About UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, UNDP offers global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

About the United Nations World Wildlife Day

On 20 December 2013, the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 3 March as World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. The date is the day of the signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973. World Wildlife Day has quickly become the most prominent global annual event dedicated to wildlife. It is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the various challenges faced by these species. The day also reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.

See the full Press Release here!


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World Wildlife Day 2019: The 15 Biggest Threats to the World’s Oceans ... And what you can do to help save them.

For the first time, the UN’s World Wildlife Day is highlighting threats to marine life. The theme of World Wildlife Day 2019, which takes place on March 3, is 'Life below water: for people and planet'. The title is a nod to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 14 – Life below water, which focuses on protecting marine species.

“Oceans regulate our climate, produce half the oxygen we breathe, provide nourishment for [more than] 3 billion people, and absorb 30 percent of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere and fully 90 percent of the heat from climate change,” said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, UN Assistant Secretary-General, in November when the theme was announced.

UN World Wildlife Day was established in 2013, with the first event taking place in 2015. Its mission is to “celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora.” Activities, film screenings and art contests are taking place across the world to draw attention to this year’s theme, including an event at UN Headquarters in New York.

Oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and make up more than 99 percent of the planet’s livable habitat, but scientists say they’re in serious trouble. The first systematic analysis of marine wilderness, published in the journal Current Biology in 2018, found that the ocean has been extensively altered due to human activity, with only 13 percent left undisturbed.

Newsweek - How plastic waste is killing the Oceans

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Richard Brock on Karl Lagerfeld’s pampered cat Choupette getting her paws on his £150m fortune

"Karl Lagerfeld ... from an extravagant self-preening industry costing its gullible customers huge amounts of money, and the lives of many fur-bearing animals, to be worn by stupid people. Such is his epitaph at the end of the grotesque London fashion week. His death was front page news on several national newspapers, including The Times (20/2/19) "Lagerfeld's pampered cat to get paws on £150m fortune". Choupette has a personal maid, travels by private jet, has her own book, an Instagram account, a Wikipedia page and a product line of her likeness. In 2013 Lagerfeld proclaimed he would marry the cat if it was legal. What a crazy world we live in! And one that needs saving. Soon." Richard Brock

Karl Lagerfeld is mentioned in Richard's Wildlife Winners & Losers film, Fur and Stupid People:

Fur and Stupid People - The Downs and Ups of The Arctic Fox

It looks better on an Arctic Fox than on a model. That little white animal needs its beautiful fur to survive the killing conditions of the Arctic winter. It roams far and wide across the ice and snow, and tries to sustain itself and its family when the parents turn dark before winter returns to the tundra of Iceland. Killing conditions threaten there too, not only from hunters and trappers, but worse, much worse is inflicted on captive arctic foxes elsewhere. In tiny cages where they are driven mad in confinement, they are reared to be stripped of their life-saving coat – to be sold at a price not only to the little arctic fox, but to some greedy fashion people clustered round the fox-walk of torture and death.

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Wildeye – Gearing up – tripod essentials

In the first of our series of gear blogs we’ve decided to talk about tripods, on the surface you might wonder how important a tripod is and from our experience on courses we find quite a few students looking to us for advice on choosing a tripod.  When joining us on a course this isn’t an issue if you don’t have your own kit as we have a selection of video camera gear that you can use and get the feel of.  But what about when you are ready to invest?  How much should you spend, what features should you look for?  Carry on reading to demystify the world of tripods.

No matter how much money you spend on a camera, how high the resolution is, how sensitive it is in low light or any of the other specifications a poor quality tripod will seriously affect your ultimate image.  I realise that is quite a sweeping statement but ultimately it’s true.  You can have the best camera money can buy but if you are producing shots that jerk, wobble, bump or drift then all your effort will be in vain.  A good quality and suitable tripod will support your camera, offer counter balance and allow you to select different friction levels or speeds to enable you to control your pans and tilts.  Lets start by taking a look at what makes a tripod…

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Get the Micro Drone 4.0: Small, Intelligent, Autonomous

A palm-sized autonomous drone under $200 that captures smooth aerial video.

