I hope you’re still holding up after almost two years of this wretched pandemic. Thanks to your support the We Animals Team and I have been continuing to work through these challenging times and make progress on our many animal projects through compelling photo and videojournalism.
In 2021, we continued building our foundation and expanding our reach by launching our new, world-class animal photojournalism stock platform, which now hosts over 14,000 visuals from 66 countries. Our latest book, HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene continues to break ground. It’s now won two major awards, has sold nearly 3,000 copies, and was screened before 2,100 photographers and editors at the Visa pour I’Image International Festival of Photojournalism.
In 2021, we also relaunched the Unbound Project in response to calls from the movement for a greater representation of diverse voices. Since the relaunch we’ve featured stories from women at the forefront of animal advocacy in Spain, Taiwan, Japan, and the United States. Check out our incredible short film about the queen of plant-based cheese, Miyoko Schinner!
Last year, our team of contributors and I documented stories of the fishing industry in Thailand, Indonesia and Greece, pig farming in Canada, the wildfires in North America, live animal markets in India, and elephant tourism in Thailand. In collaboration with Act for Farmed Animals, we conducted an investigation of duck egg farming in Indonesia. We also documented advocates challenging ag-gag laws in Canada, animals living peacefully on sanctuaries, and plant and cell-based food innovation in the US.
Our reach is growing every day.
This year, we’re excited to continue building partnerships with more organizations around the world who are helping animals, and growing our talented contributor network. Just last month we introduced our first Animal Photojournalism Fellow, Seb Alex. Throughout this year, we’ll support Seb to cover a story about animals used for food, an underreported issue.
We’ve put together a beautiful strategic plan for 2022 and 2023 and we welcome you to take a look.
None of this important work would be possible without your generous support. Thank you so much for being by our side as we continue to tell these important stories, and create work that is used by hundreds of NGOs, media, and activists globally.
Jo and the WAM team.