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Wildscreen and Animal Friends Insurance announce partnership

23 August 2018 | Panda Awards | Festival

Wildscreen and Animal Friends Insurance announce partnership to support natural world storytelling and empower conservation worldwide.

The partnership between a leading UK specialist pet insurance provider and the conservation charity behind the internationally renowned natural world film festival, Wildscreen Festival, will bring together two organisations dedicated to empowering conservation worldwide.

Animal Friends Insurance was founded in 1998 with the specific aim of donating funds to animal welfare causes. Over the last 20 years they have worked with many conservation charities worldwide to improve the lives of animals, assist in the protection of rare and endangered species, help conserve unique and vital habitats, and assist local communities to protect and value their heritage.

Over 300 conservation charities worldwide have already benefited from donations from Animal Friends.  However, with people’s connectedness with nature at an all-time low and species extinction rates occurring at a faster rate than any time in Earth’s history, there is no better time to work collaboratively to inspire millions of people around the world to value and protect ecosystems and the animals within them.

Lucie Muir, Director of Wildscreen, said, “We’re excited to partner with Animal Friends to celebrate and share amazing natural world content with the public, here in our home city of Bristol, as part of the Wildscreen Festival 2018. We believe that images are a powerful tool for inspiring people to care about the natural world and it’s great to be working with an organisation that understand the importance of conservation and the need for greater support of it.” 

Wes Pearson, Managing Director of Animal Friends Insurance, said, “Animal welfare is at the heart of what we do in Animal Friends. As such we are delighted and proud to be working with Wildscreen and particularly on the Animal Friends Photo Story Award to help these very talented young photographers tell these important stories about the importance of wildlife conservation around the world”.

As part of the partnership, the Animal Friends Photo Story Award was launched earlier this year, receiving an impressive diversity of compelling stories of nature from around the world.  This inaugural award showcases the very best in photographic narrative and the Emerging Talent category, recognises the engaging voices of young photographers. Powerful stories of humanity’s increasing impact on nature, species on the brink of extinction and the dedication of wildlife carers, protectors and communities are told by the nominees, which were announced back in August. 

From Saturday 13 October to Wednesday 7 November 2018, the nominated stories will be showcased in a free, large-scale, outdoor exhibition at College Green, in the centre of Bristol, shining a spotlight on globally important conservation issues and bringing world-class, inspiring photography to the public. Overall winners will be revealed at the Wildscreen Panda Awards Ceremony which will take place on Friday 19 October at The Passenger Shed, Brunel’s Old Station, in Bristol. 

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