When we started building our 4th generation drone, we wanted it to be small, smart, capable of autonomous flight, able to capture smooth video, and priced affordably under $200.

Get the Micro Drone 4.0

What we ended up with for our new Micro Drone 4.0 was a quadcopter designed solely for the masses that bridged the gap between cheap drones that owners are disappointed with and expensive professional-level drones that everyday users do not need or are scared to fly.

Founder Vernon Kerswell brilliantly explains Micro Drone 4.0 in under 4 minutes:

Everything Need to Know in Under 4 Minutes via Roswell Flight Test Crew

From the first Micro Drone in 2011, our Extreme Fliers team has developed and launched a model every two years with each generation building upon the previous with new capabilities.

Over the last 18 months, we've been meticulous in our engineering by testing new technology that dramatically reduces manufacturing costs, understanding the types of smart devices that the masses currently own, and rethinking what a mainstream user wants in a drone.

Find out more and order here:


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Get a Front Row Seat to the Change of Seasons in Real Time with Nature: American Spring LIVE

Juju Chang hosts the three-day, multi-platform event live on April 29, 30 and May 1 on PBS and Facebook.

Spring is one of nature's greatest performances – a time of rebirth, renewed energy and dramatic transformations. For three consecutive nights, Monday, April 29 - Wednesday, May 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings) and Facebook, Nature: American Spring LIVE presents the change from winter to spring in real time from iconic locations across America.

American Spring LIVE

This April, we're celebrating spring with an exciting three-night event!

Posted by Nature | PBS on Friday, 1 March 2019

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Wild Justice - a new organisation taking the side of wildlife, founded by Chris Packham, Ruth Tingay and Mark Avery.

Wild Justice has been set up to fight for wildlife. Threatened species can’t take legal cases in their own names but, with your help, we will stand up for wildlife using the legal system and seek changes to existing laws.

We will be taking court cases to benefit threatened wildlife.  Our first legal challenge is already in progress - our solicitors have sent, today, a letter to a public body - and we’ll soon be able to tell you all about it.

Visit our website ( and find out more about us, and sign up there for our newsletter so that you can keep in touch.

Chris Packham said ‘Wild. Justice.  Because the wild needs justice more than ever before. The pressures wrought upon our wildlife have reached a crisis point and this is an essential response. The message is clear . . . if you are breaking the law, if the law is weak, if the law is flawed - we are coming for you. Peacefully, democratically and legally. Our simple premise is to work with the laws we’ve got to seek real justice for our wildlife, to reform, refine or renew those laws we have to ensure that justice can be properly realised. Our wildlife has been abused, has been suffering, exploited or destroyed by criminals for too long. Well, no longer. Wild Justice will at last be the voice of those victims and it will be heard . . . and justice will be served. ‘.

Ruth Tingay said ‘I know many people who despair about what’s happening to our wildlife but who also feel powerless to help, typically because access to justice can be prohibitively expensive and a daunting arena. Wild Justiceprovides an opportunity for ordinary citizens to fight back on behalf of wildlife, collectively helping us to challenge poor decisions or flawed policies that threaten to harm our wildlife. With so many potential cases, the difficulty for us will be to decide which ones to take on first’.

Mark Avery said ‘Wild Justice will take on public bodies to get a better deal for wildlife.  It’s a shame that we have to do this but we have little confidence that statutory bodies are fulfilling their functions properly. We aim to hold their feet to the fire in court. I’m reminded of what the great American environmental campaigner, Ansel Adams said ‘It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment’.

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British Wildlife Photography Awards 2019 - Tenth Anniversary Call for Entries Open until 6th April!

