2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner Jo-Anne McArthur has launched a media agency to highlight the plight of animals. Launching today (15 July) We Animals Media uses photography, journalism, and filmmaking to shed light on animals used for food, fashion, entertainment, work, religion, and experimentation.
Academics, animal campaigners and those working in the media can access a library of over 12,000 pictures and films on the agency’s We Animals Media Archive . The agency also offers journalistic collaborations and human-animal interaction issues experts.
We Animals Media is the brainchild of Jo-Anne McArthur, an award winning photographer who has spent more than 15 years travelling the world with her camera.
Working on her photographic book project, We Animals - which inspired the launch of the media agency – has led McArthur to cover disturbing and heartbreaking stories. The photojournalist has documented the bloody rattlesnake roundup in Sweetwater, Texas; the fear and misery of foxes and racoons inside European fur farms; wild animals caught in snares in Uganda’s forests, and the Deepwater Horizon spill. She has taken photographs inside factory farms, slaughterhouses and animal testing facilities, and documented the lives of animals across Africa, North America, Asia and beyond. One of We Animals multimedia projects is Unbound – which celebrates women at the forefront of animal advocacy worldwide.
In 2017, McArthur won Wildlife Photographer of the Year (People’s Choice) and a film called The Ghosts in our Machine was made about her work. Realising there was only so much one woman with a camera could do, the photographer decided to launch the media agency with likeminded contributors from around the world, to give a voice to the voiceless.
“With the launch of We Animals Media comes a new collaboration; together with talented and celebrated journalists, filmmakers and photographers, we will continue to tell animals’ stories and build stronger bridges between social movements – with the people and organisations fighting for solutions to the climate crisis, human rights and environmental rights – working together to inspire changes that will result in a kinder and healthier world for all.”, says Jo-Anne McArthur.
Contributors to the We Animals Media include:
· Jonathan Balcombe, ethologist and author (USA)
· Corinne Benedict, international journalist, 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist (USA)
· Miguel Endara, artist and filmmaker (USA)
· Aaron Gekoski, award-winning environmental photojournalist and filmmaker (global)
· Alexander Lockwood, director of BAFTA-winning film 73 Cows (UK)
· Jessica Scott-Reid, widely published journalist (Canada)
· Christopher Shoebridge, ethical photographer and filmmaker (UK)
We Animals Media is keen to hear from other contributors. For more information click here.