The countdown begins! Less than 5 weeks left to enter in the 2019 Awards! Remember – this year we have more opportunities than ever for you to have your coastal and marine photography showcased!

BWPA Tenth Anniversary 2019

To mark our tenth anniversary and help raise awareness about our coast; its incredible biodiversity and the threats it is facing we have expanded the Coast and Marine category to include British and Irish Coastlines within four separate categories and prizes for; Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.

Do you have any unique photos of #plasticpollution impacting British coastal and marine life? We want to see them! Enter them in one of our FOUR coastal and marine categories today!

Also see: BWPA 2018 Wildlife in HD Video Winner, Sam Oakes, on his Winning Entry

The film is based on the idea of showing how wildlife can thrive in the most unlikely corners of the UK, specifically industrial areas. I grew up in North Yorkshire only a stones throw from Teesside, one of the UK's largest industrial complexes. Teesside is unique in its volume of "waste-ground" and abandoned areas between the large factories, the closure of steel & chemical works is a loss to local people but a gain for the areas wildlife. More here ...

Highlights of all the Winning and Commended films of 2018:

BWPA Highlights from 2018 from BWPAwards

BWPA 2018 Winners Announced!


See the Full Feature Page here...


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WFFR 2019 is now open for entries!

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam (WFFR) is the largest wildlife festival in The Netherlands. It focuses on the screening of wildlife, environment and  conservation documentaries.

The 5th edition will take place from Wednesday 30 October – Sunday 3 November 2019.

The festival is held in the city centre of Rotterdam at one venue.

The competition is free of fees. The deadline for entries is 1 May 2019.

In 2019 WFFR will recognise outstanding achievements in eleven Flamingo Award categories

You can submit your film via FilmFreeway.

The rules and terms can be found on FilmFreeway.

If you wish to submit your film otherwise, please contact for the possibilities.


  • Wednesday 1 May 2019: Official submission deadline
  • Friday 16 August 2019: Announcement of the selected finalists and Flamingo Award nominees
  • Wednesday 30 October – Sunday 3 November 2019: Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam, held in one of Europe’s most exhilarating cities according to the Lonely Planet.
  • Saturday 2 November 2019: The winning filmmakers will receive their Award during the Flamingo Award Ceremony.



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GreenScreen 2019 Call For Entry Open

Wildlife films are welcome to be submitted until March 15th 2019.


Entry form, categories and regulations:

We are happy to announce that the prize money in the categories BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY and SH:Z AUDIENCE AWARD has been raised to 2.500 € each!


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URGENT! HELP US SAVE 150 LIONS – from Steve Mackay

YOU have the golden opportunity to invest in a unique Lion Rescue Project currently taking place in South Africa with a relocation program in Botswana for rescued Lions from a Canned ‘Incarcerated’ Hunting Farm. We have till the end of August to raise the money! 

WE are looking to raise around £30,000 GBP $42,000 USD to produce a video for the ‘Vision Africa’ Conservation Lion Project which is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of African Wildlife through practical solutions, education and awareness.

WE intend to produce a 10 minute 4K high quality video education and awareness film for the charity in order to save these lions and their cubs lives. The video will be circulated on social media in order to fight future ‘hunting to extinction’ organisations and poaching groups within Africa

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Music From 'Humpback Whales: A Detective Story' – by Tom Mustill

Tom says "Lots of people have asked about the eclectic music in Humpback Whales - A Detective Story. Here's a mix of some of the tracks from the film. I believe wildlife films should be made with as broad a palette of music as possible, to reflect the near infinite of the natural world and connect it with as wide an audience as we can. Also, I love these tunes."

Music From 'Humpback Whales: A Detective Story'

Playing tracks by: The Cinematic Orchestra feat. Roots Manuva, Nils Frahm, Air, George FitzGerald feat. Lil Silva, Kaytranada feat. Badbadnotgood and more.

See: Tom Mustill's Humpback Whales - A Detective Story


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Latest Borneo Jungle Diaries – from Scubazoo

The world's wildest scientists are back! Joining them to unravel the mysteries of the jungle is Borneo native, actress and student Alexandra Alexander.

But out of her comfort zone, how will she cope in the second season of Borneo Jungle Diaries?!

Borneo Jungle Diaries 2 – Playlist

Episodes will be released on SZtv & DGFC Facebook pages, and all SZtv programs can be watched online at

Brought to you by SZtv: an online wildlife channel by Asia’s leading natural history filming and photography company, SCUBAZOO

See the full feature here!


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The 'Horrifying' Reality Of Climate Change By The End Of The Century

David Wallace-Wells, the author of "The Uninhabitable Earth," breaks down the devastating impact of climate change if no action is taken to stop the warming of the earth by the end of the century.

The 'Horrifying' Reality Of Climate Change By The End Of The Century

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Botswana's Elephant Hunting Dilemma - BBC News

Hunting was banned under President Khama and Botswana was known for a zero-tolerance approach to poachers. It was reported that in 2015 alone 30 Namibians, 22 Zimbabweans and an unknown number of Zambians were shot on suspicion of poaching.

Botswana's Elephant Hunting Dilemma - BBC News

Elephants can be very destructive when they encroach on to farmland and move though villages - destroying crops and sometimes killing people. Many rural communities believe the number of elephants is increasing, even though there is no evidence of this from scientific surveys. But their "range" - how far the elephants travel - is expanding for a number of different reasons and that is increasing conflict between wildlife and humans. Many people believe this worsened after hunting was banned in 2013, and want it to be re-introduced. The government has to balance lifting the hunting ban to win votes against the impact it may have on Botswana's international reputation as a luxury safari destination.


Also read, from EIA – Botswana’s elephants poaching crisis is all too real, leaving no room for head-in-the-sand denials:

The past few years have seen Botswana hailed as a global leader in conservation, so the Government’s recent response to the 2018 Aerial Survey of Elephants and Wildlife in northern Botswana conducted by Elephants Without Borders – and the subsequent vilification of director/founder Dr Mike Chase – is both baffling and disappointing.


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SA rhino film STROOP – journey into the rhino horn war aired in China

An award-winning South African documentary, STROOP – journey into the rhino horn war, has been broadcast on prime time television in Hong Kong – a major global wildlife trafficking hub.

Stroop producer and presenter Bonne de Bod, who was in Port Elizabeth recently for the premiere of the documentary, said it was exciting and significant news.

“It’s incredible. Filming in parts of Asia was very risky as all forms of media there are controlled by the Communist Party.

“Having the film shown by the Hong Kong public broadcaster is a huge step forward.

“The demand for rhino horn is massive and awareness and education are key.

“STROOP is the real, raw rhino story, so I have no doubt that this screening impacted many and will bring about changed mindsets and perceptions,” De Bod said.

Susan Scott, who directed the documentary, said it had been imperative to film in countries with rhino horn demand such as China and Vietnam.

“This filming was undercover and illegal so it is jaw-dropping that the film was broadcast in a prime-time slot on Hong Kong state television,” Scott said.

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See our recent feature on the film: STROOP - journey into the rhino horn war … Members Susan Scott and Bonné de Bod on a mission to make a difference in the South African rhino poaching crisis.

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IAPWA launches ‘Claws Out’ film to expose the truth about volunteering with lions in South Africa – Kate on Conservation

Sometimes the world (or at least the digital world) needs a shockwave sent through it, to dispel miseducation and inspire action. Claws Out, a new film by Beth Jennings for the charity IAPWA (International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals), may signal the start of just that.

A personal story made into an intimate, hard-hitting documentary, Claws Out explores the realities of tourists and gap year students volunteering with lions and lion cubs in South Africa (from cuddling and bottle-feeding cubs to walking with lion experiences) and how these popular tourist activities conceal dark links to the canned hunting industry — where lions are raised to become accustomed to human-interaction and later shot in captivity by high-paying hunters.

Often, grisly ‘trophy’ body parts are removed from the hunted lions, and the remaining skeletons are used to fuel the lion bone trade; which supplies the traditional Asian Medicine industry — both legally and illegally, depending on its network.

The full film is available to view online here:

Claws Out

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Christian Baumeister, Light and Shadow, speaks at the Nature & Wildlife Summit 2019 of WDR

Producer and director Christian Baumeister, Light and Shadow GmbH, speaks at the Nature & Wildlife Summit 2019 of WDR - Westdeutscher Rundfunk and HMR International in Cologne about the future of natural history films in Germany.

His current production THE WILD ANDES is one of WDR's highest quality nature film productions in recent years, next to BLUE PLANET and NORWAY’S MAGICAL FJORDS.

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Smithsonian Channel launches in the UK

Smithsonian Channel has launched in the UK and Ireland with distribution of Sky, Freesat, Virgin Media and Freeview.

The high-profile launch of Showtime Networks-Smithsonian Institution follows earlier distribution deals in Canada, Singapore and Latin America.

The channel has been inspired by the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, founded by Englishman James Smithson, who donated his fortune to America for “the increase and diffusion of knowledge”.

“Smithsonian Channel has already resonated powerfully with audiences in Canada, Singapore and Latin America, so we can’t wait to bring our award-winning and varied slate of programming to the UK audience,” said Tom Hayden, President of Smithsonian Networks.

More here:

Wildlife Winners and Losers - Brock Initiative


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Listen to Wild Shetland - Scotlands Viking Frontier Original Sound Track Pre Titles by Fraser Purdie

Pre Titles track for Wild Shetland - Scotlands Viking Frontier OST composed by Fraser Purdie for the BBC natural history show, featuring vocals by Julie Fowlis.

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Nature on Film: the art of wildlife film making

A talk by Mick Jenner, on how to set about making a wildlife film, covering areas of ethics, disturbance, true representation and filming wildife.

It will include clips and stories about wildlife filmed locally and will conclude with his latest film "The Dippers River"

The Dippers River Trailer

Saturday, 23rd Mar 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Arundel Museum, Mill Road, Arundel, West Suusex BN18 9PA, UK.


Conservation Film-making - How to make films that make a difference


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EIA's Pangolin Project

Pangolins are the world’s most trafficked mammal. Curling into a ball when threatened leaves these unique animals particularly vulnerable to poaching. Over time and through our Tiger and Elephant campaigns, our investigators have encountered criminals who also traffic pangolins.

In 2018, we’ve launched a Pangolin Project to help protect the world’s only scaled mammal.

Our Pangolin Project

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Crime and corruption in Myanmar’s teak trade - EIA

'State of Corruption' is the result of two years of undercover work, revealing that the multi-million dollar international trade in Burmese teak is riddled with crime and high-level corruption in Myanmar.

During the course of the investigation, EIA were able to track down and expose a near-mythic ‘Burmese teak kingpin’ who conspired with and bribed the most senior military and Government officials in the country.

Although much of the illicit timber goes into neighbouring China, India and Thailand, substantial amounts have been trafficked via Italy into Europe and the US for the luxury yachting sector.

The fraud is deceptively simple – once logging quotas have been acquired, the highest quality grades of teak are supposed to be returned to the Government to sell but have instead been systematically mis-graded and illegally channeled into trade.

State of Corruption - EIA

Now read the findings of State of Corruption in EIA's special report summary:


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Ed Helms Lends His Voice to Disneynature’s ‘Penguins’

Disneynature’s upcoming theatrical release Penguins will be narrated by Ed Helms (The Hangover films, The Office). The studio just announced Helms’ involvement as narrator and released a short video with voice-over supplied by Ed Helms, of course.

Commenting on his involvement, Ed Helms said, “Disney movies are filled with poignancy and real emotion, but also are extremely funny and relatable — this movie is no different. It’s a true life adventure with real footage of penguins in Antarctica, but told in a way that tugs at your heart strings a little and also has quite a few chuckles. For me, this movie is a very cool mash-up of narration and character work. I get to voice Steve’s inner monologue as well as straight narration. It was a really fun challenge for me—a privilege getting to imagine what this penguin might be thinking — and I’m really excited about it.”.

Disneynature Penguins | Ed Helms Announcement

The eighth theatrical release from Disneynature was directed by Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson. Fothergill, Mark Linfield, Keith Scholey, and Roy Conli served as producers. The film marks the first Disneynature product to be released in IMAX® as the label.

Penguins will open in theaters on April 17, 2019.



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Vegan Film “Casa De Carne” Wins Top Prize at Film Festival

“Casa De Carne,” a pro-vegan short film that shows animal suffering in food production, won first place and a $3,000 cash prize at the Tarshis Film Awards.

The vegan film, which was created by filmmaker Dustin Brown for non-profit organization Last Chance for Animals (LCA), shows three friends in a fine-dining restaurant with a feature that requires the customer to slaughter the animals that they order for dinner ...

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Welcome to our latest Full Members!

LIGHT & SHADOW GmbH – a German film production company that makes factual programs focusing on nature and wildlife around the world, headed by founder and principal cameraman Christian Baumeister. Both a cinematographer and a highly successful director, Christian has been recognised internationally for his exceptional artistry, storytelling and vision.


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Danny Bean – a 24 year old wildlife filmmaker, currently Studying MSc Ecology and Conservation at the University of Aberdeen. In November 2018, he was Highly Commended twice by the British Wildlife Photography Awards for two short films: 'No Room At The Top' and 'Morning Of The Moorland Matadors'.

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Fabio Borges – A Brazil-based nature and outdoor motion and still photographer (also underwater and drone) with 25 years of TV / Cinema experience. Stock footage/images available.

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Sea Change Projecta non-profit trust founded by Craig Foster & Ross Frylinck, based in Cape Town, South Africa. It involves a community of scientists, storytellers, journalists and filmmakers who are dedicated to raising awareness of the beauty and ecological importance of South Africa’s Great African Sea Forest. Using media advocacy to protect the South African marine environment. They’ve developed the concept of The Great African Sea Forest and their goal is to have it declared an UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. "We believe that if we can get others to regard it as one of the natural wonders of the world, they will be inspired to conserve it."

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Sea Change Book: Primal Joy and the Art of Underwater Tracking
by Craig Foster and Ross Frylinck

There is a wild sea-forest growing beneath the wind and waves at the southern tip of Africa. Here, millions of creatures live in a borderless realm still ungoverned by man and it is strange and beautiful beyond the telling.

Craig Foster and Ross Frylinck grew up playing in these forests, and this early immersion in the ocean had a subtle and profound impact on the course of their lives. The book, edited by Philippa Ehrlich, documents their rediscovery of the forests of their childhood and showcases Craig’s photographic work over the past decade.

Craig has become a world expert in kelp forest ecology and developed the world’s first form of underwater tracking. Diving without wetsuits in the icy waters, both Ross and Craig discovered how immersion in the cold generated new reserves of energy for their minds and bodies, and how curious forest creatures became more receptive to them.

Get 20% off the book until the 8th of March 2019, in celebration of World Wildlife Day (March 3rd). This year's theme is “Life below water: for people and planet", moving the focus underwater for the first time. For us at Sea Change, it feels particularly relevant as we contribute our voice to the #Ocean30x30, a global campaign to safeguard 30% of the world's ocean by 2030, and ultimately attempt to declare The Great African Sea Forest a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.

Discount code: WWD2019

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Katie Wardle – a Freelance Director and Camera operator who recently set up a production company called Buddha and the Whale, to finance and create wildlife conservation documentaries with a team of other freelancers.

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